SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 6, 2013

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Blythe Purdin, a resident of Salem and a kindergarten teacher in Nahant, is one of 53 teachers selected by the National Education Association and Teach Plus to serve as a Future of the Profession fellows During the yearlong program, she and other fellows will gain a foundation in education policy, research and best practices from around the nation, and then they will advise the union leadership on policies to better serve students and retain excellent teachers.

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Mary Cayer, a resident of Ipswich, has joined J. Barrett & Co. as a Realtor in the agency’s Ipswich office.

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Joseph Hajjar has been named general manager of Honda North in Danvers. Most recently, Hajjar held the position of general manager at Fall River Ford. Honda North is one of five New England dealerships that comprise International Cars Ltd., an employee-owned company based in Danvers.

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Alexandria Peary, an associate professor of English at Salem State University, has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2013 Iowa Poetry Prize, which is awarded annually by the University of Iowa Press. Peary’s winning collection, titled “Control Bird Alt Delete,” will be published in March 2014 by the University of Iowa Press. She has previously published two books of poetry, “Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers” (2008) and “Lid to the Shadow” (2010).

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Patrick Cornelissen, a resident of Salem, has been awarded the Collegiate Conference and Events Professional certification for achievement in the conference and events management field. Cornelissen is director of operations at Endicott College and founder of the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, a classic car event that serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at Endicott College.

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Julie Cunningham has been promoted to the role of account manager at Rhino Public Relations in South Hamilton. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Cunningham worked as a producer for NECN, New England Cable News. Cunningham graduated from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.

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Brian Kelly, president of Kelly Automotive Group, has been nominated for the 2014 Time Dealer of the Year award and will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in New Orleans in January. Kelly will represent the Massachusetts chapter of the organization in the national competition. The Kelly Automotive Group in Danvers sells Nissans, Infinitis, Jeeps, Chryslers, Fiats, Hondas, Volkswagens and Maseratis.

Milestones

North Shore InnoVentures, a technology incubator and business accelerator, announced that two of its portfolio companies in the clean-tech sector, Energy Compression and Save Energy Systems, have graduated and entered the marketplace. In addition, clean-tech startup Crowd Comfort has joined InnoVentures. NSIV is a nonprofit business incubator in Beverly that works to accelerate the growth of innovative, early-stage life sciences and clean-tech businesses.

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Eastern Bank has been ranked the No. 1 U.S. Small Business Administration lender in Massachusetts for the fifth consecutive year and the No. 1 SBA lender in New England for the fourth consecutive year. Eastern Bank made 431 SBA loans in Massachusetts totaling more than $22 million. Eastern Bank has branches in Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott.

Giving

Cranney Home Services donated $1,000 to Voices of Hope in September. Jessica Craney presented the check to Greg Chastain, chairman and founder of Voices of Hope, and Amy Falk, director of fundraising/community outreach for Voices of Hope. Each month, a nominated nonprofit organization receives a $1,000 donation from Cranney Home Services.

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Project Bread has awarded grants to the following local food programs on the North Shore: Beverly Bootstraps, First Baptist Church in Beverly, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, People to People Food Pantry in Danvers, Acord Food Pantry in Hamilton, Haven From Hunger in Peabody, Catholic Charities in Salem, Joseph’s Storehouse in Salem, Lifebridge in Salem, The Salem Pantry and The Salvation Army.