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November 5, 2012

Business briefcase


Gloucester Daily Times

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BankGloucester is offering a “30 Days of November” customer appreciation give-away, according to Patrick Thorpe, president and chief executive officer.

As part of celebrating its 125th anniversary and to show appreciation to its customers, BankGloucester is giving away $125 per day, every day, in November.

One customer’s name will be drawn at random each day and that person will receive $125. Winners will be notified by phone. Customers do not have to do anything (except be 18 years of age or older) to qualify.

BankGloucester directors, officers, employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

BankGloucester, a $195 million state-chartered cooperative bank, was established in 1887. The bank is located at 160 Main St., Gloucester.

$230,000 given to Northshore Education

Donors contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Northshore Education Consortium in 2012.

Recently, the Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium hosted a donor recognition luncheon to thank them. Private individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations all gathered for lunch, catered by the culinary students of the Northshore Academy at McKeown in Beverly, one of the consortium’s five programs to meet the educational needs of students with special needs.

The Northshore Education Consortium, located at 112 Sohier Road in Beverly, is the largest provider of specialized services for students in the North of Boston region, including Gloucester and Cape Ann. Its programs include the Kevin O’Grady School for children with pervasive developmental disorders, including autism; the Recovery High School; Northshore Academy for students with social or emotional disabilities; Embark, SOAR and STEP transitional job training services for challenged young adults; and ACES onsite consultation for parents and educators within the 18 member school districts.

Donations in 2012 supported a full range of therapeutic and enriching activities for students such as music, art, gardening and hiking, as well as outdoor play improvements at the Kevin O’Grady campus and a host of technology (such as iPads) for classroom teaching, as well as hardware and software for administrative purposes.

Cans for tans

From now until Nov. 30, Sunbanque Tanning Salon, 156 Prospect St., Gloucester, will offer a free tan to anyone who brings in canned food items for the needy. No purchase is necessary.

All canned foods will be donated to The Open Door’s food pantry in Gloucester.

For more information, call 978-281-4442.

Gloucester native named CEO

MembersFirst Inc., a leading provider of online marketing, communications and back-office management solutions serving member-based clubs, businesses and organizations, recently announced the appointment of Kevin Kopanon as president and chief executive officer.

Most recently, Kopanon served as managing business development director for McGladrey LLP, the nation’s fifth largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with more than 6,500 employees nationwide.

Kopanon has spent more than 10 years in various roles including finance committee member, board member, vice president and finally as club president at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, where he grew up and attended Gloucester High School.

He and his family are also active members at three private clubs located in and around Boston.

“Kevin’s experience, industry insight, and proven track-record of success position him well for his new role as president and CEO of MembersFirst,” said Tony Baudanza, company co-founder and chairman, in a statement. “In addition to a strong technology background, he brings specialized corporate experience in sales, marketing and general management and has developed and directed strategies to both launch, and improve high value product and service offerings.”

“Being an entrepreneur at heart, this is an incredible opportunity to combine my professional experience with the lifelong affection I’ve had for both the club industry and the technology space,” said Kopanon in a statement. “It’s not often you’re lucky enough to bring your passion to work with you every day — this is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to getting started with Tony and the team at MembersFirst.”

Baudanza will remain chairman of the board of directors and continue to play an active role in the company.

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