The Rising Stars Awards, an initiative of Stay Work Play in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners for each of the five award categories last night at their 350 person sold-out event at the historic Pandora Mill in Manchester; 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.
“This year’s event was the best yet,” said Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay Work Play. “We received so many compliments on the energy in the room, the number of young people, and the great opportunity to share in such an exciting celebration of companies and individuals doing so much in and for NH.”
2013 Rising Stars Award Winners:
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)
– Christopher “CJ” Destramp, Hudson, Southern NH University
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)
– Ryan Barton, Laconia, Mainstay Technologies
Civic Leadership Award 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)
– Mary and Eric Goldthwaite-Gagne, Peterborough, Conval Schools, The Toadstool Bookshop
Coolest Companies for Young Professionalshonors companies in New Hampshire that create environments to attract and retain young professionals (specifically ages 40 and under).
– Mad*Pow, Portsmouth
– SilverTech, Manchester
– The Birchtree Center, Newington
Leadership Development Program of the Yearhonors an innovative program initiated and conducted by a NH organization. The program must be aimed at a young professional audience in NH that helps them propel their personal and professional growth.
– Business Analyst (BA) Program, C&S Wholesale Grocers
The Rising Stars Awards are a call to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and businesses and organizations that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.
The 2013 Rising Stars Awards were generously sponsored by: the NH Charitable Foundation, GY&K Marketing, Southern NH University, Grappone Automotive Group, Tidewater Catering Group, Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions, Fidelity Investments, and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.