On March 20, Davis Malm and shareholder Tony Hewett hosted a “Celebrating Success” program which featured Seth Goodall, New England Regional Administrator, United States Small Business Administration; Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church; and a special performance by singer/songwriter, Berklee College of Music student David Stewart, Jr.

Attendees included former Obama Cabinet Secretary Jeanne Hulit, Eastern Bank President Robert Rivers, Northeast Bank President Richard Wayne, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank President Paul D. Falvey, SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert H. Nelson, SBA Massachusetts Assistant District Director Anne Hunt, and representatives from Coastal Community Capital, First Trade Union Bank, New England Certified Development Corp., Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, SCS Financial, and Commerce Bank & Trust Company.

“We are delighted to showcase many elements that comprise the fabric of our community,” said Davis Malm shareholder Tony Hewett. “From the outstanding work of the Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond to the incredible talent of students at Berklee, as well as the role of the federal government in promoting real economic activity.”

Mr. Goodall opened the program with an overview of SBA activities and the importance of SBA loans in today’s economy. He shared the impact a loan provided him early in his career, and highlighted how the SBA Loan Program can help the country out of its economic recession by aiding individuals and small businesses.

Rev. Dr. Hammond shared the history of the Bethel AME Church, which he started with his wife in 1988 in response to the growth of gang violence in Boston. The Hammonds believe that community involvement is the solution to combat various social issues, and have built their church as a community to address these problems. He described two of the church’s key programs, the Boston Ten Point Coalition and Generation Excel, and showcased their impact on understanding and decreasing gang violence in the past 20 years. For more information, visit Bethel AME Church.

The program was concluded with a performance by talented singer/songwriter, Berklee College of Music student David Stewart, Jr. David entertained guests with an acoustical guitar and vocal performance of both original and cover songs, which fused rock and soul. His impressive showmanship and commanding live performances have earned David multiple honors and prestige. For more information about David, visit his website.

For more information contact: Joanne Thorud; (617) 589-3894; jthorud@davismalm.com

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