Drake joins True North Insurance as broker/VP

Brian Drake has joined True North Insurance as an employee benefits broker and a vice president, according to President and COO Holly Taylor.

Drake will be responsible for developing new business relationships and providing strategic guidance to employers on their medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans and benefit administration solutions.

He most recently served as a benefits consultant in the Boston market. Drake has also served as a regional sales manager and senior sales representative in Eastern Massachusetts.

SBA honors Berkshire Bank employee

Peter Rice of Berkshire Bank has been named 2016 Financial Services Champion for Massachusetts by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"Berkshire Bank consistently ranks in the top five in the state for productivity," said SMA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson. "Peter's commitment in developing strong partnerships with the SBA and its partners while supporting under-resourced communities — serves as a prime formula for success in community lending."


Lee firm achieves NOTIFIER premier status

Lee Audio 'N Security has been awarded certification as the Honeywell NOTIFIER Premier Distributor for Western Massachusetts and New York's Capital District.


This top-level designation is only available to highly experienced distributors with proven and tested expertise in Honeywell's NOTIFIER Engineered Alarm Systems.

NOTIFIER by Honeywell is a leading manufacturer of advanced Fire Alarm and Mass Notification Systems used in small, medium and large commercial, industrial, government and institutional facilities.

Blass Communications rebrands with new name

Blass Communications is rebranding as Blass Marketing to better represent its wider range of marketing services, and has added three new divisions to reflect the firm's expanded areas of focused expertise. The 47-year-old, second genration firm also has a new logo, color pallette and four entirely new websites.