BIA to honor Claira Monier, Dr. Joseph Pepe and Harold Turner Jr. for lifetime achievement
BIA to honor Claira Monier, Dr. Joseph Pepe and Harold Turner Jr. for lifetime achievement
Leaders to be recognized for contributions to New Hampshire at BIA's 108th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource
CONCORD, N.H. — The Business and Industry Association will honor three leaders for their lasting contributions to New Hampshire at its upcoming annual dinner.
Claira Monier, retired 20-year executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority; Joseph Pepe, MD, retired chief executive officer of CMC Healthcare System; and Harold Turner Jr., founder of The H.L. Turner Group will be honored at BIA’s 108th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel. The event also will be livestreamed with support from Bank of America.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Whelen Engineering Company, recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in their professions, communities and New Hampshire. Award recipients help shape their communities and the state through successful business endeavors, active participation in civic organizations, involvement in boards and service to local and state government.
Last year’s Lifetime Achievement honorees were former Govs. Steve Merrill and John Lynch.
Claira Monier led the N.H. Housing Finance Authority from 1988 to 2007, soon finding herself in the middle of the state’s growing workforce housing shortage. Under her tenure, NHHFA completed more than 400 multi-family housing projects.
Housing remains the major issue in the state, she said, adding, “If you want a stable community you have to have home ownership.”
Monier is a former geography professor, whose passion for learning led her to earn a master’s in urban geography at Clark University and later to teach urban geography and urban planning at St. Anselm College. “That helped me understand some of the problems here,” she said.
Monier serves as chair of Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board with the N.H. Public Utilities Commission, program chair of the Manchester Rotary Club and on the boards of Breathe NH, Blue Knights Foundation and Amoskeag Industries. She is a Goffstown Garden Club member. The Plymouth State University Alumni Association honored her with a 2020 Alumni Award.
Monier was a former aide to Republican Gov. Meldrim Thomson and is the widow of Senate President Robert Monier. She served as regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Reagan administration.
Joseph Pepe, MD, retired this summer as CEO of CMC Healthcare System, which includes Catholic Medical Center, New England Heart and Vascular Institute, physician practices, an ambulatory surgery partnership and urgent care centers. His 10 years as CEO were highlighted by a constant effort to improve the level of care at CMC, expanding available procedures, providing less invasive surgeries and deploying the latest medical technologies.
“When we can boast that healthcare is excellent in New Hampshire, people want to move here,” he said. “High-tech healthcare is important for the health of New Hampshire and literally the health of New Hampshire citizens.”
Pepe remains CEO of GraniteOne Health, which includes CMC, Huggins Hospital and Monadnock Community Hospital. He serves on the board of GraniteOne Health, Monadnock and Huggins hospitals and the St. Anselm College Board of Trustees. He is a former member of BIA’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Pepe graduated from St. Anselm College with a bachelor of arts in biology, received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. His first healthcare job was an internist at CMC.
Harold Turner Jr., former president and CEO of The H.L. Turner Group, founded the company in Concord in 1990 and for more than 30 years pursued his passion of building better, more sustainable buildings, schools and homes. He inspired The H.L. Turner Group’s architects, engineers and building scientists to deliver award-winning designs, advancing “the technology, art, and science of the built environment.”
Of his career, he said, “It’s not work if it’s fun. It just becomes a passion.”
“We took the best work from our architects, engineers and building scientists and collaborated to build a better project,” he added. “It’s been integral to our practice the last 30 years. I think the constant in all of that is technology never stops evolving.”
Turner is board chair of the Granite Institute and serves on the Granite State Hydropower Association board. He is an advisory board member for the NH Technical Institute’s Architectural Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering Technology programs and NH Children’s Scholarship Fund. He served for three terms as BIA board chair, from 2001 to 2003.
Turner was named to the NH Business Review’s 2019 NH 200, which honors the state’s most influential business leaders and received NHBR’s Business Excellence Award in 2019.
Click the following links for headshot photos of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts will receive BIA’s 2021 New Hampshire Advantage Award. NHBCA’s new augmented reality art app allows users to bring New Hampshire art anywhere with your smartphone. AR+ art by NHBCA App will be on display during the Annual Dinner’s reception. Check it out at www.nhbca.com/ar-art-app.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award
Former Govs. Steve Merrill and John Lynch
Larry Gammon, Easterseals New Hampshire
Joseph McQuaid, New Hampshire Union Leader
Joan Goshgarian, New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts
Hon. Linda Dalianis, former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
Dr. Richard Gustafson, former SNHU president and CCSNH chancellor
Hon. W. Douglas Scamman Jr., former Speaker of the New Hampshire House
Hon. John H. Sununu, former governor, former White House chief of staff, and president of JHS Associates
Dr. Edward MacKay, former chancellor, University System of New Hampshire
Pam Hall, Normandeau Associates
Dick Hamilton, White Mountains Attractions Association
Tom Rath, Rath Young Pignatelli
Bradford Cook, Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green
Barbara Couch and Richard Couch, Hypertherm
Douglas Dean, Elliot Health System
John Olson, Whelen Engineering Inc.
Gary Long, Public Service of NH
Donna Sytek, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
Wendell Jesseman, chairman of New England Wire Technologies
John Collins, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
James Varnum, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Ray Wieczorek, Wieczorek Insurance
John Crosier, BIA; Patrick Duffy, P. Duffy and Associates
Judd Gregg, former U.S. senator and former governor of New Hampshire
John Broderick, former N.H. Supreme Court chief justice
Lew Feldstein, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Dr. Stephen Reno, University System of New Hampshire
Patrick Duffy, P. Duffy and Associates
Andrew Lietz, University System of New Hampshire
Henry Powers, Sprague Energy
Jack Middleton, McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton
Malcolm McLane, Orr and Reno
J. Bonnie Newman, Kennedy School of Government
John Frisbee, New Hampshire Historical Society
William Ruger, Sr., Sturm Ruger and Co.
James Wagner, Nexfor Fraser Papers
Stephen Barba, the Balsams Grand Resort
Saul Greenspan, Seco
Sylvio Dupuis, Notre Dame College
Kimon Zachos, Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green
David Putnam, Markem Corp.
William S. Green, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass and Green
Walter Peterson, Franklin Pierce College
Eli Isaacson, Isaacson Structural Stee
F. Fuller Ripley, Troy Mills
Courtland Freese and George Freese Jr., Globe Manufacturing Co.
John Morison II, Hitchiner Manufacturing
Neil Tillotson, Tillotson Corp.
Tickets for BIA'S 108th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Eversource, are $1,500 for a table of 10 or $150 per person and may be purchased at BIAofNH.com/events. For more information, call (603) 224-5388 ext. 101. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email Lora McMahon.
Sponsors for this year’s annual dinner include:
Presenting – Eversource
Livestream – Bank of America
Audio Visual – Catholic Medical Center
Program Sponsor – Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
Dessert – GZA GeoEnvironmental
Event parking – Well Sense Health Plan
Registration & Name Badge – Eastern Bank
Centerpiece – Rath Young and Pignatelli
Wine – The Mountain Club on Loon
Wi-Fi – United Healthcare
Hors d’oeuvres – Cook Little Rosenblatt and Manson
Platinum – BAE Systems, Bank of New Hampshire, CGI Business Solutions, Cirtronics Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Fidelity Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc., Liberty Mutual Group, Maloney & Kennedy PLLC, McLane Middleton Professional Association, Normandeau Associates, Rasky Partners, Sig Sauer, Inc., The RiverStone Group, Unitil, Waste Management, People’s United Bank
Media – New Hampshire Business Review
Newspaper – New Hampshire Union Leader
Gold – Anheuser-Busch, Inc., AT&T Services, Inc., C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., Exigere Networks Inc., Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Hinckley Allen, Millennium Agency, Nathan Wechsler & Co., PA, Novocure, Sheehan Phinney, Watts Water Technologies
Silver – Anagnost Investments, Inc., Baker Newman Noyes, Casella, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Fiduciary Trust of New England, The NHHEAF Network Organizations, Liberty, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, New Hampshire College and University Council, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc., Northeast Delta Dental, Onvio LLC, Orr & Reno, PA, Planet Fitness World Headquarters, Sojourn Partners, Sprague Energy, TD Bank, Verizon, Vitex Extrusion/Momentum Manufacturing Group
Exhibitor – Littleton Coin Company
About the BIA: The Business and Industry Association is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. BIA represents more than 400 leading employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, professional services, financial services, health care, hospitality and tourism, public utilities, higher education, insurance, and many others. Member firms employ 93,000 people throughout the state and contribute $4.5 billion annually to the state’s economy. While proud of its many large members, 69% of BIA members have an annual payroll of $3 million or less. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, BIA works to promote a healthy climate for job creation and a strong New Hampshire economy. For more information, visit www.biaofnh.com.
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