Business Briefs: Marshall joins Mass. Society of CPAs board

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The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) announced earlier this month that Hopkinton resident Arthur Marshall, CPA, MBA, was elected to the board of directors for its 2021-22 fiscal year.

Marshall is partner of assurance services at EY with clients in various industries, including software, technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, retail/distribution and healthcare. EY is one of the Big Four accounting firms that primarily provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to its clients.

The MSCPA Board of Directors is a group of 19 elected members that sets policies, manages programs and oversees activities that benefit the 11,000-member organization and accounting profession in Massachusetts.

Arthur Marshall
Arthur Marshall

“The MSCPA’s board of directors are a remarkable diverse group of individuals who play a vital role in shaping the priorities of the Society and truly want to better the profession,” said MSCPA president and CEO Amy Pitter. “I am thrilled to have Arthur on the board and know that his leadership will contribute greatly to the Society, community and the profession in the year ahead.”

With over 18 years of public accounting assurance services experience, Marshall has worked with clients to complete public offerings (IPOs and debt), acquisitions and implementations of new accounting standards. As EY’s U.S.-East Region audit innovation and digital leader, he works with audit teams and external clients in their implementation of technology and development of digital assets to enhance the quality of audits, financial reporting, business processes and building value and trust for stakeholders.

Ameriprise’s Smith recognized as top wealth advisor

Dawn E. Smith, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Hopkinton, recently was named to the list of Forbes Magazine’s Top Women Wealth Advisors. The list recognized financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success in the business.

The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of the nation’s most productive advisors. Smith was chosen based on assets under management, industry experience, compliance record and best practices in her practice and approach to working with clients. Smith is CEO at Oasis Financial Services, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Her office is at 63 South Street.

Gorman Richards designs renovation for ATOZ Labs

Hopkinton’s Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects recently completed a renovation of a 42,000 square foot, one-story brick office building at 100 South St. that will be used as a cannabis testing laboratory by ATOZ Laboratories, Inc.

According to GRLA, the total fit-out is approximately 6,000 square feet of existing office space that was refreshed with new paint, a ceiling and LED lighting. The remaining 3,000 square feet was fully converted to laboratory space. The Stukel Group, LLC, also based in Hopkinton, was responsible for completing the fit-out.

ATOZ received a provisional license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission in April and has indicated it plans to start work sometime this year.

ATOZ Lab
Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects designed the renovation plan for ATOZ Laboratories, which is looking to open a cannabis testing laboratory on South Street. PHOTO/GRLA/BILL HORSMAN

Middlesex Savings Bank donates $10K to PJB

The Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation — the nonprofit private charitable foundation established by Middlesex Savings Bank — announced a donation of $340,000 to 34 local nonprofits through its Operating Support Program.

Among those receiving grants was Hopkinton-based Project Just Because.

The foundation, which has been distributing grants for more than 20 years, temporarily pivoted to a special Operating Support Program to help nonprofits as they manage through the lingering impact of the pandemic.

“Middlesex is humbled to be in a position to support 34 worthy nonprofit organizations through our Operating Support Program. These grant recipients have persevered through an incredibly challenging time so that they may continue to support individuals and families in our area,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “The grants reflect our understanding of all that the organizations do to make our communities better places to live.”

MRMC receives top quality rating

Milford Regional Medical Center received an overall hospital quality star rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Milford Regional was one of 455 hospitals out of 4,586 across the United States to achieve a five-star rating, and was one of 12 hospitals to receive five stars in Massachusetts.

“This is a testament to the extraordinarily high-quality, safe care provided by the team of providers and caregivers at MRMC,” stated Bert Thurlo-Walsh, vice president and chief quality officer.

“We are proud to be among a select number of hospitals nationwide to be recognized for quality and safety,” said Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “This achievement is a reflection of the commitment our employees have to providing unparalleled care to our community.”

The CMS hospital quality star rating program uses measures from the following categories to determine an overall star rating: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, timely and effective care, and efficient use of medical imaging.