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Joanne Hilferty to Chair AIM Board of Directors

Posted on May 16, 2019

BOSTON, May 16, 2019 -Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston, is set to be elected Chair of the Board of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Friday as the state’s largest business association convenes for its annual meeting.

Hilferty2019Dennis Leonard, President and CEO of Delta Dental Plan of Massachusetts, is expected to be elected Treasurer of the association while Patricia Begrowicz, President of Onyx Specialty Paper in South Lee, will be Assistant Treasurer.

Hilferty, Leonard and Begrowicz will stand for election alongside a diverse slate of 13 new board members representing companies from every sector of the economy and from every corner of the commonwealth. The officers and new directors will be unanimously recommended by the AIM Nominating Committee.

A member of AIM’s board since 2008, Hilferty was elected to the AIM Executive Committee in 2010. She became Assistant Treasurer in 2012, and Treasurer in 2015. Hilferty will be the first woman to chair the AIM board.

Outgoing AIM Chair Dan Kenary said: “Joanne Hilferty is an accomplished business executive who runs a $45 million-a-year, multi-location enterprise focused on a critical need for the Massachusetts economy: training and developing talented employees. She has been part of the board leadership at AIM for almost a decade and is the perfect person to carry AIM into an exciting future.”

Kenary is CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company, parent company of Harpoon Brewery and four other brands.

Hilferty said: “AIM stands at a pivotal moment as it seeks to represent the full diversity of employers creating economic opportunity for the people of Massachusetts. I look forward to working with the board to assure that the organization is inclusive as it represents current members and reaches out to new ones in order to continue to be a leading force advocating for economic vitality in the new economy.”

Hilferty has served as president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries since 1995, substantially increasing its revenue, geographic reach and number and range of individuals served in its job training and career services. Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries has been named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute for the last five years.

Hilferty serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and has been appointed to numerous Boston economic development advisory groups. In April she received the Goodwill Industries International Advocacy Leader award and has received numerous other awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for not-for-profit management.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, Hilferty holds a master’s degree from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She lives in Cambridge.

The 13 new directors set to join AIM’s 75-member board are:

  • Arthur Barrett, President, Barrett Distribution Centers, Franklin
  • Peter Bowman, Vice President, External Affairs, Verizon Communications, Boston
  • Janice Goodman, Owner, Cityscapes, Boston
  • Dominick Ianno, Head of State Government Relations, MassMutual, Springfield
  • Marie Johnson, Treasurer, Ken’s Foods, Inc., Marlborough
  • Pia Sareen Kumar, Owner, Universal Plastics, Holyoke
  • Marianne Lancaster, President, Lancaster Packaging, Hudson
  • Emiley Lockhart, Senior Counsel and Director of Regional Initiatives, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
  • Thomas Pacheco, Chief Financial Officer, Acushnet Holdings Corporation, Fairhaven
  • Srinivas Reddy, Director, Global Innovation & Supply Network Operations, Procter & Gamble, Boston
  • Emily Reichert, Chief Executive Officer, Greentown Labs, Somerville
  • Kumble Subbaswami, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Annemarie Watson, President, Crane Currency, Dalton

“We are delighted to welcome such an impressive group of CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders to the AIM Board of Directors. These new board members are accomplished, committed, and full of  creative energy that will keep AIM moving into the future,” said outgoing AIM President and CEO Rick Lord.

About AIM

Founded in 1915, AIM engages in public policy advocacy for more than 3,500 Massachusetts employers who collectively employ one of every five residents of the commonwealth. AIM is dedicated to supporting pro-business legislation and policy on the full range of economic issues including the cost of health care and energy, compliance with employment laws, state and federal budget, taxes, financial issues, and workforce development.