David M. Balducci, Nichols College class of '00, received the Alumni Achievement Award at the college's annual Alumni Awards Ceremony held Sept. 30 in Daniels Auditorium.
Incoming President Susan West Engelkemeyer presented the award.
Mr. Balducci is president of Sellia Corp., which operates 12 McDonald's restaurants in Worcester and Central Massachusetts. He and four other family members own the company.
He began his career at McDonald's as a crew member in 1994. After working up through the ranks, he became an owner operator in February 2006. As president of Sellia, he works with managers, supervisors and corporate staff to maximize operations and develop ideas to build sales. He is in charge of building community relationships as well.
Mr. Balducci is also a member of the Spencer Exchange Club and was recently named to Worcester Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list.
He lives in West Brookfield with his wife, Barbara, and their children, Adrianna, 7, Matteo, 2, and Massimo, 1.
Jason Girouard of Tantasqua Regional High School and Solomon Shadrix of White Plains High School in Anniston, Ala. each will receive $500 scholarships for their entries in the x2VOL Video Contest sponsored by intelliVOL-developers of the x2VOL volunteer tracking and reporting system for high schools. Girouard showed images from tornado-ravaged Western Massachusetts and how the combined efforts of volunteers saved labor and spread goodwill. "A warm heart is as important as a warm place to stay. Go out and volunteer," encourages Girouard in his video message.
Shadrix mixed photographs with compelling messages reminding people to step beyond feeling sorry for others affected by tragedy and to get out and volunteer. His images of the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center are a vivid reminder that communities heal by the personal gifts of time and caring.
Eric Lewis of Western Alamance High School in Elon, N.C. won the top prize. The contest awards scholarships to high school students who best convey the importance of community service through video.
Lewis will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Savers Bank announces the appointment of Christopher Wszolek as vice president of Commercial Lending, effective Sept. 27th. Wszolek was most recently employed with Country Bank, where he served as vice president of Commercial Loans.
Savers Bank is happy to welcome Wszolek, who comes with over fifteen years of banking experience. His knowledge in all areas of the commercial field will play an essential role in making Savers the bank of choice for business and commercial services.
"Savers Bank strives to be the customer's number one partner for financial success. I am very excited that I can be part of this mission, and I will take advantage of this opportunity to serve the communities in which I grew up, to the best of my ability," commented Wszolek.
Currently a resident of Holland, Chris's office will be out of the Southbridge branch. He will be part of the Savers Bank commercial lending team that is available to meet any business banking needs throughout Southern New England.
With offices in Southbridge, Uxbridge, Auburn, Grafton, Charlton and Sturbridge, Savers Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Co-operative Central Bank and the Massachusetts Bankers
Association. Founded in 1910, Savers Bank has assets of over $400 million, offering a full range of consumer and commercial banking services, along with a strong legacy of community commitment and customer service. For more information call (800) 649-3036 or visit the website at www.saversbank.com.
CUTLINE: (1) David M. Balducci and his daughter, Adrianna, 7. (2) Christopher Wszolek