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Regional Spotlight: The West

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Read an article on the event that appeared in in State House News Service and The Berkshire Eagle here.

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What are the competitive advantages of western Massachusetts as a business location?

As MassEcon focuses on marketing Massachusetts beyond its borders, we invite you to this Spotlight Series discussion. This free event is open to area business representatives and economic developers.

Join us for:

  • High-level snapshot of industry trends in the area
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Why Western Massachusetts works as a business location?

Speakers include:

Dana Huff, Senior Vice President, Client Sector Director, Tighe & Bond (Moderator)
Dana Huff is a Senior Vice President and serves as principal on assignments covering a variety of disciplines, with a primary focus on site/civil engineering projects. Utilizing technical, analytical, and engineering expertise, he has developed innovative and resourceful solutions to complex engineering challenges for municipal, state, commercial, private and international clients. Dana is Tighe & Bond’s client sector director and is the client sector leader for the firm’s Connecticut state and local government sector. He also has strong ties to Massachusetts, spending the majority of his 40-year career working specifically with Western Mass communities and businesses.


Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., President & CEO, Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (panelist)
Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Western Mass Economic Development Council, a private non-profit corporation that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region by aiding in expansion, relocation and networking. Before heading the EDC, Sullivan was Governor Deval Patrick’s top advisor and worked with all members of his Cabinet to advance the Administration’s agenda. Prior to being named Patrick’s Chief of Staff, Sullivan served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, overseeing the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies. Sullivan served as the mayor of Westfield from 1994 to 2007 and, in that capacity, chairman of the Westfield School Committee.


Peter Stasiowski, Director of Communication, Interprint USA (Pittsfield) (panelist)
Peter Stasiowski is the Director of Communications at Interprint, Inc. in Pittsfield, Mass., a designer and printer for the decorative surfacing industries. He joined the company in 2006 and is responsible for its marketing, communications, human resources, continuous improvement and safety functions. Peter joined Interprint after a long career as a creative director in the advertising industry. He serves on the boards of the Berkshire Innovation Center, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and 1Berkshire. Peter was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the state’s Economic Development Council. He earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida.


B. Stephen Boyd, CEO, Boyd Technologies (Lee) (panelist)
B. Stephen Boyd is the CEO of Boyd Technologies in Lee, MA and the Chairman and President of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC). As an advisor and frequent speaker on economic development he is often focused on collaboration and building value thru partnerships that align entrepreneurs with vision, agile teams and breakthrough technologies. As the CEO of Boyd Technologies, Mr. Boyd has grown every segment of the company’s business in year over year sales and new customer acquisitions. He has transformed the company’s focus and expertise on advanced materials to the Medtech and Life Sciences markets. Steve continues to lead Boyd Tech’s development and service model in the creation of single-use medical devices, components and disruptive technologies that change the world. He was named CEO 2007 after his success working in the Company’s sales and marketing departments. Prior to joining Boyd Tech, Stephen was an Associate at Economic Growth Group in New York City and an Associate Editor with Ski Magazine

Julie Cowan, Vice President, Business Development, MassDevelopment (panelist)
Julie Cowan is a Vice President for Business Development at MassDevelopment, Her responsibilities at MassDevelopment include making the scope of its offerings known throughout the 100 cities and towns of western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin Hampden and Hampshire Counties). In that role, she works with private industry, nonprofits and municipalities as well as part of recruitment teams that meet with prospects who are interested in moving to, expanding into or investing in western Massachusetts, all with the aim of community stabilization/redevelopment as well as employee-base retention and growth. As the State’s economic development and finance agency, MassDevelopment is one of two agencies that can issue tax-exempt bonds on behalf of private companies and non-profit organizations within the Commonwealth: it also partners with banks and other lenders with its loan and guaranty programs.


Dr. Mark Melnik, Director of Economic & Public Policy Research, UMass Donahue Institute (panelist)
Dr. Mark Melnik specializes in demographic, socio-economic, and labor market issues and leads a 15-person team working on a variety of public policy research projects informing clients in government, private industry, and the non-profit sectors. In his time at the Institute, Dr. Melnik has served as the principal-in-charge on projects with such clients as the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the City of Boston, and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.  As a leading expert in demographic issues, Dr. Melnik served on Governor Charlie Baker’s Future of Transportation Commission in 2018.  In addition, Dr. Melnik is the Senior Managing Editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy. 


Luc Hardyn, Vice President of Operations, Smith & Wesson (panelist)
Luc joined Smith & Wesson in 2012 as Director of Procurement, and in the past 8 years has done an outstanding job of leading this talented team in strengthening supplier relationships, implementing procurement best practices, training programs, creating standard work and automation within buying processes, forming key performance metric tracking dashboards, and ultimately ensuring our supply chain partners and processes are aligned and capable of supporting our high expectations for on-time delivery and cost, while maintaining the quality standards that Smith & Wesson is famous for. Luc has spent his entire career in operations, beginning as an operator on the swing shift in a local paper mill, where he worked through college. After earning his Master’s in Economics, he relocated from his native France to Canada with a large multinational paper company, and since then has spent the past 31 years in positions of increasing responsibility, achieving success at every level. He has held leadership roles within a variety of industries in finance, plant management, logistics, procurement, and planning; and has lived in Canada, France, China, and now the United States more precisely Western Mass since 1991.

Thank you to Host Regional Partners 



September 24
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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