Meet the 1Berkshire Team
Round 1: Kristen & Kevin
By Jonathan Butler
Behind the scenes at 1Berkshire are 10 dedicated and hardworking staff members who make all that we do possible. From consultations with entrepreneurs to promoting the region on TikTok, our mission to foster economic development and bolster tourism is realized every single day through the stewardship and devotion of these loyal individuals. And we want you to get to know them!
Over the next few months, I will introduce members of our team. First up is Kristen Harrington, Accounting Specialist, and Kevin Pink, Economic Development Coordinator.
Meet Kristen Harrington, Accounting Specialist
Kristen, who enjoys excessively listening to books, drinking coffee, and spending time with her children and her niece, joined 1Berkshire in 2015 as the Accounting Specialist.
Tell us a little about your role at 1Berkshire. My role is varied. AP, AR, dog kisser. One day I am the Operations Ninja and the next day I take numbers from a spreadsheet, rearrange them, and put them on different spreadsheets and then I take out the trash.
What do you most enjoy about living, working, and playing in the Berkshires? I love that the Berkshires allows you to be someplace serene and beautiful in a matter of minutes.
Tell us one fun fact about you – professional or personal. I spend several hours weekly volunteering for the Dalton American Legion Auxiliary Unit and I also spend several hours a week working at the Dalton American Legion and really wish more people remembered the Veterans in our community.
Meet Kevin Pink, Economic Development Coordinator
An avid local baseball fan, backyard sports enthusiast, and occasional charity trivia host, Kevin Pink joined 1Berkshire’s Economic Development team in 2018.
Tell us a little about your role at 1Berkshire. In my role as Economic Development Coordinator, I work on a number of our programs and initiatives, including research, tracking, and convening related to the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, Berkshire Economic Recovery Project (BERP), the jobs thing, business consultations, Entrepreneurial Meetups, the Youth Leadership Program, our COVID-19 resource page, and more.
What do you most enjoy about living, working, and playing in the Berkshires? One thing we do really well in the Berkshires is collaborating. Whether it’s initiatives within the business community, volunteer programs, or community events, there’s a real team spirit and so many opportunities to get involved, help out, and have a great time. I’m really looking forward to the day we can go back to having larger public gatherings, which I think are wonderful examples of that community spirit in action.
Tell us one fun fact about you – professional or personal. I am a minister ordained by the Universal Life Church and I have officiated four of my friends’ weddings.
What do you most enjoy about your job? So many things, but the thing that never gets old is the opportunity to apply my work toward the place I’ve called home my entire life. Working with businesses and organizations large and small, 1Berkshire gets to look at the big picture and direct our efforts to those areas where they have an opportunity to make a difference. I also think we have an awesome team, including our canine coworkers. Wherever you work, I cannot recommend enough taking an occasional break to pet a dog. 10/10 experience.
Is there anything you wish people knew about 1Berkshire that perhaps they are unaware of? The Economic Development team offers free and confidential business consultations to anyone who wants to start, pivot, or expand their business. If we can’t help directly, we can usually make referrals to partners who can.