Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 16, 2013

Business Briefcase

The Andover Townsman

---- — O’Donoghue named Realtor of Year

Mary O’Donoghue of Andover, a sales agent with Prudential Howe and Doherty of Andover, has been named Realtor of the Year by the Northeast Association of Realtors, which represents more than 1,200 Realtors and 200 affiliate members in the Merrimack and Nashoba valleys and southern New Hampshire.

The award is NEAR’s highest honor and recognizes a member’s service to the Realtor organization at the local, state and national levels, as well as community activities and business accomplishments. It was presented at the NEAR Recognition Gala at Tewksbury Country Club on April 11.

O’Donoghue was president of NEAR in 2012 as well as chairwoman of its board of directors and executive committee, requiring her to participate in a wide range of community, business and civic events. She also served on NEAR’s finance, political involvement and nominating committees. This year, she serves as treasurer of NEAR as well as a director and member of the Political Involvement Committee.

At the state level, O’Donoghue has served on the Massachusetts Association of Realtors’ board of directors since 2011. Last year, she served on the MAR Realtor Party Initiative Presidential Advisory Group and attended numerous state and national industry conferences and gatherings.

Locally, she is vice-chairwoman of the Andover Finance Committee and participated in the 2012 Pan Massachusetts Challenge.

A consistent top-producing saleswoman, she was presented with a Silver NEAR Top Producer Award for both exceeding 20 transaction sides and more than $4.5 million in sales volume.

Day’s Extra Set of Hands at the ready

An Andover resident is ready to give area residents and businesses something everyone can need — An Extra Set of Hands.

Julie Day launched her personal assistance business earlier this year to serve the Andovers, Readings and Tewksbury. She provides personal shopping, errand running for elders; party planning-related services, including setup, coordinating vendors and more; coverage during scheduled home repair and service appointments, support for fundraisers and a variety of other services.

Day has been offering incentives for first-time clients, including a cross-promotion with Orange Leaf of Andover and packages with Elements of Andover and Tewksbury, to attract business.

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Bakshi on 2013 Flower Show judges’ panel

Joyce Bakshi of Andover recently served on the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts’ panel of judges at the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show. The panel judged exhibits from Massachusetts. Bakshi is a board member of the Landscape Design Council.


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