Hassan Announces "Business Leaders for Maggie" Steering Committee

Business Leaders Say Hassan Has the Right Priorities; Will Grow NH’s Economy

MANCHESTER – Saying Maggie Hassan has the right priorities to help grow New Hampshire’s economy and create jobs, business leaders from across New Hampshire today announced they were forming the “Business Leaders for Maggie” steering committee – a new group that will organize support from the business community for Maggie Hassan across the state.

“Maggie Hassan’s vision for economic development, jobs and education is about investing in those drivers that will attract new business to New Hampshire,” said Will Manzer, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports. “I support Maggie Hassan for Governor because it makes good business sense to do so.”

Hassan recently released the first part of her “Innovate NH” jobs plan, which focuses on improving education, particularly science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) education, expanding job training and working with the university and community college systems to freeze tuition for the next two years. She has also called for doubling the research-and-development tax credit.

“Many issues facing our state are extremely complex.  Full, open and thoughtful discussion is critical beyond simple political ideology to reach good decisions,” said Sean O’Kane, the former Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development and an executive at Schneider Electric. “I think this is a crucial quality of a good political leader, who is ultimately accountable to all the citizens of the state and not just a sliver of the population.  Maggie more than meets this standard.”

The group includes more than 50 business leaders of small and large companies that have joined the steering committee and to be part of the effort to reach out to the business community across New Hampshire.

Jamie Trowbridge, President of Yankee Publishing said, “I support Maggie Hassan’s candidacy because as Governor she will pay attention to the long-term issues that affect whether New Hampshire is a good place to live and work – employment, education, and the environment. For the benefit of both citizens and businesses, it is critical that we stay focused on what makes this state so special.”

Maggie Hassan’s number one priority is to create jobs and to grow New Hampshire’s economy. As Governor, Maggie’s policies will be directed to make New Hampshire’s workforce the best in the country by aligning our education system with the needs of 21st century businesses.  As Senate Majority Leader, she worked with Governor Lynch to pass “New Hampshire Working,” a pioneering program that allows businesses to retain their skilled workforce while also providing relief to workers during hard times; to create the job training fund that has partnered with hundreds of companies to train more than 12,000 workers; and to create the research-and-development tax credit.

“I am grateful to have the support of so many New Hampshire business leaders,” said Hassan. “I look forward to working with business leaders from across the state to innovate and grow our economy. New Hampshire’s businesses need a workforce trained to compete and thrive in the 21st century economy, and as Governor, making that happen will be my top priority.”


Business Leaders for Maggie Steering Committee

Mary Jo Brown – President, Brown & Company

Jamie Trowbridge – President, Yankee Publishing

Brian Kisiel President & CEO, GeoInsight

Steve Boucher – Chairman & CEO, Airmar Technology Corporation

Will Kanteres – Owner, Kanteres Real Estate

Armand Circharo – President and CEO, CoreMedical Group

Sean O'Kane – Director, Schneider Electric

Dan Chartrand – Owner, Water Street Books

Bob Burnham – Owner, Burnham Dry Cleaning

Chris Pappas – Restaurateur, The Puritan Backroom

Danette Wineburg – Former Vice President General Counsel & Secretary, The Timberland Company

Mike Satzow – Owner, North Country Smokehouse

Janet Williamson – Retired Training Coordinator, UNH Institute on Disability           

Jon Bresler - Owner, The Bresler Group

Jeanne Dietsch - Founder, MobileRobots

Will Manzer - CEO, Eastern Mountain Sports

Kedar Gupta – Co-founder & CEO, ARC Energy

Terence Burgess – Glidden Auto Service

Jeffrey W. Smith - Managing Partner, Nextboston, LLC

William Gillett - Dean, Southern New Hampshire University School of Business

Ned Helms - Director, NH Institute for Health Policy & Practice

Eva M. Christensen - Owner, Earthtenders

Quentin W. Keefe – President, Regency Mortgage Corp

Beth Mokas – Owner, SleekSleeves

Roland Bergeron – Owner, Granite State Barber Shop

Bill Allen – President, Adjusting Associates
Lance Williamson - Financial Advisor, New England Financial

Kim Sweney – Owner, KMS Consulting - Political and Educational Marketing Stategies

Linda J. Steir - Owner & Executive Director, SarahCare Adult Day Services

Birgit Christiansen – Owner, Seaport Travel

Carl Andrade – CEO, Top Tier Connections, Inc.

Harold Solomon – President, Universal Environmental Technologies, Inc.

Joseph F. Keefe – CEO, Pax World Management LLC

Jonathan Sack – President & Founder, Member Benefits

Maggie Ball – Owner, Maggie’s Gardenworks

Michael Atkins – Partner & Shareholder, Atkins Callahan, PLLC

Wendy J. Frosh – Principal, Healthcare Management Strategies

Mike Quinn – President, Quinn Management Inc.

Melanie Nesheim – Owner, Livingrace Apartments

Jeffrey Hastings – President, Pro-Cut International

Daniel Clapp - NH Operations Manager, ReVision Energy LLC

Andrea Amodeo-Vickery – Shareholder, Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, P.A.

Patti Kemen – Owner, RE/MAX Legacy Dover

Kathleen Burgess – Hudson Bridge Express

Dr. Elliot Lasky – Partner, Helfman Lasky & Associates

Jill Shaffer Hammond – Owner, Jill Shaffer Graphic Design

Robert & Lorraine O’Keefe – Owners, O'Keefe General Store

Peter Killheffer – Owner, The Maids Home Services

Mark McCaddin – President, Bayside Distributing

Meryl Levin – Owner, Meryl Levin Photography

Elaine Ahearn – Owner, Braeside Electronics