Pictured at November awards ceremony: David White, president and CEO of R.H. White Construction Companies; Meredith Wise, president of the Employers Association of the NorthEast; Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT. Submitted photo.

Pictured at November awards ceremony: David White, president and CEO of R.H. White Construction Companies; Meredith Wise, president of the Employers Association of the NorthEast; Delcie Bean, CEO of Paragus Strategic IT. Submitted photo.


Agawam, MA (November 11, 2014)—Two Massachusetts businesses were selected as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE). Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley, MA and R.H. White Construction Companies, based in Auburn, MA, received their awards at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference on Tuesday, November 4th in Sturbridge, MA.

Winners of the Employer of Choice Award are recognized for developing a culture for transforming and rewarding employee performance. Entrants are judged in categories that include: company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward, and work-life balance.

Meredith Wise, President of EANE, said “Both R.H. White and Paragus have succeeded in creating amazing workplace cultures which maximize employee engagement, creativity and organizational success. They are truly connected to their communities; contributing financially as well as with staff time and talent to various charities and events.”

Paragus Strategic IT employees attend 90 to 100 hours of learning and development each year and, in 2012, it was ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the US. RH White Construction Companies celebrated its 90th anniversary last year with a goal to raise $90,000 for local charities; the company actually raised $156,000. It provides over $700,000 in safety related training to employees annually.

Employers who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to participate; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Sponsored by EANE and the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, the award has been given since 2011.