Meet Our Board of Directors
Our leadership team is dedicated to creating opportunities and resources for all of our members. We strive to provide resources that benefit all size businesses, from home-based solopreneurs to large stores.
Adam Sachs, President
During his tenure as president, Adam has helped to increase membership; expand networking opportunities to include other towns, venues and times; and oversaw the development of a new member-oriented website. In addition, he oversaw the creation of the ABA as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. Adam Sachs, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC, AIF®, is a financial advisor with Centinel Financial Group, LLC.
Glenn Travis, Vice President
As VP, Glenn develops board and program meeting agendas. Glenn brings a unique perspective as a past president of the Eastern Massachusetts National Association of the Remodeling Industry. As the principal at GMT Home Designs, he has a love for both modern design and traditional New England architectural styles. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Dick Bennett, Treasurer
Dick is responsible for all ABA financial matters, including maintaining records and accounts and managing funds. He also oversees membership accounts and renewals. Dick is the owner of Metro West Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Inc.
Christine Reynolds, Clerk
Chrissy takes the minutes for the ABA board meetings and serves as the chair of the ABA scholarship committee. She is the owner of Annemarie’s Dance Centre (ADC), which has seen thousands of dance students through its studios for 40 years. ADC focuses on quality, consistent dance education in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre jazz, pre-pointe and pointe, for students who qualify, and hip hop.
Beth Reynolds, Director
As the town's Economic Development Director since 2015, Beth serves as liaison for the ABA and the town and as chair of the ABA events committee. The Economic Development office encourages, promotes and supports growth and development within the town, which is in alignment with the goals of the ABA.
Ken Erdelt, Director
Ken has led instructive business meetings on strategic planning and has been a thought-provoking member of our board. As an AdviCoach, Ken works with small and mid-sized independent business owners meet their goals by helping them determine how to best use their time and resources. With his 35 years of corporate experience and world-class AdviCoach® systems and tools developed through over 30 years of helping businesses excel, he can make a difference in one of the most important segments of our national and local economy--the independent, small and mid-sized entrepreneurs. Ken serves on the ABA Events Committee.
Valerie Gaines, Director
A chair of the Membership Committee, Valerie leads the membership team in communicating with potential and existing ABA members and encouraging participation in events. She is a Master-level Reiki Practitioner and teacher, practicing in Ashland and Wellesley and at senior care facilities in Metrowest. Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically on the body, mind, and spirit, reducing stress and easing pain. Valerie received her BA in Religion from Wellesley College. Following an extensive career in corporate and academic human resources, she is now active in wellness and healing groups that support her Reiki practice. @AtPeaceReiki
Paul Netopski, Director
As ABA membership director, Paul is responsible for maintaining and improving membership outreach. He is the founder and owner of Critical Prism Defense LLC, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) cybersecurity consultancy focused on small businesses in the defense and space industry. He has served in various cybersecurity and information technology roles in the same industry for over 20 years, specializing in bringing multiple disciplines of IT and cybersecurity under a single umbrella to provide synchronous full lifecycle management of services for engineering and product development teams, from concept and design, through decommissioning.
Peter Waisgerber, Director
Peter comes to the ABA Board with 30 years of professional financial development experience and has raised more than $80 million over the course of his career. Currently, as Chief Development Officer for the MetroWest YMCA, Peter has served as a trainer and facilitator at local, regional, and national conferences, worked as a consultant with boards and staff of non-profit organizations throughout New England, and has experience running successful capital campaigns, events, and annual campaigns. Peter received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and his Master's degree in Human Service Administration from Springfield College. Peter serves on the Events Committee.
Cynthia Whitty, Director
As marketing & communications director, Cynthia keeps the ABA constantly present in the minds of its members and the public. Through her consulting business, Cynthia Whitty Communications, she helps businesses grow by increasing awareness and trust through print and online marketing and media. Cynthia has experience working in a variety of industries and with Fortune 500 and small companies and nonprofits. She holds a Master of Science degree in Communications Management from Simmons University, Boston.
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