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NH’s largest business networking event set

NH’s largest business networking event set

BIA’s 108th Annual Dinner, Lifetime Achievement and NH Advantage Awards Celebration presented by Eversource planned for Oct. 20

CONCORD, N.H. –– On Oct. 20, the Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, will host its 108th Annual Dinner, Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage Awards Celebration presented by Eversource from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel.

The event kicks off with a networking reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and awards ceremony. There will be a livestream of the event broadcast simultaneously.

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. Honorees for 2021 will be announced in early September.

The Lifetime Achievement Award 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 their 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.

The New Hampshire Advantage Award honors businesses, organizations, or projects that enhance New Hampshire’s special character and quality of life in meaningful ways. Last year’s recipient was Granite United Way. Other past honorees include CASA NH, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 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 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

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 For more information, call (603) 224-5388 x101. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email Lora McMahon.

Sponsors for this year’s annual dinner include:

Presenting – Eversource

Livestream – Bank of America

Audio Visual – Catholic Medical Center

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

Media – New Hampshire Business Review

Newspaper – New Hampshire Union Leader

Platinum – BAE Systems, Bank of New Hampshire, CGI Business Solutions, Cirtronics Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Fidelity Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc., Liberty Mutual Group, McLane Middleton Professional Association, Rasky Partners, Sig Sauer, Inc., The RiverStone Group, Unitil, Waste Management

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, 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

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