The Business and Industry Association – New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate – will host its 100th Annual Dinner, Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage Awards Celebration presented by Lindt and Sprungli (USA) Inc. from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. This event, which draws more than 700 business, political and opinion leaders from around the state and is New Hampshire’s largest and most prestigious business networking event, features presentation of two coveted awards – the Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards.
The Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Whelen Engineering 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. Last year’s recipients were James Varnum, former president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital; John Collins, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic; and Ray Wieczorek, former executive councilor and founder of Wieczorek Insurance.
Recipients from prior years include Stephen Barba, the Balsams Grand Resort; John Broderick, former N.H. Supreme Court chief justice; John Crosier, BIA; 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, New Hampshire Historical Society; William S. Green, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green; Saul Greenspan, Seco; Judd Gregg, former U.S. senator; 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 Morison 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.
The New Hampshire Advantage Award presented by Citizens Bank honors businesses, organizations or projects that enhance New Hampshire’s special character and quality of life in meaningful ways. Past honorees include the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, New Hampshire Humanities Council, New Hampshire Food Bank, Easter Seals New Hampshire, the 2-1-1 New Hampshire Partnership, New Hampshire Political Library and a core group of supporters that worked to prevent closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.
Tickets for the 100th Annual Dinner, Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage Awards Celebration are $1,100 for a table of 10 or $125 per person and may be purchased online at BIAofNH.com
Sponsors for this year’s annual dinner include:
Presenting Sponsor – Lindt and Sprungli (USA) Inc.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Whelen Engineering Co. Inc.
New Hampshire Advantage Award – Citizens Bank
Platinum – Bank of New Hampshire, CGI Business Solutions, Comcast Business, Fidelity Investments, Glen Group, Hitchiner Manufacturing, Liberty Mutual Group, Mainstay Technologies, NextEra Energy, TD Bank, Unitil
Media – New Hampshire Union Leader
Gold – Bank of America, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Hypertherm, Lincoln Financial Group, Millennium Integrated Marketing, New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire Rx Card, Northeast Delta Dental, Pierce Atwood, University of New Hampshire Survey Center
Silver – Anagnost Investments, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in NH, BAE Systems, Baker Newman Noyes, Casella Resource Solutions, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Devine Millimet, Elliot Health System, Gallagher Callahan and Gartrell, Grappone Automotive Group, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Maloney and Kennedy, McLane Law Firm, Nathan Wechsler, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Normandeau Associates, People’s United Bank, R. P. Abrasives and Machine, Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green, Sig Sauer, Snowden Associates
Dessert – Cook Little Rosenblatt and Manson, FairPoint Communications
Centerpiece – Rath Young and Pignatelli
Wine – Omni Mount Washington