The Board of Directors of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will bestow the R.L. Tennant Award -- the chamber’s highest honor – to the son of the man that the award was originally named after.
Walter F. Tennant, the chamber’s long-time treasurer and proprietor of the R.L. Tennant Insurance Agency in West Newton, will be presented the award at the chamber’s annual Fall Business Breakfast on Nov. 13 at the Newton Marriott Hotel.
Walter was the chamber’s treasurer for 28 years and played a critical role in rescuing the chamber from financial ruin in the early 1990s and then rebuilding
the organization’s financial stability to become the fastest growing in the state.
He was also a past president of the Newton YMCA and the Newton Schools Foundation and served as a director at the Second Step,
Kiwanis Club and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club,
among others. He retired from the chamber’s board of directors last year and sold his insurance business to Eastern Insurance, where he now serves as a consultant. He is a Needham resident.
His father, Robert L. Tennant was a Newton alderman for 24 years, served as the chamber’s president twice and also had a long prestigious history of philanthropic
and community service in Newton; a path his sons, Robert Jr. and Walter followed.
“The Tennant family has meant so much to Newton, Needham and the chamber over nearly a half century,” said Chamber President Greg Reibman.“It’s terrific
and appropriate that the chamber’s executive board has decided to bring this award full circle by honoring Walter for his many decades of extraordinary
Started nearly 20 years ago, the R.L. Tennant Award is the chairman’s award, presented in recognition of a member’s outstanding contributions to the economic
and/or cultural vitality of the communities. In 2017 the award was presented to outgoing Newton Mayor Setti Warren. Prior recipients include Marshall
Sloane of Century Bank, Ken Brennan of The Village Bank,
Dr. Michael Jellinek of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Peter Smith of Green Newton.
The R.L. Tennant Award will be presented at the annual Fall Business Breakfast & Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton. Congressman Joseph Kennedy will deliver the keynote address. The breakfast is sponsored by Needham Bank with additional support from The Bulfinch Group, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, BID-Needham, Century Bank, The Village Bank, NBC10 Boston, Cambridge Savings Bank, ALL CPAs, William James College, Belmont Savings Bank and Lasell College. Tickets are available by clicking here.