Alford, MA Municipal Lighting Plant Board
Thomas Doyle Awarded Top Producing Agent for the Berkshire County region in 2012 at a former agency, Tom is now co-founder of Gateway Berkshire Real Estate (2014). In 2016, Tom will serve as Treasurer and Board member of the Berkshire Multiple Listing Service, Inc. Prior to entering the real estate market, Tom was a 40-year veteran of the institutional equity and option trading business. A graduate (B.S. in B.A.) of the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, his career started at Pershing & Co. (now a subsidiary of Bank of New York Mellon Corp) where he helped launch Pershing’s operations on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (“CBOE”) in 1973. He was a member of the CBOE during 1975-76 and became the youngest partner ever at Pershing & Co. Tom served on various exchange committees on both the CBOE and the American Stock Exchange. Tom resigned from Pershing in 1980.During 1980, Tom became a shareholder of Rochdale Securities Corporation. There he served in the roles from COO to co-CEO. From a base of $250,000 in revenues, Tom was instrumental in all aspects as the firm grew to $25 million in revenues when he departed in 1997. He created systems for tracking execution performance and was a speaker/panelist at various industry forums. He has been quoted in various financial publications, including the Wall Street Journal and was featured in an article for Trader’s Magazine.Tom serves on the Boards of a variety of organizations and is a Past President of Stockbridge Golf Club. He resides in Alford with his wife, Paula who currently is the elected Town Clerk.
James Hall Jim Hall lives just south of the village center in an old farm house that has been in his family since 1953. Jim spent most summers in Alford growing up. He has been a full time Alford resident since 1997. Jim is a graduate of Georgetown University. He has been involved in electrical and instrumentation design for over 38 years, working for both small consultants and large global engineering firms.Jim volunteered on the Alford Broadband Committee and was elected to the Alford MLP in September 2015. He believes that the Alford Broadband Initiative is a very important investment in the future of our community.
Robert Lichter Bob and his wife, Diane, have been full-time Alford residents since their move here in 2005. Bob was among the initial volunteers on the Alford Broadband Committee, on which he has served continuously since its inception in 2006. A native Bay Stater, he received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison, both in chemistry. Before his retirement in 2002, he had a >30-year career in academia, first as a chemistry faculty member for 13 years at New York City’s Hunter College of CUNY, where he was also department chair; then a program officer at Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, a private science foundation; then a VP at SUNY Stony Brook; and ending as the head of the NY City-based Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, also for 13 years, creating and administering programs that yielded ca. $5 million in grants annually for science education and research. He has served on and chaired a number of not-for-profit boards and committees, including the committee that oversees the half-billion dollar annual budget of the American Chemical Society. Bob has received a number of national awards and honors for his work. He now consults occasionally on science-related proposal and program development, and on science education and policy. Locally, Bob enjoys hiking with the Silver Scramblers, and choral music singing, in which he has been engaged for more than 50 years. Bob is committed to reaching the goal of fiber-based Internet connectivity to every premise in Alford.
Joseph Nicolosi Joe and his wife, Wendy, initially purchased their home in 1978 and have been full-time Alford residents since 2007. Both enjoy the natural beauty of the area and involvement in the community – Joe as a Trustee in a local UCC church and Wendy as an officer of the Alford Garden Club and Berkshire Quilters Guild. Joe was born & raised in NYC, received his B.S. at NYIT and Ph.D. in Physics at PINY in 1978. Before his retirement in 2012, Joe worked a 42-year career as a Scientist in Materials Analysis: Initially as a researcher at Philips Labs in Briarcliff Manor, NY studying the properties of semiconductors and finally as Director of Technology for Ametek, Materials Analysis Division in Mahwah, NJ developing microanalysis instrumentation for determining material composition and structure. Among their other interests Joe & Wendy enjoy “Blue Water” sailing, skiing, gardening and visiting their children in Utah, Texas and D.C. Joe is grateful for the opportunity to play a role in Alford’s achieving its goal of fiber-based Internet connectivity to every home.
Jay Weintraub Jay Weintraub, 66, has been a resident of Alford since 1999, part time at first, then full time since 2010, with his wife Susan. Born and raised in the New York area, Jay has two grown children and three grandchildren.Now retired, he spent his working life in finance, first as a National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency, then as a financial institutions analyst and Managing Director with several investment banking firms, including Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. As such, he was responsible for analyzing and offering investment recommendations on a broad array of fixed-income products to institutional investors. He was recognized a number of times as a leading bank analyst with respect to the fixed-income market by the well-known trade publication, “Institutional Investor.” Always interested in community affairs, in 2011 he conceived and started the Alford-Assist website to foster better communication and community spirit within the town. Alford-Assist has grown to 140 participants, and has become an important communications tool in Alford community. Jay volunteered to serve on the ad hoc Alford Broadband Committee, and over the last two years was active in evaluating options and offering assistance to the Committee on the Fiber to The Premises (FTTP) project on many issues, particularly with regard to financial matters. He enjoys the bucolic life in the Berkshires, and spends as much time as possible on the many beautiful hiking trails in the area, especially the Appalachian Trail.