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Berkshire Botanical Garden announces a two-year interim executive director
Stockbridge — Mike Beck, Berkshire Botanical Garden’s (BBG) executive director, is taking a sabbatical to spend two years in England. He will accompany his husband, a corporate lawyer with strong expertise in the technology sector, who is pursuing a career opportunity “across the pond” that will extend from this September through 2023.
During that time, Beck’s duties will be fulfilled by incoming Interim Executive Director Thaddeus Thompson. Thompson served as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, during a period of extraordinary growth and development. He is also a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which oversees the Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley. Thompson was offered the position after a diligent candidate search conducted by members of BBG’s Board of Trustees.
“Thaddeus emerged as an outstanding candidate for a number of reasons,” said BBG Board Chair Matt Larkin, “including an impressive record of fundraising accomplishments. His skills come to us at a perfect juncture, with Mike going on leave and BBG getting ready to launch the first phase of an exciting new Master Plan to enhance the garden.”
“I’m so grateful that the Board wanted to keep me on,” said Beck. “I’ve been working with Thaddeus over the summer to prepare for the transition; it’s reassuring to know I can leave the Garden in his capable hands for the duration of my leave.”
That the Board was willing to consider a two-year sabbatical is testament to how much Beck is respected and well-liked by the Garden’s staff and Trustees. His leadership, for close to eight years, has attracted a strong and talented staff with a great sense of teamwork. During his tenure, the Garden has expanded in many ways, including an arts program that has put BBG’s Leonhardt Galleries on the map as a significant cultural venue; a Music Mondays program that is attracting new audiences to the Garden; a new Tea Room offering refreshments; and exponential growth in attendance. He also successfully led the Garden through the pandemic, keeping the grounds open on a limited basis as a community service, and keeping the staff fully intact, with no layoffs.
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Berkshire Money Management CEO Allen Harris joins CDCSB Board
Great Barrington — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) has added Allen Harris to its Board of Directors. Harris, a Berkshire native and longtime resident of Dalton, was elected to serve a three-year term this week.
He is the founder and CEO of Berkshire Money Management (BMM), a full-service financial management firm, located in Dalton. Harris is a professional investment management veteran who, for more than 20 years, has used his expertise to help…