Rachel Lopez, president of Resource Management, Inc., has been elected chair of the board of directors of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce for 2021-2022. The announcement was made at the chamber’s annual meeting on June 10.
Based in Fitchburg, RMI was established in 1995 as a full service PEO and HR outsourcing company. Its experts provide a wide range of HR services, including payroll and tax processing, compliance advice and paperwork, worker insurance and safety management, HR administration and personnel and benefits administration. Since its founding, RMI has grown into one of the largest Hispanic companies in the country. Today it operates in 39 states and has more than 6,000 employees.
Lopez grew up in the family business, starting as a first employee when she was just 15. She started in payroll, worked in all departments of the company and eventually managed the sales and implementation department before being promoted to president. of the company in 2017. Under his leadership, the company continued to grow and was named 2018 Minority Business Development Agency of the Year by the Minority Business Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce.
In addition to her involvement with the chamber, Lopez also sits on the board of trustees of the Fitchburg Art Museum and was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the Latino State Advisory Board in 2017. She is also active in the ‘National Association of Professional Employers’ Organizations, and has been recognized as the 2018 Family Business Owner of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal.
Lopez has two sons, who are also involved in the business, and has always resided in Fitchburg.
She succeeds David A. Duval, President and Founder of Protective Services, Inc., who now serves as Past Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have been elected president of this dynamic and respected organization that plays such an important role in north-central Massachusetts,” said Lopez. “I am delighted to continue David Duval’s efforts and to ensure that the Chamber remains a strong resource for the local business community.
Lopez was first elected to the chamber board in 2019 and has held several leadership positions including vice president, treasurer and served on the chamber board and executive committee. As chairman of the chamber board, Lopez will work with the board, chamber staff and members to advocate for the chamber in its mission to serve the region’s business community.
“As President, Rachel will play an important role in advancing the goals and initiatives of the Chamber,” said Roy Nascimento, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We are fortunate to have his leadership respected. We look forward to working with her to advance the interests of our members and promote North Central Massachusetts. “
In the same election, Christopher McCarthy, president and chief operating officer of Fidelity Bank in Leominster, was elected vice-president. Director Cheryl Molebash, Managing Director of Dixie Consumer Products in Leominster, has been elected as Treasurer. Board members elected for a further three-year term were Allie Catlin, co-owner of Smith’s Country Cheese in Winchendon; Rodrigo Souza, owner of Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse in Leominster, and John Zarrella, president of Research Results, Inc.
The current terms of the Board of Directors are Steve Duvarney, owner of Duvarney Jewelers in Fitchburg and Clinton; Tony Fields, president and owner of Cleartech Group in Leominster; Elaine Fluet, CEO of Care Central VNA and Hospice in Gardner; Matthew Fournier, president of Elite Construction & Design in Fitchburg; Richard Lapidus, president of Fitchburg State University at Fitchburg; Anne Leader, president of Vision Payroll in Leominster; Barbara Mahoney, President and CEO of Leominster Credit Union in Leominster; Bruce Platzman, president of AIS, Inc. in Leominster; Steve Rocheleau, president of Rocheleau Tool & Die in Fitchburg; Henry Tessman, Managing Director of Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, and James Vander Hooven, President of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner.