Berkshire Money Management Welcomes Operations Manager

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DALTON, Mass. — Natalie Wheeler has joined the Berkshire Money Managament team as operations manager.

Prior to joining Berkshire Money Management, Wheeler was the director of office operations at Atlas Private Wealth Management for nine years. During her time at Atlas, she helped spearhead organizational goals and procedures to ensure that all general office and personnel operations ran smoothly across multiple offices. Her professional versatility provided all employees with the necessary tools, training and resources they needed to be successful.

Wheeler also managed employee benefits and all human resource questions and concerns.

"Natalie has significant executive-level experience. BMM is growing faster, we believe, than any other financial service firm in the area because of our depth and breadth of services," founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "She will play a big role in helping us sustain that growth by keeping our operational machine humming as we offer more sophisticated and customized guidance to our clients."

Despite across-the-board lags in gender diversity in the financial industry, BMM is one of few registered investment advisers that employs men and women equally.

"It is really powerful to look around the ‘boardroom table’ and see the intelligent, hard-working women who make up half of our team," said BMM President Barbara Schmick. "Having this kind of diversity—especially in an industry where it is often a room full of suits and numbers—brings real meaning and purpose to what we do for our clients. There is a realness to it that goes beyond portfolios."

Wheeler is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 29. In her free time, she enjoys playing Frisbee with her 4-year-old black lab Sofia, playing a round of golf, participating in the color run or climbing obstacles at an inflatable 5k. She lives in southern Vermont with her children, Tre and Gianna, and her fiancé Ryan.

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Dalton Fire Chief Hired But Name Will Be Released at Later Date

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass.—After a long search the Dalton Fire District has hired its new fire chief. 
"The district has gone through an exhaustive search looking for a new chief to replace Jim Peltier that was released in mid-summer. We feel that the new chief will bring the department together," Fire District Chair James Driscoll said. 
However, for now, the name of the new chief is being withheld because the district first wants to communicate with department staff before announcing it to the public, said Driscoll.
The district combed through 15 applications for the position and finally landed on one that they felt was a good fit. 
"We feel he has a lot of common sense and knowledge in the fire department and in the running of the fire department and hopefully everything will work out from this point forward," Driscoll said.
Driscoll said the district does plan to hold a swearing-in ceremony the first week of February. The exact date has yet to be determined. 
Retired Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski , who agreed agreed to act as interim chief until a new one could be found, will remain with the department until the new chief takes over.
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