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Ben Markens Elected United Way Board Chair, Stresses Community Impact

Friday, June 26, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Ben Markens, President and CEO of Springfield-based The Markens Group, Inc. (TMG) and President of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), was elected Chair of the United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Board of Directors (UWPV) during the organization’s 93rd Annual Meeting & Celebration on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Markens served as Vice Chair of UWPV’s board for the past two years. 

At TMG—a boutique consulting firm and management company that operates PPC and other industry associations—Markens has been helping companies and nonprofits drive vision, strategy, and operational excellence for the past three decades.
“I am honored to help UWPV advance its mission by serving as Chair,” said Markens. “During my tenure, I plan to focus on aligning strategy with UPVW’s overall goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact to better local communities.”
During his address to the 200 guests who attended the Annual Meeting and Celebration, Markens stressed his plans to encourage increased engagement among board members, volunteers, and other shareholders as a way help UWPV achieve its community impact goals in the areas of education, financial stability, health and well-being, basic needs, and emergency assistance.
"Not only does Ben have a keen business sense and the strategic vision to move UWPV forward, he has a deep commitment to bettering the lives of those in need,” said Dora Robinson, President and CEO of the UWPV. “Through his leadership, I believe we will be able to expand impact and achieve our goals.”


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