TMA Northeast and CFA New England
Host Turnaround of the Year Charity Event
On May 5, 2014 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, the Commercial Finance Association, New England Chapter (CFA) and the Turnaround Management Association of New England (TMANE) joined forces to recognize the Boston Red Sox as the recipient of their Turnaround Of The Year award for their remarkable 'worst to first' 2013 season. The team was honored not just for its spectacular on-field success but also for its significant contributions to the New England community at large during a turbulent year.
The gala event was held to honor the Red Sox with all proceeds donated to the Red Sox Foundation and the Ron Burton Training Village. The event raised over $56,000 for these two respected charitable organizations.
Ben Cherington, General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, accepted the Turnaround of the Year Award from TMA Northeast President Jim Fleet and regaled the sold out audience of Boston area business leaders with the tale of events leading to the Red Sox 2013 World Series win.
As the dinner commenced, Ron Burton, Jr., President of the Ron Burton Training Village and Lois Gordon, Red Sox Scholar from Class of 2003 on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation, both shared personal stories of transformation and change.
For Ron Burton, the story centered on the significant personal struggles his late father encountered and overcame on the way to becoming an All American at Northwestern, a first round NFL draft pick and six year standout for the New England Patriots.
Lois Gordon, a 2003 Red Sox Scholar now finishing up her degree at Wheaton College, spoke about the meaning of the Scholar program which has served over 200 Boston Public School students. Lois was in the first class of scholars when the program was launched in 2003 and spoke movingly of the impact of the program on her life and her fellow recipients.
TMANE attracts a diverse membership of professionals who are experts at problem-solving, bringing together a supportive community of creative thinkers who forge trusting relationships and team up to solve critical business priorities. The Commercial Finance Association's New England Chapter serves the asset-based financial services industry on an international, national, regional, and local basis. Both organizations congratulate Mr. Cherington and the Boston Red Sox for their monumental success in 2013. Both organizations are proud to have partnered together to organize the dinner and to continue their support for deserving charities focused on transformation including the Red Sox Foundation and the Ron Burton Training Village. Fostering ideas, innovations and connections to transform people and organizations to allow them to go further, faster is a fundamental core value that led to the success of the dinner and those honored and benefitted.