Congratulations to our

2014 Recipients

Each one of the individuals and organizations honored here is creating lasting change in our world, and we thank them for their passion, vision, and perseverance in achieving success while giving back to their community and inspiring others.

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    Since its inception in 2008, the Celebration of Excellence has become one of those “don’t miss” events that has built such a strong reputation because the focus is entirely community based. Each year, the award recipients’ stories are compelling and inspiring; the atmosphere is warm and festive; the food is remarkable and plentiful; and all those who attend enjoy a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and greet long-time acquaintances. We have been graced with incredible keynote speakers, from Theo Epstein and Tedy Bruschi to Chris Gardner and Bonnie St. John, whose stories of perseverance, determination and generosity of spirit provide the perfect framework for this celebration.

    Enterprise Bank would like to thank all who have submitted nominations, all those nominees that have completed applications, and our panels of judges through the years who have shouldered the unenviable responsibility of selecting award winners from fields of so many deserving candidates.

  • For his extraordinary gallantry, unrivaled courage, and selfless leadership in action on October 25, 2007, Sal Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House
    ceremony on November 16, 2010. Staff Sgt. Giunta was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War and the eighth service member to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan. His other military decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal to name a few. He is a husband, a father, and the author of Living with Honor (2012).


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  • On May 7, 2013, the fourth Celebration of Excellence—and largest to date—was held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, where keynote speaker Bonnie St. John, Olympic medalist and author, inspired the audience as she reflected on the obstacles she has overcome. Despite having her right leg amputated at the age of five, Ms. St. John has lived life to the fullest, becoming the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing.

    Enterprise Bank honored 11 Celebration of Excellence recipients for Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Service, Non-Profit of the Year, Educator of the Year, and the George L. Duncan Award of Excellence.

    Read more about Bonnie St. John and the 2013 Celebration of Excellence award recipients.


    2013 Celebration

  • On November 9, 2011, Enterprise Bank hosted the third Celebration of Excellence at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Keynote speaker Chris Gardner—an entrepreneur and real-life inspiration for the Will Smith, Oscar-nominated film, The Pursuit of Happyness—moved the audience to tears as he spoke of struggling through homeless while raising his young son as he pursued his dream to become a broker.

    Enterprise Bank honored 10 Celebration of Excellence recipients for Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Service, Non-Profit of the Year, Educator of the Year, and the George L. Duncan Award of Excellence.

    Read more about Chris Gardner and the 2011 Celebration of Excellence award recipients.


    2011 Celebration

  • On May 5, 2010, the second Celebration of Excellence was held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tedy Bruschi served as keynote speaker, inspiring and moving the guests with stories of his glory days as a Superbowl Champion New England Patriot, as well as the determination and fortitude he needed to recover from the stroke that nearly claimed his life.

    Enterprise Bank honored nine Celebration of Excellence recipients for Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Service, Non-Profit of the Year, and the George L. Duncan Award of Excellence.

    Read more about Tedy Bruschi and the 2010 Celebration of Excellence award recipients.


    2010 Celebration

  • On November 13, 2008, Enterprise Bank hosted the inaugural Celebration of Excellence at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Keynote speaker Theo Epstein— Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox and architect of two World Series champion teams— captivated the audience with an inside look at building a championship organization.

    Enterprise Bank honored 10 Celebration of Excellence recipients for Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Excellence, and the George L. Duncan Award of Excellence.

    Read more about Theo Epstein and the 2008 Celebration of Excellence award recipients.


    2008 Celebration

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  • Jim Conway is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Courier Corporation, headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The Courier Corporation publishes, prints, and sells books internationally, with two lines of business: full-service book manufacturing and specialty printing.

    Mr. Conway has served as Chairman of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, The Lowell Plan, and the former Saints Medical Center in Lowell. He has served on the boards of the Book Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.; Greater Lowell Community Foundation; Massachusetts Business Roundtable; American Textile History Museum; and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Inc.


    James F. Conway III

  • Dianne Anderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawrence General Hospital (LGH). An active person in the community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as several local charities. Ms. Anderson shares the expertise gained in 30-plus years in health care with policy makers and leaders in Massachusetts and beyond as a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board for Region 1 and the American Hospital Association Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Advisory Council, the Governor’s Statewide Quality Advisory Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the United Way Healthcare Leadership Committee, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


    Dianne Anderson

  • A business and civic leader, Ron Ansin served as Chairman of the Anwelt Corporation in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and L.B. Evans’ Son Company, Inc., in Leominster, Massachusetts until 2000. He was Commissioner of Commerce and Development of Massachusetts in Governor Dukakis’s administration.

    Mr. Ansin founded the Ansin Family Leadership Development Program and continues his extensive civic and philanthropic endeavors, including service on the Board of Overseers of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston, the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of North-Central Massachusetts, Lawrence Academy, and the Thayer Symphony Orchestra. He is a major benefactor of Fenway Health, Boston, and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston, Lawrence and Fitchburg-Leominster. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the ACLU of Massachusetts, he is also the founder of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of North-Central Massachusetts.


    Ronald M. Ansin

  • Dr. Robert V. Antonucci has been President of Fitchburg State University since June of 2003. A 35-year veteran of education, President Antonucci served as the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Education from 1992 to 1998. He played a key role in the passage and enactment of the state’s historic Education Reform Act of 1993, a landmark law now seen as a national model.

    President Antonucci’s record of success at Fitchburg State includes the drafting of a new strategic plan, executing a structural reorganization, launching the most successful capital campaign in the institution’s history, and completing a host of capital projects. He also initiated an ambitious series of technology initiatives, including establishment of a wireless campus, a total upgrade of the computer laboratories, and the creation of dozens of new classrooms that allow faculty access to the latest technologies.


    Bob Antonucci

  • Gino Baroni is President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Building, LLC, headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, as well as a co-founder of Trident Properties, LLC, and Trident Capital Enterprises, LLC. After leaving the area to lead a national firm in strategic expansion and undertaking signature construction projects, Mr. Baroni returned to the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire to provide Owner’s Project Manager/Advisor services to non-profits, municipalities, school districts, and transitional care communities

    His commitment to community service is reflected in, his participation in and support for, organizations with missions to improve the quality of life for the residents of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.


    Gino J. Baroni

  • Jennifer Borislow is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Borislow Insurance, a leading provider of health and welfare benefits solutions. Borislow Insurance serves more than 350 businesses and non-profit organizations through New England with expert insight into key issues such as health care reform, compliance, retiree health solutions, wellness, and consumer empowerment.

    Ms. Borislow is the co-author of two books, Bend the Health Care Trend and Inspire to Act. She is an industry leader and active participant on several insurance company advisory boards and is a keynote speaker at many national events and conferences. Her commitment to community involvement is highlighted by her passion to make a difference in the lives of others.


    Jennifer Borislow

  • Charley Brophy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hub International New England, LLC, based in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Hub New England is one of the largest brokers in the region, with premium totals ranking in the top three out of nearly 7,000 agencies in New England. As a full-service brokerage, HUB New England offers clients the advantages of a large, international company, with a strong sense of local service and expertise. Hub has a formal relationship with over 50 major insurance markets.

    Mr. Brophy is a member of the advisory board for the Hartford, Arbella, Travelers and AIG Insurance Companies. An advocate of community involvement, he is also a member of St. John’s Prep Alumni, Insurance Library Association of Boston, and Colby College Leadership committee.


    Charles J. Brophy III

  • Gary Campbell is the Chief Operating Officer of Gilbert Campbell Real Estate, which owns and manages rental housing in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is responsible for management operations, which include marketing, finance, and maintenance, as well as developing new rental communities in which the company can invest. A past President of the Apartment Association of New Hampshire, he is a member of ULI Boston, IREM, and the Northeast Realtors.

    Mr. Campbell has served as President of the Lowell Plan, Chairman of the Board of Pike School Andover, Chairman of the Board of the former Saints Medical Center in Lowell, and a Trustee for Lowell General Hospital.


    Gary Campbell

  • Carole Cowan is the President of Middlesex Community College, the largest and most comprehensive community college in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Local partnership initiatives with area businesses and public school systems have put Middlesex Community College in the forefront of economic and workforce development, as well as educational reform.

    Under Ms. Cowan’s leadership, MCC has also developed international partnerships, fostering training programs and exchange opportunities in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America. Her supervision and direction continue to better Middlesex Community College and all those who attend. Ms. Cowan generously contributes her time to many charitable and non-profit organizations.


    Dr. Carole A. Cowan

  • Ed Davis has been a highly respected law enforcement professional for 35 years, serving as Police Commissioner for the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013. He began his career as a patrol officer with the Lowell Police Department in 1978, rising through the ranks to become Superintendent, a position he held for 12 years. From 1994-1999, he reduced the crime rate in Lowell more quickly than any other American city of over 100,000 residents.

    Commissioner Davis was Boston’s lead police official during the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Hailed for his professional and decisive leadership, he testified before Congress about the bombing and lessons learned. He now serves as the security analyst on WBZ News in Boston. His future plans include a visiting fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and assisting with a local non-profit helping offenders return to society.


    Ed Davis

  • Desh Deshpande is the founder of Deshpande Foundation and also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office.

    Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades, involved in numerous companies either as the founder or a founding investor. He has served as Chairman of several companies, including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems, and Curata.

    Dr. Deshpande serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, where he established the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, Deshpande Foundation has founded three other centers: Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, Merrimack Valley Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in Lowell/Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He also co-chairs a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.


    Dr. Desh Deshpande

  • Professional golfer, Joanne Flynn, is the owner of the Windham Country Club in Windham, New Hampshire. A PGA member since 1994, she has instructed golfers of all ages and abilities.

    Ms. Flynn’s passion and commitment to community is an inspiration for others. She serves on the Board of the Salem Animal Rescue League and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Salem Boys & Girls Club. She has also run a charity golf tournament for A Safe Place for the past 15 years.

    Ms. Flynn has a great desire to give back to the community and help anyone less fortunate. She started a Mobility Impaired Golf program that offers individuals the opportunity to get out on the links with the use of adaptive clubs and carts. She also runs free junior clinics for inner city golf programs in Lowell.


    Joanne Flynn

  • Rey Lopez is the CEO and founder of Resource Management, INC. (RMI) located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. RMI employs approximately 6,500 employees leased to small or mid-sized companies, providing a variety of services including human resources, payroll preparation, risk management, and employment law compliance. RMI ranked 54th in the top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses nationwide and is #1 in all of New England.

    Mr. Lopez serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Condo Association, the Employers Insurance Group Inc., and the Hispanic Business Counsel of Kissimmee, Florida. Recently, he was invited to be keynote speaker for NSHMBA “Transforming your Future” Gala Event.


    Rey Lopez

  • Royall M. Mack Sr. is the Founder and CEO of Ciara Enterprises LLC, a company providing fundraising, organizational development, strategic planning, tactical execution, sales/marketing and distribution to for-profit and non-profit organizations. Mr. Mack began his corporate career with Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., and then became Corporate Officer of the Gillette Company in Boston.

    Appointed to Middlesex Community College’s (MCC) Board of Trustees in 2007, Mr. Mack became Chairman of the Board at MCC in 2012. There, he has helped create the Merrimack Valley Partners for Progress, a unique educational alliance between MCC and Northern Essex Community College focused on forging closer college and business relationships, and dedicated to economic development along the Merrimack River corridor.


    Royall Mack

  • Martin T. Meehan is the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since assuming the chancellorship in 2007, he has propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution has achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention and funding for research and scholarships. While strongly focusing on academics and student success, Chancellor Meehan has made access, affordability and diversity a keystone of his vision to raise UMass Lowell’s image and impact on the region.

    Prior to his role as UML Chancellor, he represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007, where he served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Previously, he served as Massachusetts Deputy Secretary of State for Securities and Corporations, and he was the First Assistant District Attorney of Middlesex County.


    Martin T. Meehan

  • Jerry O’Connor is the Chairman of O’Connor Hardware & Rental in Billerica, MA. During his tenure, O’Connor Hardware has grown into the largest True Value store in the country.

    O’Connor Hardware is a third generation, family owned and operated hardware store, currently celebrating 60 years in Billerica.

    Jerry has been very active in the business community, formerly serving as Chairman of Member Insurance Agency, Inc. as well as directorships in the True Value Corporation, Standard Hardware, and Saints Medical Center in Lowell, MA. He has also served on the Advisory Board at O.M. Scott, Co.

    Jerry has been very involved in the local community as well; having served as President of the Billerica Rotary Club. In addition, Jerry formerly held the position of President and remains an active member of the board at the Billerica Boys and Girls Club where he has served since 1974 and where he was recognized in 2011 as their Man of the Year.


    Jerry O’Connor

  • Christine Schuster is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Emerson Hospital. She previously served as President and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and Athol Memorial Hospital, as well as Chief Operating Officer of the Extended Care Division of Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System in Worcester, and Director of Critical Care at New England Deaconess Hospital. Early in her career, she was a healthcare consultant with Coopers & Lybrand.

    Ms. Schuster currently serves as Chairman of Power Options, a leading energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, as well as a board member of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals and a Corporator for Middlesex Bank. She serves on the Massachusetts Hospital Association Standing Committee on Finance and Political Action Committee. In 2011, Ms. Schuster received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Concord Chamber of Commerce, as well the Prescription for Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report.


    Christine Schuster

  • Julia Silverio is the President and CEO of Silverio Insurance. Founded in 1984 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Silverio Insurance is a provider of quality protection for individuals, families and businesses. Ms. Silverio has contributed to the political structures in her community and the Commonwealth, serving as the first Dominican American woman to hold public office as a Lawrence City Councilor from 1999-2004. During her tenure as City Councilor, she was the Chairwoman of the Personnel, and Budget and Finance Committees.

    Ms. Silverio was the first Latin American woman to be awarded the Tribute to Women in Industry by the YWCA in 1986. She was the recipient of the Leadership Award by the Dominican American National Roundtable in 2005, and in 2012 became the only Latin American recipient to receive the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by the Immigrant Learning Center in Boston. She is a philanthropist and a significant voice in the Lawrence business community, actively campaigning for a greater Latino presence in city government and the empowerment of women entrepreneurs, and prides herself in being a mentor to young Latino men and women.


    Julia Silverio

  • Linda Sopheap Sou serves as the Director of the Teen BLOCK programs at the Lowell Community Health Center. Ms. Sou and her team support the healthy development of young people and empower them to become leaders in the community by building leadership opportunities in the community and providing knowledge on health education and prevention to enhance the future prospects of young people.
    She also serves the Lowell community through her work as part-time Executive Director of the Angkor Dance Troupe Inc., connecting communities through the preservation, education and innovation of Cambodian Performing Arts. Ms. Sou is charged with leading the team of staff and instructors in making Lowell the epicenter for innovative Cambodian performing arts with the Angkor Dance Troupe at its core.

    Daughter to Cambodian immigrants, Ms. Sou was born and raised in Lowell and resides in the city’s Centralville neighborhood.


    Linda Sopheap Sou

  • Sam Tamposi is the President of the Tamposi Company, a real estate development firm located in Nashua, New Hampshire, with major real estate interests in New Hampshire and Florida. The firm actively manages 1.6 million square feet of industrial and commercial buildings and over 1,000 acres of land held for development or investment.

    Mr. Tamposi has been an active member of the Nashua community for many years. He serves as the director of First Federal Savings Bank of Boston, a trustee of Rivier College, and trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua Charitable Foundation. He also oversees a scholarship fund in memory of his father, awarding scholarship grants to Nashua area high school seniors desiring to attend Rivier College. Mr. Tamposi is also the President of the Tamposi Foundation, which makes annual donations to local charities and deserving causes. Under his tenure, the Tamposi Company has donated nearly 3,000 acres of family-owned land in New Hampshire for the purpose of conservation, recreation, and to protect the quality of life for New Hampshire citizens.


    Sam Tamposi

  • Jody White serves as President of Lowell General Hospital, responsible for overseeing the overall vision and leadership of the hospital and its management team. Prior to his appointment as President, Mr. White served for ten years as LGH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the hospital.

    Prior to joining Lowell General, Mr. White served at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. A contributor to the community, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lowell YMCA and the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, and he is a member of the Committee on Finance for the Massachusetts Hospital Association.


    Jody White


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