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Published Monday Sep 24, 2018

From left: Jeff Comeau, president of the ABC Young Professionals Group; Manchester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas; State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro; Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig; Manchester School Board Member Jimmy Lehoux; Teacher Larry Simpson; Joshua Reap, president ABC; Jennifer Landon, director of Workforce Development with ABC.
Photo: Karen Bachelder.

Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/Vermont (ABC) and its Young Professionals Group delivered a $2,000 donation, in addition to commitments from local companies, to help support Parkside Middle School’s new careers in construction exploration program in Manchester. According to ABC research, more than 500,000 construction jobs need to be filled across the country. This need led Manchester Board of School Committee member and local construction executive Jimmy Lehoux to push for the creation of a construction careers program.


The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce named the recipients of the 2018 Hanover Area Leadership Awards. The recipients will be recognized at the Leadership Awards & Monte Carlo Gala on Nov, 1 at the Hanover Inn. Sara Kobylenski, executive director of the Upper Valley Haven will receive the Chamber Leadership Award. Northern Stage was named the Small Business Innovator of the Year. The Business Innovator of the Year recipient is Hypertherm. Carol Dunne, artistic director of Northern Stage will receive the Innovator of the Year Award. 


Brian Presti has been appointed chief investment officer of Harvest Capital, a wealth management firm based in Concord. Presti previously served as managing director of investment research since joining the firm in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in the equity and debt markets.


Plymouth State University was once again recognized by the Wellness Council of America as one of the Top 25 most active workplaces in its “On the Move Company Challenge.” PSU was one of 42 businesses and organizations nationwide, representing 59,618 employees, to participate in the 12-week challenge, which began April 1st and concluded June 30th, 2018.


The Small Business Administration awarded $250,000 to the Department of International Commerce at the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which helps NH businesses increase exports and better reach foreign markets.

The CareGivers Inc., Manchester-based nonprofit that assists elderly and disabled citizens in the greater Manchester and Nashua areas to help the remain in their homes for as long as possible, named James Wilkie as its interim president and CEO in the wake of the death previous president and CEO Donny Guillemette. Wilkie recently retired from Fidelity Investments after nearly 19 years with the firm. He has served on the board of directors of The CareGivers for the past three years.

Northeast Credit Union named Josh St. Hilaire as branch manager for its Lee Branch located at NH 125/145 Calef Highway. Hilaire is responsible for overseeing member service, staff management, and daily branch operations, as well as local community and business development efforts.


Fulcrum Associates, a construction management firm in Amherst, has been selected by Portsmouth Regional Hospital as construction manager for the organization’s new freestanding emergency room in Dover. Construction is scheduled to be complete by mid-March of 2019. The Dover Emergency Room, located at 10 Central Ave., will provide 11 treatment rooms including trauma care, behavioral health, pediatric care, full diagnostic testing, and laboratory and imaging services.







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