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March 9, 2011

A changing of the guard

Dalton to take over as president at AMG

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And that can be true here or in places as far away as Australia.

"It's been wonderful to be part of a growing business," Dalton said of his experience with AMG.

Married with children, he also sees the work as "a platform to do other things."

Notably, he helped found Guard Support, an organization that reaches out to help Massachusetts National Guardsmen and their families, the people who have uncomplainingly borne the burden of nearly a decade of war.

The idea for such a group struck him in 2007 as he watched a neighbor, Guardsman Michael Finer, going off to Iraq.

"The two of us lived half a mile apart," Dalton would say later. One would remain at his job, enjoying the comfort of family life. Finer would endure the violence and uncertainty of Iraq at the start of the surge. His family would feel the strain of his absence.

"It seemed completely unfair to me that more isn't being done for these people," Dalton said.

The organization has grown since then, picking up high-profile supporters like Sen. Scott Brown, a Guardsman himself. But Dalton minimizes his own role.

"It's incredibly humbling. You go out into these settings, and everyone is so nice and appreciative. That's backwards. We should be appreciative of what they are doing. ... As a community, we should be doing whatever we can for them."

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