Boston Fed Announces Three New Members and 2014 Chair of the New England Advisory Council Boston Fed Announces Three New Members and 2014 Chair of the New England Advisory Council

August 1, 2014
Contact: Tom Lavelle, 617.973.3647,

The Boston Fed has announced three new members and the 2014 chair of the New England Advisory Council (NEAC). They are:

  • Joanne Chang, Chef and Owner of Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe and co-owner of the South End restaurant Myers + Chang
  • Randy Papadellis, President and CEO of Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass.-based Ocean Spray
  • Michael Tamasi, President and CEO of Avon, Mass.-based AccuRounds
  • Ernie Pomerleau, President and CEO of Burlington, Vt.-based Pomerleau Real Estate (2014 Chair and NEAC member since 2010) 

The NEAC is convened by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and includes senior leaders of small- to mid-size businesses throughout New England. Members advise the Bank about underlying trends in the economy as viewed through the prisms of their own companies and respective industries.

"I am grateful to Joanne, Randy, Michael, and Ernie for their commitment to public service," said President Rosengren. "The conversations we have at the NEAC meetings are among the many ways the Boston Fed stays connected to the business community, and helps inform the perspectives that I share when I attend the Federal Open Market Committee meetings in Washington."

An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. In 2000, she opened the first Flour location in Boston's South End. As of 2014, there are four Flour locations across Boston. Joanne also co-owns the South End restaurant Myers + Chang.

Randy Papadellis joined Ocean Spray, a grower-owned cooperative, in 2000 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Ocean Spray, Papadellis was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Welch Foods, Inc. Papadellis began his career with Frito Lay in 1981, moving in 1986 to Cadbury Schweppes North America.

A second-generation owner of AccuRounds, Michael Tamasi has been working in the family business since 1985. In January of 2010, Michael was appointed the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Michael serves on the Executive Committee for the MA Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, serving as co-chair of the "promoting manufacturing" working group. He also sits on the advisory board for the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of New Hampshire.

A licensed real estate broker, Ernie Pomerleau leads the Commercial Development, Investment Brokerage, and Property Management divisions of Pomerleau Real Estate. He serves on the Board of Directors for Saint Michael's College, Shelburne Farms, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Cynosure, Vermont Visiting Nurses Association, and is the Government Affairs Director of Vermont (ICSC Board for New England). Pomerleau also chaired Governor Shumlin's Panel on Climate Change.

NEAC members rotate every 2-3 years, and attend quarterly meetings at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In spirited roundtable discussions, NEAC members share perspectives on a range of business conditions including revenue forecasts, employment practices, capital spending and access to credit, among other issues.

For more information on the NEAC, contact Vice President and Public Information Officer Tom Lavelle at or 617.973.3647.