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Published Monday, August 28, 2017 12:45 pm


Center for Art + Design at Colby-Swayer College

This Week’s Spotlight:

North Branch Construction in Concord completed construction of the new Center for Art + Design on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College in New London. The new, 15,000-square-foot, single-story facility features a black box theater, outdoor sculpture garden, studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting, and graphic design, along with faculty offices and support areas. The Center will be home to the new Davidow Fine Art Gallery, with views of Mount Kearsarge, which will offer national and international, museum-quality exhibitions and opportunities for students’ and professional artists’ artwork to be displayed. 


Merchants Fleet Management in Hooksett, which provides fleet management and leasing services, appointed a new interim CEO, Brendan Keegan, to guide the organization as of Sept. 30, 2017. Glen Villano will be stepping down as CEO at that time. Keegan, who first became associated with Merchants ownership as CEO of a customer over a decade ago, currently serves as an advisor to the company's board of directors providing strategic guidance in achieving the company’s long-term growth strategy.  Villano served as CEO for nine years.


Stebbins Commercial Properties Inc. brokered the sale of the 30,855-square-foot industrial building at 2 Wall Street in Manchester from Brady Sullivan Properties in Manchester to The Manchester Mental Health Center for $9.5 million. Mike Reed of Stebbins Commercial Properties represented The Manchester Mental Health Center while Tom Farrelly of Cushman and Wakefield Inc. in Manchester represented Brady Sullivan Properties.


Cole Haan, a lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear with global headquarters in Greenland, NH, entered into a long-term retail, wholesale and e-commerce distribution agreement with a subsidiary company of Sitoy Group Holdings Limited, Sitoy Retailing Limited, a brand management and retailer, and large-scale outsourced manufacturer of luxury handbags, small leather goods and travel goods. The agreement will encompass distribution for men’s and women’s footwear, outerwear and accessories under the Cole Haan brand in Greater China.


Kristen Flink joined the administrative staff at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Exeter and Portsmouth as director of human resources. She has13 years of HR experience in both the private and the nonprofit sectors to this position.


The HNH Foundation in Concord awarded $234,202 in grants in spring 2017 to 10 health-related initiatives and projects at nonprofit and community organizations across the state. The HNH Foundation made one-year grants to address the health of NH’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. Grants included support for promoting oral health, increasing access to locally-grown food, preventing childhood obesity, and improving capacity to help infants and young children who have experienced trauma. Grant recipients include:  Antioch University New England, Central NH Regional Planning Commission, Hunger Free Vermont, Merrimack County Conservation District, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, Turning Points Network, University of NH, and Fair Food Network.


Resonetics, a laser micro manufacturer in Nashua, acquired Aduro Laser, a laser processer of tubular components for the medical device industry. Resonetics will market the service as PRIME Laser Cut Tubing for quick turn and high volume laser cut tubing used extensively in catheter delivery systems, Nitinol implants and single use instruments.


Right to Know NH, a volunteer citizens’ group dedicated to open government in NH, is the recipient of the 2017 First Amendment Award from the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester. The school also named Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan of Malloy & Sullivan LPC as the recipient of the Quill & Ink Award. They will be recognized at the 15th annual First Amendment awards event on Oct. 5 at the Palace Theatre. The event’s featured speaker will be story-teller and columnist Garrison Keillor.


The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in Concord hired former NH Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline as its interim president for the remainder of 2017. The board of directors and the new president agreed to close its office on North State Street in Concord as Cline prefers to work from home while the center decides what kind of new office space it would pursue.  


HR Synergy LLC, an outsourced human resource firm in Bedford, acquired HR Compliance 101, a human resources consulting firm in Fitzwilliam, and welcomed Paula Mathews and Carol McAneney to its team.  Mathews, president of HR Compliance 101, has more than 30 years of experience in the field of human resources and assumed the position of HR Partner at HR Synergy LLC.


Metro Walls Inc. in Manchestr earned a National ranking on Walls & Ceilings Magazine’s 2017 Top 50 list, which showcases the industry’s leading contractors. Metro Walls is New England’s largest provider of metal stud framing, drywall installation and finishing, rough carpentry, acoustical ceilings, EIFS, cold formed metal trusses, and more.

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