Don Humason is the State Senator for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, representing the communities of Agawam, Southwick, Granville, Tolland, Russell, Montgomery, Southampton, Easthampton, Chicopee (7, 8A, 9A), Westfield, and Holyoke in the Massachusetts State Senate. The Senator stopped by the program to discuss the manufacturing industry, economic development, and President Roosevelt.
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Jeff Londraville is the Director of New School Development at SABIS Educational Systems Inc, and author of “The Filter” a book for teenagers and young adults about how to unclog your mind of negativity. Jeff joined me on The Engine to discuss education, and helping the children of Western Massachusetts succeed.
Paul Silva is the Executive Director of Valley Venture Mentors, a resource supplying support to the entrepreneurial ecosystem by uniting carefully selected startups with high quality business mentors at structured monthly pitch and planning sessions. In this Engine interview, Paul speaks about Western Massachusetts’ growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, and resources to help business owners grow their ventures.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England’s mission is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. Deb Girard, Executive Director, joined me to discuss the foundation’s educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults.
Porchlight VNA / Home Care seeks to assist area residents in attaining a maximum level of wellness in a home and community setting via comprehensive, personalized, professional and ancillary home health services. Porchlight CEO Holly Chaffee recently sat down with me to explain how her business helps the community.
Ted Hebert from Teddy Bear Pools & Spas is someone my grandparents would have thoroughly enjoyed. He’s an intelligent, hard-working man with a huge heart. I had the privilege of interviewing Ted on the radio show recently. We discussed how he built a successful business by treating employees right, sticking to what you’re good at, and providing great service. One of my favorite aspects of this interview is his philosophy of philanthropy. If you’re a business owner, or community leader, you’re going to want to listen to what Ted has to say.
James ‘Chip’ Harrington is a small business owner, special police officer & Ludlow School Committee Member running for State Senate in the 1st Hampden & Hampshire. Chip’s commitment to the community is apparent. He’s a Junior Achievement volunteer, founder of the Ludlow Football Association, the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club Triathlon, the Ludlow Pond Management Committee, the Ludlow Energy Committee, the Ludlow Landfill/Solar Field and the USMC Toys for Tots Parade in Ludlow. In this interview Chip explains his philosophy for growing the local economy, and his vision for Western Massachusetts.
For millions of Americans a reverse mortgage can make all the difference in retirement. A reverse mortgage is a loan available to homeowners who are 62 years older which enables them to convert part of the equity in their home into cash. Is this a good option for you? We were recently joined by Bob Savery of iReverse Home Loans who explained the ins and outs of these innovative financial products. Bob dispels some of the myths, and clarifies important aspects of reverse mortgages in this The Engine interview.
Is financial literacy important? You betcha! In my past life I was a personal finance expert who helped over 2.5 million people enhance their relationship with money. Throughout my career I grew passionate about providing financial literacy to children, which is why I got involved with Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts. Not only does Junior Achievement educate kids about entrepreneurship, but also imparts upon them the importance of fiscal responsibility. We’re not the only ones passionate about helping kids understand the value of a dollar. Under Steve Lowell’s leadership, Monson Savings has made tremendous investments and financial literacy education around Western Massachusetts. Aside from his responsibilities at the bank, Steve donates his time to the United Way’s Financial Stability Board, and has embraced the Massachusetts Financial Education Collaborative’s vision of helping everyone in the Commonwealth gain financial confidence. Tune into our interview to hear about Steve, his institution, and the work being done to help residents own their economic success.