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Two NH Leaders to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Published Monday Oct 3, 2011

On Oct. 26, former BIA President John Crosier and former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg will accept Lifetime Achievement awards at the Business and Industry Association's 98th Annual Dinner to be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in their professions, communities and New Hampshire. Award recipients help shape their local communities and the state through their successful business endeavors, active participation in civic and town organizations, involvement in boards, and service to local and state government.

In 2005, John Crosier retired after serving 16 years as president of the Business and Industry Association. During his tenure, he was named Business Leader of the Year in 1997 by Business NH Magazine and the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is currently on the board of trustees of the University System of New Hampshire.

Prior to the BIA, Crosier served as president of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Commerce and Development and director of the Massachusetts Division of Employment Security. Before his government service, Crosier worked as an executive for several Massachusetts companies.

He has been on several boards of directors including the NH Charitable Foundation, NH Center for Public Policy Studies, Leadership NH, Junior Achievement of NH, and the NH Forum on Higher Education. Crosier is a graduate of Hamilton College in New York with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Former Senator Judd Gregg completed his third term in the U.S. Senate in 2010 as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He also served the Granite State as governor from 1989-1993 and U.S. representative from 1981-1989.

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Gregg was the chief negotiator of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, lead sponsor of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and co-author of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In March 2010, Senator Gregg was appointed to President Obama's national commission on fiscal responsibility.

An advocate of land conservation, Senator Gregg's efforts have helped preserve more than 337,000 acres of land. As former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he has also been a major force for promoting excellence in NH's higher education community, especially at the University of New Hampshire.

Senator Gregg received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and J.D. and L.L.M in tax law from Boston University Law School. He is married to Kathleen MacLellan Gregg. They have two daughters, one son and one granddaughter.

Last year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was John Broderick, former chief justice of the NH Supreme Court. Recipients from prior years include Stephen Barba, the Balsams Grand Resort; Patrick Duffy, P. Duffy and Associates; Sylvio Dupuis, Notre Dame College; Lew Feldstein, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Courtland Freese and George Freese, Jr., Globe Manufacturing Co.; John Frisbee, NH Historical Society; William S. Green, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green; Saul Greenspan, Seco; Eli Isaacson, Isaacson Structural Steel; Andrew Lietz, University System of New Hampshire; Malcolm McLane, Orr and Reno; Jack Middleton, McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton; John Morrison II, Hitchiner Manufacturing; J. Bonnie Newman, Kennedy School of Government; Walter Peterson, Franklin Pierce College; Henry Powers, Sprague Energy; David Putnam, Markem Corp.; Dr. Stephen Reno, University System of New Hampshire; F. Fuller Ripley, Troy Mills; William Ruger, Sr., Sturm Ruger and Co.; Neil Tillotson, Tillotson Corp.; James Wagner, Nexfor Fraser Papers; and Kimon Zachos, Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green.

Tickets for the 98th Annual Dinner are $1,000 for a table of 10 or $110 per person and may be purchased online at under Programs & Events. For more information, call 603-224-5388 x113.
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