Berkshire Agricultural Ventures has introduced Glenn Bergman as interim director [right], Ciana Barnaba as government assistant [top left], and Amanda Freund [bottom left] as a brand new board member. Photographs courtesy BAV
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures pronounces new interim director, workers, board members
GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) lately introduced Glenn Bergman as its new interim director. A local of Philadelphia, Bergman has been a long-term, part-time resident of Stockbridge and at present shares his time between his properties in Philly and Nice Barrington. He has a protracted historical past of working with nonprofit organizations.
For 5 years, he was the manager director for Philabundance, the most important hunger-relief group within the Philadelphia space. Previous to this, he was the overall supervisor for Weavers Approach Co-op for 11 years.
The board additionally welcomes Nice Barrington native Ciana Barnaba to the position of government assistant. In her position, she manages the BAV workplace, inner and exterior communications, and different behind-the-scenes work. She got here to BAV from GrowNYC, the place she managed over a dozen Greenmarkets all through the New York Metropolis space.
BAV’s board can also be happy to welcome two new board members, Amanda Freund and Erik Rasmussen.
An skilled farmer, Freund, of East Canaan, Connecticut, joined the Board in December 2020. She and her household personal and function the multi-generational dairy farm, Freund Farm & Market. She brings years of farming data and can be helping with the evaluate and improvement of latest tasks.
Agricultural economist Erik Rasmussen, of Stockbridge, additionally joined the Board in December. He involves BAV after a protracted profession in dairy advertising and marketing and associated financial issues for the USDA. Earlier to that, he was the manager director of the New York State Legislative Fee on Dairy Trade Improvement.
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Berkshire Neighborhood School launches enterprise internship
PITTSFIELD — The Enterprise Division at Berkshire Neighborhood School (BCC) lately introduced the creation of a enterprise internship for present BCC college students, who work 10 hours per week with an area enterprise and obtain three credit score hours for participation in this system. Designed to offer college students with skilled work expertise in a enterprise setting, the internship lately started with a partnership with SolaBlock Inc., a inexperienced vitality firm based mostly in Easthampton, Massachusetts. SolaBlock, a startup firm with connections to the Berkshire Innovation Middle, is working with the Metropolis of Pittsfield to pick a last meeting web site for its Photo voltaic Masonry Unit (SMU) product.
“It’s an ideal approach for us to assist educate and retain native expertise for our rising enterprise,” stated SolaBlock Chief Working Officer Scott Longley.
Longley and BCC Affiliate Professor of Enterprise Karen Hines labored collectively to create the internship. “SolaBlock had an instantaneous want for an intern, and BCC needed to determine enterprise internship alternatives whereas partnering with the native enterprise group,” stated Hines. “We can be searching for extra enterprise partnerships sooner or later.”
BCC Assistant Professor of Economics Dhanushka Peru, who supervises this system, stated the rising significance of internships has develop into a deciding issue for some college students in selecting a school or college. “Internships are sometimes provided at four-year faculties, however not essentially at two-year faculties,” he stated. “This can give BCC enterprise college students a aggressive edge as they give the impression of being to additional their training or enter the workforce.”
The internship focuses on enterprise administration, planning, and decision-making. College students can be guided in key areas akin to vital considering, efficient enterprise evaluation, market analysis, interpersonal abilities and work ethics.
“I can’t stress sufficient the significance of creating partnerships inside the group,” Peru stated. “This internship will present BCC college students with hands-on expertise and direct entry to real-world enterprise professionals.”
To study extra concerning the internship, e-mail Karen Hines at [email protected] or name (413) 236-4533.
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William Pitt – Julia B. Payment Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty companions with Asteroom for 3D digital itemizing excursions
STAMFORD, Conn. — William Pitt – Julia B. Payment Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty lately introduced it has partnered with Asteroom to offer gross sales associates with a brand new modern answer for 3D digital itemizing excursions. The brand new product will increase effectivity within the creation of digital excursions whereas decreasing prices and persevering with to ship an distinctive on-line house touring expertise for shoppers.
One of many largest Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty® associates on this planet, William Pitt – Julia B. Payment is the primary firm within the model’s world community to accomplice with Asteroom, and the primary to make the expertise accessible to the luxurious tier of the actual property trade.
Asteroom’s 3D tour product permits the web person to maneuver via a home, perceive the circulation of rooms, and consider “dollhouse” ground plans that present a 3D perspective. In response to Asteroom, shopper demand for digital actuality excursions has elevated for residential listings by 750% over the last 12 months. Citing knowledge from Zillow that 1 in 20 patrons now buy a house with out visiting it in particular person, Asteroom stated that walk-through 3D excursions assist shoppers view properties remotely.
“We’re excited to ship this cutting-edge product to our brokers and clients, reinforcing our dedication to delivering probably the most modern, best-in-class advertising and marketing choices,” stated Vincent Socci, COO with William Pitt – Julia B. Payment Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty. “These excursions empower patrons to view properties on their very own schedules … whereas making the house search course of extra environment friendly and assuaging pandemic-related considerations surrounding in-person house visits.”