Bedford Chamber of Commerce Announces Community Award Winners

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen\

The 2017 Bedford Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Celebration has been scheduled for February 27 at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel.

During the evening, the Chamber will present its 2017 community awards:

  • Business of the Year: Riggio’s Sunoco
  • Business Person of the Year: Chuck Duran – Carlton & Duran, CPAs
  • Diversity Award: State Representative Ken Gordon
  • Outstanding Service to the Chamber:  Jeff Cohen
  • Ray of Hope Youth Award:  Noah Dayton Southard

The evening will highlight two speakers, Lexington Symphony Conductor, Jonathan McPhee and keynote speaker Secretary of Housing & Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  Jay Ash.

About Jay Ash

Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation.

He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. He grew the city’s housing stock by over ten percent, expanded its commercial base with two dozen major projects, led all Gateway Cities with a 15% increase in new employment, developed 10 new parks, secured five credit rating increases, and won two All-America City designations for Chelsea.

Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.

About Jonathan McPhee

Lexington Symphony conductor Jonathan McPhee – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

According to the Chamber’s newsletter, “In recent seasons McPhee has conducted many orchestras at home and abroad including London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Sarasota Symphony (FL), and Germany’s Hamburg Philharmonic, and is a frequent guest conductor for Houston Ballet.

Some of the world’s most distinguished dance companies for which Mr. McPhee has served as conductor include The Royal Ballet (England), Martha Graham Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet,  National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet,  Den Norske Ballett in Norway, and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark.

In addition to a broad repertoire in the field of dance, Mr. McPhee has conducted pops concerts, musical theatre, and operetta.  He has also conducted grand opera with Opera Boston, the American Opera Center in New York, and Boston University Opera Institute.”

Registration begins at 6 pm. Click this link to order your tickets today ($60 per person).

Correction: This article was updated on February 7 to add speaker Jay Ash and correct the ticket price to $60 per person.

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