Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 18, 2013

Business Briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — ‘Investing in STEM’ program

North Shore Technology Council’s breakfast event, “Investing in STEM: Why It Makes Sense for Your Business,” will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers.

Panelists Stephanie Lee, regional director of external affairs for Verizon Communications, New England; Dr. Lane Glen, president of Northern Essex Community College; and Brandy Wilbur, STEM coordinator for Swampscott High School, will address why it is in businesses’ best interests to make STEM education an imperative and how businesses can engage with educators to make a difference.

The panelists will also discuss issues faced by educational institutions in developing and maintaining interest in STEM fields and aligning standards. Networking and a continental breakfast begin at 7 a.m., followed by the program at 7:45 a.m. Registration is $25 NSTC members, $50 nonmembers. To register, visit For more information, email

Drinon receives professional award

David S. Drinon, ChFC, CLTC, a financial professional and senior vice president with Boston Partners Financial Group, LLC, has qualified for the ACE Silver Award.

The ACE (Achieving Client Excellence) award is one of the highest honors that John Hancock Financial Network bestows on financial professionals within the national network.

Drinon, of Andover, has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. He is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international, independent association of financial professionals comprised of the top 1 percent of the world’s best life insurance and financial service professionals.

Drinon has served as past treasurer and board member of the Andover Rotary Club and is a member of the Andover Country Club. He is also an accomplished artist, recently opening an art studio in Lowell, and is an active member and contributor to the Arts Institute Group of Merrimack Valley and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He lives in town with his wife, Cindy.

Regional YMCA to be recognized

The Merrimack Valley YMCA will be recognized with the Service Club of Andover’s Make a Difference Award on Saturday, April 27, at Andover Country Club.

The purpose of the club’s annual Charity Gala and Auction is to raise awareness and money to support youth and adults with developmental disabilities. The Make a Difference Award is presented to an individual or group that has made a major impact in the areas of the club’s mission.

The evening will include an additional special opportunity to raise funds for YMCA camperships. WBZ-TV sports anchor and celebrity Dan Roche will serve as master of ceremonies. For ticket information, visit

Bloom named partner in firm

Joshua Bloom has been made a partner in the international consulting firm of Simon-Kucher and Partners. The firm specializes in consulting on strategy, marketing, pricing and sales.

Bloom. who works in the company’s Mountain View, Calif., office, is a graduate of Yale University and has a master of business administration degree from Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. The son of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Bloom of Andover, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Manique, and daughter, Lyra.

Quinlan certified as insurance specialist

Peter F. s of Fred C. Church Insurance in Lowell has been certified as a construction risk and insurance specialist. The designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance and establishes one’s commitment to the construction industry through an ongoing continuing education component.

The Andover resident has been with Fred C. Church for 22 years and is a senior vice president with the agency. He works in the agency’s Andover office.