Designer Annie Selke named Person of Year by state Small Business

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Berkshire designer Annie Selke, the president and founder of Pine Cone Hill Inc.
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Lenox, MA

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Apr 11, 2010
 

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She certainly does NOT deserve to be honored. Her company treats employees horribly.
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Rensselaer, NY

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Apr 11, 2010
 

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She may have a lot of acomplishments but she treats people in general horribly. Plain and simple she is not a nice person.
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Pittsfield, MA

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Apr 11, 2010
 

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Like they said above...I guess you could call her our local Martha Stewart wannabee with a frigid personality.
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Lenox, MA

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Apr 11, 2010
 

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At least Martha Stewart actually does some of her own designing lmao
now I know

Clifton Park, NY

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Apr 12, 2010
 
hahaha wrote:
At least Martha Stewart actually does some of her own designing lmao
I guess that explains why they are always hiring....note to self...do not apply for jobs at Pine Cone Hill!!
Martha

Boston, MA

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#6
Apr 12, 2010
 
Small businessperson is an appropriate term for her. She has a reputation as an opportunistic copycat. Too bad she represents Mass. There are many more impressive candidates. Do you simply have to receive an SBA loan to qualify? And maybe give Bay Colony a few decorating tips?
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Berkshire, MA

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#7
Apr 13, 2010
 
Overpriced stuff from Taiwan etc. sold by not a very nice person. Not sure why she is so stuck on herself?
A Lass from Mass

Great Barrington, MA

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#8
Apr 13, 2010
 
As for how employees are treated: If you work directly for Annie you may or may not see her wrath. If you do not work for Annie, you WILL see the wrath from the better half. A match made in heaven
Eric

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#9
Apr 15, 2010
 
Couldn't disagree more, Annie is a sweetheart, the Berkshires are very proud of her!
your all bitter

Springfield, MA

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#10
Apr 16, 2010
 
It sounds like a lot of past employees who were fired posting rude untrue comments. Anne Selke is a generous employer and a nice person. Pine Cone Hill has learned to interview their hires better now so they don't hire anymore winners like in the past. Best of luck Anne, you deserve it.
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Cheshire, MA

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Apr 17, 2010
 
your all bitter wrote:
It sounds like a lot of past employees who were fired posting rude untrue comments. Anne Selke is a generous employer and a nice person. Pine Cone Hill has learned to interview their hires better now so they don't hire anymore winners like in the past. Best of luck Anne, you deserve it.
I agree with ya there, Seems like all of these negative comments were from Former Employees who most likely had been let go! Sour grapes I say! Hopefully Pine Cone Hill had screened their prospective Employees and is much more Careful. I have known Annie to be a good person, as long as you do your Job and DONT screw off!
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Pittsfield, MA

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#12
Apr 18, 2010
 
Yes I worked for Annie and Whit, no I was not fired. Annie is so stuck on herself, she treats people as if they are her personal slave. As for Whit, well, what can I say, believe me, not much.

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Hoosick Falls, NY

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#13
Apr 19, 2010
 
QUOTE who="your all bitter" ...Anne Selke is a generous employer and a nice person.

People who actually know her would know that her name is not "Anne"!
Karen Skelton

Chicopee, MA

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#14
Jun 3, 2010
 
Setting the record straight:

This may be a small detail to most folks, but it is not small to me. Annie Selke did NOT found Potluck Studios - I did in 1992 with my husband Richard Siegel. Pine Cone Hill bought Potluck Studios from me in 2003.
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#15
Jun 3, 2010
 
Karen Skelton wrote:
Setting the record straight:
This may be a small detail to most folks, but it is not small to me. Annie Selke did NOT found Potluck Studios - I did in 1992 with my husband Richard Siegel. Pine Cone Hill bought Potluck Studios from me in 2003.
I believe you...but don't hold your breath waiting for a correction from the Eagle. they don't make mistakes...
Good point

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#16
Jun 3, 2010
 
your all bitter wrote:
Pine Cone Hill has learned to interview their hires better now so they don't hire anymore winners like in the past.
Why would any company want to hire a winner?:-)
Poopie pants

Pittsfield, MA

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#17
Mar 5, 2014
 
I can't comment on Annie, as I didn't work for her directly and in the few meetings I had with her she seemed okay, but her husband is one of the absolute worst people I have ever known and working for him was as uncomfortable and impossible as one could imagine. I am a very successful professional in Pittsfield btw, and definitely not a loser spouting off sour grapes. I worked my tail off for that company and was put in a position that made it impossible to succeed.

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