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Michael ChamberlainChris Morris For The Boston Globe

Bank of America has a new face representing the bank to the region's corporate community. But that face is a familiar one.

Miceal Chamberlain officially became the bank's Massachusetts market president on Jan. 1, taking over after Bob Gallery retired. Chamberlain had a head start: He attended a number of business events and met with local leaders during a six-month transition period last year.

Now, we're going to see even more of him. The role of market president — the bank has 90 of them across the country — involves coordinating the bank's various resources on behalf of customers within a particular region. That could mean marshaling various divisions to help a particular business or figuring out how to improve a specific branch's connection with its community. Chamberlain is now the key point of contact for politicians such as Governor Charlie Baker or Mayor Marty Walsh if they need to reach someone at the bank. And Chamberlain will coordinate the bank's still sizable philanthropic efforts in the state, totaling roughly $9 million in donations last year.

Many people in the local financial sector know Chamberlain from the other hat he wears as the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank's head of the global markets business in Boston. Through that position, Chamberlain often deals with the likes of Boston's financial titans, companies such as State Street Corp. and Wellington Management. He will continue to balance that job's responsibilities with his new role.


Vice chairman Anne Finucane approached Chamberlain last year about the opportunity. She says she considers Chamberlain to be one of the most talented executives in the company.

Chamberlain, meanwhile, says he's looking forward to the opportunity to work more closely with Greater Boston's "key influencers" and strengthening his network of contacts. To some extent, that means more dinners, lunches, and breakfasts around town.


"Trying to stay lean is going to be a challenge," Chamberlain says. "[But] I feel like my Rolodex going into 2016 has got a good start." — JON CHESTO

Want secrets to Boston development? Head to MIT

Want to know how development really works in Boston?

Maybe swing over to Cambridge this spring for some classes at MIT.

Kairos Shen, who served 13 years as the Boston Redevelopment Authority's director of planning before being pushed out last year, is teaching a class this semester at the MIT Center for Real Estate, on, essentially, how to get a big project through City Hall.

In a four-part seminar titled "Common Ground for Common Good: Mediating Private Development with Public Planning," Shen said he'll use case studies from his time at the BRA to "explore what it takes beyond a sound financial pro forma to get a building project through the community process and to earn political support and approval from the city." In other words, the realpolitik stuff they don't teach you in planning school.

It's good stuff for would-be developers to know, Shen said — a reminder there's more to a project's success than its financials.

"Sometimes it's not necessarily the best project that gets support from the community or City Hall," said Shen.

Shen starts sharing his insights on the question next month. No word on whether developers can sit in.


Putnam’s Bob Reynolds to play host at Pats-Broncos

Bob Reynolds oversees companies that sponsor both teams in this weekend's Patriots-Broncos game but there's no question which one he'll be cheering for.


"I'm definitely rooting for the New England Patriots," Reynolds said.

You might think his allegiance would be torn. After all, Reynolds isn't just the CEO of Boston-based fund firm Putnam Investments. He also oversees Great-West Financial, a sister company in the Denver area, and Great-West's retirement division, known as Empower, is also based there. Empower has sponsorships with the Broncos and the Patriots, while Putnam has a separate agreement with the Pats.

Other execs with Boston area roots likely to attend include two of Reynolds' top lieutenants, Andra Bolotin and Ed Murphy. They now work with Great-West and Empower, respectively.

So, Reynolds expects there will be employees under a shared corporate umbrella rooting for different teams at Sports Authority Field in Denver.

Either way, the post-season exposure has proven to be a good one for Empower, which just signed its Broncos and Patriots sponsorships last summer. "It's worked out very, very well," Reynolds says. — JON CHESTO

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