, Salem, MA

January 16, 2013

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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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.


VNA Care Network & Hospice, a home health care, palliative care and hospice agency in Danvers, appointed David Rose as vice president of human resources. Rose joined VNA Care Network & Hospice more than 20 years ago and most recently served as the director of human resources. He is a certified senior professional in human resources by the Society for Human Resources Management. Rose earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration and advanced certification in business administration from Anna Maria College.


The Enterprise Center at Salem State University is accepting applications through Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. for the ninth annual 2013 North of Boston Business Plan Competition. The competition offers cash prizes and provides an opportunity for promising regional businesses to develop a formal business plan and receive feedback from expert judges. The contest is open to all types of businesses, which must be less than 3 years old or, if older, have a new product, service, initiative or growth strategy. Participants must also anticipate having at least five full-time employees within two years. Applications and full details are available at


The North Shore Community Development Coalition in Salem announced the following promotions: Mickey Northcutt as chief executive officer, Kristin Anderson as chief program officer, Jason Pina as chief operating officer and Peter Rogers as director of housing development. Also, Ilene Vogel joined the North Shore CDC as the director of economic development.

The North Shore CDC provides quality affordable housing and fosters economic empowerment and community development on the North Shore.