SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 11, 2012

Business Briefcase


People

Janel Curry, an award-winning geographer and educator, was named the new provost of Gordon College and will begin her tenure in July. Curry has served on the faculty at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Minn., since 1996. Most recently, she held the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspective on Political, Social, and Economic Thought from 2008 to 2012 and was the dean of research and scholarship from 2000 to 2009. She is a past recipient of a Pew Evangelical Scholars fellowship and a two-time Fulbright Scholar.

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Richard Carlson of Marblehead, founder and chief executive officer of Carlson-GMAC Real Estate, was the recipient of the Marian Court College Beacon Award, presented annually to recognize an individual or organization that supports educational initiatives and Marian Court College's core values of integrity, compassion, justice and service. Marian Court College is a Catholic, two-year college in Swampscott.

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Salem resident Kristine Doll was inducted into the Barcelona PEN, the Spanish adjunct of a global organization that recognizes and promotes the work of writers and translators. Doll is a professor of foreign languages at Salem State University and specializes in Spanish and Catalan literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. She also specializes in bilingual service learning internships and the translation of both Spanish and Catalan. She holds a doctorate in Hispanic studies from Brown University.

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Salem physician Thomas Vander Salm was honored with the 2012 Community Clinician of the Year Award by his physician peers of the Essex South District Medical Society. The award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to his patients and the community and who stands out as a leading advocate and caregiver. Vander Salm is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and a member of the cardiac surgery staff at North Shore Medical Center in Salem. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Society of Thoracic Surgeons and was the 2010-2011 president of the Northeast Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a surgeon on the USS Independence.

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Salem native Cathy Julien, a sales consultant at MassPay, received the Silver Star Award from the Business Network International Enterprise Chapter in Salem. Julien delivered the best 45-second elevator speech out of more than 30 members' speeches at the chapter's weekly meeting.

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Elise Snow of Argyle Whale has joined ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody as the new gallery shop manager.

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The following agents of Keller Williams Realty in Salem and Beverly received awards at the company's annual brunch: Lauren Consolazio, Rob DelGreco, Gail Tarmey and Teresa Moran, Ron Dobrosielski, Eileen Duff, Erin Lamb, Chris Martin, Maria Mastromarino, Dan Meegan, Heidi Roberts, and Ann Thomeczek, all in the bronze category; Phil Dennesen, Pam McKee and Kim Franklin, Peggy and Jeff McNamara, James and Patricia Mitchell, and Paul Rallo, silver awards; Paul DalBon, gold medal, and Paul Herrick and Sarah MacBurnie, triple gold.

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Phil Bourgeault of William Raveis Real Estate in Marblehead was awarded the Customer Service Award by the company. A consistent achiever of multimillion-dollar annual sales volumes, Bourgeault has been a Realtor in Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem for the past 10 years.

Giving

Cala Renee Salon in Beverly collected donations from its patrons and donated 10 percent of its service sales on March 31 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising more than $1,000. Salon employees also participated as a team in the three- and five-mile walk in Boston.

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Net Atlantic Inc., an email marketing firm in Salem, has increased its scholarship fund to $2,000 for two eligible high school students. Over the last three years, Net Atlantic offered local student scholarships of $1,500.

New businesses

Liberty Tree Mall welcomed three new businesses this spring. Firehouse Subs and Massage Envy recently opened, and Brow Art is scheduled to open in the coming months.

Milestones

Jones Architecture, in Salem's Derby Square, was selected as part of the design team for renovations to Splaine Park in Salem and will work as a sub-consultant to Michelle Crowley Landscape Architecture. Splaine Park is at the west end of the McIntire Historic District off Highland Avenue in Salem.

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A&A Services, a home improvement contractor in Salem, celebrated its 30-year anniversary.

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EBSCO Publishing's Riverside Cafe gained certification as a Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association, an organization that provides guidelines and helps restaurants to become more sustainable. Riverside Cafe, EBSCO's private cafe, earned a three-star grade. Only two restaurants in the country have earned four stars. EBSCO Publishing's headquarters are in Ipswich.

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Marblehead Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member C.A.P.T.S. (Calling All Patriots Troop Support) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 15th annual Spring Home & Garden Show, where C.A.P.T.S. had a booth. C.A.P.T.S., a recently founded nonprofit organization started by the Brings family in Marblehead, sends care packages to servicemen and servicewomen serving overseas in Afghanistan.