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Selvia receives ACCGS Citizen of the Year award

SPRINGFIELD — The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS) presented awards to one local business owner and two non-profit organizations at its annual meeting on June 15.
Kathryn Selvia, owner of New England Promotional Marketing (NEPM) in Wilbraham, received the 2011 Richard Moriarty Citizen of the Year award.
Moriarty was an active participant with the ACCGS for many years, serving on the former Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, as a member of the ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee, as chair of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and ACCGS Board of Directors.
He was well-known in the community as someone willing to donate his time, talent and financial resources to many charitable and community programs throughout our region.
Selvia said she is honored and humbled to receive this honor.
Selvia has also received Woman of the Year honors from both the WBOA and the Quaboag Zonta Club, as well as the Paul Harris Award through the Wilbraham Rotary Club.

Founded in 1989, NEPM provides imprinted promotional products, fulfillment services and Web-based company stores.
Selvia is very active in the community, serving as past chair of the Hampden-Wilbraham Chamber, past president of the Wilbraham Community Association, chair of the Wilbraham Peach Festival, past board member of the Children's Study Home, and past president of the Women Business Owners Alliance (WBOA).
She received Woman of the Year honors from both the WBOA and the Quaboag Zonta Club, as well as the Paul Harris Award through the Wilbraham Rotary Club.
She also served on the Town of Wilbraham Finance Committee and the Minnechaug Renaissance Program.
NEPM has been named one of the top 100 Women-Led companies in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Business Journal. A resident of Wilbraham since 1980, Selvia has two children — David, who lives in Beijing and works for a private equity investment company, and Amy Selvia-Smith, who works alongside her mother at NEPM.
ACCGS also recognized two non-profit groups at the annual meeting — the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the Salvation Army. These awards are given each year to local non-profits with strong business models and community presence that have a direct impact on the quality of life in the Greater Springfield business community.
Both of these organizations have offered essential services to the businesses and residents in the area for many years. They have also increased their outreach and access to programs since the recent tornadoes.
The meeting featured a guest speaker, Secretary Greg Bialecki of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, who outlined the Patrick Administration’s plan for accelerating the state’s economic recovery.
For more information, visit www.myonlinechamber.com.
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