I am pleased to announce that the South Shore Chamber has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to help address inequality through economic opportunity. Business leaders and chambers across the country have been discussing how the private sector can contribute to the solution of this issue. The U.S. Chamber initiative is taking a broader look at how private sector leaders can improve economic opportunity for everyone.
To learn more about this U.S. Chamber program, please view their press release here.
Welcome, Crossroads, Glow Beauty Boutique, and Northwestern Mutual!
Thank you to Rockland Trust, O’Connor & Drew PC, National Fire Protection Association, and South Shore YMCA for their continued support of the Partnership program.
We held our first Coffee Connections of the year at NVNA and Hospice last week. NVNA will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this year!
Leadership South Shore Alumni Event at Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke. A mixed group of 40 from the alumni and current cohorts got together to network and share best practices around leadership qualities and ways to navigate challenging situations.
Check out our Facebook social impact campaign , #LeapOfKindnessDay, to support our NPO Group members. What will YOU do with your extra day?
Peter caught up with Congressman Lynch this week and they are working on a convenient time for him to address the Chamber.
The Chamber’s Housing Committee had our first meeting for 2020 at The Watson in Quincy. Thanks to NeighborWorks Housing Solutions for hosting and to our committed volunteer group of experts for helping us to move our Housing Initiative forward.
Peter was in DC over the weekend through Tuesday for some meetings with the U.S. Chamber. He had a chance to visit the National Museum of African American History. Timing was nice as he just finished The Warmth of Other Suns about the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North from the World War 1 era up to the 1970’s. He recommends both. If you go to the museum though give yourself several hours – there is a lot to see and read.
Courtney attended a lunch in Boston’s Seaport with new Massport CEO, Lisa Wieland. She talked about the importance of connecting with the business community and provided some updates on existing projects and the authority’s strategic initiatives moving forward. Did you know that if you take the water taxi (think Hull or Hingham) to the aiport, you can get a “ticket to skip” to the front of the security line at Logan? Check it out!
Hull is moving forward with a development strategy around the DCR Park and Carousel. Peter attended a meeting of the Board of Selectman and various local committees to hear a presentation on the plan. It is a solid plan that makes sense. He’ll be posting some more information on the website next week.
Leadership South Shore Class of 2020 attended Economic Development Day on Tuesday, January 28. First stop was hosted by Conway Country in Norwell. Rich Beal, CEO of A.W. Perry gave a presentation update on commercial and housing. New owners of the Plymouth & Brockton Bus line, Win Sargent and John Cogliano, provided an update on their plans to innovate and growth the P&B Bus routes. Current cohort members gave updates from their perspective development roles including Lisa Berardinelli from Hanover Crossing/PREP, Curtis Webb from Bristol Bros. Development, Patrick Brady from Cornerstone Realty Capital, Bill Kingdon from Ellis Realty, and Tom Osuch from South Shore Bank. Second stop took the 25-person cohort to Rock Solid Tops fabrication and design showroom in Pembroke. Final stop of the day was a bus tour led by Rich Beal of Union Point in South Weymouth.
Welcome new members Brookdale Quincy Bay, Bridgewater State University, and PiNZ Kingston!
Peter had a chance to sit down with some relatively new leaders on the South Shore. Dr. Lily Hsu, the new President of Labouré College in Milton who also had a chance to meet our Board. Dr. Joe Froliks is leading New England Quality Care Alliance in Braintree. While at the NPO Group meeting I had a chance to meet Michael Rodrigues the new President of New England Village and look forward to sitting down with him in a few weeks.
He also joined our Economic Development Chair, Rich Beal of A.W. Perry at a forum with the Secretary of Transportation to hear some of the progress and challenges around transportation. Our own Transportation Advisory Group will be launched soon.
Peter will be in Washington next week for some meetings but back in time for our Economic Forecast 7:44 breakfast on Thursday.
NPO Group Annual Meeting on Tuesday at Harmon Golf…about 40 attendees representing 27 organizations! New slate of Officers, Chair Laurie Maranian (Cardinal Cushing Centers); Vice Chair Christine Buckley (Brain Aneurysm Foundation), Secretary Mary Tiernan (May Institute).
Eight new members attended the member orientation, Navigating the Chamber, on Thursday. Next Navigating the Chamber is March 11.
Three winners of the EAT South Shore gift cards are Whitney Knight, Brian Murray, and Martine Taylor! Thank you to all for completing our 2020 Membership Programming Survey!
Speaking of EAT South Shore, the advisory team met to talk about events for this year. We have some fun, different things in the works (as well as the last Hogtoberfest – October 1st!) Our first event will be the Cohasset Frozen Stroll. We will stop by Red Lion Inn, Lenny’s Hideaway, and Bia Bistro! Limited spots available.
We had a special visitor in the office - Courtney's baby, Elle!
Renee has served as Chief Executive Officer of NVNA and Hospice since July 2016. Renee has over 30 years clinical and management experience in home care and acute care settings. Her tenures at NVNA and Hospice have included vice president of business development, director admissions/marketing, nurse case manager, and Alzheimer’s specialty team leader. Renee also launched and directed NVNA Works, providing private duty care to the community.
In addition to her NVNA and Hospice career, Renee has been a clinical case manager at Tufts New England Medical Center and a clinical liaison for New England Sinai Hospital.
Since 2016 Renee has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Board of Home Care Alliance and is an Executive Committee member for the Visiting Nurse Association of New England. She also serves on the National Association of Home Care Advocacy and Government Affairs Council. An RN, she is currently pursuing an MBA and is a graduate of the Suffolk University Emerging Leaders Program and Harvard Business School’s Leadership for Senior Executives Program.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
As CEO of an innovative non-profit home health and hospice agency, I am honored to lead an organization that provides much needed services for our patients, in particular, at the end-of-life. The increased use of technology supports patient satisfaction and quality for our patients. The mission remains the same, to care for our patients and the community with the best quality of care possible. As a nurse, the staff and patients inspire me every day with their compassionate stories of healing and support. The generous donors also inspire me, without them, the Pat Roche Hospice Home would not remain viable to provide the charitable care that is needed for so many.
As our 2020 Chair, what is the one thing you are most looking forward to/hoping to achieve?
As 2020 Chair, my goal is to consistently message to the south shore community the value of the Chamber. Not only for South Shore businesses, but for housing, work force development and our regional economy. I want the business community to understand how the important work they do supports all of us who live and work here. Another goal is to increase the engagement of the Board members to support the strategic initiatives.
What was the last great book you read? Movie/TV show you watched?
I recently read The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. Her messages are about inclusion, connection, empathy, education, and most importantly not judging others’ cultures and values. She urges readers to help educate women to achieve what is important to them, resulting in their highest quality of life.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Our Board of 36 represents diverse businesses and a changing mix of leaders on the South Shore. We welcome 10 new Board members this year (denoted by *).
James Dunphy, South Shore Bank, Chairman of the Board
Renee McInnes, RN, BS, NVNA and Hospice, Vice Chair
Deirdre Savage, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mass., Inc, Treasurer
George Toma, George Washington Toma TV & Appliance, Immediate Past Chair
Michelle Hatch, blumshapiro
Darlene Hollywood, Hollywood Agency
Brian Molisse, Molisse Realty Group, LLC
Cody Wright, Eye Health Services
Board of Directors
Cate Adams, Eastern Bank
Anthony Agnitti, Agnitti Insurance Agency
Stanley Blackmur, South Shore Magazine
Mark Brewster, Brewster Ambulance*
Ryan Bristol, Weathervane Companies*
Russell Chin, Chin Law Firm
Michelle Cully, Xpressman Trucking & Courier*
Susan Daileader, Rockland Trust Company*
Mark D'Onofrio, Coastal Heritage Bank
Rich Fernandez, Beth Israel Deaconess - Milton*
Joseph Gratt, Atlantic Mechanical*
Dr. Gena Glickman, Massasoit Community College*
John Keohane, Keohane Funeral Home
Ryan Kirwin, Envision Bank*
David Lombardo, The Lombardo Companies
Linda McDaid, South Shore Staffing
Barbara Mitchell, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Kathryn Murphy, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP
David Nichols, EMD Serono
Jason Milligan, RBS Citizens, N.A.
Chris O'Connor, South Shore Health*
Dr. Ebi Okara, EdD, Metis Psychological Associates
Mark Olivieri, The Patriot Ledger
Jenifer Pinkham, Phifer Pinkham LLC
Lynn Sullivan, MountainOne Bank*
Bonnie Simmons, Citrin Cooperman*
Nikki Tierney, Just ADD Dogs