Business briefs, June 28 edition
Happy birthday, Mrs. Rotman!
Worcester – On June 14, Ida Rotman celebrated her 100th birthday. Ida and her husband Murray founded Rotmans Furniture and Carpet in the mid 1960's. She remains relatively active in the business to this day.
Ida was recently honored at the Worcester Women?s Leadership Conference at the DCU Center for her many achievements in both business and community.
Helping her celebrate the fantastic occasion of reaching 100 years with such grace, charm and wit are her three children, eight grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.
Networking group BFF meets
Westborough – The first meeting of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce's new women's networking group Business Forward Females (BFF) met June 11. 81 women gathered for informal networking and to hear guest speaker Pam Richard, a social media educator.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and will feature guest speaker Karyn Polito, president of Polito Development Corporation and a former state representative.
Deborah Becker, host/reporter for WBUR, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 8 meeting. For more information, visit www.corridornine.org.
Baars receives promotion at Rocky's Ace Hardware
Region – Rocco J. Falcone II, president and CEO of Rocky's Ace Hardware, recently announced the appointment of Jeffrey Baars to the position of district manager, reporting to Bill Madormo, vice-president of operations. Baars will be responsible for store operations for a specified district within the Rocky's chain; which in its entirety consists of 33 stores located in five states.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring aboard such a talented individual who has a rich and diverse retail background. Jeff is sure to be a valuable asset to the Rocky's management team,” Falcone said.
Baars graduated from The Milwaukee Technical Institute with a degree in business. He lives with his family in Winthrop.
Rocky's Ace Hardware, headquartered in Springfield, Mass., operates 33 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida.
Abbott receives award from society
Boylston – Katherine Abbott, Tower Hill Botanic Garden's newly appointed executive director, has been selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects to receive the LaGasse Medal “for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes.”
Abbott took the helm at the 27-year old botanic garden in January, and has been a lifelong advocate for public funding for programs supporting environmental education and youth employment, historic landscape preservation, land conservation, urban parks, and improved access to and management of public lands. She served as the first president of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance [BHIA] and the first commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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