–Paul K. Soucy, Soucy Insurance Agency, Inc.,
“When my colleague Jim Whidden and I decided to develop an
educational seminar to teach people the right way to restore an old house, we
knew we would need marketing help from someone who was plugged into the history
community. We wanted to reach historical societies, public libraries, and the
kinds of audiences they attract. Bonnie had a fine reputation in the local
historical community, and knew how to promote, which is an unusual combination.
She also helped us with some of the local historical content. Within a year, we
held a dozen or so seminars throughout our target region, attracted over 200
people, media attention, and new customers. We were thrilled.”
–Mathew Cummings, Cummings Architects, LLC, Ipswich, MA
“Bonnie brings knowledge, people skills, a cooperating persona
and deep technical competence to her projects … the 375th was a much better
celebration for melding Bonnie's ideas into the year long program in 2009.”
–Nat Pulsifer, Chair, Ipswich, MA 375th Anniversary Celebration
"I was chief representative of the Massachusetts
National Guard in the effort to debut Armory Park in Salem Massachusetts in
2001. Ms. Bonnie Smith was my counterpart on behalf of the Peabody Essex
Museum. Due largely to her extensive expertise, energy and tact, the project
concluded with complete success. The dedication, parade and black tie social
event shed much positive publicity on the City of Salem, the Peabody Essex
Museum, and the Massachusetts National Guard."
–Brig. General Albert A. Mangone, Massachusetts National Guard
"When The Salem Partnership needed a first class
interim executive director, a search led us to Bonnie Hurd Smith who was hired to fill that need.
Bonnie brought considerable skills in management, organization and follow
through to the Partnership and her interim status lead to a one-and-a -half
-year stint as director. With her skills, we were able to begin $400M of state
funded economic projects to Salem."
–Biff Michaud, president, Salem Partnership and CEO, Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA
“Bonnie Hurd Smith is a thoughtful writer who brings a
strong sense of integrity and commitment to any project. She can always be
counted on to go wherever the research leads her. Bonnie thoroughly researches
the subjects — and that paired with her knowledge of history and strong
interviewing skills provide wonderfully insightful, well written stories. She
is a pleasure to work with.”
–Caroline Forrester, Editor, North Shore Life and Northwest Life, GateHouse Media, Beverly, MA
"Bonnie, thanks so much for an inspiring talk. You
really gave our members something to think about. I wouldn't be at all
surprised if some of them contacted you for help putting your ideas into
–Bill Sargent, Rotary Club of Ipswich, MA
“She breathed organization into that sleepy old place. She’s a superb executive and leader. She expanded the membership and communication with members dramatically. She literally took the Victorian shutters off.”
–Westin Boer, member, Sargent House Museum, Gloucester, MA
"Bonnie, I have never felt more welcome and appreciated than when you were in charge. You were a wonderful director, and you will be sorely missed."
–Louise Johnson, member, Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich, MA
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