NHBRC’s Duddy honored at BIA annual meeting

Roy Duddy, executive director of the New Hampshire Business Resource Center, was recently recognized by the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire for going “Above and Beyond” in working to help the organization’s mission.

Honored at the BIA’s annual business meeting and member reception, Duddy received the organization’s “Above and Beyond” award, which recognizes “those individuals who have really gone the extra mile and demonstrated an extraordinary willingness and commitment to helping the organization be successful and work to further its legislative and regulatory priorities for 2006,” said Mike Donahue, principal engineer of Aries Engineering and the BIA’s new chair.

In nominating Duddy, Mark Toussaint of the BIA WasteCap program stated, “Over the past several years, Roy has worked to build a relationship between his organization and the BIA’s WasteCap program. Under his leadership, the Business Resource Center’s economic development staff members have referred dozens of New Hampshire companies seeking help with energy efficiency issues to the WasteCap program. He has made energy efficiency an important piece of his group’s business assistance offerings. This, coupled with the center’s strong financial support, has strengthened the WasteCap program tremendously.”

Steve Boucher, communications manager for the Division of Economic Development – of which the NHBRC is a part — credits Duddy with raising the bar in how state government works with and serves the business community.

“The term ‘above and beyond’ exemplifies Roy’s management style. He really is an unsung hero in New Hampshire’s economic development community,” Boucher said. “From the start at the Business Resource Center, he wanted to change the way people look at what state government can do and be. Roy is committed to fostering innovation, building partnerships and empowering staff to bring new ideas to the table.”

Another Business Resource Center manager, Cindy Harrington, cites Ocean National Bank’s Energy Efficiency Program as evidence of Duddy’s ability to create solutions that meet issues facing New Hampshire businesses and bring those solutions to fruition.

“Recognizing the business need in terms of energy efficiency, Roy developed the idea of creating a reduced rate loan program to help business owners make structural and equipment changes that will reduce energy consumption and maximize cost savings,” Harrington said. “Roy knew he needed to partner with a lending institution and was absolutely tenacious in working with the financial community to find the right match. We are very appreciative of Ocean National’s willingness to pilot this program with us.”

Developing partnerships between the public and private sector has been a high priority for Duddy, said an executive with one of the state’s most committed partners, Public Service of New Hampshire.

According to Pat McDermott, PSNH’s economic and community development manager, Duddy “always more than exceeds our expectations. He’s an innovative thinker, and the kind of person you want on your team. He is so effective in getting things done because he focuses on whatever is best for the state and businesses here. He’s put together a great team, and knows how to get the best of them, but he doesn’t take any of the credit for successes. He gives it all to others.”

As for Duddy, he called winning award “wonderful” and “a complete surprise.”

“Five years ago, when I joined this agency, I knew we needed to run it like a business. It wasn’t enough to just say ‘we’re not your father’s old government.’ We needed to prove it. Having organizations like the BIA recognize our efforts makes a huge difference, and ‘our efforts’ is the operative term. Our team at the Business Resource Center is remarkable. They work together with such synergy and a total can-do attitude that the ideas and energy keep pouring out. Every bit as critical to our success are our partners who help us to implement the programs and initiatives.”

This article was provided by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center.

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