Chamber Announces Barbara J. Rowell as the 2015 Billups Award Winner

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Greater Haverhill Chamber Pleased to Announce Barbara J. Rowell as the 2015 Winner of the Charles E. Billups Award

Barbara Rowell, Sullivan Bille Group will receive the Charles E. Billups Award

Barbara J. Rowell, Sullivan Bille Group, will receive the Charles E. Billups Award this June

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Charles E. Billups Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Chamber. The award will be presented to Barbara J. Rowell, CPA, Shareholder of Sullivan Bille Group.

Ms. Rowell is being honored for her steady efforts to support the Chamber through committee work, event attendance, and most importantly her role as director and treasurer. Barbara was instrumental in creating the Chamber’s first finance committee, spearheading that same committee through which the annual budgets were achieved, overseeing the year-end close with our outside accountant and most recently her tireless efforts in moving the Chamber through a challenging and lengthy data conversion process. We congratulate her for these efforts and proudly recognize Barbara with this great honor.

A life-long Haverhill resident, Barbara went on to graduate cum laude in 1984 from Northeastern University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a member of Beta Alpha Psi. That same year, she accepted a position with Sullivan Bille in Tewksbury, passing the CPA exam in 1989, becoming a Shareholder in January 2002 and Treasurer in 2012. She is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Barbara is involved in numerous audit and review engagements specializing in employee benefit plans and non-profit organizations.

Not content to sit on the sidelines, Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She spent 8 years on the Board of Directors for the Lowell Transitional Living Center as Treasurer, chairing the finance committee and volunteering on the fundraising committee. She is currently an active Board member of Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Northeastern University Accounting Undergraduate Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Cooperators for Pentucket Bank and Board member and Treasurer of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. In addition, in 2008 she received the Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Award and was inducted to the YWCA Academy of Women in 2009.

Rowell will be honored at the 2015 Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at DiBurro’s of Ward Hill. Reservation may be made by contact Beth Morrow at the Chamber office at (978) 373-5663. Additional information may be found at

Once again we congratulate Barbara Rowell, CPA on her accomplishments.

About the Charles E. Billups Award

The Charles E. Billups Award was established in 1985 to recognize an outstanding organization or individual in our service area that continuously and selflessly supports the efforts of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. This annual award is presented to an organization or individual that has made a positive impact on the success of the Chamber of Commerce, going above and beyond in their participation, leadership and overall support of the mission.

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