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Published Monday, October 9, 2017

Nominated for Business Leader of the Year in the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award program are, from left: Elizabeth Covino, director of community relations for the YMCA of Greater Nashua; Chris Woods, owner of Advantage Insurance; and Cheryl Lindner, assistant GM and director of community relations for Nashua Silver Knights Baseball.  This year’s winner was Chris Woods.

In the Spotlight: The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce named as its 2017 Excellence Award winners: EmbroidMe/Fully Promoted as Small Business of the Year; Anheuser-Busch Brewery as Business of the Year; Chris Woods of Advantage Insurance as Business Leader of the Year; and Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh as Volunteer of the Year.


Kohl’s Cares is donating $200,000 over two years to the Injury Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) in Lebanon through the Safe and Active Community Grant designed to assist community groups by providing planning support, informational materials, and safety gear so that kids and families from NH can get outside, get active, and be safe. The CHaD Injury Prevention Center is seeking proposals from potential partners. To be eligible, applying groups must organize at least one activity by Aug. 17, 2018. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $500,000 to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. 


Primary Bank in Bedford promoted Crystal Dionne to senior VP and CFO. She has more than 20 years of financial expertise, including 14 years as the director of finance and CFO for the Town of Bedford.  She previously served as the controller for the NH State Lottery as well as a financial and compliance auditor for the State of NH.


Spaulding Youth Center, provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges in Northfield, hired Cheryl Avery as director of development and community relations. She previously served as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region and was part of a team of child advocates that worked to draft the Kassidy Bortner Bill, a state law that requires state agencies to disclose what it knew about fatal or near fatal child abuse cases.


Wright-Pierce, an employee-owned, multidisciplinary environmental engineering firm with offices in Manchester and Portsmouth, has been recognized by Engineering News Record as one of the Top 200 Environmental Firms in the country.


The Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE recently installed its new slate of officers for FY2018. They are: Ed Izzo of Nashua as chairman, Roman Geletkanycz of Bedford as first vice chairman, Robbie Grady of Hooksett as second vice chairman; Geoff Geoffrion of Merrimack as treasurer; and Dolores Alberghini as secretary. The Merrimack Valley NH Chapter of SCORE covers Nashua, Manchester, Concord and the surrounding areas, has approximately 60 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling and training workshops for area start-ups and existing businesses. The chapter is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.


Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA in Manchester named Shareholder Margaret E. Probish to the firm’s five-person management committee as the At-Large member. The committee oversees the administrative and business functions and strategic planning initiatives for the firm’s four regional offices and 60-plus lawyers.


Nathan Wechsler & Company, PA, a regional accounting firm in Concord, hired Lacie Smith, CPA as a senior associate.  Smith specializes in nonprofit taxation. She also provides accounting, compliance, financial statement preparation, income tax return preparation, and special project work for a variety of clients.


Plymouth State University was recently recognized by the Wellness Council of America as one of the Top 10 most active workplaces in its On the Move Company Challenge. PSU was one of 84 businesses and organizations nationwide, representing more than 85,000 employees, to participate in the 12-week challenge, which began April 1 and concluded June 30, 2017.  


Eversource in Manchester, NH’s largest electric utility, donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross in NH as part of an overall company commitment to donate a total of $75,000 to organizations supporting Puerto Rico relief efforts in the three states that Eversource serves.


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH, based in Concord, appointed four new members to its board of directors: Evelyn Aissa, executive director of Reaching Higher NH; Ellen Koenig, part-time director of grantmaking for the NH Women’s Foundation; Bryan Lord, president and founder of New Venture Advisors; and Nick Willard, chief of police for the City of Manchester. 


Stay Work Play NH presented the 2017 Rising Stars Awards to: George Hansel of Filtrine Manufacturing Company in Keene, who received the Civic Leader of the Year award; Scribe Software in Manchester, which received the People’s Choice for Coolest Companies for Young Professionals award; FoodState in Londonderry and Merchants Fleet Management in Hooksett, which received the Coolest Companies for Young Professionals award; Leadership Mount Washington Valley, an initiative of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, which received the Leadership Development Program of the Year award; Scott Crowder of Boxscore, Pond Hockey Classic, and EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls in Meredith, who won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; Russell Talbot of the North Country Climbing Center in Lisbon, who received the Young Professional of the Year award; Jack Hamilton of Bedford and the University of NH in Durham, who received the College Student of the Year award; and Joseph Lattner of Concord, who won the ‘Shire Story of the Year award.


Workplace Benefit Solutions (WBS) in Manchester, a HUB International Company, raised $105,500 to support the NH Food Bank in Manchester during the Eighth Annual WBS Harvest Golf Classic. During the past eight years, the golf tournament has raised a total of $455,500 to support the NH Food Bank. Nearly 130 golfers took part in the WBS Harvest Golf Classic this year.

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