Pittsfield: Berkshire Bank names Urkevich to SVP post

Gary Urkevich has been named SVP Information Technology at Berkshire Bank, the financial institution has announced.

In this role, he will manage and direct all activities of the IT department to provide core services to the company including client service, infrastructure, corporate systems, and information security.

Urkevich will continue to lead Berkshire's Corporate Initiatives team providing design, direction and oversight for all strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisition, primary systems conversions and Lean Six Sigma program implementation. He has successfully led this division since 2011.

Urkevich joined the bank in 2011 with more than 30 years of banking and financial systems experience. Prior to joining Berkshire, he worked at Sabic-Innovative Plastics and was responsible for delivering global treasury and tax systems. He previously held leadership roles at Troy Savings Bank, Key Bank and Fleet Bank.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College and an MBA from Siena College.

North Adams: Burns receives humanitarian award

Acquiring Editor Deborah Burns of Storey Publishing was awarded the first Pamela B. Art Humanitarian Award at the company's Christmas party.

The award is given annually to a Storey employee who enriches their local community by donating time or money and is also involved in larger charities that reflect Storey's core philanthropic interests in access to healthy food, literacy, and community.

The award, which includes a $500 contribution from the company to a charitable cause or organization, was named in honor of former Storey President Pam Art who recently retired after 30 years with the company.

Burns sits on Storey's philanthropy committee and has been instrumental in organizing the company's involvement with the Berkshire Food Project.