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Join more than 750 business leaders from throughout the commonwealth as Associated Industries of Massachusetts celebrates economic opportunity in Massachusetts.


It all happens at the AIM Annual Meeting on May 18, 2018 at the Westin Boston-Waterfront. Network with potential customers, meet new business partners and interact with elected officials at the intersection of business and public policy in Massachusetts.


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Hon. Karyn Polito
Lieutenant Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts




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Hon. Karyn Polito
Lt. Governor

Karyn Polito is the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. She began her public service in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen and then as a state representative for five terms.
Lt. Governor Polito chairs the Community Compact Cabinet, elevating the administration’s partnerships with local government and promoting best practices. To date, 326 cities and towns have joined this partnership, adopting over 800 best practices.
As chair of the Seaport Economic Council, Lt. Governor Polito works with coastal communities to leverage their unique assets to drive sustainable growth.
Preventing sexual assault and domestic violence have been priorities for Lt. Governor Polito, and she now serves as chair of the Governor’s Council to address these important issues.
Lt. Governor Polito is co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, working to ensure that all students have access to STEM courses with the goal of preparing them for careers and closing the skills gap.
Lt. Governor Polito is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury where she lives with her husband and two children.



AIM presents the Vision Award annually to companies, organizations and individuals who have made unique contributions to the cause of economic opportunity in Massachusetts and the well-being of the people who live here.


Bill and Joyce Cummings
The Cummings donate millions to charity each year through several programs of Cummings Foundation:

  • $100k for 100 – A grant program that funds small and medium-sized Massachusetts nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Each year, hundreds of organizations vie for invitations to apply for one of the 100 grants of $100,000 each to be awarded locally.
  • Sustaining Grants - Recognizing nonprofits' need for long-term financial support, $10 million in Sustaining Grants go annually to former $100K for 100 winners whose grants are now in their final year.
  • Institute for World Justice – Uses education to help prevent future genocides and other intercultural violence and injustices; and aids in the recovery and rebuilding of Rwanda. The Foundation pledged the first $15 million toward the planning and creation of the first phase of  University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda
  • Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine – The Foundation maintains a long-standing partnership with New England’s only veterinary school—providing support and financial resources to sustain the graduate school’s global reputation for excellence. The partnership includes a $70 million commitment from the Foundation, the majority of which has been fulfilled.

Bill Cummings says he learned both the value of hard work and the importance of generosity from his parents. His father painted houses, raising a family in a one-bedroom apartment atop a liquor store and a taxi stand on the outskirts of Boston. His mother was a neighborhood fixture, building friendships as she knocked on doors to collect coins for large charities that once operated that way.


He spent part of his young years washing windows for his neighborhood’s storekeepers, and for three summers as a young teen he sold ice cream from the back of his bike at a nearby Ford Motors assembly plant. Later he purchased and sold dozens of small boats using Boston Globe classified ads. Eventually, he grew Cummings Properties into a 500-person company with a debt-free portfolio of 11 million square feet of commercial real estate.


“My friend Bill writes that he rejects the phrase ‘give until it hurts’ because he and his wife, Joyce, think the better advice is to ‘give until it feels good.’ It’s a fitting observation from a man whose extraordinary business success is outmatched only by his commitment to lifting up those around him,” said Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits.


The company is one of the largest businesses based in Massachusetts, with $771 billion in assets under management and $670 billion of life insurance protection in force (as of year-end 2017). MassMutual employs some 3,000 people in Springfield and approximately 7,300 people globally.


The company reached number 77 on the FORTUNE® 500 list in 2017 and was named a FORTUNE Most Admired company for 2018 (a distinction held for the last 18 out of 20 years), topping the list for innovation and the top-ranked mutual company in the life and health insurance industry category. 


MassMutual was also recognized as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fifth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. The company was featured on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the eighth time in the last decade in 2018, earning a perfect score of 100.


Perhaps no company has done more for Springfield and western Massachusetts over a longer period of time while forging more far-reaching business success than MassMutual. From its recent $1 million commitment to expand a support program that addresses students’ out-of-school challenges to promoting inclusive entrepreneurship through a partnership with Valley Venture Mentors, MassMutual has provided a compelling model for companies seeking to balance the demands of a global marketplace with the needs of its hometown.


In addition to strengthening education in Springfield, through the MassMutual Foundation, the company invests in projects, programs and organizations focused on strengthening the city of Springfield through revitalization, development, and social capital.  Signature investments in the region include $15 million of support over 10 years to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to drive education and economic opportunity in western Massachusetts, $1 million to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Capital Campaign to revitalize the Museum, and seasonally supporting the Springfield Museums.


The sustained commitment of MassMutual is even more extraordinary because it has come in an age when most of the other large companies that once also shouldered the responsibility for philanthropy and economic development in the city have long since disappeared or been absorbed into other entities.


In announcing its expansion in Springfield and Boston, MassMutual Chairman, President and CEO Roger Crandall said, "Following a thorough strategic assessment of our operations and footprint, we concluded that our home state of Massachusetts is the best place for us to grow and thrive over the long term. We have deep roots and a supportive community in our hometown of Springfield, and we will continue to invest and grow our workforce in the city."


MassMutual has been honored regularly among the best places to work for both working mothers and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. 


2018 Gould Education & Workforce Development Award

The Gould Education & Workforce Development Award recognizes individuals, employers, and institutions for their efforts to improve public education and the advancement, employability, and productivity of the residents of the commonwealth.


We look forward to your participation at AIM's 2017 Annual Meeting on Friday, May 5th at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, at 425 Summer Street in Boston. More details to follow soon.

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Government | $45






Analog Devices
Baerlein Partners LLC
Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. 
CBIZ Tofias
Chase Corporation
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
Dunn Rush & Co. LLC
Foley Hoag LLP
The Harpoon Brewery
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
John Hancock Financial Services
Kens Foods, Inc.
Locke Lord LLP
Lynch, DeSimone & Nylen, LLP
Martignetti Companies
McLane Middleton
MKS Instruments
Murphy Donoghue Partners, LLC
Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc.
People's United Bank
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
Rasky Partners
R.H. White Construction Co.
Rockwell International
University of Massachusetts



Accutech Packaging, Inc.
Ahead LLC
Barrett Distribution Centers, Inc.
Competitive Energy Services LLC
Customers Bank
Dexter-Russell, Inc.
JRI Group, LLC
Kayem Foods
Kinefac Corporation
LPG Consulting
Meridian Industrial Group
MORE Advertising
Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP
Packaging Corporation of America
Rolls-Royce Marine North America
Strategic Benefit Advisors, Inc.
The MEMIC Group
The Vesume Group
Twin Rivers Technologies
United Personnel Services


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