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AIM Chairman Urges Employers to Engage with Political System

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 31, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Associated Industries of Massachusetts Chairman Dan Kenary, Co-Founder and CEO of the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, is calling upon employers to step up their interactions with public officials in the face of an increasingly turbulent political environment.

Kenary told more than 750 business leaders at the AIM annual meeting that employers must create a "entrepreneurial populism" in which those who employ the citizens of Massachusetts articulate the value of their work to the larger society.

Here are his remarks...

 

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Massachusetts employers

Video Blog | Speaker DeLeo Talks Energy, Economic Development

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM

House Speaker Robert DeLeo touched on energy costs, work force training and economic development during his keynote address to the AIM annual meeting on May 13.  DeLeo said that the House of Representatives shares with AIM a commitment to ensure that the economic growth buoying the Boston area spreads through the commonwealth.

Here is a video of the speaker's full address:

Topics: Speaker Robert DeLeo, AIM Annual Meeting, Massachusetts House of Representatives

AIM Vision Award | BU Researcher Changes Discussion on Brain Injuries

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM

AIM last week presented the first-ever Vision Awards, which honor the accomplishments of companies and individuals who have made unique contributions to the economy and citizens of Massachusetts.

One of the three inaugural Vision Awards wnt to one of most accomplished medical researchers in the country, and also one of the most courageous.

Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University has brought the issue of chronic brain trauma and its effect on athletes and members of the military into the forefront of American consciousness. Her research establishing a link between repetitive head impacts and chronic traumatic encephalopathy – better known as CTE - in former professional football players prompted an extraordinary acknowledgement last month by the National Football League that a connection exists between the sport and degenerative brain disorders.

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, AIM Vision Award

AIM Vision AwardNuance Communications, Technology Whisperer

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 19, 2016 7:59:56 AM

AIM last week presented the first-ever Vision Awards, which honor the accomplishments of companies and individuals who have made unique contributions to the economy and citizens of Massachusetts.

One of three inaugural Vision Award honored Nuance Communications of Burlington. Nuance is a global pioneer in voice-recognition and imaging software that bridges the gap between humans and the technology they create. The company is best known for providing the voice recognition technology that underpins many digital personal assistants, including Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S-Voice and Ford’s Sync.

Here is more...

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Massachusetts employers, Technology

AIM Vision Awards | GE Electrifies State Economy

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 17, 2016 8:47:02 AM

AIM last week presented the first-ever Vision Awards, which honor the accomplishments of companies and individuals who have made unique contributions to the economy and citizens of Massachusetts.

The first of three 2016 Vision Awards went to to General Electric, which altered the economic development landscape of Massachusetts when it announced in January that it would relocate its corporate headquarters in Boston.

GE will bring roughly 800 jobs to Boston and create a GE Digital Foundry for co-development, incubation and product development with customers, startups and partners. The company also brought a $25 million gift for the Boston Public Schools. Here is their story...

 

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Massachusetts employers

2016 Gould Award | Putting Some Good Will into the Job Market

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 16, 2016 7:18:26 AM

Associated Industries of Massachusetts presented the annual Gould Education & Workforce Development Award to Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries of Boston Friday for helping thousands of people of all abilities break into the employment market and contribute to the Massachusetts economy.

Most people know Goodwill for its retail stores that sell everything from gently used clothing to home furnishings. Not enough know that those stores are the face of a sophisticated job training and placement organization.

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries helps more than 8,200 people prepare for jobs each year – 7,700 people through Boston Career Link, the one-stop career center it operates, and another 560 people through its job training, including the First Step Job Readiness Program and the Human Services Employment Ladder Program.  Take a look.

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Gould Education and Workforce Training

AIM Honors GE, Nuance Communications and Dr. Ann McKee with Inaugural Vision Awards

Posted by Christopher Geehern on Apr 25, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Two companies that have transformed the Massachusetts economy and a distinguished brain researcher who has changed the manner in which Americans view sports injuries have been named inaugural recipients of the Vision Award from Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

General Electric of Boston, Nuance Communications of Burlington and Boston University brain researcher Dr. Ann McKee will receive the honors during AIM’s 2016 annual meeting May 13 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel.

The Vision Award recognizes companies, organizations and individuals who have made unique contributions to the cause of economic opportunity in Massachusetts and the well-being of the people who live here. The award reflects AIM’s mission to stand for jobs, economic opportunity, innovation and a government that acknowledges that the private sector has the unique responsibility to create the common wealth for the people of Massachusetts.

“The 4,500 member employers of Associated Industries of Massachusetts are delighted to honor two companies and one individual who have truly changed the way we live,” said AIM President and Chief Executive Officer Richard C. Lord.

“GE has redefined the way we view Massachusetts. Nuance has shaped the way we interact with technology. And Dr. Ann McKee has outlined an entirely new set of assumptions for athletic safety from the professional level to youth leagues.”

GeneralElectric2.jpgGeneral Electric, a founding member of AIM in 1915, altered the economic development landscape of Massachusetts when it announced in January that it would relocate its corporate headquarters to the Seaport in South Boston. GE will bring roughly 800 jobs to Boston and create a GE Digital Foundry for co-development, incubation and product development with customers, startups and partners.

The company already has a significant presence in Massachusetts, with nearly 5,000 employees across the state in businesses including Aviation, Healthcare, Oil and Gas and Energy Management. In 2014, GE moved its Life Sciences headquarters to Marlborough, and in 2015 announced its energy services start-up, Current, would also be headquartered in Boston.

CEO Jeffrey Immelt explained the move to Boston: “Today, GE is a $130 billion high-tech global industrial company, one that is leading the digital transformation of industry. We want to be at the center of an ecosystem that shares our aspirations… Massachusetts spends more on research and development than any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse, technologically-fluent workforce focused on solving challenges for the world.”

Nuance.jpgNuance Communications is a global pioneer in voice-recognition and imaging software that bridges the gap between humans and the technology they create. 

The $2 billion-a-year company is best known for providing the voice recognition technology that underpins many digital personal assistants, including Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S-Voice and Ford’s Sync. 

But Nuance’s largest business segment is providing software that allows healthcare professionals to dictate and capture patient information that streamlines electronic medical records.  Today, more than 500,000 medical professionals use Nuance's products in some capacity.

Nuance employs 14,000 people – with more than 1,000 in Massachusetts – and maintains regional offices in 35 countries. Its international headquarters is located in Dublin.

The company describes its work this way: “Technology should work in service of people, and adapt to the way people communicate instead of forcing people to adapt to the machines.

“We are pioneers in making technology fluent in all things human: from understanding spoken words and extracting their meaning to adaptively and seamlessly interpreting the swipe of a fingertip…And we continuously evolve the ability to perceive the nuance of words, actions and meaning – to fit into your life, your business and your world.”

Mckee.jpgDr. Ann McKee has brought the issue of chronic brain trauma and its effect on athletes and members of the military into the forefront of American consciousness. Her research establishing a link between repetitive head impacts and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former professional football players prompted the National Football League to acknowledge in March a connection between the sport and degenerative brain disorders.

The league’s admission came at a Congressional hearing just moments after Dr. McKee had presented findings showing that dozens of former players who had died were afflicted with the disease. The NFL reached a $765 million settlement in 2015 over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players.

Dr. McKee’s research is also influencing youth sports. PopWarner, the world’s largest youth football league, made rule changes in 2012 to begin limiting contact during practices “in light of developing concussion research.”

Dr. McKee serves as chief of neuropathy for the Veterans Administration, Boston Health Care System. She directs the CTE Center and Brain Banks for the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Framingham Heart Study. She is also professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine.

The AIM Annual Meeting is expected to draw some 750 senior business leaders form throughout Massachusetts. The event will feature a keynote address by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and presentation of the annual John Gould Education and Workforce Development Award.

 

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Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Economy, AIM Vision Award

Governor Baker - Why We Need Regulatory Reform

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 26, 2015 9:02:26 AM

Editor's Note - Governor Charles D. Baker delivered the following remarks about regulatory reform to the AIM Annual Meeting on May 8.

I also want to talk a little bit about what we're doing with respect to regulatory reform. I look at regulatory reform as sort of the equivalent of cleaning out your basement. It's something you probably ought to do every couple of years whether you want to do it or not.

Baker.2015The organizations that complained to me the most about the Commonwealth's regulatory structure over the course of the campaign, were cities and towns. By far.

Now there are 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, and 250 of them have less than 20,000 people. We're basically a conglomeration of a lot of small towns and a few mid-sized cities and then one big one, Boston.

Those communities have all the same issues in dealing with regulatory complexity that you would expect that small and mid-sized businesses would have. Or small and mid-sized non-profits. Or small and mid-sized educational institutions.

Regulatory reform in some respects, from my point of view, is about providing the clarity and simplicity, and in some cases, the modernization of the way the state engages in regulatory activity to create a framework so that the small can play in the same playing field as the large.

For larger businesses, complex regulatory environments are a problem. For small and mid-sized organizations, in many cases, they're the difference between thriving and barely or maybe not at all getting by. And that's why this initiative, to me, is so important.

It's also important because it forces the Commonwealth, and this is a good thing, to have to have a conversation with the people it regulates, about what it does and how it does it, and how it might be able to do it better.

And anybody who doesn't think that's a valuable exercise needs to think really hard about how they go about managing their own enterprise and their own organization. This is about introspection as much as anything else. And it's about time.

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Charlie Baker, Regulatory Reform

Governor Baker Addresses AIM Annual Meeting

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 17, 2015 8:10:21 PM

Governor Charles D. Baker discussed economic growth, regulatory reform, overhauling the T and other issues during a keynote speech May 8 to the AIM Centennial Annual Meeting.

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Charlie Baker, Regulatory Reform

Harpoon Co-Founder to Chair AIM Board

Posted by Christopher Geehern on May 10, 2015 11:17:50 PM

Daniel Kenary, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Harpoon Brewery in Boston, was elected Friday as chairman of the board of directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).

KenaryKenary will lead the commonwealth’s largest employer association for the next year as AIM observes the centennial of its founding in 1915. Directors elected Kenary by acclamation at the AIM annual meeting at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

“AIM celebrates its 100th birthday at a time when the future of the organization has never been brighter,” said Kenary, who helped to launch the craft beer movement in the United States when he and two partners started Harpoon in 1986.

“This association represents the most successful example of civic engagement ever conducted by employers in Massachusetts. The 4,500 employer-members of AIM remain committed to creating an economy in which employers can grow and create opportunity for the citizens of Massachusetts.”

Harpoon has created plenty of its own opportunity since Kenary began brewing beer in warehouse space on the Boston waterfront. From those humble beginnings, the company has grown into the thirteenth largest craft brewery in the United States, turning out 210,000 barrels of IPA and other brews annually for customers in 24 states.

Harpoon became a company owned by its 184 employees in 2013.

“Dan Kenary knows what it is like to build a business from the ground up in Massachusetts. He’s just the sort of visionary entrepreneur who is perfect to lead Associated Industries of Massachusetts into its next century,” said Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM.

“What better example of the power of economic transformation than a company grown on the Boston waterfront where everyone on the production line is an owner.”

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Kenary succeeds Gary Magnuson, Executive Vice President of Citizens Bank N.A. in Boston, who served as AIM board chair for three years.

Elected as vice chairs of the association Friday were John M. Lynch, Esq., Principal, Lynch, DeSimone & Nylen LLP, Boston; and John C. Stowe, President, LUTCO, Inc., Worcester. Joanne K. Hilferty, President & CEO, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc., Boston, was elected treasurer, and Dennis J. Leonard, President, Delta Dental Plan of Massachusetts, was elected assistant treasurer.

Topics: AIM Annual Meeting, Daniel Kenary

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