Beth Ward has joined MGM Springfield as neighborhood affairs supervisor, MGM introduced Wednesday.Ward would be the main media contact for the $1 billion resort on line casino, and she’s going to help in social duty initiatives together with philanthropy, neighborhood engagement, and variety and inclusion initiatives.An award-winning journalist, Ward brings greater than 30 years of expertise, having lately labored at Western Mass News, the place she reported and anchored the night information, MGM stated. Ward left Western Mass News in September.Ward stated she’s going to proceed as host of high-school quiz present “As Schools Match Wits” on NEPM-TV, Channel 57, for her 14th season.Ward has a bachelor’s diploma from Western New England University.She started her tv information profession as a producer for the morning information at WFSB-TV, Channel 3, in Hartford, earlier than transferring to WWLP-TV, Channel 22, in Springfield, in the mid Eighties. After 4 years, she moved to Washington, D.C., the place she labored as a reporter and anchor at CNN after which at native stations.Ward and her household moved again to Massachusetts after six years, and she or he spent the subsequent 10 years at WGGB as a information anchor. She left TV information in 2004 to begin her personal public relations and consulting enterprise. She returned to abc40, now often called Western Mass News, in 2016.*******Louis & Clark Pharmacy in Springfield, an unbiased pharmacy since 1965, has named Kara James its president.A co-owner of the pharmacy, James beforehand held the place of pharmacy supervisor. She has been with Louis & Clark since 2012.“I’ve spent the final eight years studying and rising with Louis & Clark,” James stated. “In my new position, I’ll guarantee we proceed to offer the excellent care and customer support we’re recognized for, whereas additionally increasing with new providers and know-how that enable us to fulfill growing calls for as well being care evolves. This position will transfer me from overseeing our day-to-day operations to wanting on the massive image and strategizing for steady enchancment.”James, a resident of Ludlow, attained her physician of pharmacy in 2012 from Albany College of Pharmacy. She can also be licensed in pharmacy-based immunization supply from the American Pharmacists Association.******Allied Flooring, Paint and Design, a house enchancment provider for householders, contractors and enterprise house owners, lately welcomed Jorge Morgado as a associate in the enterprise and president of gross sales.“I’m thrilled to welcome Jorge as a associate and to run the gross sales group,” stated Mario Tedeschi, president of Allied. “Jorge and I spent a long time as rivals, respecting and admiring one another’s work. Our relationship strengthened over the previous few years when he grew to become our gross sales consultant for Tarkett. I noticed how a lot care and dedication he devotes to his purchasers; that connection led to us changing into companions.”Morgado has greater than 25 years of expertise in the flooring business, starting his profession in highschool and most lately serving because the vp of residential enterprise, east area, for Tarkett, the third-largest flooring producer in the nation.A resident of East Longmeadow, Morgado graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a level in enterprise administration. He is concerned in the neighborhood, at present serving on the board of the East Longmeadow Soccer Association.********Western Massachusetts house builder and developer Alan J. Tabin has joined B & B Real Estate in Holyoke as a licensed actual property agent.Tabin has been energetic in the true property business all through his grownup life. As co-owner of Home Improvement Associates, he grew his development enterprise over three a long time, constructing customized houses, funding property, rehabbing, residential and business renovations. His expertise in actual property growth features a residential sub-division of latest houses and Jacob’s Edge, a 25-unit condominium mission in South Hadley.Tabin grew up in Holyoke, graduating from Dean Technical High School. He lives in South Hadley.********Greylock Insurance Agency introduced that Andrew Alcaro, a business traces producer, earned his designation as an authorized skilled insurance coverage agent from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society.The designation stands for professionalism and a dedication to excellence by means of technical information.Alcaro joined Greylock in March 2018 and resides in North Adams.*********Market Mentors, a advertising, promoting and public relations company headquartered in Springfield, introduced the addition of 5 new group members.Elizabeth Barry, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, joined the company as a public relations specialist. She has intensive expertise gleaned from time spent producing morning information at FOX61 and WFSB in Hartford. A graduate of Endicott College and Southern New Hampshire University, Barry holds undergraduate and graduate levels in communications. In her new position, she writes press releases in addition to quick and longform copy, and works to earn media alternatives for purchasers.Chase Hoffman, of Southampton, joined the group as an account govt. Possessing earlier company expertise, he’s a graduate of Westfield State University and holds a communications diploma with a public relations focus.Christopher Proulx, of Granby, Connecticut, joined the company as a digital promoting specialist. A graduate of American International College and Westfield State University, and holding Google Ads and Analytics certifications, he runs digital promoting campaigns on Google and throughout social media channels.David Smith, of Windsor Locks, joined the agency as a content material author, penning quick and longform copy for digital and print placements, web sites, blogs and social media. After incomes his diploma in communications on the University of Connecticut, he labored in broadcast media at WWLP-22 News in Springfield and Fox61 in Hartford.Sara West, of West Hartford, serves as an account director, leveraging her training on the University of Colorado at Denver and expertise amassed from working her method up in the business. Her main obligations embrace managing accounts and creating, managing and executing multi-channel advertising campaigns incorporating search engine optimization, social media, inbound advertising, HubSpot, e mail, mail/print campaigns and occasions to drive buyer acquisition for purchasers.**********Florence Bank lately introduced the appointment of Erin Defoyd to the place of selling communications officer. Defoyd, who lives in Hampshire County, involves the financial institution with greater than 20 years of banking expertise and deep connections in the communities the financial institution serves.She most lately served as advertising officer at a local people financial institution. Her duties included implementation of selling methods to extend model consciousness, creation of communications supplies, assist of media planning, web site administration and social media administration.Defoyd graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies in 2018 and is pursuing a level in advertising at Southern New Hampshire University.