2023-2024 Season Highlights

With the 2023-2024 season just around the corner, we are thrilled to present an exciting lineup of events featuring renowned speakers who will undoubtedly engage and enlighten our club members. While some high-powered speakers are finalizing their schedules, we’re committed to promptly communicating the specific dates as they are confirmed. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023: Kick off the season with Cocktails and Networking at the Tatnuck Country Club—a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new connections. Upon renewal of your membership, you will receive an invitation to reserve for you and a guest!

  • October 2023: We are honored to welcome Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey to share her insights and vision for our state’s economic future.
  • Late January 2024: Join us as we host Rick Green, the visionary Founder of 1A Auto, who will inspire us with his entrepreneurial journey and industry expertise.
  • February 2024: Brace yourself for a thought-provoking evening with Congressman Byron Donalds (R-Naples, FL), who will shed light on national economic policies and their impact.
  • Late March/Early April 2024: Stay tuned for an announcement of another remarkable speaker who will broaden our perspectives on critical economic matters.
  • Late May: Conclude the season with a bang as we welcome Adam Selipsky, the CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), who will share insights into the future of technology, artificial intelligence, and its influence on the global economy.
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539th Meeting Featuring John Maguire

October 1, 2015

The Five Hundred and Thirty-Ninth Meeting
of the
Worcester Economic Club
will be held at the
College of the Holy Cross
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Reception and Networking, 5:30 pm; Speaker, 6:30 pm

John Maguire, CEO of Friendly's Ice Cream

John M. Maguire

CEO, Friendly’s

John M. Maguire was named CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC in 2012 bringing to the company two decades of experience in restaurant operations.  He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Panera Bread and  previously held positions with Au Bon Pain Co., Inc., Bread and Circus/Whole Foods Supermarkets, and Continental Baking Company.

At Panera, Maguire held positions of increasing responsibility over 19 years, managing many different functions including restaurants, franchising, commissary operations, bakery supply chain, manufacturing, catering, and joint venture operations.

When Maguire was 26, Au Bon Pain handed him “his first chance to turn around an operation. The project was a 17,000-square-foot commissary in a building under the Tobin Bridge charged with providing salads, juice, and baked goods to the Au Bon Pain locations without their own kitchens. The commissary was a disaster.” The lesson he learned there about motivating his employees is one he has intended to take to Friendly’s.

Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC is a new, vertically integrated restaurant company, with a legendary brand name, serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment. Together with its broad franchisee base, the company has system-wide sales of over $550 million and distribution through over 7,500 retail locations.

Maguire is a native of Weymouth, Massachusetts .He has a Bachelor’s degree in bakery science and management from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in advanced management from Harvard Business School.


Tickets for this event will be available at the door, standard guest pricing applies. 


October 1, 2015


Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross
1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610 United States
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