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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Nick Fyntrilakis413-744-0212
DevelopSpringfield Announces Interim Executive Director
SPRINGFIELD, Mass, February 27, 2012
DevelopSpringfield, a non-profit corporationdedicated to advancing development and expediting revitalization within the city, todayannounced that it has appointed Kevin M. Sweeney as its interim Executive Director, effective asof March 12, 2012.Sweeney has agreed to serve as Executive Director for approximately six months asDevelopSpringfield begins to expand it strategic focus. During this period, he will beresponsible for implementing an operating plan for DevelopSpringfield, preparation andexecution of a broader long-term strategy for the organization, and beginning the implementationof the Rebuild Springfield Master Plan recently unveiled.According to Nick Fyntrilakis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DevelopSpringfield,
will play a critical role in helping lead the first stages of implementation of the RebuildSpringfield Master Plan-- the
community’s vision for the future of its neighborhoods impacted
by the June 1, 2011 tornado and for Springfield as a whole
“He brings a broad set of experiences to the table and a passion for improving our community –
thrilled to bring him on board”, added Fyntrilakis.
Sweeney will also be accountable for managing ongoing and new DevelopSpringfieldrevitalization projects, including, for example,the Eastern Gateway Project, which, inpartnership with American International College, seeks to revitalize an underdeveloped sectionof State Street between Austin Street and Roosevelt Avenue. He will alsoassistDevelopSpringfield
’s Board of Directors with its search for a permanent Executive Director.
very excited about joining DevelopSpringfield and being part of the dynamic community-wide effort to implement a comprehensive revitalization plan that is true to the extraordinaryspirit, values and potential
of the City of Springfield,” commented Sweeney.
Sweeney will be leaving his current role as a Managing Director of MassMutual Capital PartnersLLC, where he has been responsible for strategic mergers and acquisitions and other transactionsfor the Springfield-based Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and itsaffiliated companies. He has served in various other executive roles with MassMutual since1993 in international operations, law, and human resources. Earlier in his career he practicedlaw with the Springfield firm of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP.