People in Business: July 5, 2021 edition


American International College announces the following promotions and additions to the leadership team.

Nicolle Cestero was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and retains her title of Chief of Staff. Cestero joined the college in 2011 as Associate Vice President for Human Resources and has assumed increasing levels of responsibility and scope of duties.

Cestero will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college while continuing to serve as an advisor to the president. Cestero will oversee college legal matters and support presidential and institutional initiatives to ensure project deadlines are met and targeted results are achieved.

Cestero holds a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of West Florida and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College. She is certified as a Human Resources Professional and has obtained the Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management. Cestero is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration at AIC.

Velmer S. Burton Jr. joins the college as executive vice president for academic affairs. He will oversee undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Health Sciences.

He was most recently Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Strategy and Performance and Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was also the academic director of the university, overseeing 164 academic programs supported by 500 full-time professors.

Burton received a certificate from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, 2004 Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, Doctorate. in Sociology and Masters and BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1991, 1986 and 1985, respectively, with over 60 articles and publications on crime and justice to his credit.

Jennifer mcdonough joins the college as vice president for institutional advancement. McDonough brings nearly 40 years of experience in the advancement profession incorporating institutional leadership roles and philanthropic advisory services.

As a former executive partner of Bentz Whaley Flessner, a national and international fundraising consultancy and services firm, McDonough has served a large number of private and public higher education institutions across the country, including American International.

She holds an MA in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Arts Management and a BA in Arts Education, both from State University of New York College in Buffalo.

Matthew Scott has been vice-president of student affairs and dean of students since July 2020. He will add the Title IX coordinator to his area of ​​responsibility. With this addition, Scott will be the designated AIC official with primary responsibility for coordinating Title IX compliance, including directing Title IX activities; consultation, education and training.

Scott joined the college in 2013 as Director of Residence Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Scott received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Springfield College and a Masters of Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Louis R. Izzi joined the college as vice president of athletics, coming from the University of Bridgeport, where he was vice president of athletics and registration management since 2019. While at Bridgeport, Izzi was in charge strategic planning, leadership, development and operations and people. management of the college’s NCAA Division II athletics program.

Prior to his position at the University of Bridgeport, Izzi was Director of Athletics at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, a Division III institution with 18 varsity sports, club and junior teams, and intramural programs and recreational. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Athletics Administration at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island for 17 years, while also being the Head Coach of Men’s Ice Hockey at Johnson & Wales and Nichols College for 15 years old. Izzi received an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and a BA in English from Providence College.

Jessica chapin was promoted to sports director. She joined the college in 2014 as a Compliance Coordinator. Among his duties, Chapin is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the athletic department, including overseeing compliance with NCAA Division I and Division II rules and regulations, retention, financial assistance, and recruiting new students in conjunction with offices across campus. She is assistant coordinator of Title IX for athletics.

Currently, Chapin sits on the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee and in May she was appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Offenses Committee. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Atlantic Hockey Association and the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association. Chapin received a Masters of Sports Administration from Springfield College and a BA from Brandeis University in Psychology and Sciences of Health, Society and Politics.

Michel Ériquezzo was promoted to Director of Marketing and Communications. He will oversee all aspects of digital and traditional institutional marketing, web and public relations for the college, including the biannual Lucent magazine distributed to over 30,000 alumni. Eriquezzo joined the college as Art Director and Senior Designer in 2017 from Go Graphix in East Longmeadow, where he was Project Manager and Creative Manager, and Children’s Study Home as External Communications Manager. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Hampshire Power Corp. recently hosted Patrick quinlan as a technical account manager.

Quinlan holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Quinlan will be responsible for supporting and growing the Hampshire Power Renewable Energy Certificate products and services, engaging installation companies and owners.

Quinlan joins Hampshire Power after working at Solablock Corp. and Black Island Wind Turbines, of which he was the co-founder. Previously, Quinlan served as Congressman in Technology, White House Member in Technology, and Senior Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Quinlan was a personnel engineer at AeroVironment for famous inventor Paul MacCready. He holds several patents and now has three projects at the Smithsonian Institution.


Friendly’s Restaurants and BRIX Holdings named David Ellis as marketing director of all brands and promoted Sylvie Becker to the Vice President of Marketing at Friendly’s Restaurants. Both people bring over 20 years of marketing experience to their roles.

Ellis will lead branding, marketing, public relations and digital initiatives for Friendly’s Restaurants as well as for the BRIX Holdings brands: Orange Leaf; Smoothie factory; Red mango; Dinner Salad; Red brick pizza; and Humble Donuts. He will also lead the development of loyalty programs, online orders and virtual brands.

Becker will develop integrated marketing plans to support branding that will leverage the use of traditional and digital media, loyalty programs, offsite engagement, social media, influencer partnerships and relationships public to increase the overall brand reputation, brand awareness and traffic through Friendly’s Catering System.

Prior to joining Friendly’s Restaurants and BRIX Holdings, Ellis served as Director of Marketing at Uncle Julio’s, where he was responsible for launching a new ad campaign, developing new products, launching third-party delivery and growth of the loyalty program. He has also served as Vice President of Marketing for O’Charley’s Restaurants and has held executive positions at KFC and Darden Restaurants, for Olive Garden and Red Lobster, including roles in brand management, national promotions and menu strategy.

Becker has been with Friendly’s for eight years, previously serving as Senior Director of Media Services. Prior to joining the Friendly team, Becker worked as Senior Director of Media Services for Johnny Rockets and Director of Marketing for McDonald’s, where she was responsible for driving sales, increasing guest numbers and growing Boston area market share, made up of more than 600 restaurants across New England and Albany, New York.


Famous Cornerstone Bank Jennifer anderson to be # 5 on Banker & Tradesman’s list of top loan originators in central and western Massachusetts. Anderson, vice president and head of mortgages at Cornerstone Bank, granted 155 mortgages to earn her place on the list.

A longtime Cornerstone Bank employee, Anderson has 17 years of experience as a mortgage loan officer. A resident of Spencer, she graduated from Babson College where she studied finance.


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