Biz Briefs: Fall Foliage Parade Gets $3,000 Boost From MountainOne
Parade help: Kelli Kozak, assistant vice president and community engagement officer for MountainOne, gave Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade director Danielle Thomas of 1Berkshire a check for $3,000 in support of the annual parade. The presentation was made at a 1Berkshire and North Adams Chamber of Commerce event at Community Health Programs in North Adams.
The Fall Foliage Parade is in its 62nd year in 2017. This year the theme is "Magic in the Berkshires," inspired by everything magical going on in the Berkshires from Harry Potter on Mount Greylock to Fairies in Adams, and so much more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.
Good job: Berkshire-based advertising agency Winstanley Partners was honored this month with two ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF), as part of the Albany AdClub's regional competition. The agency took home a silver ADDY for its annual holiday mailer, which this year urged recipients to "Make America Grate Again" and included a tree-shaped cheese grater. A new logo design for Dadanco, a leading manufacturer in the HVAC industry based in Westfield, Mass., also earned a silver ADDY – both projects were completed in 2016.
Awards were presented at Proctors GE Theatre in Schenectady, N.Y. All gold and silver-winning entries are eligible to move on to the national level of competition, sponsored by the AAF. Winstanley Partners, a full-service marketing firm best known for its award-winning work in consumer sporting goods, technology, and creative B2B solutions, celebrated its 30th year in business in the Berkshires in 2016.
Wall Street matters: Author William D. Cohan will speak at Williams College about "Why Wall Street Matters" on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Cohan will speak about his new book, "Why Wall Street Matters," in conversation with Jerry Caprio, William Brough professor of economics and chair of the Center for Development Economics' executive committee.
While often critical of the bad behavior that plagued much of Wall Street leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, Cohan says he is "alarmed by the vitriol directed at the bankers, traders, and executives who keep the wheels of our economy turning." As an ex-banker, he is considered an expert on the sector's inner workings, and has used this insight to write his books. According to Cohan, "Why Wall Street Matters" "is a timely and trenchant reminder of the good these institutions do…and the dire consequences for us all if the essential role they play in making our lives better is carelessly curtailed."
Cohan is a former senior Wall Street mergers and acquisitions investment banker, working for 17 years at Lazard Freres & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase. He is a New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction books about Wall Street, "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World," "House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street" and "The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co." He is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has a weekly opinion column for BloombergView. He also writes for The Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, ArtNews, The Irish Times, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine.
Cohan is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Development Economics and the Department of Economics.