Past Chairs

SBANE would like to express its appreciation to our Past Chairs (1938 to 2001) .  Their service is a tribute to what SBANE has become…Thank You!

Chair:  October 2009 – October 2011
Andrew Botti
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
300 Trade Center, Ste 3400
Woburn, MA 01801

Andrew Botti currently serves as the SBANE Director Nominating Committee Chair.
Andrew P. Botti advises business owners, corporate executives, and in-house counsel on a wide range of complex business, commercial, and construction litigation matters. He focuses his practice on business torts, trade secrets, minority shareholder litigation, and trademark/trade dress infringement cases.

Attorney Botti has tried a variety of cases in District, Superior and Federal Courts—including employment discrimination, product liability, and business disputes—and has appeared before numerous administrative and legislative agencies. He is expert in matters pertaining to injunctive relief. 

Admitted to Practice
• Massachusetts
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 

Business and Professional Associations
• International Association of Defense Counsel
• Boston Bar Association
• Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) 

• Northeastern University (J.D., 1991)
• Columbia University (B.A., 1983) 


Chair:  October 2005 – October 2009
Edward Ostrowski
GoldStar Advisory Services, Inc.
Hingham, MA 02043

Edward Ostrowski currently serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member as Treasurer.
Ed Ostrowski has been involved in small business growth and strategy for over 30 years. He was the founder and CEO of Optima Worldwide Shipping Inc. and Optima Shipping Systems Inc., until its acquisition in 2004. Ed founded GoldStar Advisory Services and formed an alliance with a Swiss based business establishing global joint ventures for distributing consumer products in the USA. As Chairman of the Board of SBANE for four years and a Director for eight years, Ed helped the organization become the premiere resource for small business throughout New England. He currently serves as CEO of GoldStar Advisory Services Inc., specializing in business planning and growth strategy. 

Ed holds a BSBA in Marketing and MBA in Finance and has served as a student mentor and participant in MIT entrepreneurship (e-lab) program.

Chair:  October 2003 – October 2005
Lawrence S. Nannis
Katz, Nannis + Solomon, PC
250 First Avenue, Ste 101
Needham, MA 02494
Lawrence S. Nannis C.P.A. (Larry) has more than 40 years of experience serving small, privately-held businesses and their principals. His primary focus is in providing growth, financial and tax management advice to entrepreneurial companies at all levels of the growth curve. In addition, he works with many small businesses who receive their research and development funding from the government through the SBIR program, Broad Agency Announcements and direct budget appropriations (Plus-Ups and Earmarks). 

Within these areas of expertise, he has developed financial management systems to help companies transition from Researching technologies to Manufacturing a product. These financial management systems not only provide information to help the company manage their growth but also meet the requirements of accounting for Federal awards and the Internal Revenue Service. 

Larry is the Immediate Past Chair of National Small Business Association, the oldest small business advocacy organization in the county, and has served as an officer and director of the Northeast Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and Chairman of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE). As a member of these groups, Larry has been active in advocating for legislation that will insure that Small Business remains the economic engine of today’s economy. He is a member in the AICPA and MSCPA.

Larry has been a speaker at national conferences on Accounting for Federal Awards and was also named National Small Business Accountant Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Larry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Boston University School of Management and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley College.

Chair:  October 2001 – October 2003
Marijo McCarthy
Widett and McCarthy, PC
1075 Washington Street
West Newton, MA 02465
Marijo McCarthy has the background and experience to provide her clients with world-class legal counsel. Her list of credentials and achievements is extensive. The following are some highlights of her career thus far.

Marijo has worked for the American Library Association in both Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Upon returning to Massachusetts, she joined the Legal/Legislative staff of then newly-elected Governor Michael S. Dukakis.

Four years later, Marijo helped to form the structure for a newly-created quasi-public agency called the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency.

She has been an active member of the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) – the New England region’s premier small business trade association – for over 20 years, serving as Chair of their Board of Directors from 2001-2003. 

Marijo is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association; the Board of Directors for the Boston Local Development Corporation, which invests in Boston’s neighborhoods by providing loans to small businesses; Vice President of the University of Massachusetts Boston Alumni Association Board of Directors; and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Massachusetts Boston.”

Chair:  October 1999 – October 2001

Chair:  October 1997 – October 1999

Chair:  October 1995 – October 1997
Ford Spalding
Ford Spalding Insurance Broker
5 Hutton Road
Dover, MA 02030

Since 1972 Ford has been an independent Insurance Broker currently partnering with Felton Berlin & Erdmann for personal property and casualty coverage, Cleary Insurance for commercial business insurance, and Partners Benefit Group for employee benefits.  His website is   

Ford has served as a member and Chair of the town of Dover Board of Selectmen, Warrant Committee and School Committee.  He was co Chair of the Dover Regional School Building Committee.  He is currently on the Dover Board of Fire Engineers and Caryl Community Center Board.  He is the past Chair and current Vice Chair of the Minuteman Career & Technical High School Board and the Chair of the Minuteman Building Committee. 

Ford has been a member of SBANE sine the 1980’s serving on the Government Advocacy Committee and the Board. 

Service:  October 1993 – October 1995

Chair:  October 1992 – October 1993

Chair:  October 1990 – October 1992
Robert J. Crowley
Crowley Capital Strategies
10 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109

Chair:  October 1988 – October 1990

Chair:  October 1987 – October 1988

Chair:  October 1986 – 1987

Chair:  October 1985 – 1986

Chair:  October 1984 – October 1985

Chair:  October 1983 – October 1984

Chair:  October 1981 – October 1983

Chair:  October 1980 – October 1981

Chair:  October 1979 – October 1980

Chair:  October 19789 – October 1979

Chair:  October 1977 – October 1978 

Chair: October 1976 – October 1977

Chair:  October 1975 – October 1976

Chair:  October 1973 – October 1975

Chair:  October 1972 – October 1973

Chair:  October 1971 – October 1972
Edward H. Pendergast, Jr.
Management Growth Institute, Inc.


Roland L. Sutton, Jr.
Chair: October 1970 – October 1971
Joseph F. McPhee
Chair:  October 1969 – October 1970
Richard G. Lee
Chair:  October 1968 – October 1969
Douglas Dillman
Chair:  October 1967 – October 1968
M. Michael Cantor
Chair:  October 1966 – October 1967
Robert S. Goodyear
Chair:  October 1965 – October 1966
Ernest H. Osgood
Chair:  October 1963 – October 1965
Richard B. Learnard
Chair:  October 1961 – October 1963
Nathaniel F. Bigelow, Jr.
Chair:  October 1959 – October 1961
Phillip J. Potter
Chair:  October 1957 – October 1959
John Hazen White
Chair:  October 1956 – October 1957
John P. Carleton
Chair:  October 1955 – October 1956
Daniel F. Viles
Chair:  October 1954 – October 1955
Ralph A. Fletcher
Chair:  October 1953 – October 1954
A. L. Lawrence
Chair:  October 1952 – October 1953
A. Dudley Bach
Chair:  October 1951 – October 1952
Russell E. Maintain
Chair:  October 1950 – October 1951
Howard D. Williams
Chair:  October 1948 – October 1950
S. Abbott Smith
Chair:  October 1947 – October 1948
Arthur D. Cronin
Chair:  October 1946 – October 1947
Edward J. Stewart
Chair:  October 1944 – October 1946
J. Claude Shea
Chair:  October 1942 – October 1944
Richard C. Cooke
Chair:  October 1940 – October 1942
John W. Fitzgerald
Chair:  October 1938 – October 1940
Alfred C. Gaunt
Chair:  1938

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