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Boston Barricade executive passes away

James Pagano ("Jim"), executive VP of Boston Barricade Company, died on August 12, 2019, surrounded by his family in Burnsville, North Carolina. He had served in the role since 2011 and was also a member of the executive committee.

Pagano was part of the original team that founded Boston Barricade’s national retail account program and helped to create a distinct style of service based on developing relationships and retail community involvement. Under his leadership, Boston Barricade grew from regional mall-based relationships to more than 140 national accounts and from six service centers to 14 service centers and two world-class print facilities.

“Jim's charismatic smile and genuine compassion will be missed by us all and we are all better for having the chance to know him,” said Bob Putnam, president and CEO of Boston Barricade. Jim has made an indelible mark on who we are today. All Boston Barricade team members are committed to carrying on Jim's legacy of serving the customer. I'm so thankful that Jim was able to see the completion of Boston Barricade's transition into an Employee Owned Company, rewarding its employees who worked alongside him.”

Pagano was active in the retail industry and served on Chain Store Age’s SPECS Advisory Board.

“Jim was a passionate retail industry executive who always put his customers first,” said Gary Esposito, SPECS chairman, VP and group publisher, Chain Store Age. “Over the years, he made significant contributions to the SPECS program and the greater SPECS community. Jim’s professional relationships transcended business — that’s what’s made him so unique and well-liked in the community. He will be deeply missed.”

Pagano had served in the United Way of Indian River County, and as the co-chair of United Way drive. He was an avid golfer and loved spending time with his family.

Pagano is survived by his wife, Janet Pagano, and their daughter, Erika Pagano.
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