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Celebration of Excellence

At Enterprise Bank we know what it is like to dedicate oneself to achieving a dream. We understand the long hours, fortitude, perseverance, and vision necessary to grow a successful business, make a real difference in the lives of our families and employees, commit to the important task of educating our children, and become an important contributor to the livelihood of our community.

For more than 25 years, we have witnessed the amazing results realized by people who are determined to create success, no matter what. These people are not seeking recognition, nor do they need to receive awards. They know that creating success is its own reward. They are your neighbors, friends, business associates and teachers.

Every two years, we host the Celebration of Excellence at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, a joyous, invitation-only event that celebrates these amazing people with the public recognition they so richly deserve. We are pleased to host our next Celebration of Excellence on May 1, 2018.

For directions to the 2018 Celebration of Excellence, click here.

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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.

  • On November 12, 2014, Enterprise Bank celebrated our fifth Celebration of Excellence—and largest to date—at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, where 2,000 guests were inspired by stories of the honorees’ dedication, perseverance, and triumph over adversity, as well as the incredibly moving keynote address by Sal Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since Vietnam.

    Read more about Sal Giunta and the 2014 Celebration of Excellence award recipients.


    2014 Celebration

  • On May 7, 2013, the fourth Celebration of Excellence 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 Executive Vice President of RR Donnelley’s Book Platform. He was formerly Chairman, President and CEO of Courier Corporation which was acquired by RR Donnelley in June 2015.

    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

  • Jessica Andors is the Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, a nonprofit community development corporation forging a network of residents and stakeholders revitalizing the city of Lawrence, MA. Jessica was part of a team of community organizers that spearheaded the organization’s rebirth in 1999. Since then, LCW has grown from a staff of one and a deficit, to a $2.7 million organization with over 5,000 resident and stakeholder members, over $90 million invested in affordable housing, family asset building, and community organizing and development, and numerous awards for its work. Jessica received her Master’s of City Planning degree from MIT, where she was honored for outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

    Previously, she worked in the New York and San Francisco nonprofit sectors after graduating from Amherst College. She currently serves on the Boards of the MA Association of Community Development Corporations, Mill Cities Community Investments, and the Lawrence Partnership, a public-private economic development collaborative; she also sits on the MA Brownfields Advisory Group and the New Markets Advisory Group.


    Jessica Andors

  • 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

  • Arthur Anton is the Chief Operating Officer of Anton’s Cleaners. He joined the family business after receiving a BA from Harvard University in 1981. In his role as COO, Arthur helps Anton’s lead the industry in customer service and quality. It is not uncommon to walk into a store and see Arthur with his sleeves rolled up, teaching an employee how to properly press a garment.

    Arthur is deeply engaged with the communities Anton’s serves, both through his frequent store visits and his involvement with Caring Partners, Inc. and its two seasonal programs: Belle of the Ball and Coats for Kids. Arthur has taken the lead in ensuring these programs reach their full potential by personally inspecting each prom dress and organizing the delivery of nearly 60,000 coats on a yearly basis to local distributors.

    Additionally, he currently serves on several Boards including, Caring Partners, Inc. (2009-present), The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board of Greater Boston (2014-present), the Massachusetts Family Business Association (2010-present), and the Board of Governors at Lowell General Hospital (2010-present), just to name a few.


    Arthur Anton, Jr.

  • Dr. Robert V. Antonucci, a lifelong educator widely recognized for his expertise in all facets of public education, is president emeritus of Fitchburg State University. A 35-year veteran of education, Dr. 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.

    During his 12 years at Fitchburg State—2003 to 2015—the Fitchburg State graduate and former state commissioner of education enhanced his reputation for leadership and innovation. In addition to fulfilling his duties on campus, he was a tireless community advocate and spokesperson for public schools and colleges, serving on local, regional and national boards, meeting with officials at all levels of government, and working to revitalize North Central Massachusetts.


    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. He is also involved as an Owner/Developer of LIHTC and market rate residential projects.

    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 300 businesses and non-profit organizations throughout New England with expert insight into key issues such as health care reform, Affordable Health Care compliance, retiree health solutions, wellness, and consumer empowerment.

    Ms. Borislow is the co-author of three books, Bend the Health Care Trend, Inspire to Act and Inspire to Act for Kids. 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

  • Mr. Brophy is President and CEO of HUB International New England, LLC in Wilmington, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Whittemore Business School at the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Brophy has over 25 years of business development and management experience with domestic and London based brokerage firms. He joined HUB International New England, LLC in 1996 after spending 12 years as director of Bain Hogg Robinson LLC. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Hartford, AIG, Arbella, Safeco, Travelers and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He is active in the Insurance Library Association of Boston and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to his career in the brokerage field, Mr. Brophy was a Senior Commercial Lines Underwriter with the Travelers Insurance Company.


    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, the Northeast Realtors and the Northeast Builders and Remodelers Association.

    Mr. Campbell is currently the Co-Chair of the Lowell Plan, Chair 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 served as the president of Middlesex Community College for 25 years before retiring in 2015. Under her leadership, she built and grew the college campuses in Bedford and Lowell into one of the largest and most comprehensive community colleges in Massachusetts. She emphasized the importance of local partnerships with area businesses and public schools which put Middlesex in the forefront of economic development and education reform.

    During Dr. Cowan’s tenure, Middlesex developed international partnerships, fostering training programs and exchange opportunities for students in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America.

    Dr. Cowan generously contributes her time to many charitable and non-profit organizations, including MassInsight Education, a Boston-based education policy think tank, Project Learn in Lowell, and the Middlesex Community College Foundation.


    Dr. Carole A. Cowan

  • Edward F. Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a full-service security and consulting firm. The firm specializes in product development, and advises major corporations on the latest technology in the police and security fields. Specializing in telecommunication, cyber security, risk management, continuity of business planning, crisis management for corporations, as well as large scale events and best practice consulting in community policing.

    Davis has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013. Commissioner Davis was Boston’s lead police official during the tragic Marathon bombing and testified before Congress about the bombing and lessons learned. Prior to that, Davis was the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, a position he held for 12 years and one he rose to after starting out as a patrol officer in 1978. Davis’s leadership resulted in over 50% reductions in part one crime in Lowell and over 30% reductions in Boston. He comes from a police family, which has allowed him to better understand the needs of police officers and the communities they serve.


    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, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Dr. Deshpande was the co-chair of the National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.


    Dr. Desh Deshpande

  • PGA Professional 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, New Hampshire Golf Association and is the 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 18 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.


    Joanne Flynn

  • Dr. Lane A. Glenn is President of Northern Essex Community College (NECC), with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Glenn served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at NECC.

    Dr. Glenn is focused on student success and is passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college. He is also active in community and statewide economic development initiatives, particularly in Gateway Cities.

    Before he joined the Northern Essex staff he served as Dean of Academic and Student Services at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan; and on the faculty at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. He has a diverse background in education and the performing arts that includes more than 25 years of teaching and administration, along with work as a writer, and as an actor and director for stage, television, and films.


    Lane Glenn

  • Rey Lopez is the CEO and founder of Resource Management, INC. (RMI) located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. RMI is a privately owned Human Resource Organization (HRO) founded in 1995. RMI provides small to mid-size companies with a variety of services including: human resources, payroll preparation, risk management, and employment law compliance.

    Mr. Lopez serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Condo Association, Employers Insurance Group Inc., the Hispanic Business Counsel of Kissimmee, Florida and is Treasurer of FAPEO – Florida Association of Professional Employer Organization.


    Rey Lopez

  • James Mabry grew up outside Rochester, New York, attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio and later completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University. He taught social studies in New York City public high schools and later taught U.S. history and economics at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He served as an Academic Dean at Palm Beach State College in Florida and as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mesa Community College in Arizona. On February 16, 2015, Mabry began his service as the fourth president of Middlesex Community College.

    James holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree from The London School of Economics.


    Jim Mabry

  • Martin T. Meehan, the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts, is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus system. He was elected president after eight successful years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he led the campus on its rise to top-tier national university status, improving its performance in every sphere of activity.

    President Meehan has an abiding belief in public higher education’s power to transform lives, and believes that the University of Massachusetts is the singular force for social and economic progress in the Commonwealth.

    A former member of Congress, President Meehan represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He also served as Massachusetts’ deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County.


    Martin T. Meehan

  • 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 2102 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 serves as the Chief of Interpretation and Education for the Lowell National Historical Park, National Park Service. In this role she works collaboratively with park partners, and is a critical organizational link between the actions of staff in the field and strategic park planning. Linda works to establish and sustain partnerships with community and academic institutions. She also leads and supports the planning, development, and implementation of the park’s interpretive and education programs. Linda is charged with updating the Lowell NHP planning documents, park interpretive themes, and develop the next generation of community engagement and programming for Lowell’s diverse communities.

    In addition to her work at the park Linda also serves on the board of directors for multiple organizations and serves as part of the faculty at the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership as a Senior fellow. Linda finds tremendous pride in the City of Lowell and champions efforts around youth development, community coalition building and cultural preservation and innovation.

    Daughter to Cambodian immigrants, Linda was born and raised in Lowell.


    Linda Sopheap Sou

  • Sam Tamposi is the President of the Tamposi Company, a real estate development firm located in Nashua, New Hampshire, with 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 a 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

  • Joseph 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 was Vice President at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. A contributor to the community, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lowell Family YMCA, Circle Home Homecare and Hospice, The Massachusetts Hospital Association, and the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals.


    Joseph White

  • Mrs. Anita Worden is an experienced and successful business leader with a proven track record of creating solid management teams. Mrs. Worden is a co-founder and Co-CEO of Solectria Renewables and brings exceptional leadership, team building and financial relationships to the Company. Under Mrs. Worden’s leadership, Solectria Renewables’ revenues have grown multi-fold and it has become a leader in the Photovoltaic Inverter industry. In 2014, Mrs. Worden managed Solectria’s successful acquisition by Yaskawa America Inc. From 1989-2005, as the Co-Founder, President, and Board Member of Solectria Corporation, an internationally recognized leader in the electric and hybrid vehicle industry, she skillfully lead all aspects of operations and finance, resulting in the Company’s tremendous growth.

    Mrs. Worden is on the Board of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, participates on the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, is a member of the YMCA Active Science Advisory Board and is on the Merrimack Valley General Fund Grants Committee (ECCF). Mrs. Worden has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech as a 2013 Woman to Watch. In 2014, she was recognized by Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute’s list of Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts. She has been recognized by the YWCA as one of the recipients of the Annual Tribute to Women awards and has been nominated as a 2015 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year. Mrs. Worden is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Anita Worden


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