Hilferty Re-Elected AIM Board Chair; 14 Directors Return to Board

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Hilferty Re-Elected AIM Board Chair; 14 Directors Return to Board

News | June 21, 2020
By: Chris Geehern

AIM members last week re-elected 14 members of the organization’s Board of Directors in electronic balloting that was affirmed Friday during a special virtual meeting of the membership.

The board separately re-elected Chair Joanne Hilferty to a second term and named 14 members of the board to serve on the AIM Executive Committee.

The 2020 election schedule is different than in previous years because of COVID-19 restrictions and the subsequent postponement of the AIM Annual Meeting at which board elections normally take place. Incumbent members of the board of directors will stood for election last week while new members of the board will be nominated in the fall.

“These are extraordinary times and the Board of Directors has provided extraordinary leadership to the association,” Ms. Hilferty said.

“We continue to work to ensure that the AIM board is engaged, diverse and representative of the full variety of Massachusetts employers.”

Re-elected to the Board of Directors were:

  • Andrew Botti, Director/Litigation, McLane Middleton, Woburn
  • Gregory Buscone, Executive Vice President, Senior Commercial Banking Officer, Eastern Bank, Boston
  • John Doucette, Market Manager Commercial Lending, SVP, People’s United Bank, Boston
  • Debra Drapalla, Regional President-Boston, Webster Bank, Boston
  • Paige Fetzer, Director for Global Government Affairs & Public Policy, Dell Technologies, Hopkinton
  • Howard Goldman, Chief Executive Officer, Humboldt Storage and Moving, Canton
  • Steve Grande, President, Meridian Industrial Group LLC, Holyoke
  • Joanne Hilferty, President & CEO, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston
  • Joe Keane, Chief Operating Officer, ’47 Brand, Westwood
  • Michael Keneally, Partner, Accutech Packaging Inc., Foxboro
  • James McCarthy, President & CEO, R.H. White Construction Co. Inc., Auburn
  • Suzanne Nadeski, Vice President/CFO, Harry Miller Company LLC, Boston
  • Bruce Platzman, President & CEO, AIS, Leominster
  • Lavon Winkler, President, FLEXcon Company Inc., Spencer

Three directors were elected Directors Emeritus since AIM’s bylaws state that directors shall serve no more than three consecutive terms:

  • Patricia Begrowicz, President, Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc., South Lee
  • Brian Burke, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, Cambridge
  • Dennis Leonard, President & CEO, Delta Dental of Massachusetts

Electronic ballots were sent on June 8 to key contacts at AIM member companies and 98 percent of company representatives voted to approve the slate as presented.

The Board of Directors elected the following slate of officers to lead the association for the next year:

  • Chair of the Board of Directors – Joanne K. Hilferty, President & CEO, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston
  • Treasurer – Dennis Leonard, President & CEO, Delta Dental of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Assistant Treasurer – Patricia Begrowicz, President, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc., South Lee

Elected to one-year terms on the AIM Executive Committee were:

  • Gregory Buscone, Executive Vice President, Senior Commercial Banking Officer, Eastern Bank, Boston
  • Tricia Canavan, President, United Personnel Services, Springfield
  • Debra Drapalla, Regional President-Boston, Webster Bank, Boston
  • Howard Goldman, Chief Executive Officer, Humboldt Storage and Moving, Canton
  • Leslie Greis, Owner, Kinefac Corporation, Worcester
  • Donna Latson Gittens, Principal & Owner, MORE Advertising, Watertown
  • Michael P. Hogan, President & CEO, The Meeting House at Redbrook, Plymouth
  • John Lynch Esq., Principal, Lynch, DeSimone & Nylen, LLP
  • James McGaugh, Executive Director, US State Government Affairs & Policy, General Electric Company, Boston
  • Jeevan Ramapriya, Managing Director – Public Policy and Government Affairs, State Street Corp., Boston
  • Michael Standing, President & CEO, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Company, Burlington
  • John Stowe, Chairman, LUTCO Inc., Worcester
  • Lynn Tokarczyk, Government Tax Incentives Consultant, Business Development Strategies Inc., Medway
  • Thomas Wesley, Senior Director, Facilities, Environmental Health & Safety and Real Estate, Waters Corporation, Milford

Officers and former board chairs serve as ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.