, Salem, MA


November 14, 2012

Business Briefcase


Almiris Contreras, a Dominican Republic native and Rockport resident, was inducted as a new member into the Beverly Rotary Club. Contreras is currently a bank officer and branch manager of Rockport National Bank in Beverly.


Margaret Brennan was awarded Eastern Bank’s 2012 Community Advocacy Award, which honors people who have given their time and talent to address a vital need in their community. Brennan, the chief executive officer of North Shore Community Health Center Inc., was recognized for her ongoing efforts to provide and expand high quality health and dental care to patients living on the North Shore. North Shore Community Health provides high-quality, comprehensive primary care that is accessible, culturally and linguistically competent, and community directed for all residents of North Shore and Cape Ann communities regardless of ability to pay. The 2012 Community Advocacy Award recipient is chosen by a select group of Eastern Bank executives.


During North Shore Women in Business’ annual dinner at the Danversport Yacht Club, newly elected President Gayla Bartlett of Cranney Companies introduced newly elected members of the NSWIB board of directors and discussed NSWIB’s new alliance with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and The Enterprise Center at Salem State University. Karen Andreas, the publisher of The Salem News, was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner. Bartlett succeeds Christine Letterman, who served as president this past year.


Hamilton resident John Farrell, a sales associate with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Beverly, was recognized as a leading sales associate nationally for the second quarter of 2012. Farrell was among the top 1,000 NRT sales associates who represent the top 2 percent of performers among NRT’s 45,000 sales associates across the country. NRT is the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Farrell was also the 2010 and 2011 recipient of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite Award for production, which honors the top 1 percent of approximately 90,000 of Coldwell Banker’s sales associates worldwide. Farrell is a member of the Lyndon State College Alumni Association, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

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