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