MassEcon Presents 15th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

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Nearly 400 people attended MassEcon’s 15th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, which honored 15 enterprising companies from across the Commonwealth for their outstanding contributions of investment, job growth, facility expansion, and community involvement. MassEcon is the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts.

The luncheon was held during Thanksgiving week at the Renaissance Boston Hotel in the Seaport District. Citizens Bank was presenting sponsor and WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes was emcee. Among the attendees were Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker congratulated the winners in a video presentation at the awards luncheon.

“At a point in time when there in tremendous consternation and a lot of divisiveness in public dialogue across this country, and by the way around the world, we do take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in the fact that here in Massachusetts people have figured out how to agree and disagree agreeably,” said Governor Baker. “And it’s made a big difference in our ability to collaborate and move this great state forward. We look forward to continuing to work with MassEcon and all of your partners even into the future.”

Baker also congratulated MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston on her 25 years of leadership at the organization. Houston is leaving the position at the end of 2018. She will be succeeded by Peter Abair in January.

“This is always a very great event to host, particularly this year,” said Houston. “It’s an honor and privilege to have originated these awards and to have hosted them for 15 years. I know that Pete will carry on the great tradition of honoring Massachusetts companies.”

“This is an important event not only for MassEcon but also for the Commonwealth,” said Stephen Flavin, Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at WPI and Chairman of MassEcon.

Flavin noted that the companies represent life sciences, e-commerce, information technology, robotics, manufacturing, distribution, and food and entertainment. “Since Jan. 1, 2017, these companies have added nearly 5,400 jobs, invested more than $440 million in capital investment, and expanded in over 3.5 million square feet in their facilities,” Flavin said.

The winning companies (listed below) were selected after site visits and a reception with their competitors and judges at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

The Gold Award prizes were accepted by Alex Dixon, General Manager of MGM Springfield; Harry Kokkinis, President of Table Talk Pies Inc.; Steve Harbin, Chief Sustainability Officer of Moderna; Paul Asmar, Vice President for Real Estate and Properties of MilliporeSigma; and Niraj Shah, Co-Founder and CEO of Wayfair.


Region Gold Silver Bronze
Central Table Talk Pies


Imperial Distributors


Little Leaf Farms


Greater Boston Wayfair


CloudHealth Technologies


America’s Test Kitchen


Northeast MilliporeSigma




Endeavor Robotics


Southeast Moderna


Design Communications


Cox Engineering Randolph
West MGM Springfield




Decker Machine Works Greenfield