Haverhill Accountant Joins Board of Mass. Society of CPAs as Vice Chair

A Haverhill certified public accountant who works in Waltham was recently elected to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. John D. Geraci, managing partner at LGA in Woburn, will serve as board vice-chair and audit committee chair for the 2021-2022 year. The MSCPA board of directors is a group of 19 elected members that sets policies, manages programs and oversees activities that benefit the 11,000-member organization and accounting profession in Massachusetts. “The MSCPA’s board of directors are a remarkable diverse group of individuals who play a vital role in shaping the priorities of the Society and truly want to better the profession,” said Amy Pitter, president and CEO. “I am thrilled to have John on the board and look forward to seeing how his leadership will continue to benefit the Society, community and the profession in the year ahead.”

Geraci has extensive experience in assisting clients in areas pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, budgeting and forecasting, coaching and leadership.

Environmental Business Council Names Covanta’s Van Weelden as Solid Waste Committee Vice Chair

Covanta’s Mark Van Weelden recently became the vice chair of the Environmental Business Council’s Solid Waste Management Committee. Van Weelden serves as Covanta’s Area Asset manager in Massachusetts as well as market area manager in Connecticut. He is a member of the Council’s board of directors and joins current Solid Waste Management Committee Chair David Murphy of Tighe & Bond. “I am pleased to have a larger role in planning many of our specialized solid waste, environmental and regulatory programs. The EBC organization is a valuable platform for collaboration for both myself and Covanta,” he said. Prior to joining Covanta more than seven years ago, Van Weelden was general manager of Advanced Disposal, overseeing both the Central Pennsylvania and Southern New York markets.  He has more than 28 years of solid waste management experience, growing up in his family’s solid waste business in Chicago and five years with Republic Service in a variety of management positions prior to moving east.

MakeIT Job Fairs Showcase Driving, Food-Related Employment Friday, Saturday, Tuesday

Jobs are available in a variety of industries including food and transportation, and MakeIT Haverhill is presenting three job fairs, beginning tomorrow. MakeIT Haverhill organizers say the fairs allow residents to meet local employers in a friendly, COVID-19 safe environment at its 301 Washington St. offices. The new Amazon Distribution Center, 25 Computer Drive, Haverhill, is looking for full-time delivery drivers ages 21 and up during fairs at MakeIT Friday, June 4, from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Haverhill restaurants and food manufacturers invite applicants Tuesday, June 8, from 2-5 p.m., to learn about opportunities. Participating employers include Artisan Chef Manufacturing (Tuscan Brands), Barrio, Carbone’s Kitchen, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, Keon’s 105 Bistro, Krueger Flatbread and Olivia’s, Nichol’s Village, The Peddler’s Daughter and The Hidden Pig.

Merrimack Valley Chamber to Honor Local Businesses for ‘Perseverance’ at Awards Breakfast

Everyone wins! All Merrimack Valley Small Businesses that survived the pandemic have been collectively named winners of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “perseverance” award. U.S. Small Business Administration’s Robert Nelson is scheduled to address Chamber members Friday, June 11, from 7:30-9 a.m., as the organization conducts its Annual Small Business Recognition Awards at DiBurro’s Function Facilities in Ward Hill. Admission is $25 and includes a hot breakfast. Register online at merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

Trinity EMS’ Poirier and Hunter Among 22 Honored with Massachusetts Stars of Life Awards

Trinity EMS staff were among the honorees last week when the Massachusetts Ambulance Association celebrated the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services professionals during the 46th Annual National EMS Week and second annual Convoy of Champions ambulance parade. Trinity’s Lana Poirier, a paramedic, and Shawn Hunter, EMT B and education manager, were among 22 honored during the first-ever Massachusetts Stars of Life awards ceremony. The program acknowledged the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays, especially in the face of the crucial role that mobile healthcare has provided in COVID-19 testing and vaccination. The Convoy of Champions took place Tuesday, May 18, traveling between UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester and Boston MedFlight in Bedford. Ambulance providers were escorted on the highway by the Massachusetts State Police while a UMass Memorial LifeFlight air ambulance flew over the parade route.

Smolak Farms Hosts Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Members Today

North Andover’s Smolak Farms is hosting members of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. A business mixer under the tent takes place from 4-6 p.m., at the farm, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover. There will be networking opportunities, appetizers and cash bar and door prizes. Admission is $10 each for members and $20 for nonmembers. Those interested may register online at merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

DiZoglio Sponsors ‘Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses’ Monday

Local business and advocacy organizations across the state are hosting a “Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses” next Monday with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Rep. Dylan Fernandes. The online event, taking place Monday, May 17, from 10-11 a.m., is described as “an opportunity for local businesses, their employees and loyal customers to understand policy measures introduced on Beacon Hill aimed at helping with small business recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Elected officials will provide updates on legislation that includes extending the ability for restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go for two years, placing a permanent cap on third-party delivery app fees, compelling insurance companies to pay business interruption insurance claims and establishing grants for new businesses opened in 2020 that have been unable to access state and federal funding. On the latter point, Kristen Carbone of Carbone’s Kitchen in Haverhill this week told DiZoglio and state Attorney General Maura Healey that federal benefits don’t extend to her business in Central Square because she hasn’t been open long enough to qualify. Registration is required to attend by visiting here.

Haverhill Chamber to Honor Glenn, Guerrero-Perez, Heartquist and Guyotte at Annual Dinner

Public and private sector leaders are to be honored when the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce hosts its “Celebrating Our Community” annual dinner next month. Northern Essex Community College President Lane A. Glenn is to be presented the Chamber’s top honor, the Charles E. Billups Award. Billups was former chairman of Essex County Gas Co. (now part of National Grid) who was credited to transforming the business organization in modern times. The Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year Award goes to footwear design consultant Penny Guerrero-Perez, while Haverhill mayoral Chief of Staff Allison Heartquist receives the Community Leadership Award and UMass Lowell Innovation Hub’s Stephanie Guyotte receives the Chamber Service Award.