March 28 2019

Rep. Ken Gordon Presents BACC President Rick Parker with Commendation

By: Rich Hosford


During the annual Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Soiree, an event meant to give chamber members a nice evening of food, drink, raffles and conversation, one of the event organizers was in for a surprise himself.


State Rep. Ken Gordon took a few moments of the evening’s proceedings to present BACC President Rick Parker with a commendation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.


The commendation read: “Be it hereby known to all that: The House of Representatives offers its sincerest congratulations to Rick Parker in recognition of his five years of tenacious support for the Burlington business community.”


In an interview after the event, Gordon said he wanted to present Parker with the commendation for his accomplishment for the Burlington business community. In particular, he said, he wanted to recognize the results Parker has had working with the Route 3 coalition to set up a public transport between Burlington and Lowell to bring in much-needed restaurant workers.


“We are at a point where our work together is resulting in a tremendous difference for the Burlington business community,” he said. “He gathered the restaurants together and convinced them it was in their interest to work as a group to address their worker needs. He engaged the Middlesex 3 Coalition as a resource to get the shuttle and then formed with them a cohesive team to convince MassDOT to convince them our needs are worthwhile and to address them.”


When asked about the commendation, Gordon said he wanted to present Parker with more than just a nice speech on his accomplishments.


“I wanted Rick to have something he could look at to remind himself that those of us who work at the state level have recognized the difference that he makes,” he said.


As for himself, Parker said he was humbled by the recognition and pointed to the teamwork between many people and entities as the source of the chamber’s success.

“I would say I was extremely humbled and I mean that with all sincerity,” he said. “The chamber is built around a team, it’s a combination of businesses and nonprofits who get together for the greater good. Any of our successes is through the efforts of all of us.”


Parker said the chamber works hard to bring different groups together. These include Northeastern University Innovation Campus that is a gathering of start-ups with more established businesses, setting up programs for Burlington High School students to meet and shadow area business people and between new businesses and local nonprofits. He said what makes it all work is bringing people together for a common cause.


“The number one thing we do is connect,” he said. “We connect people with a need to people with a resource and an ability to solve that need.


Parker said that work is rewarding, especially because the focus is often helping those with a need, be they students, nonprofits or the Burlington community as a whole. He explained that when his kids were younger he was involved in youth sports and had a good connection with the community that he felt waned a bit when they grew older. Now, he said, he’s back working for a town he loves.


“Getting into the chamber was really an ability to make a difference in the community,” he said. “I sleep well thinking that we do a good thing to the best of our ability here at the chamber.”


Photo: State Rep. Ken Gordon, left, presents BACC President Rick Parker with a commendation from the Massachusetts State House. Courtesy photo BACC/Donna DeSimone.


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