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Lawrence J. Ardito

Ardito recognized for achievement

Lawrence J. Ardito, president of Toscano and Ardito PC of North Andover and Portsmouth, N.H., was among those honored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell for success in business, education and community involvement.

Ardito, a 1969 graduate of the university and Andover resident, received the Francis Cabot Lowell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business. He was one of seven people honored and the only business award recipient at the annual Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards and Honors Fellows Gala at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Burgess joins wealth management office

Catherine D. Burgess, CFP, has successfully completed Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's rigorous investment studies program in New York and has joined the firm's wealth management office in Danvers as a financial adviser, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced. Burgess, who is originally from Andover, joins a three-member team that provides a range of wealth management services.

Burgess holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a certificate in financial planning from Merrimack College. She is a 1991 graduate of Governor Dummer Academy and lives in Charlestown.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

School supply drive at local bank

Danversbank's annual backpack and school supply drive will benefit three regional organizations this year, each of which offer support services to children in need. This year's beneficiaries are Healing Abuse and Working for Change, Horizons for Homeless Children and Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Danversbank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danvers Bancorp Inc.

New supplies may be dropped off at all Danversbank locations, including the Andover branch at 18 Central St., through Aug. 20. The organizations are in particular need of backpacks this year, according to the bank. Other school supplies sought include, but are not limited to, the following:

Glue sticks

Scissors

Ballpoint pens

Colored pencils

No. 2 pencils

Erasers

Crayons

Highlighters

Notebooks

Pocket folders

Construction paper

Hand sanitizer

Scotch tape

Rulers

Tissues

Sharpies

Post-it notes

Calculators

Wright-Pierce enters circle

Wright-Pierce has been selected for the 2010 Circle of Excellence by PSMJ Resources Inc., "the premier management consulting firm for the A/E/C industries," according to a release.

Wright-Pierce has been recognized as a "top performing" firm by PSMJ for four of the past five years.

The PSMJ Circle of Excellence is determined by weighting each firm's ranking in the overall 2010 PSMJ A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Report with respect to 13 individual benchmarks. These benchmarks are indicative of performance in the various aspects of business operations, including cash flow, overhead control, business development, project performance, staff utilization, and overall profitability.

"The 13 benchmarks that determine the Circle of Excellence were chosen to reflect that the firm is well-managed, has a strong client base, and is led in a responsible and sustainable manner," H.E. Daniels, PSMJ's survey editor, said in a release.

"It is an honor to be recognized once again by PSMJ as one of the best managed firms in the country," stated William E. Brown, Wright-Pierce president and CEO.

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