BUSINESS MEMORY: Lantern House Motel sold; BCC Adds Development Associate Program; Greylock promotes two; BMM’s Reinstein obtains the designation

The Lantern House Motel, located at 256 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington was sold by Mitch Muroff of Muroff Hospitality Group on Tuesday, December 15. Photo courtesy of Muroff Hospitality Group

Great Barrington’s Lantern House Motel sold for $ 1.1 million

GREATER BARRINGTON – Muroff Hospitality Group recently announced the sale of The Lantern House Motel, located at 256 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington. The seller was Bharti and Hasmukh Patel, on behalf of Lantern House Nominee Trust and Shree Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Inc. and the buyer was Patrick Truhlar and Francisco Arango.

The sale price was $ 1,150,000. Mitch Muroff of Muroff Hospitality Group represented the seller and secured the buyer under an exclusive listing agreement. The commercial transaction was closed on Tuesday, December 15, 2021.

The Lantern House sits on nearly three acres in central Great Barrington and includes 14 guest rooms and suites, as well as a meticulous three-bedroom home.

Muroff Hospitality Group serves the greater New York / New England area as a boutique hotel brokerage firm representing independent hoteliers and franchisees.


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BCC Introduces Development Associate Certificate Program

Liana Toscanini
Liana Toscanini. Photo courtesy of the Berkshires Nonprofit Center

PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, recently announced the creation of an Associate Development Certificate program, now accepting up to 20 students. Conducted online, 10 sessions will take place on Tuesdays from February 1 to April 5, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Liana Toscanini, Executive Director of the Berkshires Nonprofit Center, will join the guest instructors. Tuition fees are $ 700. To register, visit the BCC website.

In a nod to the large nonprofit presence in the Berkshires, the course explores the roles and responsibilities of entry-level fundraising professionals, as well as resources and information on fundraising as a path. careers. Topics covered include donor relations, grant writing, event planning, donor databases, marketing, and more.

The courses include:

  • Development, Career Path and Skills Field Overview: Alexandra Heddinger, Director of Development, Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
  • Donor Relations: Kevin Fleming, Founder and CEO, Prosper Nonprofit Advisors
  • Donor databases: Amy Chin, Principal Owner, Berkshire Net Results
  • Administration, Social Media and Communications: Mary Vasquez-Slack, Local and Virtual Assistant, My Versatile Secretary
  • Grant Writing and Research: Laurie Werner, Consultant, Strategy and Fundraising for Nonprofits
  • Federal Grant Writing: Diane Gedeon-Martin, President, The Write Source
  • Facebook / Social Media Apps: Mary McGurn, Owner, McGurn Media
  • Event Planning: Amy Rudnick, Event Planning Consultant
  • Search for donors: Roger Magnus, owner, Roger Magnus Research
  • Marketing and development go hand in hand: Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires


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Greylock promotes Collins and Garrett to assistant vice president

Donna Collins. Photo courtesy of GFCU

PITTSFIELD – Greylock Federal Credit Union has promoted Donna Collins, CUDE to assistant vice president of employee training and development, and James Garrett LSS-BB, SPHR to assistant vice president of human resources.

Collins joined Greylock in 2013 when she became the organization’s first director of employee training and development. She leads a team of three professionals who create and facilitate programs for all employees that strengthen Greylock’s inclusive workplace and create opportunities for internal career development and employee engagement. Prior to joining Greylock, Collins held similar training and human resources roles at other banks in the region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a credit union development educator (CUDE) certification from the Credit Union National Association.

James Garrett. Photo courtesy of GFCU

Garrett arrived at Greylock in the fall of 2020 and brought his experience of personnel operations in the midst of a pandemic, fulfilling the role of Director of Human Resources. As Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, he will oversee the growth of Greylock’s evolving Human Resources department. Prior to joining Greylock, he served 12 years in the United States Army, followed by 15 years as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army. He holds an MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Norwich and a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.


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Reinstein of Berkshire Money Management Receives RICP® Designation

Jared Reinstein. Photo courtesy of BMM

DALTON – Jared Reinstein, a member of the Berkshire Money Management (BMM) team, recently received his Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designation from the American College of Financial Services. Reinstein is a Certified Financial Planner ™ and fiduciary at BMM.

“The financial industry recognizes the Certified Financial Planner ™ designation as the highest level of education,” said Allen Harris, Founder and CEO of BMM. “There are only a dozen CFPs in the county, and Berkshire Money Management doesn’t have one, or two, but three. Jared could have relied on his existing skills and the support of his colleagues. Instead, he embraced BMM’s continuing education culture and added to his 14 years of experience with even more training.

The Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) program is designed for financial professionals seeking to specialize in the area of ​​retirement income planning through an online format. Jared has completed three rigorous courses covering a variety of specialist topics related to retirement income strategies and ethics, and passed three exams to earn the designation. In addition, participation in the Annual Professional Recertification Program (PRP) is required to maintain the designation.


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