Tell us a little about yourself.
I work for my families business, Britton Lumber Company, primarily doing sales but helping out with operations and accounting when needed. We sell building materials around New England and I seem to be wearing more and more hats which keeps me busy and engaged. I recently joined the board of the Upper Valley Young Professional‘s as a way to meet more like-minded individuals and advocate for where I live among my peers. I’m an avid skier and volunteer at the local ski area on Ski Patrol in my free time and usually participate in an adult hockey league but that has been put on hold this year.
Why did you leave New Hampshire?
I left to attend college in Missoula, Montana and stayed out there for a total of nine years. Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountains drew me there but it was the people I met that kept me there after college.
What did you miss most about New Hampshire?
I missed the fall weather and changing of the seasons.
Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?
I came back for a couple of reasons that fell into place at the same time. First one being that my now wife had the opportunity to attend nursing school in Manchester where we first lived for two years before Lebanon in 2020. Second reason being, we are no longer multiple plane rides away to see immediate family. Third reason was, I had a great career opportunity in the Upper Valley and I wasn’t finding something similar or stable elsewhere.
What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?
I loved our annual camping trip to White Lake in Tamworth. It always felt like such a long car ride growing up but now I realize Route 16 and the Presidential’s are not too far away from the Upper Valley.
What keeps you in the state?
Family, our new home, and an emerging career are all going to keep me in Lebanon for a long time.
In your travels, what were some cool or unique things you came across that you wish were in New Hampshire?
I really wish New Hampshire took better advantage of our rivers as places to enjoy and recreate. Manchester is a prime example with the Merrimack flowing through downtown. Lebanon has the same thing but on a smaller scale which is the water is right there, but no access points. In fact, Lebanon continues to build up its shopping centers on 12A along the Connecticut. I know at one point there was a plan to build a road behind those shopping centers and bike path and/or access points but it lost momentum. I think I would like to help figure this problem out.
Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.
My wife and I are mug club members at Poor Thom’s Tavern in Meriden. We love it there because of its small size and their great food. We both ski and have a pass which gives us access to multiple New Hampshire mountains. In the summertime, we love Thursday nights in Lebanon because we think it has the best farmers market around. There is usually live music and someone to run into, although this year is an exception.
Why would you consider leaving the state again?
Only place I would consider is moving back to Missoula, MT. I still have some good friends who are starting families there and maybe once I have raised a family of my own in New Hampshire, that would happen.
Is there someone in the state that you would like to have coffee with? And why?
I’ll shoot for the stars here and ditch the coffee. I would like to ski at Waterville Valley with Governor Chris Sununu. I think I would advocate well for my generation and my industry which was greatly affected by his Biomass veto.