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Join Associated Industries of Massachusetts on Friday, May 5, at the Westin Boston Waterfront as Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker keynotes the Annual Meeting of the largest employer association in Massachusetts. 

 

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Hon. Charles D. Baker
Governor

 

Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 
Elected in November of 2014 on a platform of making Massachusetts great for everyone, Governor Baker’s arrival in the Corner Office continues a long, successful career in both the private sector and public service where he has worked hard to put the people of Massachusetts first.
 
Governor Baker is committed to making Massachusetts a truly great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family. As Governor, he has pledged to work toward a growing economy with family-sustaining jobs; ensure that schools across the Commonwealth provide opportunity for every child regardless of zip code; and make Beacon Hill a true partner with our local governments to create safer and thriving communities across Massachusetts.
 
Over the course of his career, Governor Baker has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in business and in government. As a cabinet secretary under Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, Baker helped lead efforts to reform and modernize state government. During his time as Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker turned a company on the brink of bankruptcy into the nation’s highest ranked health care provider for six straight years.
 
As a member of the Weld and Cellucci Administrations in the 1990s, Baker helped turn a billion-dollar deficit into a surplus, create a half million jobs, and enact an ambitious education reform agenda. First asked to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1992, Baker led efforts to make Massachusetts’ social service system more humane, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of the Commonwealth’s residents. In 1994, Baker was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance, overseeing a number of cost-saving reforms, modernizing state government and making it more efficient. Governor Baker was recognized for his leadership and innovation by the National Governors’ Association in 1998 who rewarded him with the Distinguished Service Award.
 
As Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009, Baker led the company out of receivership to become the top healthcare plan in the country for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness. During Baker’s tenure, Harvard Pilgrim was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places To Work” for seven years in a row.
 
Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

2017 AIM Vision Awards

AIM presents the Vision Award annually to companies, organizations and individuals who have made unique contributions to the cause of economic opportunity in Massachusetts and the well-being of the people who live here.

 

Fidelity Investments is the fourth largest investment firm in the world. With assets under administration of $6.0 trillion, including managed assets of $2.2 trillion as of February 28, 2017, the firm focuses on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee-benefit programs, and providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money.
 
Founded in 1946 by Edward C. Johnson 2d, Fidelity was an early pioneer in the development of mutual funds. Fidelity was also innovator in many other areas throughout its history, including check writing for money market accounts, selling mutual funds over 800 number phone lines, the development of sector funds, the growth of the defined-contribution retirement savings industry, and using online and mobile technology to make investing quicker and easier for millions of customers.
 
The company has used innovation and an unrelenting focus on customer service to mold itself into a diversified financial services firm that is a leader in personal investing, workplace investing, and tools and services for financial intermediaries. Fidelity is now the nation's No. 1 record keeper of 401(k) retirement savings plans and is also the largest US online brokerage firm, with 17.9 million accounts and $1.7 trillion in client assets.  
 
Abigail Johnson became chief executive officer in 2014 and assumed the title of Chairman in December 2016. A recent Investor’s Business Daily article on Fidelity’s 2016 financial results praised the company’s ability to change: "Fidelity is profitable, strong, innovative and driven to growth," said Jim Lowell, editor-in-chief of Fidelity Investor, an independent newsletter. "That's not true for many financial services companies."
 
Bright Horizons Family Solutions – Watertown-based Bright Horizons has forged a trusted global presence as an indispensable resource for employers and their workers seeking to address an increasingly complex array of work-life issues.
 
Linda Mason and her husband, Roger Brown, founded Bright Horizons with the goal of providing high quality child care at work sites. Together, they created a company with the mission to nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential, support families through strong partnerships, and collaborate with employers to build family-friendly workplaces.
 
Bright Horizons today operates more than 1,000 child-care centers in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, India, and Canada. It also works with more than 1,000 employers to provide a complete family of employer solutions, including child care, back-up care for children and adults/elders, and educational advising for employees and their college-bound dependents.
 
And they do it well. Eighty organizations on Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies" list are Bright Horizons clients. Bright Horizons itself has consistently been named to the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" list by FORTUNE magazine and the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe.
 
Bright Horizons employs 2,100 people in Massachusetts and more than 20,000 worldwide. The company’s revenue jumped 8 percent during 2016 to $1.6 billion, while net income rose 1 percent to $95 million.
 
The company’s blue-chip client list reads like a who’s-who of global business leaders, from Allstate Insurance, Comcast NBC Universal and Booz Allen Hamilton to Sprint, Target, Discovery Communications, General Mills and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
 
Ms. Mason and Mr. Brown in 1988 also created an independent, nonprofit organization, Horizons for Homeless Children (formerly The Horizons Initiative) dedicated to providing high-quality child care and educational services to homeless children and their families.
 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world’s largest, private non-profit oceanographic research institution and a global leader in the study and exploration of the ocean. An unmatched reputation for intellectual discovery under the water has allowed the organization to contribute to its economic surroundings out of the water as well.
 
Woods Hole scientists and engineers have played a part in discoveries that form the modern understanding of the ocean and how it interacts with other parts of the planet, including human society. WHOI professionals combine access to specialized tools, ships, labs, and underwater vehicles with knowledge of how to explore the ocean to create a detailed understanding of the global ocean system.
 
The institution, founded in 1930, employs more than 1,000 researchers, engineers, information technology specialists, and crews for ships and underwater vehicles like the Alvin that famously explored the wreck of the Titanic in 1986. A combination of government grants and contracts, foundation and private donations and industry contracts provide the organization with an annual operating budget of $215 million.
 
Increasingly WHOI is involved in projects that apply the knowledge gained from basic research to societal issues, providing high-quality data and analysis across a range of topics, from climate to biodiversity to resources to natural hazards mitigation. These efforts have given WHOI’s work reach into new and important arenas.
 
In 2010, the Institution rapidly mobilized researchers from several different disciplines to assist the Coast Guard and other responders during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In response to the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, WHOI mounted another rapid response and mobilization to gather data and water samples quickly to determine the amount of radioactivity released into the ocean. That monitoring effort continues.
 
Engineers and scientists at WHOI worked for nearly two years to successfully locate, in May 2011, the deep-water wreckage of Air France flight 447, using the WHOI-designed and -built REMUS 6000 autonomous vehicle.

 

2017 Gould Education & Workforce Development Award

The Gould Education & Workforce Development Award recognizes individuals, employers, and institutions for their efforts to improve public education and the advancement, employability, and productivity of the residents of the commonwealth.

 

2016 Honoree: Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

We look forward to your participation at AIM's 2017 Annual Meeting on Friday, May 5th at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, at 425 Summer Street in Boston. More details to follow soon.

 

AGENDA

11:15 am AIM BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

11:45 am RECEPTION AND NETWORKING
12:30 pm LUNCHEON AND AWARDS
1:15 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS
2:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS

 

TICKETS

AIM Member | $200
Table $2,000

Non-Member | $300
Table | $3,000

Government | $45

FOUNDER

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

LEADERS

Bank of America
Citizens Bank
Fidelity Investments
Eversource Energy
General Electric
Millipore Sigma
Tufts Health Plan

 

BENEFACTORS

Aetna
AT&T
COMCAST
Delta Dental of Massachusetts
MassMutual Financial Group
National Grid
Ocean Spray, Inc.
P&G Gillette
Phillips
Putnam Investments
Raytheon
Shire
Steward Health Care
Verizon
Vibram USA
Waters Corporation
Webster Bank
Wolf & Company

 

PATRONS

Boston Private Bank
Boston University
Chase Corporation
Harpoon Brewery
Harvard Pilgrim
Hollingsworth & Vose
Kearney, Donovan & McGee
Ken's Foods, Inc.
Locke Lord Public Policy Group
Lynch, DeSimone & Nylen
Martignetti Companies
McLane Middleton
MKS Instruments
Onyx Specialty Papers
RSM
SBLI
Slowey/McManus
  Communications
University of Massachusetts
WithumSmith + Brown

 

FRIENDS

Accutech Packaging
Barrett Distribution Centers
Competitive Energy Services
Dexter Russell
Intel
JRI Group
Kinefac Corporation
LPG Consulting
Morgan Memorial Goodwill
  Industries
Potpourri Group
Rolls Royce Naval Marine
Strategic Benefits Advisors
Twin Rivers Technologies

 

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