NH’s Best & Brightest Named at 2017 Rising Stars Awards Celebration

(l to r): Scott McPherson, Acting President and CEO/VP of Operations and Finance, NH Public Radio; Scott Crowder, Boxscore, Pond Hockey Classic and EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH. Photo credit: Allegra Boverman Photography

The Rising Stars Awards, hosted by Stay Work Play NH, in partnership with NH Public Radio, recognized young talent and companies in New Hampshire on Monday, October 2. Hundreds of guests were in attendance for the eighth annual celebratory event at Fieldhouse Sports in Bow.

The 2017 Rising Stars Awards winners are: 

‘Shire Story of the Year:

Joseph Lattner of Concord

Civic Leader of the Year:

George Hansel of Keene and Filtrine Manufacturing Company

College Student of the Year:

Jack Hamilton of Bedford and the University of NH

People’s Choice for Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

Scribe Software of Manchester

Coolest Companies for Young Professionals:

FoodState of Londonderry and Merchants Fleet Management of Hooksett

Leadership Development Program of the Year:

Leadership Mount Washington Valley, an initiative of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Scott Crowder of Meredith and Boxscore, Pond Hockey Classic, EKAL Activity Center at Mill Falls

Young Professional of the Year:

Russell Talbot of Littleton and the North Country Climbing Center

“The breadth of young talent in New Hampshire is remarkable. We are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of this group of outstanding individuals and organizations in the Granite State,” said Executive Director Will Stewart. “We look forward to witnessing the success of these people and companies as they continue to make contributions to their local communities and impact the future of New Hampshire.”

The evening’s program introduced the organization’s new Executive Director, Will Stewart, in addition to recognizing the work of past President and CEO, Kate Luczko. The master of ceremonies, Peter Biello, host of NHPR’s “All Things Considered,” announced the 2017 winners. Members of the various young professionals networks were also in attendance, promoting the regional work being done by young professionals throughout the Granite State.

The Rising Stars Awards are presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio and are generously sponsored by: Allegra Boverman Photography, Bellwether Community Credit Union, BerryDunn, BIGraphics, Celebrations Catering, Comcast, Common Man Roadside, Dan Walker, Digital Prospectors, Direct Capital, Eastern Bank, Elm Grove Companies, Enterprise Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fieldhouse Sports, Freedom Energy Logistics, Grappone Automotive Group, GYK Antler, Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, HireAlliance, Hypertherm, Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC, Malloy Events, Mascoma Savings Bank, McLane Middleton, Merchants Fleet Management, Mill Falls at the Lake, Millyard Cold Brew, Mint Printworks, New England Wire Technologies, NH Charitable Foundation, NH College and University Council, NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, NH Public Television, Oracle + Dyn, Orr & Reno, People’s United Bank, ReVision Energy, Sheehan Phinney, Southern NH University, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, The Candy Bar & Creamery, and University System of NH.

More information about The Rising Stars Awards can be found here, or by emailing Will Stewart at will@stayworkplay.org.

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, Will Stewart at will@stayworkplay.org.

About New Hampshire Public Radio

From its modest beginnings above a storefront on Pleasant Street in Concord in 1981, through the development of a $6 million state-of-the-art broadcast facility, NHPR has experienced steady growth over its 35-year history. NHPR now reaches nearly 100% of New Hampshire and can be heard from anywhere in the world via nhpr.org and the NHPR app. Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities, NHPR fosters civil discourse by producing and distributing objective, in-depth reporting and engaging content. NHPR is New Hampshire’s independent and trusted source for news and information. NHPR’s award-winning news and content department produces in-depth, fact-based journalism as well as many local shows and innovative podcasts, including The Exchange, Word of Mouth, Outside/In, Civics101, 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop and The Bookshelf. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national and international programs such as Morning Edition, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, This American Life, and BBC World Service.



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