SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 6, 2013

Business Briefcase


The Salem News

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Christopher Polak of Salem was appointed sales manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Lynnfield office. Previously he was sales manager of the Salem office for four years. Polak is a member of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors and Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and has served on the Salem Chamber of Commerce board of directors for the past two years.

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Swampscott resident Sandy Sheckman has joined the North Shore Community Mediation Center’s mediator panel. Sheckman is former executive director of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore and serves as an acting docent at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Mediators must complete 34 hours of training and 25 hours of apprenticeship before being considered for the mediator panel. The center is located in Beverly and provides alternative dispute resolution and training services.

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Marblehead native and Beverly resident Lauren Michaud was named the new director of Skills+ Summer Study Skills Workshop at the Landmark School in Beverly. Michaud graduated from Marblehead High School in 2001 and Salem State College in 2005, and has a master’s degree from Simmons College in 2010. Skills+ is a program for middle and high school students at public and private schools who need to develop skills to apply across all academic subjects.

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Claudia Tabor-Conway joined J. Barrett & Company’s Beverly Cummings Center office as a real estate agent. Tabor-Conway is a member of Business Networking International, and has a degree in business administration. Prior to joining the real estate firm, she was assistant manager in customer service with Eastern Bank.

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The YMCA of Metro North has named the following new members to its board of directors: Deb DeVenne, senior vice president/team leader for People’s United Bank; Andy Freed, president of Virtual Inc.; Diana Kerry, director of the Public Policy Institute at North Shore Community College; Hong Net, Lynn city councilor and child support enforcement officer for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue; and Robert Schneider, chief operating officer of Lahey Clinic Medical Center North Shore. The YMCA of Metro North serves Peabody, Lynn, Nahant, Lynnfield, Stoneham, Saugus, Revere and Melrose.

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Michael McLaughlin has joined Salem Five Insurance Services’s commercial insurance team as a commercial lines producer. Previously he worked in sales and project management at ProFence Co. in Wilmington. After graduating from Boston College in 2009, McLaughlin spent time in the National Football League playing for both the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.

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RE/MAX of New England recognized Beverly residents Michael and Mary Cotraro, a mother-and-son real estate team, as one of the top 25 teams for sales production for October 2012.

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Boxford resident Stan Yeakel was promoted to director of general services at Brooksby Village in Peabody. Previously he was senior facilities manager and oversaw the maintenance and engineering department. Yeakel also served as development director for 16 years at communities including Brooksby Village and Linden Ponds in Hingham.

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Janine Oliveri of Danvers was named the store manager of TD Bank’s Topsfield branch. Oliveri serves as an assistant vice president and is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, personnel management, and overseeing the day-to-day operations. Prior to joining TD Bank, Oliveri was a store manager at Citizens Bank in Swampscott.

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Beverly Bootstraps board of directors has nominated the following new officers: president, Bradley Hunt of Marblehead, vice president of Salem Five; vice president, Mimi McFadden of Manchester, co-founder SchoolWorks; clerk Dee Alpern of Danvers, chief operating officer of Single Source Marketing; and treasurer, Stephen Curran of Wakefield, investment officer at Boston Hill Advisors. Peter Richardson of South Hamilton, Nicole Ireland of Wenham and Tom Grant of Beverly also joined the board of directors.

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Beverly City Councilor Maureen Troubetaris was elected president of the board of the Beverly Children’s Learning Center, a nonprofit that serves children from ages 1 month to 13 years. Karen Wilk of Manchester, a former special education administrator for the Beverly Public Schools, was elected vice president.

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For the fourth year in a row, Heidi Hanson of Hanson Financial Group was named one of Boston’s Five Star Wealth Managers by Five Star Professional, a third-party marketing firm. Hanson is a financial planner and registered representative of New England Securities.

Milestones

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has acquired Essex VitreoRetinal Services following the pending retirement Dr. William Stinson, who founded the practice, located on the Beverly Hospital campus. It will be renamed Lahey Retinal Specialists, Beverly and will be led by Dr. Jeffery Marx, who has been with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center since 1998, and Dr. Jeffery Chang, a Lahey Hospital & Medical Center ophthalmology specialist with a focus in vitreoretinal surgery.