Speaker Bios

ANTHONY EVERETT

Anthony Everett is the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WCVB-TV Channel 5’s nightly newsmagazine, “Chronicle.” He joined the program in September 2005. He has also served as co-anchor of News Center 5 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11PM. Everett has served as WCVB’s senior correspondent for major national events and breaking news and has regularly contributed to special reports for all WCVB newscasts. His strong, live reporting skills have helped WCVB garner multiple prestigious awards, including the National Headliner Award for “Breaking News” in 2003 following the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy. Everett has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, including Emmys for his work as host of “Chronicle” in 2010, for his reporting on the recycling industry in 2009, and for a report on special education in 2008. Also in 2010, The Improper Bostonian magazine named “Chronicle” Boston’s Best Local TV Program. Everett has previously served as co-anchor of the station’s Midday, 6 and 11 PM weekend newscasts. During this period, Everett twice received recognition from the National Headliner Awards in the category of “Spot News.” In 2000, Everett shared the “Best Newscast” award from the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press Broadcasters Competition for his work in the early evening. Also in 2000, readers of The Improper Bostonian magazine voted Everett “Best Newscaster” in Boston. He has won numerous additional awards, including the 1996 National Headliner Award and Massachusetts Broadcasters Association First Place award for spot news coverage. In 1993, the RTNDA recognized him with the “Continuing Coverage” award and in 1991 he received an award from the Associated Press in the same category. Everett’s dedication to charitable work has led to collaborations with such organizations as: the Multiple Sclerosis Society; Habitat for Humanity; the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the Boston Ballet; the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra; the Home for Little Wanderers; Derby Academy, and more. As a longtime advocate, volunteer and board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Everett was honored with the Public Education Award in 1992, and in 2006 received one of the Society’s highest honors, the Partners in Progress Award. Everett began his tenure at WCVB’s News Center 5 in 1990 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining Channel 5, Everett was a general assignment reporter and weekday anchor on the 6 and 11 PM newscasts at WVIT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hartford, CT. Everett began his professional broadcasting career in 1984 as a sports reporter and anchor at KSPN-TV in Aspen, Colo. He later became KSPN’s news director and remained with the station until 1987. Everett is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, MA. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at Tufts in their Communication and Media Studies Program. He resides outside of Boston with his wife and their two children.

JEFF NOEL

Jeff Noel incorporates more than 25 years of experience into helping organizations benchmark Disney best practices as they strive to enhance the way they do business.

Jeff began his Disney career in 1982 as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise attraction at Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. After leaving to pursue his dream of bicycling across the United States, he returned to the Walt Disney World Resort in 1984 and held various front-line roles in theme parks and resorts. Jeff’s talent for teaching was quickly recognized and in 1988 he was selected to teach Traditions,Disney’s new-employee orientation program. Jeff progressed to a leadership role as manager for resort special activities. From 1990 – 1999 he worked as a front office manager for Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa, and the former Disney’s Village Resort. During his time in resort operations, Jeff was asked to help with the development of Disney Institute programming and serve on the advisory council as a guest satisfaction coach. In 1999, Jeff accepted an invitation to become a Disney Institute facilitator. For 11 years, he has worked hard to excite, inspire and motivate others. “To teach is to learn twice,” you’ll hear him say.

Prior to working for Disney, Jeff worked in manufacturing, residence hall operations, public recreation and hospitality in his home state of Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey, Idaho and Washington State. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in corporate recreation and fitness from West Chester University in West Chester, Penn. He attended the University of Idaho as part of the National Student Exchange Program and is a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

GREG CHIECKO

Greg Chiecko, Director of Sales for the Eastern States Exposition, is a native of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and has more than 18 years of experience at Eastern States Exposition, starting in 1994 as a Sales manager to his present position as Director of Sales.

Before starting his career, which began in 1983 as General Manager of Chicopee’s Birch-N-Bend Gardens, a family business, he served as a member of the Eastern States Exposition’s Junior Fair Board, an indication of things to come.

In addition to overseeing the year-round and fair-time activities of the Exposition’s sales department, he is responsible for Big E sponsorships and group sales. He participates in several trade organizations and acts as political liaison for the Exposition and the Avenue of States. He holds several leadership positions including serving on the board of directors of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (GSCVB) where he also served as chairman. He is immediate past president of the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA), is 2nd vice president of the Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association (MAFA) and served as president of Rotary International’s Rotary Club of Chicopee. Greg also serves on the board of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) as president of the Zone 1 Northeast region and is a Certified Fair Executive of the IAFE.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also attended the Disney Institute’s Disney Approach to Leadership Excellence Certificate Program in 1998.