Publisher’s Message: November 2019

Anastasia Barnes

This is our special ABX edition of High-Profile. ABX is the largest architecture and building event in the Northeast.  With over 300 exhibitors and 100+ workshops, there is something for everyone, not to mention networking!  This year, HP will be on the trade show floor at booth #235.  Be sure to stop by and say hello to any one of our awesome account executives!

In mid-October, I hosted the Massachusetts Building Congress’ Passive Building event, which had over 160 registered attendees!  I was honored to moderate the panel of distinguished professionals.  MBC’s next event will be held on Nov. 14.  Check out HP’s events calendar online to learn more!

On Nov. 7, the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM), will host its  Biennial Dinner Gala & Election where it will be announcing its new president and board of directors.  It’s always a not-to-be-missed event.  HP’s Mark Kelly will be on hand to help celebrate.  If you’re attending, be sure to say hello to him!

Have you heard of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)?  Now in its fifth year, NAW is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. NAW 2019 will be held Nov. 11-17.

Elizabeth Skidmore of NERCC is organizing the Eastern Massachusetts Conference and Career Fair, taking place on Nov. 13 from 9 to 1 pm at IBEW Local 103. High-Profile will be attending to cover the event.  You can learn more by visiting our events calendar on our website or checking out our calendar in the back of this issue.  Elizabeth also happens to be our next guest on the Build Better podcast! Stay tuned!

According to a Wallet Hub study, Massachusetts has four small cities in a list of the Top 20 “Best Small Cities in America.”  Not to toot our own horn, but TOOT TOOT!

We are now in the season of giving! Let’s be honest, it feels good to give.  I make a donation to the MSPCA Boston every month and love supporting such a good cause. High-Profile has a special section devoted to philanthropy and charity every month. If your company is giving back, let us know about it!Several years ago, I unexpectedly met and became close with Diane, a member of the Shambala Center in Los Angeles. After enduring many health issues, Diane was wheelchair-bound. Diane and I were fast friends. She loved getting out – we’d go to a diner or the botanical gardens.  Mostly, though, I would bring her groceries or take her to get her haircut.  Sometimes I would just stop by her room just to say hello.  I often wondered how she came into my life and why I decided to befriend a complete stranger.  She passed away right around this time of year in 2015, and I think of her often. I learned a great deal from her, and I am reminded of how lucky I am to have my health, family and basic things like shelter and food, things I often take for granted.

Whether you give by volunteering time to a local shelter or soup kitchen or simply by helping a neighbor (or stranger) in need, I encourage you to do so.  It feeds your soul!

See you at ABX!

Enjoy the read,


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