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BIA celebrates graduates of Emerging Leaders Training Program

BIA celebrates graduates of Emerging Leaders Training Program

22 business leaders complete course to prepare them for continued success

CONCORD — The Business & Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, recently celebrated the graduates of its 2022-2023 Emerging Leaders Training Program.

The annual program is powered by Sojourn Partners and presented in partnership with CEO & Family Enterprise Center. Attendees include existing managers, supervisors or solo contributors who have potential for advancement in management and leadership, and possess the desire to apply it to their organization. This program builds their management muscle and prepares them for continued success.

“The 2023 class was an outstanding group of business leaders,” said Michael Skelton, president and CEO of the BIA. “Their participation in Emerging Leaders will not only strengthen their companies but the state as well as they advance in their careers.”

The 2023 class included 22 graduates, listed below, with their title, company and work location:

Amanda Andrews, associate editor, NH Business Review  in Manchester

Jessica Arnold, senior manager, Liberty in Londonderry

Cooley Arroyo, director, Cleveland, Waters and Bass PA in Concord

Jennifer Beers, claims supervisor, The Lawson Group in Concord

Tina Brown, vice president, business development officer, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Concord

Rick Chouinard, support advisor, Rise Private Wealth Management in Bedford

Rachael Crowe, assistant general manager, Bretton Woods Vacations in Bretton Woods

Michael Hallczuk, environment, health and safety manager, manager, Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack

Victor Hasek, operations manager fabrication, Vitex Extrusion in Franklin

Robert Hilton, accounting manager, Liberty Utilities in Londonderry

Andrea Jackson, senior administrator of claims support, The Lawson Group in Londonderry

Abigail Karoutas , director/attorney, Cleveland, Waters and Bass, P.A. in Dover

Angela King, director of digital marketing, Business & Industry Association in Concord

Kel Lawrence, master planner, Kimball Physics in Wilton

Pam Martel, executive director, finance, Catholic Medical Center in Manchester

Edward McLellan, process engineer, Vitex Extrusion in Franklin

Sarah Orans-Spizzirro, administrative services leader, XMA Corporation in Manchester

Jessica Pappathan, director of development, Currier Museum of Art in Manchester

Gabriela Pleter, commercial manager, Kimball Physics in Wilton

James Popovitch, mechanical engineer, Kimball Physics in Wilton

Travis Singer, area manager, Liberty in Londonderry

Stephanie Urquhart, project manager, Kimball Physics in Wilton

Applications for the 2023-2024 program are being accepted now and classes begin in the fall. For more information and to apply, visit

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