Norwottuck Rail Trail
Allen Fitzsimmons, of Belchertown, Massachusetts, is the CEO and founder of Transitioning Forward. His organization provides appraisal, inventory, and selling services for clients who are downsizing, moving, or settling estates. Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, cycling, and exploring the trails around Belchertown.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail stretches from Northampton to Belchertown along the former Boston and Maine Railroad. Classified as “easy,” bikers, walkers, and inline skaters can all enjoy 11 miles of paved trail. During the winter, the trail can also be used for cross-country skiing.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail is open from dawn until dusk and asks that visitors adhere to the rules of the road, heeding stop signs and speed limits. Visitors should also give verbal warnings to others when desiring to pass.
Partial support for the Norwottuck Rail Trail is funded by the Mass in Motion-Healthy Hampshire initiative. This initiative promotes healthy lifestyles and environments, as well as habits that contribute to healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Belchertown is a participant in the initiative, a collaborative effort which also includes the nearby communities of Amherst, Northampton, and Williamsburg.
St. Gaudens Double Eagles
Founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons focuses on client relations, account acquisition, and partnership management. As a hobby, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys researching the history of coins.
The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful coins ever made. The collaboration for the coin began in 1905 when America’s renowned sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, designed the inaugural medal for Theodore Roosevelt.
Impressed with the medal, Roosevelt devised a scheme whereby Saint-Gaudens would design a new US gold coin based on the high-relief coins of ancient Greece. The result was a numismatic masterpiece.
The front side of the coins depict Lady Liberty marching forward with rays of light behind her. Her right hand holds a torch and her left hand holds an olive branch. The word Liberty is inscribed above her, while the coin’s date appears on her left and the capitol building is on her lower right. The coin’s edge is ringed by 46 stars, the number of US states at the time.
The rear side of the coin sports a bald eagle in full flight in front of the same light rays. Above the bird appear the words, “United States of America” and “Twenty Dollars.”
Concerned with how the money might be spent, Roosevelt ordered Saint-Gaudens to omit the customary “In God We Trust” on the original version of the coin. However, Congress insisted the motto appear in subsequent mintings.
Simon Business School at the University of Rochester
Allen Fitzsimmons is the founder and principal of the Belchertown, MA-based company Transitioning Forward. Transitioning Forward appraises, sells, and ships property for individual and business clients who may be moving, downsizing, or settling an estate. Allen Fitzsimmons received his MS from the Simon Business School.
The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester is considered one of the leading businesses schools in the country. The school offers MS degree programs in finance, accountancy, and both marketing and business analytics, as well as a full- or part-time MBA program. In addition to its academic curriculum, the Simon Business School has over 30 co-curricular organizations and clubs that students may join to supplement what they learn in the classroom. One such club is the Simon Marketing Association.
The Simon Marketing Association (SMA) provides students exposure to a career in marketing. SMA presents top executives who discuss their careers and the marketing strategies they utilize in their businesses. Past participants have included representatives from Microsoft, Bausch & Lomb, Kraft, PepsiCo, and Xerox. SMA also hosts the Simon Marketing Case Competition each year, an event that includes students from MBA programs across the country.
United States Professional Tennis Association
The CEO of Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons earned a master of science in management from Simon Business School and a bachelor of arts in economics and political science from the University of Rochester (UR). While attending UR, he joined the varsity tennis team. Today, Allen Fitzsimmons holds current USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certification, teaching other players and competing at the tournament level.
The USPTA provides official certification in the United States and more than 80 foreign countries. To qualify for certified USPTA membership, individuals must pass an application/exam process, meet relevant tennis experience requirements, agree to abide by the USPTA Code of Ethics, and generate or plan to generate a major portion of personal income from tennis instruction. In addition to a general “professional” designation, the USPTA offers both “elite professional” and “master professional” designations, which are more difficult to obtain and carry greater esteem. The organization also offers specialized certification in areas that range from school coaching to wheelchair play.