Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 4, 2013

Business briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — Start Group named as ‘Pacesetter’

The Start Group, a specialized consulting firm located in Andover, was named to Boston Business Journals 2013 Pacesetters list. This list represents the fastest growing private companies in Massachusetts.

This is The Start Group’s second award recognizing its revenue growth. The other was being named to the INC. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

The 2013 Pacesetters will be honored during breakfast event on April 25, where the rankings of these companies will be presented.

“Our hard-working employees have allowed us the honor of being included on this list. To be included with such other well-known, high-performing companies is humbling,” Start Group CEO, Mark Eldridge said in a release.

Fanikos named Senior VP of Salem Five Bank Counsel

David Fanikos of Andover was appointed to the position of Salem Five Senior Vice President, Bank Counsel.

In this role, Fanikos will be the primary contact for management and staff on all legal matters, responsible for assuring the maintenance of an effective compliance system and overseeing regulatory and security matters.

Fanikos joins Salem Five from Coady Law Firm, where he was a trial attorney and advised commercial and individual clients on a wide variety of matters. Additional prior legal experience includes employment with Boston-based firms, Demeo & Associates, P.C., Riemer & Braunstein LLP, Goulston & Storrs, and Peabody & Arnold.

Fanikos received his juris doctor cum laude from Suffolk Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, where he also was a member of the varsity football team.

Fanikos served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer and served at various military posts in the United States and abroad.

Firm tops in JHFN leadership, client service excellence

Boston Partners Financial Group of Andover, led by Managing Partner Mark Marroni, JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC, was named the recipient of the Leading with Excellence – President’s Trophy from John Hancock Financial Network.

This is the highest honor JHFN bestows upon one of its independent firms nationwide, according to a company release.

As recipient of JHFN’s top award, the firm, its management team and financial representatives have demonstrated that they consistently deliver a personalized, high-touch approach to helping their clients achieve their financial goals.

Boston Financial Partners Group is focused on ensuring clients’ financial well-being through client-centric comprehensive planning. The firm has 19 offices in seven states including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington.

“We are honored to be part of such a powerful, national network of professional financial firms and representatives,” said Marroni. “It’s always a team effort when you achieve this kind of recognition. We’re proud of our strong, market focused organization. We put clients first and that in turn delivers the freedom, flexibility and support to attract and keep exceptional financial professionals to our Boston Partners family.”

Events at North Shore Business Forum

The North Shore Business Forum will offer the following events during April. NSBF meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, Route 62 East in Danvers. The $11 admission fee includes a continental breakfast. Preregistration is not required.

The events are:

“Networking On and Off Line” on April 5 with speaker Charlene St. Jean of Beverly’s Purple Diamond.

“If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Get Rid of This Clutter?”: Sallie Felton, of Hamilton’s Sallie Felton Life Coaching, will speak on April 12 on her book “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Get Rid of This Clutter?”

“How Local Chambers Can Help Small Business” on April 19 with speaker John Somes, president of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce.

Jason Maxwell of MassPay will speak about his road to success on April 26.

For more information about any event, visit

Lions Club collects over 1 million pairsof eyeglasses

The North Andover Lions Club has collected over one million pairs of eyeglasses, thanks to donation boxes placed at several IRS locations including the Andover facility, and a recent IRS donation.

The North Andover Lions club provides a wide array of services to residents in the community, including eye examinations, eyeglasses, visual aid equipment, leader/guide dogs, youth scholarships and more for North Andover citizens.

By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. “It costs Lions less than eight cents to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone’s life,” according to the organization.

Throughout the year, the North Andover Lions collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers. LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.