, Salem, MA


May 8, 2013

Business Briefcase



In its 76th year of business, Boston Chimney & Tower Co., an industrial and commercial chimney company based in Peabody, is under new ownership. Ronald Plante, Boston Chimney’s owner for 45 years, transferred ownership to Jake Hansen. Plante will serve on the company’s executive team.


Little Harbor Boathouse in Marblehead, owned by Maryellen Auger, has been authorized by Hobie Cat Co. as the Hobie kayak and standup paddle board dealer on the North Shore. Little Harbor Boathouse will offer the full line of water sports equipment.


Gordon College in Wenham has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Boston-based Imago Dei Fund to fund a two-year research project on women in leadership. The project is led by Gordon College Provost Janel Curry, Gordon’s first female provost, and Amy Reynolds, a sociology professor at Wheaton College (in Illinois). Curry and Reynolds will analyze the representation of female leaders at evangelical institutions and nonprofit organizations, then examine organizational policies, positions, salaries and influences, and benchmark the information against national data across all sectors. A research-consulting group of other scholars throughout the country will advise the first phase of data collection, and an advisory group will help develop a strategy, using the research findings, for positioning the issue of gender equality in leadership within evangelical groups. The project’s mission is to influence social change and provide insights for developing future leaders.

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