Vanessa Johnson, Essex County Greenbelt’s land conservation project manager, is one of 80 agricultural professionals from across New England and New York who was selected to participate in Farmland Advisors, a new training program on farm transfer and farmland access options. Through a series of progressive learning and networking opportunities, including webinars, a regional conference and peer-to-peer exchanges, the program will address building relationships with landowners, leases, conservation easements, family and personal issues in estate planning, and tax and financial considerations in farm transfers. American Farmland Trust and Land for Good will lead the two-year program.
Essex County Greenbelt is a nonprofit land trust working to conserve farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes of Essex County. Greenbelt owns and manages more than 5,000 acres of land and miles of trails, including in Ipswich, Boxford, Topsfield, Hamilton, Middleton, Wenham and Beverly.
Rich Benevento, president of WorldTech Engineering, was named president of the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association, which consists of more than 1,000 public works officials, consultants, vendors and contractors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Benevento also serves as chairman of the Parking and Traffic Commission for Beverly and is a former member of the conservation commissions in Beverly and Danvers. WorldTech is a full-service architectural and engineering firm.
Marblehead native and Swampscott resident Jared Wood joined Sagan Realtors in Swampscott as a real estate agent. Wood pursued a career in real estate after working at the Berkshire Outdoor Center. He is currently continuing his education at Salem State University.
Beverly resident Gerald MacKillop, public relations manager for Lahey Health System, has been elected president of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce. MacKillop has worked on behalf of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce for the past four years, serving as both treasurer and vice president.