BIA to honor Powers, shipyard saviors

Henry Powers, former president of Portsmouth-based Sprague Energy, will be honored in November with the Business & Industry Association’s 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is to be presented at the BIA’s annual dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.

Powers began his career with C.H. Sprague and Son as an industrial sales representative in 1961. By 1972, he had become president of the company, serving in that capacity for 14 years. Today, Powers serves as a consultant to Sprague Energy and is a member of the executive board of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

Powers also was the first chairman of the Pease Development Authority and founder and first chairman of United Way New Hampshire.

“In the years I have known Henry, he has demonstrated outstanding business leadership and an ability to create new ideas for business opportunities,” said Mike Donohue, BIA board chair and principal engineer of Aries Engineering. “This award honors his excellence in business and his continued commitment to community service.”

A core group of supporters representing the fight to protect the closure in 205 of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard also will be recognized at the Nov. 8 dinner, when the BIA presents its first New Hampshire Advantage Award.

For table reservations, sponsorship opportunities, or more information about the BIA Annual Dinner and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation call 224-5388 ext. 116.

The new award is designed to honor individuals, businesses or organizations for their extraordinary work on a specific initiative, event or project that helps preserve New Hampshire’s special character and quality of life.

“Saving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard embodies the spirit of this award,” said BIA President Jim Roche. “The successful camaraderie and cooperation of concerned citizens from various industries, with differing political affiliations and representing communities from both sides of the New Hampshire-Maine border, is a testament to what makes this state a great place in which to live and do business.”

He said that among those who worked to save the shipyard last summer and who will be recognized on Nov. 8 include U.S. Sens. Judd Gregg and John Sununu, Gov. John Lynch, U.S. Reps. Charles Bass and Jeb Bradley, Cathy Goodwin, Richard Ingram, Captain William McDonough, Paul O’Connor and former Portsmouth Mayor Evelyn Sirrell. – TRACIE STONE

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