East Providence Area Chamber announces 2012 Business of the Year

East Providence Area Chamber announces 2012 Business of the Year

Allan Gilmore (center) with East Providence Area Chamber board chairman, John Birs, and Laura McNamara, executive director.

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Annual Meeting and Dinner of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce was held recently at Metacomet Country Club in city.

Allan Gilmore (center) with East Providence Area Chamber board chairman, John Birs, and Laura McNamara, executive director.

The meeting of the 115 year old organization was attended by over 165 people. Highlights of the event were the presentation of the Chamber’s annual awards, election of 2013 board of directors and the guest speaker, Joe Andruzzi.

Gilmore’s Flower Shop was selected as the East Providence Area Chamber’s 2012 Business of the Year in appreciation of their support of the non-profit organization, and Gilmore’s philanthropic and economic contributions to the City of East Providence and surrounding areas.

Laura McNamara, executive director of the East Providence Area Chamber, noted, “Gilmore’s Flower Shop has been in business in East Providence for more than 75 years. Allan Gilmore, and his father before him, have employed hundreds of people over the years.

Their building is a local landmark on Taunton Avenue near the westbound entrance to I-195. Their floral arrangements and high-quality service are well-known in the area. They routinely support the community and local organizations with gift certificates and floral donations for fundraisers, and with Allan’s involvement as chairman of the Downtown Business Association of East Providence, and as a member of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary and East Providence Beautification Committee, to name a few.”

The Chamber also recognized Arthur Dwyer of Wood’s Heating Service as Chamber Member of the Year, and Bob Durfee of Delisi Property Management as Board Member of the Year.

Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots offensive guard and president of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, was the guest speaker at the event and spoke about playing with the New England Patriots and earning three Super Bowl rings, overcoming cancer, giving back to the community and starting a business. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is committed to providing financial and emotional assistance to the broad community of cancer patients and families throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.

The election of the Chamber’s 2013 board of directors and officers was held at this annual meeting. The board will begin their three-year term in January. Officers are Chairman: Harold Daigneau, Daigneau Insurance Agency, Inc.; Past chairman and vice-chair Membership Committee: Johnathon Birs, Capital City Financial Corp.; Chairman-elect and secretary: Deborah Viveiros, Webster Bank; Treasurer: Ron Carmark, CPA; Vice-chair, Events Committee: Arthur Dwyer,  Wood’s Heating Service. The board of directors are: Lindsay Armstrong Mitchell,  Munroe Dairy, Inc.; Anthony Botelho, Freedom National Bank; Michael Davis, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; Robert Durfee, DeLisi Property Management; Lori Hyder, Community & Teachers Credit Union; Robert LaCharite, Questar Capital; Dean Malatesta, Print-MD; Dean Martins, Metro West Business Services, LLC; Robert Skurka, Bristol County Savings Bank; Joshua Slepkow, Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates; Christine St. Hilaire, The Beauty Lounge at Magnolia; Phil Tirrell, Weichert, Realtors-Tirrell Realty; Michael Vendituoli, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Carol Vilardi, Clarion Inn of Providence/Seekonk; Jonathan Weitzner, Universal Gold, Inc.; Eva Wood, Wood’s Rooter Service.

The East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1897. They serve the communities of East Providence & Barrington Rhode Island and Seekonk & Rehoboth, Massachusetts.