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Two Westfield State University Trustees honored with prestigious awards

Westfield State University Board of Trustees Chair Kevin Queenin ’70 and Secretary Lydia Martinez-Alvarez ’86, have recently been honored with prestigious awards in recognition of their professional accomplishments and contributions.

Queenin is the recipient of the Fastener Professional of the Year award from the National Fastener Distributors Association (NFDA). The NFDA created this award to honor individuals and companies for leadership in advancing the fastener industry, as well as recognizing service to the local community and making a substantial impact on people’s lives. He received this award at the NFDA Executive Summit on November 5 in Naples, Fla.

Queenin is the CEO of Specialty Bolt and Screw, Inc. (SBS), located in Agawam, Mass. SBS also has distribution centers in California, Wisconsin, Canada, Finland, and Taiwan. In addition, Queenin is the founding member of both the iPower Distribution Group, Inc. and the Global Supply Alliance, Inc.

In addition to serving as chair of the Westfield State University Board of Trustees, he is the past chair and a current board member of the Westfield State Foundation and served as vice chair of the Noble Hospital Board of Trustees.

Queenin is a Westfield State alumnus, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1970.

Martinez-Alvarez is among BusinessWest’s 2019 Women of Impact. In addition to graduating from Westfield State, she serves as secretary on the University’s Board of Trustees and has been a board member since 2017.

BusinessWest’s Women of Impact program was created last year to recognize individuals who are making a difference in the community and to tell stories that need to be told. This year’s eight honorees received their awards at a celebratory event on December 5 in Springfield.

Martinez-Alvarez is the first Latina to serve as assistant superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. A Westfield State alumna, she earned a B.S. in business management (1986) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (2004) from the university. She received a master’s degree in teaching from Elms College and is a doctoral candidate at American International College.

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