Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

EASTHAMPTON, MA — February 28, 2011 — Today's business environment has never been more competitive. Companies in virtually every industry are working overtime to increase profits and outperform the competition. To aid them in their efforts, they are looking at a variety of ways to enable their employees to increase customer service. One such way is to take advantage of the quantum leaps in technology being offered by today's telecommunications systems.

Westfield, Mass. – March 18, 2011 – As part of its 100th anniversary celebration this year, Tighe & Bond is lining up a series of events to give back to its communities, recognize its clients, appreciate its employees and publish a book on the firm’s history. The firm is pleased to announce its first and most important event, The Centennial Project.

Westfield, Massachusetts – March 7, 2011 – Anthony M. Sylvia, P.E., joined Tighe & Bond, Inc. in February as a new project manager for the firm’s water resources and civil engineering practice. He is slated to work primarily in the firm’s Pocasset office, reinforcing the firm’s continued growth and expansion in eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Rhode Island.

The St. Patrick's Day Breakfast took place this morning at Westfield State University. We had a great crowd and our elected officials seemed to really enjoy giving each other a hard time - their bad jokes did get a lot of laughs. The Colleens were in attendance and we had an informative presentation from Eric J. Gouvin, Professor of Law and Director, Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship.

Pittsfield, Mass., - February 22, 2011 - Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: BHLB) the parent of Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank TM, recently promoted Tami M. Gunsch to Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. Gunsch will continue to develop and implement all retail banking and lending strategies, including branch activities, expansion and performance.

PITTSFIELD, MASS. – Berkshire Bank is conducting a company-wide care package drive through its Employee Volunteer Program to raise awareness of soldiers’ needs and show our local troops the support they have throughout Berkshire County, the Pioneer Valley, Eastern New York, and Southern Vermont.

PITTSFIELD, MASS.– Berkshire Bank Foundation announced the initiation of its new online grant application for non-profit organizations seeking grant funds. The new online application will help streamline the grant application process while providing the Foundation with a good understanding of proposed projects so they can be fairly evaluated and ranked. It will also allow the Foundation to better track and monitor the grant review process.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Kate Phelon has joined the board as the new Executive Director. While the Executive Director is in charge of day-to-day operations, Kate’s plans for the Westfield Chamber revolve around bringing it to the next level as a highly valued resource for the Greater Westfield business community. She is looking forward to developing a new strategic plan with the Chamber’s leadership team. In addition, Kate is committed to improving the commercial, industrial, and civic life throughout the Greater Westfield area. The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce encompasses ten communities and Kate intends to embrace each one in an effort to create a dynamic business environment in each community.

HOLYOKE, MA - PeoplesBank has announced the appointment of Heidi Nowak Leonard as a Mortgage Consultant. Ms. Leonard joins PeoplesBank with over 10 years of mortgage banking experience.

Easthampton, MA- William S. Hogan, Jr., President and CEO of Easthampton Savings Bank, announced that Bozena Dabek has joined Easthampton Savings Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.