Stay Work Play NH Announces the 2014 Rising Stars Awards Winners

Six awards given to winners across New Hampshire as recognition for their hard work


The fifth annual Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, welcomed more than 450 guests to celebrate six of New Hampshire’s outstanding young business men and women and organizations who received awards on Oct. 6.  



The 2014 Rising Stars Awards winners are:  



Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo 

College Student of the Year: 
Ian Gagnon, Enfield, UNH 

Young Professional of the Year: 
Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald & Black Law Firm 

Civic Leader of the Year: 
Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School 

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

·             Calypso Communications, Portsmouth 

·             W.S. Badger Company, Gilsum 

·             LAUCHLANWORKS, Exeter 

Leadership Development Program of the Year: 
Leadership College, Leadership New Hampshire 



“This year’s Rising Stars Awards ceremony was the biggest event yet. In five years we have seen some incredible young people and organizations win these awards, and this year was no different,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.  “I expect to see the competition continue to grow and expand in the future.”



“This year’s winners are an amazing display of the entrepreneurial talent that lives, works, and plays in New Hampshire. We would also like to recognize and thank all of our wonderful sponsors and all of the local businesses that donated more than 70 auction items and truly help make this year’s event a success. ”



Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” the Rising Stars Awards works to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, the initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.



The event was hosted by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and welcomed keynote speaker Victoria Arlen, Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist, Governor Maggie Hassan, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, representatives from the 12 Young Professional Networks from across the state, music from Pat and the Hats, and many others.



More information about The Rising Stars Awards:

About Stay Work Play
Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” Additional information on the organization can be found on the website, or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko,  or (603) 860-2245.


About New Hampshire Public Radio 
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Their mission is to help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national, and world events, ideas, and culture. NHPR is broadcast from thirteen different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 184,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange and Word of Mouth, and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.