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A Look Back at ‘The Expo’

The MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield came alive on Oct. 11, as the Western Mass. Business Expo 2012 put the region’s business community on center stage. More than 2,000 visitors turned out during an event-filled day that featured 140 exhibitors, dozens of educational seminars and Show Floor Theater presentations, co-located events, thought-provoking breakfast and lunch programs, and a day-capping Expo Social, a premier networking event. On the following pages, BusinessWest, which staged the Expo in cooperation with Presenting Sponsor Comcast Business Class and Silver Sponsors Health New England, Johnson & Hill Staffing Services, and Stevens 470, presents some of the many highlights from a memorable day. The Expo lunch and programs were also sponsored by First Niagra, Hampden Bank, and Isenberg UMass Amherst.

 

 

 

 

The Expo’s breakfast program, coordinated by the ACCGS and sponsored by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, featured a keynote address from Richard Freeland (above left), commissioner of the Mass. Department of Higher Education, focused on the recent report “Time to Lead: The Need for Excellence in Public Higher Education.” It was followed by a panel discussion that included Robert Pura, president of Greenfield Community College (above right), and (at left) Peter Blain (left), manager of the Baystate-Springfield Educational Partnership, and Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of Community Responsibility for MassMutual.

 

Above, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno (center) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Expo. Assisting are representatives of event sponsors, left to right: Lynn Ostrowski, director of Brand  & Corporate Relations for Health New England; Tina Stevens, principal and creative director of Stevens 470; Andrea Hill Cataldo, president of Johnson & Hill Staffing Services; Jennifer Meunier, director of Business Development and Program Strategies for Professional Programs, UMass Isenberg School of Management; Kate Campiti, associate publisher and advertising director of BusinessWest; John Gormally, publisher of BusinessWest and owner of WGGB; Charlie Tzoumas, regional vice president for Western New England Business Service for Comcast Business Class; Joe Shaw, first vice president and regional team leader for First Niagara Bank; Glenn Welch, president and COO of Hampden Bank; and Nancy Cahalen, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. At left, Dr. Gerald Cutting of Chicopee Memorial Drive Animal Clinic speaks with Hampden Bank representatives, from left to right, Rosemary Morin, vice president, Lending Department; Deb Garvin, business banking specialist; and Deb Geisler, branch manager, Shaker Road office.

 

 

 

At left: Tony Liberopoulos, senior vice president of Peoples United Bank, talks with Andrea Hill Cataldo, president of Johnson & Hill Staffing Services; (below left) Michael Matty, president of St. Germain Investment Management, talks about his experience climbing Mt. Everest on the Expo Show Floor Theater; (below right) speaker Jodi Krizer Graber, founder and director of Bravo! Wellness, addresses the Show Floor Theater audience




Comcast Business Class staff (from left) Cathy Bozak and Mike Fiorini, marketing specialists, Ryan Beaulieu, account executive, and Adam Dubilo, sales manager













(Above left) Attendee Edward Sunter, agent and advisor with Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Group and president of the Springfield Rotary Club, chats with (from left) Brendaliz Torres, senior account coordinator, and Jim Morin, sales executive, both of Fallon Community Health Plan, and Paul Marquez, outreach coordinator of NaviCare; (above right) Sherri Kaubris, senior buyer of OMG Inc., visits the Health New England booth, staffed by (from left) Kate Whalen, account representative, Karla Vandal, sales representative, Patty Hobert, large group sales executive, and Jose Mercado, member services representative.

 

 

 

Above left: The Expo Luncheon, sponsored by First Niagara and the Better Business Bureau, celebrated the BBB’s 100th anniversary with presentation of the agency’s Torch Awards and a cake; Abopve right: bestselling author Michael Clayton was the luncheon keynote speaker



Jim Madigan, chairman of the BBB Board (left), and Nancy Cahalen, president and CEO of the BBB (far right) present the Torch Award in the Small Business category to Jim and Darlene Yiznitsky of Interstate Custom Kitchen and Bath; Kyle Bate, academic advisor and director of Regional Program Development for Graduate and Professional Programs (left), and Jennifer Meunier, director of Business Development and Program Strategies for Professional Programs, both from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, chat with an Expo attendee



Above right: Instructors with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Springfield perform for the audience during lunch; Above left: Bill Schneeloch, director of Engineering for Kinsley Power Systems, visits the First Niagara booth, staffed by Clifford Bordeaux (left), vice president of First Niagara Financial Group, and Anne Faunce, First Niagara branch manager in Southwick.



Above left: BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien congratulates Katie Doe, Stevens 470 senior graphic designer, one of the winners of a raffle contest involving the show sponsors’ booths during the Expo Social; Above right: Rick DeBonis, senior vice president of marketing at Hampden Bank, speaks on stage with presenter and author Nancy Butler at the Show Floor Theater; At left: Michael Martin, general manager of Vibram USA, talks about innovation at a presentation sponsored by Six Point Creative







Above left: David Smith, senior workflow analyst for HL Dempsey, and Pam Boyea, Web designer and social-media strategist for Real Time MKTG, test paper ‘slinkies’; Above right: Peggy Wells, left, sales manager of Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield, chats with Stevens 470 staff (from left) Bob Burch, Web developer, Tina Stevens, and Justin Friend, senior Web developer; At left: Johnson and Hill temporary associates Kevin Cole (left) and Anita Bird (center) staff the company’s booth along with Betzy Ramos, recruitment specialist.