Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Chez Josef 

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Honoree, Brian Tuohey

Brian Tuohey's success as President of The Collins Companies has only been equaled over the last thirty years by his contributions to his community, his family, and to the hundreds of people with physical, educational, and financial needs who have benefitted from his generosity and support.

Holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, Brian first joined Collins Pipe as its Sales Manager in 1984. In 1986 he was promoted to President and in 1998, he purchased the company. Under Brian's leadership, Collins has grown substantially. Founded over 80 years ago, Collins is one of the oldest and largest industrial distributors of pipe, valves, fittings (PVF), and engineered specialties serving the industrial marketplace in the Northeast.

Since Brian assumed the helm, Collins has opened or acquired eight new locations throughout the Northeast. Collins has grown in sales from approximately $2.5 million in 1983 to $60 million in 2015. With each new location and acquisition, Collins has brought jobs and economic growth to the areas in which it is located.

Brian's dedication to Collins is matched by his dedication to his community. His contributions have been both public and private, from his service on the boards of many nonprofit, education, and social services organizations.

As a member of the board of the Brightside Home for Families and Children, Brian served as sponsors chairman for the first Brightside Golf Classic, an event that donates 100% of the funds it raises to providing compassionate care, rehabilitation, counseling, family therapy, and special education to hundreds of families and children in need. He has also served on the board of Habitat for Humanity, for whom his company financed the Springfield chapter's first "Blitz Build" in 2002.  Collins Pipe has also been a repeated Platinum Sponsor of and participant in the Worley Parsons Tournament for Life, one of the largest fundraising events for the American Cancer Society in the country.

Of particular importance to the local community have been Brian's contributions to education. A founder and past President of the Longmeadow Education Excellence Foundation (LEEF), he helped create an organization that has raised more than $1,000,000 to date for innovative educational and enrichment programs in the Longmeadow Public Schools; these are programs that are not supported by local taxes. Higher education has also benefitted from Brian's involvement.  For many years, he has served on the board of Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), for which he acted as co-chair of the 2007-2008 Major Gift Campaign. Brian's efforts helped raise $4.5 million for STCC, and in appreciation the college awarded Brian an Honorary Degree in 2008. In 2013, Brian continued his commitment to the education and the advancement of our local youth by accepting an appointment to the Board of Trustees for Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Brian lives in Longmeadow with his wife Pamela where they raised their five children, three of whom have joined him at Collins to ensure that the company remains a caring, family centered business.

On its website, Collins lists among its mission a commitment to "always operate our business with the highest level of dignity and integrity." It can fairly be said that Brian Tuohey lives his life with the highest level of dignity and integrity as well. 



Chairman, Bill Wagner

William J. Wagner was nominated to serve as a director of Western New England Bancorp Board in 2016 and currently serves as Westfield Bank's Chief Business Development Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Wagner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1984 and as President and Chairman of the Board of Chicopee Bancorp, Inc. since its formation in 2006. He also served as the President of each of the company's subsidiary companies. Mr. Wagner is well known in the community through his active leadership roles and participation on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as a director for the following organizations: Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation (President), Bankers Bank Northeast, the Center for Financial Training (chairman), the Eastern States Exposition (treasurer), the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Westmass Area Development Corporation and is an active member for several other organizations. Mr. Wagner also served as the past chairman of the board of the Holyoke Community College and also served on the board of the Sisters of Providence Health System. Many recognition awards have been bestowed upon Chicopee Savings Bank and/or Mr. Wagner for his leadership and direction of the Bank's philanthropic support. He is the recipient of 2016 Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Chicopee Lodge Citizen of the Year, The Warren Group/Bank & Tradesman's 2013 Community Bank Hero's Award, the 2013 Chicopee Boys & Girls Club's Prescott Founders Award, the 2010 Bishops' Catholic Schools Award from the Diocese of Springfield, the 2009 EXCEL Award from the Chicopee Council of Aging, the 2007 Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary of West Springfield, the 2006 First Annual Presidential Award from the Elms College, the 2005 Cathedral High School Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2005 Holyoke Community College Distinguished Service Award, and various non-profit humanitarian awards. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of Western New England University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, cum laude. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from the Elms College.

Keynote Speaker, Chad Hymas

The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas "one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!"

Chad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council Of Peers Award For Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall Of Fame.

In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad's life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad's dreams were not paralyzed that day - he became an example of what is possible.

Chad is a best selling author, president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).

Chad's speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He is the past president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter and a member of the exclusive elite Speakers Roundtable (one of twenty of the world's top speakers).

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad travels as many as 300,000 miles a year captivating and entertaining audiences around the world. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.

Presented by, John Maybury

 John Maybury is the President of Maybury Material Handling located in East Longmeadow, MA.  John and his father, Tom Maybury, launched the Company in 1976 while John was attending college.  Since then, John has been paving the way for the ongoing growth of one of Southern New England's largest suppliers of material handling solutions. This 80+ employee company now operates out of a state-of-the-art, 42,000 square foot facility in East Longmeadow.

Maybury's success can be attributed to John's visionary leadership, complemented by his hands-on approach to people and process management. John is recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit by his Maybury team and throughout the community.  Among many other awards and honors, John was named the 2007 Top Entrepreneur by Business West and, more recently, Maybury Material Handling was recognized as 2013 Employer of Choice by the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. 

John's past and current community involvement is extensive both regionally and nationally. Some of the more recent positions that he has held include, Safety Council of Western Massachusetts Board Member and President of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA).  He has presented at many MHEDA conferences and other industry learning events on topics spanning from technology as a business accelerator to best practices for business excellence.

John has maintained a business partnership throughout the East Longmeadow Public School system and has served on the Town of East Longmeadow's Technology Committee.  He was also Chairman of the East Longmeadow Board of Public Works where he remains on the Board.  John was a member of East Longmeadow/Longmeadow Chamber of Commerce and later served as President of East of the River Chamber of Commerce.

John continues as a long standing member of the Young Presidents Organization and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the West Mass Development Corp.   John is also on the Board of Trustees of Baystate Health Systems and Immediate Past Chair of the Board for Baystate Health Foundation, a board committed to supporting Baystate Health's ability to improve the health of people in the community and transform the medical landscape in western MA. 

John attended East Longmeadow schools and Western New England College.  He and his wife Sandy reside in East Longmeadow, MA. They have two adult sons, Tom and William.  

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