The Business and Industry Association announced the 2022 recipients of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards to be presented at BIA’s 109th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Dr. Susan Huard, former president of Manchester Community College and former interim chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire; Fred Kocher, host of WMUR’s “NH Business” show and former longtime television journalist; and Dick Samuels, an attorney with McLane Middleton and its former managing director.
The annual celebration is from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester. BIA's premier event draws over 700 business, political and opinion leaders from around the state and is considered New Hampshire's largest networking event.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in their professions, communities and New Hampshire. Recipients help shape their communities and the state through successful business endeavors, participation in civic organizations, involvement in boards and service to local and state government.
Huard retired as Manchester Community College’s president in December 2019 after nearly a decade of distinguished tenure. She then served as CCSNH’s interim chancellor through August 2021.
Huard serves as board chair of the NH Higher Education Loan Corporation, board chair for the St. Peter’s Home Child Care Center in Manchester, and serves on the Catholic Charities New Hampshire board. She is a commissioner for the New England Commission on Higher Education.
Kocher is a former WMUR reporter, anchor and news director. He also has worked as a lobbyist and a senior staff advisor to former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman. Kocher founded Politics & Eggs – New Hampshire Presidential Primary Forum breakfast, is past president of the NH High Technology Council (now NH Tech Alliance), and co-founded the New Hampshire Coalition for Business & Education.
The Navy and Marine Corps veteran continues his 29-year run as producer and host of “NH Business,” which airs Sundays on WMUR.
Kocher is a former president of AARP New Hampshire; former Daniel Webster College trustee and former advisor to Granite State College. He co-founded the New Hampshire Forum on the Future and the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center. He received honorary degrees from Rivier University, Granite State College and Nashua Community College.
Samuels joined McLane Middleton, New Hampshire’s largest and most diverse law firm, in 1980. He became a director in 1987 and served as managing director from 2013 to 2018. He continues to work part time and has been with the firm for 42 years of its 103-year history.
Samuels specializes in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate business law, banking law, and energy, utilities and telecommunications. He has been recognized among Best Lawyers’ “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1993 and as a New England “Super Lawyer” in the Business/Corporate category each year since 2007.
Samuels serves as board chair of City Year New Hampshire and previously served on the board of directors for the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester Community Health Center (now Amoskeag Health) and Granite State Opera. He previously served as a trustee of the New Hampshire Institute of Art (now New England College Institute of Art and Design), and the Greater Manchester YMCA (now the Granite YMCA).
Waypoint will receive the New Hampshire Advantage Award. Waypoint serves more than 8,000 people a year from 16 sites across the state and is New Hampshire’s oldest human services/children’s charitable organization. The New Hampshire Advantage Award celebrates businesses, organizations or projects that enhance the Granite State’s special character and quality of life in meaningful ways.
For a list of all past winners, visit https://bit.ly/BIAhonorees.