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Thursday
Sep042014

StayWorkPlay - 2014 Rising Stars Finalists, Keynote Announced  

Finalists represent New Hampshire’s inspiring and outstanding young talent


The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, is pleased to announce the 2014 finalists for six award categories: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, College Student of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Civic Leader of the Year, Coolest Companies for Young Professionals, and Leadership Development Program of the Year.

 

The Rising Stars Awards is also proud to announce this year’s keynote speaker for the event on October 6th will be New Hampshire native Victoria Arlen. Arlen is an accomplished Paralympian who won multiple medals in the 2012 summer games in London after overcoming a severe illness that left her paralyzed years earlier.

 

“We are excited to finally announce the 2014 Rising Stars Awards finalists and keynote speaker. Chosen by our amazing volunteer judges, this year’s finalists are an impressive group and are indicative of the amazing individual and wide-ranging accomplishments found in so many of New Hampshire’s young people,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.

“After hearing about Victoria Arlen’s impressive wins at the Paralympic games and her inspiring story of perseverance, we knew she would be a great addition to the Rising Stars Awards ceremony. She is an outstanding example of the culture that New Hampshire’s young people live and work within.

 

New Hampshire is home to some incredible talent and inspiring initiatives, and we can’t wait to present this year’s Rising Stars Award winners in each of the six categories on October 6th!”

 

The Rising Stars Awards, now honoring New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals, college students, and organizations for the 5th year, will take place on Monday, October 6th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm Street in Manchester.

 

Referred to as “the networking event of the year,” there will be food and a cash bar provided by O Steaks and Seafood, dessert from White Mountain Cupcakes, a silent auction, live music by Pat & the Hats, lots of cool people to mingle with, a keynote address by Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen, and the announcement of the award winners! The emcee for the evening will be Virginia Prescott of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Be sure to reserve your ticket today!

 

2014 Rising Stars Awards Finalists:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year is a new award for 2014 and will honor an outstanding young entrepreneur in NH who has “looked outside the box,” and is helping shape the future of our state through their entrepreneurial venture. This award will be presented in partnership with the abi HUB and the New Hampshire High Tech Council.

·       Michael Carlton, Northwood, Calling All Cargo

·       Allison Grappone, Concord, Nearby Registry

·       Bobby Touran, Manchester, ApplyKit, Inc.

 

College Student of the Year honors an outstanding college student living and going to school in NH, between the ages of 18 and 24, who is an academic rising star and giving back to their community. (name, hometown, school

·       Mikaela Dwyer, Sanford, ME, Southern NH University

·       Alicia Frazier, Candia, Southern NH University

·       Ian Gagnon, Enfield, University of NH

·       Ryan Hart, Swanzey, Keene State College

 

Young Professional of the Year honors an outstanding professional working and living in NH, between the ages of 18 and 40 who is a rising star in their industry and giving back to their community. (name, hometown, employer

·       Nicole Barreira, Manchester, Great NH Restaurants

·       Corey MacDonald, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Police Department and MacDonald &

·       Black Law Firm

·       Joshua McAllister, Center Conway, HEB Engineers, Inc.

 

Civic Leader of the Year honors an individual who, through their volunteerism, philanthropy, and/or community involvement demonstrates a commitment to civic participation, strengthening their community, and developing personal leadership capacity to make New Hampshire a better place for future generations. Nominee must be between 21 and 40 years of age and must live and work in the state of New Hampshire. (name, hometown, employer)

·       Luke Bonner, Concord, GYK Antler

·       Bryan Bouchard, Manchester, Southern NH University

·       Laura Brusseau, Laconia, Interlakes High School

·       Serena Galleshaw, Somersworth, Seacoast Local

 

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals honors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals (specifically ages 40 and under). (company, location)

·       Calypso Communications, Portsmouth

·       Lauchlan Works, Exeter

·       Red River Computer, Claremont

·       Single Digits, Bedford

·       WS Badger Company, Gilsum

·       Ziftr, Milford

 

Leadership Development Program of the Year honors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a NH organization. The program must be aimed at a young professional audience in NH that help them propel their personal and professional growth. (program name, organization

·       BAE Systems Leadership Development Program, BAE Systems

·       Hoffmann-Haas Fellowship, NH Center for Nonprofits

·       Leadership College, Leadership NH

 

The Rising Stars Awards are generously sponsored by: the University of NH, the NH Charitable Foundation, Grappone Automotive Group, Public Service of NH, Southern NH University, the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Fidelity Investments, NH Public Television, Revolution Energy, Marble Law Firm PLLC, Autofair, Brady Sullivan Properties, Chris Malloy Events, O Steaks and Seafood, White Mountain Cupcakes, Mint Printworks, Lee Germeroth Photography, Allegra Boverman Photography, Alan Cantor Consulting, and Jeanine & Company.

 

About The Rising Stars Awards 
The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young workers, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

More information about The Rising Stars Awards can be found at: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RisingStarsAwards

 

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  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.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Stay Work Play Adds Seven New Board Members 

Manchester —Stay Work Play, a New Hampshire nonprofit organization to encourage more 20 and 30 somethings to stay, work and play in the state after graduation, has welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors: ANDREW B. PALUMBO, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management & Director of Admissions, Plymouth State University; CARMEN LORENTZ, Director, NH Division of Economic Development; E.J. POWERS, Executive Vice President, Montagne Communications; KRISTYN VAN OSTERN, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Community College System of New Hampshire; MARK M. BROWN, Director of Corporate Potential, Grappone Automotive Group MELINDA TREADWELL, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Antioch University New England; and TRAVIS YORK, President & CEO, GYK Antler.

The new board members believe in Stay Work Play’s mission and recognize New Hampshire as a great place for recent college graduates to launch their careers and their lives. 

"Working at Plymouth State University has opened my eyes to the amazing opportunity that New Hampshire students have - right here in their backyard - to gain a world-class education, prepare themselves for rewarding careers, and build the foundation for the lifestyle that they wish to have,” commented Andrew B. Palumbo.  “I believe that Stay Work Play’s focus on connecting young professionals and recent college graduates to the desirable careers and lifestyles that exist throughout the state plays an important part in illustrating just how great living, working, and playing in New Hampshire truly is." 

Mark M. Brown also praised New Hampshire for the opportunities that are present, “One of the things I most like about New Hampshire is the connectivity of the people. We're small enough that a dedicated group of people really can make a positive difference. Stay Work Play brings together an amazing cross roads of people--business and non-profit leaders, governmental officials, and our best and brightest young professionals--all committed to the common purpose of promoting New Hampshire as a great place to stay, work & play!” 

Kristyn Van Ostern believes in New Hampshire because, “it’s the best state to grow up in; the best state to stay in or come to find creative work and educational opportunities; and the best state to play with my kids, husband, dog, family, and friends in.” 

"A low cost of living, no sales or income tax, proximity to lakes, mountains, the ocean and major cities plus low crime rates and solid educational options make NH the perfect place to run a business while still having the opportunity to make a global impact," mentioned Travis York. 

“I love the spirit of New Hampshire! We are creative and eager to contribute in a positive way to our communities and our state,” Carmen Lorentz commented. “Stay Work Play is a wonderful manifestation of that spirit. I’m excited to be part of Stay Work Play’s efforts to make our state a more outstanding place for young people to thrive and find opportunity.” 

“The future of New Hampshire's economy relies on our ability to attract and retain young talent. We are competing with 49 other states for this demographic and we must use every resource at our disposal to highlight the numerous advantages New Hampshire has to offer,” E.J. Powers stated. “I am proud to join Stay Work Play in this critical effort.” 

With the commitment and passion that the board members have for New Hampshire and Stay Work Play, the organization is delighted to welcome them to the Board of Directors.

 

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org, (603) 860-2245.

Thursday
Jul172014

StayWorkPlay - Nomination Deadline Approaching for NH’s Rising Stars Awards

Submit your nominations in one of six categories before the July 25 deadline

 

 

Manchester, N.H. -- New Hampshire’s Rising Stars Awards, honoring New Hampshire’s young professionals, community organizations and businesses for five years, is calling for nominations for the 2014 awards before the July 25 deadline.

 

Nominations are welcome in six categories for individuals, leadership programs and businesses across New Hampshire, including:

 

·             College Student of the year

·             Young Professional of the Year

·             Civic Leader of the year

·             Coolest Companies for Young Professionals

·             Leadership Development Program

·             Young Entrepreneur of the year (New!)

 

Winners will be honored at a celebratory event on October 6. Reserve your ticket here.

 

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals, entrepreneurs, and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

 

 “I am thrilled that this year marks the fifth year that Stay Work Play will honor individuals, businesses, and leadership programs with the Rising Stars Awards recognizing their dedication to creating a positive environment across the state for young people to live, work and find success in New Hampshire,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play.

 

“However, we still need your help in finding this year’s honorees and we hope you will consider nominating a deserving individual, business or leadership program for an award before the July 25th deadline.”

 

This year’s newest award, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, will be presented in partnership with the Alpha Loft and the New Hampshire High Tech Council.

 

More information about The Rising Stars Awards and nomination forms for the awards can be found at: www.stayworkplay.org/risingstarsawards .

PHOTO: (RisingStars_Portraits_Oct 2013)

 

The 2013 Rising Stars Awards “ Young Professional of the Year” finalists standing with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Governor Maggie Hassan and Stay Work Play Executive Director, Kate Luczko.

Pictured left to right: Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Tonya Rochette, Partner & VP HR Solutions, Human Resource Partners LLC; Steve Smith, Owner, Main Street Radio LLC; Ashley Conley, Epidemiologist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services; Ryan Barton, Founder & CEO, Mainstay Technologies; Kate Luczko, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH; Governor Maggie Hassan.

Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno Photography

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org  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.

Friday
Jun062014

Stay Work Play - Sells NH to College Grads with Five Reasons 

Manchester — When a crowd of leaders in business and higher education gathered to strategize quality and placement of students in NH internships, attendees received a commencement address instead of the usual welcome.

In this graduation season, Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play New Hampshire, shared a speech on five reasons college graduates should remain in NH after graduation. The message is fitting given the organization’s mission to promote the state as a favorable place for young workers.

The commencement address was recorded, posted to YouTube, and may be found on the organization’s homepage at stayworkplay.org in the “lights, camera, action” section.

Watch the commencement address on YouTube now!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVkF9ypj-Mg

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, www.stayworkplay.org or by contacting Executive Director, Kate Luczko, kate@stayworkplay.org(603) 860-2245.

Thursday
Apr032014

Stay Work Play NH Adds Program Coordinator 

MANCHESTER – Stay Work Play New Hampshire has hired Shanon Hounshell of Enfield as the organization’s first Program Coordinator.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for growing and strengthening Stay Work Play’s presence throughout the state of New Hampshire by reinforcing existing relationships and cultivating new relationships, specifically with higher education institutions and college students.

Hounshell recently served as an attorney for the City of Dayton, Ohio, before relocating to the Upper Valley. She brings extensive experience in talent attraction and retention initiatives to the position, along with a strong communications background.

“As a new resident to the state I relied on Stay Work Play New Hampshire as a resource and quickly became involved in a volunteer role as one of the organization’s ongoing bloggers,” Hounshell said. “I am excited to grow my commitment and connection to the organization as I use my skills to build upon Stay Work Play’s current successes and assist in taking the organization to the next level,” she added.

Hounshell will begin the role immediately. She joins Kate Luczko who was named Executive Director in 2010. “We are thrilled to have Shanon join the Stay Work Play team and as a new position, it also demonstrates the growth of the organization,” Luczko said. “With a larger team and Shanon’s experience in talent retention, we will be able to have even more of an impact on NH.”

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, www.stayworkplay.org