In 1980, Laury Hammel founded The Longfellow Clubs in Wayland, Sudbury, Natick, and Franklin, MA. He manages Longfellow which is a group of health and sports clubs, holistic health centers, children’s centers, and camps that serve 10,000 members and it is now the 54th largest health club business in the US with $16 million in annual revenues. Longfellow has become a recognized industry leader in innovative business practices, social responsibility, and community service. In 1988, Laury gathered like-minded business leaders and founded New England Businesses for Social Responsibility (NEBSR), which is now named the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). He is SBN’s Executive Director, and under his leadership, SBN has grown to include almost 1,000 business members and several Local First business networks, and directs the Sustainable Business Leader Program and the Boston Local Food Festival. In 2001, when it became apparent that local and independent businesses need their own organization, Laury co-founded the national organization called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and for the first six years he served as its co-chair. Laury is a frequent speaker about local sustainable economies, and is also the author of the book, Growing Local Value, which features over 20 local businesses that have made major contributions to their communities. Laury is currently ranked number one in New England in his age division, is ranked in the top 20 nationally, and he has coached hundreds of nationally ranked juniors. He is a member of the New England Tennis Hall of Fame, has won many tennis industry awards, and his family won the National USTA Tennis Family of the Year in 2000.
Maddie Phadke, Producer, Sponsorship & Vendor Coordinator
Maddie Phadke joined our team in November has been doing a wonderful job managing the Local Food Program. Maddie graduated from DAVV, India with a MBA in Marketing. She previously worked at WGBH as a National Sales coordinator. In 2009, she founded RangManch, an event management company that specializes in fundraising for nonprofit organizations and has always been an advocate for sustainability, local food, animal rights, & child education.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 year old son and volunteering for various charities. She is a vegetarian who loves trying out local foods.
Amy graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, WI in 2010 with a B.S. in Communications. Through working with Americorps and other organizations, she found her dedication to nonprofits and went on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Amy was the events manager for Redamte, a nonprofit, farm to table cafe in downtown Madison.
Amy is passionate about alternative transportation and primarily travels by bicycle. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Tom, and cats, Lucy and Bella, and is enjoying exploring the Boston area. She is enjoying finding new local shops and restaurants and is currently working toward her MBA in Marketing from Northeastern University. She is excited to help move SBN forward!