Making the News in Business, June 24

Big Y to organize hiring wave on June 29

SPRINGFIELD – Big Y will host its first company-wide recruiting event at more than 75 locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut on Tuesday, June 29. Anyone 18 and over will attend.

Each store as well as the distribution center will hold interviews and hiring managers will be able to make job offers on site from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that day. Currently, there are openings at all Big Y supermarkets, Big Y gasoline and convenience stores, Table & Vine fine wines and spirits, and the Big Y fresh and local distribution center.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply in advance online at, which also includes addresses for all locations.

Everyone hired on that day will receive a $ 50 gift card of their choice such as Apple, Big Y, or Spotify. Plus, after working all summer, every Big Y employee, including those newly hired, will receive an Employee Appreciation Bonus on their paycheque in early September. To be eligible, employees must have worked during the months of July and August.

Full-time supermarket openings include bakery, meat, seafood, in-store cooking and deli, department and assistant department managers, nighttime stock clerks. Part-time positions are open in all departments. Big Y Express Gas and Convenience openings include managers, assistant managers, head cashiers and clerks. Table et Vigne has openings in all departments. Fresh and local distribution center openings include selectors, carriers and equipment operators.

GSB appoints Richardson senior vice president

GREENFIELD – Greenfield Savings Bank has appointed Shandra B. Richardson Senior Vice President and Director of Operations. As Senior Operations Manager, Richardson will lead all aspects of the bank’s operations including compliance, retail banking, marketing, deposits, electronic and lending operations, and development and implementation. implementing new policies and procedures for the management of organizational systems.

Prior to joining GSB, Richardson held several executive positions at Citizens Bank NA and most recently at Santander Bank NA. She specializes in transforming the operational lifecycle, preparing for regulatory reviews, project management and organizational development. She has also been involved in corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including actively participating in several employee resource groups focused on supporting and empowering black women and employees. and Latin.

A graduate of UMass Amherst, Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration in addition to taking leadership and executive training courses in Lean methodology.

Richardson and her family are moving from Boston to western Massachusetts, where she is from.

Riverside Industries president to retire at year end

ESTHAMPTON – Char Gentès, President and CEO of Riverside Industries, will retire at the end of the year after nearly a decade as President.

At the end of May, Gentes told staff, individuals and guardians that Riverside serves that the future of the organization is a bright future. His retirement is a long-standing plan shared with the board a few years ago. She told staff: “I will reach the great age of 65 by the end of this year and look forward to a slower pace and more free time in this next chapter of my life.”

Gentes has spent most of his professional life at Riverside, celebrating a term of over 37 years. She is honored to have worked for such an amazing organization. During her tenure, she served as President for just under 10 years, leading the transition from the well-established model of accommodation workshop to community services.

The recruitment process to find a new president has already started, with the board forming a search committee a few months ago. The new president will work alongside Gentes for a month, allowing for a smooth transition.

Riverside Industries Inc. is a non-profit agency that has empowered people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live rich and fulfilling lives for over 50 years.

Freedom Credit Union raises $ 1,000 for MS

SPRINGFIELD – Throughout May, Freedom Credit Union raised cash donations at its 11 branches in western Massachusetts to benefit Walk MS 2021, which supports the work of the National MS Society. They raised $ 1,034 through the generosity of members and staff.

MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts communication signals in the brain and between the body and the brain. Patients may experience a wide range of symptoms which may include numbness and tingling, mood swings, memory problems, pain, fatigue, blindness, paralysis and more, all of which can be temporary. or permanent.

The world’s largest private funder of MS research, the National MS Society has invested more than $ 1 billion to date in developing solutions to help people overcome life’s challenges with MS. SEP and for research funding.

Throughout June and July, Freedom Credit Union now collects cash donations from all of its branches to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which is leading the fight against food insecurity in Hampden Counties, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire.


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