The Markens Group Joins Forces with EDC of Western MA and UMass Amherst’s iCons Program to Foster Economic Growth and Empower Local Talent

The Markens Group (TMG) is proud to announce its partnership with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (WMEDC) and the UMass Amherst iCons Program. The collaboration is poised to provide elevated internship and career opportunities for UMass iCons students, driving economic growth while reinforcing The Markens Group’s commitment to building community.

UMass Amherst’s iCons Program is a certificate program focused on real-world problem-solving in biomedicine/biosystems and renewable energy, catering to students in science, technology, health sciences, engineering, math (STEM), and business.

“The mission of the UMass iCons Program can be boiled down to three simple words: ‘Add. Real. Value.’,” says Scott Auerbach, Mahoney Family Sponsored Executive Director of iCons. “Our excellent partnership with the Western Mass Economic Development Council and terrific member organizations like The Markens Group provides powerful opportunities to accomplish this important mission.”

As a leader in association management, The Markens Group brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the partnership. With a comprehensive understanding of the local business community, coupled with a deep dedication to fostering growth, TMG’s mission aligns with the vision of the WMEDC and UMass Amherst’s iCons Program.

Emily Leonczyk, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of The Markens Group, expressed her excitement and warm welcome to Bobby Murray, the summer intern from UMass Amherst’s iCons program, saying, “We are thrilled to have Bobby join us at The Markens Group this summer. Bobby is taking advantage of the opportunity to cultivate his skills, gain invaluable real-world experience, and lay the foundation for a successful future. Bobby has already added immense value, he is sharp and enthusiastic, and our team is stronger with his contributions. We are dedicated to supporting next-generation talent like Bobby and fostering professional development in our region.”

This powerful collaboration among The Markens Group, the WMEDC, and UMass Amherst’s iCons Program not only invests in the future success of talented students but also drives economic growth in the Greater Springfield region. By nurturing the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers, this partnership will create a lasting impact on both the students and the Greater Springfield business community.

“The Markens Group firmly believes in the power of community. Beyond our association management services, we actively engage in initiatives that foster growth, build relationships, and strengthen the region. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to building community and empowering local talent,” said Ben Markens, President, and CEO of The Markens Group.

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