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 Approves New Solar Incentive for Low-Income Residents

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Correspondent

DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board acted unanimously on a new program Colonial Power says will incentivize solar development and bring savings to around 250 local households.

The change will come in the form of a discount for Dalton households already enrolled in the town's municipal aggregation program who meet the income guidelines. It is part of a 2020 expansion of the Department of Energy's SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program, and is "creating additionality while serving customers who have been left out for years," according to Mark Cappadona of Colonial Power.

Impacted customers will not need to do anything to receive the benefit of the program, Cappadona said.

"They'll receive a mailing informing them that they will begin receiving a discount. They can opt out if they wish."

In other news, the Select Board approved a new 4th of July race that will act as a replacement to the annual 5-kilometer preceding Pittsfield's Independence Day parade, which was canceled for a second year because of to COVID-19.

The 5K race route will begin and end at Wahconah Regional High School, said Town Manager Tom Hutcheson.

Registration is now open online or runners can register the day of the race from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The first 200 registered runners will receive a free hat. Bibs pickup prior to race day will be at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St., Pittsfield on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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