, Salem, MA

April 3, 2013

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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Beverly resident Tish Lentine joined the Keller Williams Realty Beverly Market Center as a real estate agent. Lentine has served in the real estate industry, including construction and rehab on the North Shore, for more than 15 years.


Peggy Hothem, a professor of recreation and leisure studies at Gordon College, was awarded — for the second time — the Peter O’Brien Humanitarian Award, the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s highest honor, which this year included a special citation for lifetime achievement. Hothem has been an active part of the MRPA for more than 30 years. She initiated and launched Gordon College’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in 1990.

Also recognized were Peter Coleman, a 2003 Gordon College graduate, who received the Professional of the Year award for his work in the Lexington Recreation Department. Marcos Castellano, a senior at Gordon College, was named the MRPA Student of the Year. Hothem nominated Castellano for the honor.

Awards were presented at the MRPA’s annual three-day conference for leaders, practitioners and faculty in the field of recreation. The MRPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of all recreation and park services for the commonwealth.


Mikki Wilson was named director of marketing and communications at Associated Home Care, a private-pay home care agency with five offices, including one in Marblehead. Wilson will direct and oversee AHC’s marketing policies, objectives and initiatives and will implement, monitor and evaluate the company’s marketing communications strategy.

Prior to joining AHC, Wilson headed the marketing efforts for Cakes for Occasions in Danvers and Cabot Money Management in Salem. Wilson graduated from Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, and earned an associate degree in legal administration and liberal arts from North Shore Community College. Wilson serves on the Northeast Arc Board of Directors and Salem State University’s Alumni Association.


Sheryl Gould was named a sales associate at Bella Sera Bridal, a boutique in Danvers. Gould served as a sales person at Lorraine Roy Designer Collections for five years before it was acquired by Bella Sera. In her new role, Gould will assist customers at the boutique’s newly enhanced space, which now incorporates Lorraine Roy at Bella Sera Bridal.


Danvers resident Amanda Sanford Smith has also joined the Bella Sera staff and will serve as the general manager. Prior to her new role, Smith served as manager of Lorraine Roy Designer Collections for eight years.


Paul J. Maurer was named senior vice president for external relations at Gordon College in Wenham. Maurer will lead Gordon’s development team in its initiatives to grow philanthropic support and expand Gordon’s presence in government relations, both regionally and nationally. Prior to his new role, Maurer served as the 11th president for Sterling College from 2009 to 2012 and most recently served as interim vice president and dean at Tabor College for the school of adult and graduate studies. Maurer has served as the director of capital campaigns at Westmont College, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Trinity International University and president of the Trinity International Foundation. Maurer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as a co-captain of the men’s Division 1 soccer team. He graduated with a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


The National Grand Bank in Marblehead recognized the following employees for their years of service: Michael Bartholomew, 20 years; Kathy Attridge, 20 years; Debbie Centracchio, 10 years; Ann Toomey, 25 years; Tracey Trapp, 25 years; Marie Peterson, 20 years; Tom Callahan, 30 years; and Charles Ball, 40 years. The bank has provided full-service banking in Marblehead for 181 years.


Bob and Sue McDermott joined RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate’s office in Beverly as full-service real estate professionals.


Cranney Home Services donated $1,000 to New England Equine Rescue North in West Newbury as part of the company’s Cranney Cares for the Community initiative in February. Joe Ciampa, service manager at Cranney Home Services, presented the check to Mary Martin, president and founder of NEER North. Each month, a nominated nonprofit organization receives a $1,000 donation from Cranney Home Services.


Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen and bath remodeling franchise, awarded Peabody franchise owners Matt and Manuel Silva with the Project of the Month Runner-Up Award for February. Franchise locations across the country compete for the award, which recognizes the most outstanding kitchen or bath makeover.