Business Leader expected to "stir up" race for governor
(Barrington) Stonyfield Farm Chairman and New Hampshire native Gary Hirshberg announced today his decision to support Jackie Cilley's campaign for governor. Hirshberg is renowned as a visionary business leader for building Stonyfield Farm into a major employer that supports family farms and protects the environment. He is a leading advocate for organic and sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy and a leading voice for consumers’ rights to know against genetically modified crops.
"I'm honored to have earned the endorsement of a business leader like Gary Hirshberg." said Jackie Cilley. "I appreciate his confidence in me and I am looking forward to his input on business matters and economic development. Gary knows very well how an economy works and what it takes to stimulate business development and job growth. That is my number one priority and the reason for my campaign for Governor."
"When Governor Lynch announced he wouldn't seek another term, I seriously considered running myself," said Hirshberg. "I have watched this race unfold and I know who our next governor should be: Jackie Cilley. She has the strength, the independence and the vision to lead our state forward in these challenging times."
For the past 29 years, Hirshberg has overseen Stonyfield Farm's growth from a seven-cow organic farming school in 1983 to its current $360 million in annual sales. Stonyfield has enjoyed a compounded annual growth rate of 23% for more than nineteen years, by consistently producing a great-tasting product and using innovative marketing techniques that blend the company's social, environmental, and financial missions. In 2008, he published Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, about how Stonyfield and companies such as Zipcar, Whole Foods, and Timberland succeed by pursuing both sustainability and profitability.