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Distinguished Citizen balances work and play for success

John Maybury, founder and president of Maybury Associates Inc., said, "I work pretty hard and I play pretty hard." The hard worker was honored by the town's Lions Club as Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Reminder Publications submitted photo
By Courtney Llewellyn

Reminder Assistant Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW John Maybury is a busy man. In addition to running his own business, he's a representative of the East Longmeadow Small Business Association and a member of the East Longmeadow/Longmeadow Chamber of Commerce, the Young Presidents Organization and the Safety Council of Western Massachusetts.

He's a dedicated husband and the father of two sons, a 19-year-old Roger Williams University student and a 16-year-old East Longmeadow High School student.

He said he gets between three and four hours of sleep a night, which leaves him plenty of time to work on everything else he does.

Maybury was recently named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the East Longmeadow Lions Club and will be honored for his outstanding work in the community with a recognition dinner taking place at Elmcrest Country Club, 105 Somersville Road, on May 14.

"It's pretty awesome," Maybury said of receiving the recognition. "I'm quite honored it was very unexpected. I just do what I do because I like to do it."

In addition to the aforementioned community work, Maybury was on Baystate Medical Center's Board of Trustees in 2007, served as the president of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association in 2006 (on which he currently sits as a member of the executive board), is on the Board of Directors for the Western Massachusetts Development Corporation and is a member of the Technology Committee and the Board of Public Works in East Longmeadow. He is also a past member and president of the town's Jaycees.

He attributes his work ethic to what he learned from the Jaycees. "It's about the balance triangle," he explained. "I try to keep a balance between my work, my family and my community. I work pretty hard and I play pretty hard.

"I don't have a grand scheme or a big agenda," he told Reminder Publications. "If I see a need and think I can help out, I'll do it."

He added that the hardest part of everything he does is sometimes saying no. "I have to be my own throttle," he said. "I have to be able to keep everything balanced."

Maybury thanked all those who helped him achieve this Distinguished Citizen status.

"I'm not in this position all by myself," he stated. "There are plenty of people and mentors who helped me out along the way."

He added that his learning never ends right now, he's taking a mini-medical school course at Baystate Medical Center.

He said some of what he does is based on adventure and doing new things.

Maybury said he's lived in East Longmeadow his entire life and that he plans to keep doing what he's doing for the town "indefinitely."

Tickets to the Lions Club dinner honoring Maybury cost $18 each and can be reserved by calling Scott Grabowski at 525-0270. All reservations should be made by May 11.