These new members represent outstanding citizens in their respective fields. They are: Wes Tuttle, senior vice president, New England Sports Center; David Ferris, vice president, investments, Ferris Development; Martin Levins, board president, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce; Richard Skinner, general manager, Best Western Royal Plaza and Convention Center; Chris Berglund, senior vice president, Commercial Lending, Marlborough Savings Bank; Deborah Fairbanks, owner, Fairbanks Development LLC; Robert Kays, owner, Prospector East Saloon and prominent local entrepreneur and hospitality promoter; and Michael Kennedy, owner, Kennedy's Restaurant & Market. Newly elected City Council President Trish Pope will take a seat on the executive committee.
According to MEDC Chair Arthur Bergeron 2012 should be a great year.
“The Board of Directors has adopted an aggressive strategy to implement the master plan's major recommendations including staff growth and restructuring. I hope our board will play an increasingly active role in the implementation work,” he said.
MEDC will focus on Business Retention and Expansion, Urban Village Development, and Hospitality and Sports Tourism. These three areas were highlighted in the 2011 economic development master plan as priority action items. MEDC's 24 board members will each sit on one of the committees and be actively involved in the initiatives.
Besides Bergeron, other board members returning to serve include: Richard Tomanek (Vice Chair) Embassy Suites; Dave Walton (Secretary) Patriot Ambulance; Michael Murphy (Treasurer), Murphy Insurance Agency; Arthur Vigeant, Mayor of Marlborough; William Pezzoni, Day Pitney; Michael Hogan, A.D. Makepeace; Jack Caulfield, St. Mary's Credit Union; Rick Grady, Raytheon Company; Robert McCabe, Olde Marlborough, Inc.; Walter Bonin, Walter Bonin Financial; Kevin Malloy, Avison Young; Mitch Gorka, RE/MAX First Choice R. E.; Ellen Carlucci, Marlborough Hospital; and Brian Murphy, Colonial Power.