Annual Celebration was a huge success!
Our November 1st Annual Celebration was a wonderful night, honoring the best in Woburn and highlighting the partnership between business and community. Together we raised over $5,300.00 for our Humanitarian Award Winners, The Tanner Ta Ta Foundation. Erin Ficociello, co-founder of the Ta Ta’s shared with us her mysterious theory about a historic memorial in Woburn center and the magnetic connections that draw people to the city. Those connections are the secret of the success of the foundation and are at the heart of the amazing work they do.
Welcome New President, Jack Ferren
Thomas Stirling of Stirling Technologies was the WBA President from 2015 to 2017. Under his leadership the Association grew tremendously with the addition of the Women of Woburn and the Young Professionals. Tom’s marketing and web design know how pushed the WBA forward allowing us to share our events and news with a broader audience. Our networking event attendance grew and member participation on our committees grew as well. Our Annual celebration was a time to Thank Tom for his dedication and to welcome our new President, Jack Ferren from Reading Cooperative Bank. Jack’s emphasis on Buy Local, Buy Woburn emphasizes the WBA’s message to do business within the Association.
2017 Business of the Year, Northern Bank
Every year the Woburn Business Association chooses a business that has shown significant growth, innovation, and commitment to community to be their Business of the Year. Northern Bank is that business for 2017. The award was presented by Woburn’s City Council President, Richard Haggerty. In his speech Rich highlighted that is was a special honor to,
Recognize a family company that has played such an important role in our civic, philanthropic and business community in Woburn for over 65 years…Their entrepreneurial spirit shows in their support of new business and growth. They took what seemed a risky move, investing in their headquarters on Mishawum Road at a time when the economy was bleak and many chose to stay on the sidelines…They have been named the #1 performing Community Bank in New England for seven straight years.
Accepting on behalf of Northern Bank was James Mawn, President & CEO. He told the story of grit and determination that drove two businessmen, James and Thomas Mawn, who struggled to find funding for their business to start a bank of their own. The secret of Northern Bank’s success lies in their commitment to support the entrepreneurial spirit and be willing to take risks.
NuPath, Helping people living with disabilities achieve career success
Anthony Shaw, a career counselor for NuPath Inc. shared his personal story of finding professional success by coaching adults living with disabilities to challenge themselves to achieve fulfilling careers. Tony’s background in film gave him the inspiration to film mock interviews, allowing his clients to strengthen their communication and interviewing skills. Tony’s has helped his clients find fulfilling and engaging work with many local businesses including Boston Appliance, Dole & Bailey, Dave & Busters, Market Basket and many more.
Keynote Speaker, Sean Stellato
Our Keynote Speaker, Sean Stellato is the author of No Backing Down. Sean shared stories of digging deep and believing in what often seemed impossible to become the quarterback of his 1994 Salem High School football team, an author, arena football player and NFL agent. With the odds stacked against him at under 5’8″ tall, Sean pushed himself on to greatness and enjoys helping others to do the same.
Many Thank to our sponsors and to Joe Brown Digital Photography for these great pictures!