“Boomerang” Spotlight: Michael Marchand

Name:

Michael Marchand

Current City/Town:

Goffstown

Native City/Town:

Goffstown

Tell us a little about yourself.

I currently work at Enel Green Power in Andover, MA. Iā€™m an analyst for the energy trading team where we are leading the growth of renewable energy in the US. On the side, I help my wife in her adventure into entrepreneurship running Ellie and Piper, an exciting start-up party goods boutique in the e-commerce space. We also enjoy being a part of the local community as members of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce (GCCC), Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN), and volunteering for Christ the King Parish in Concord.

Why did you leave New Hampshire?

While I was an undergraduate at UNH, I participated in a semester abroad to study economics in Budapest, Hungary. From there I had the chance to experience a completely different culture and perspective on life. I caught the travel bug and needed to get out and see what else the world had to offer. After graduating, I traded the small towns for a bustling city life in Boston and I started my career in energy trading and analysis. That led me to Houston, TX where I got married, and eventually I took a leap of faith to Duesseldorf, Germany to work for a global trading company. My wife and I were able to live out our dream of traveling and seeing the world together. After 4 years there we introduced our first child into the world.

What did you miss most about New Hampshire?

The calmness and natural beauty of the state. After living in cities for over 10 years, I would appreciate it more and more with each return visit. It took moving away for a while to see that.

Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?

After our daughter was born, we were at a crossroads whether to stay or return. Ultimately we decided it was time to return to the U.S. and settle down. Family is important to us and we wanted our girl to grow up close to her relatives. Our families are spread out and we had to choose among California, New Hampshire, and Texas. In that process I started to reminisce and appreciate how great it was to grow up in the Granite State and how we could start our new lives in a small town. So we packed our bags and lived temporarily with my parents at an empty nest in Dunbarton. When we found the right home to buy in the market, it coincidentally ended up bringing me right back to Goffstown, about 10 minutes away from where I grew up. The full-circle journey was complete!

What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?

Summer trips to the lakes. My friends had lake houses on Sunapee and Winni. We would swim and jet ski during the days and take boat trips out to Weirs Beach in the evening.

What keeps you in New Hampshire?

My belief that this is the best place in the world to raise my daughter because it offers the right balance. The lakes and mountains are one hour north, the seacoast is one hour east, Boston is one hour to the south, and Vermont is one hour to the west. We get the chance to show our daughter all of it. And best of all is a quiet life at home.

In your travels, what were some cool or unique things you came across that you wish were in New Hampshire?

I would like to see a real Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) during the holiday season. In Germany they run every year for four weeks from late November through Christmas, no matter how large or small the city. Iā€™m talking about an authentic one sprawling with wooden booths, music, Gluehwein (mulled wine), wood grilled salmon, sausages, chocolates, candies and crafts. They represent a staple tradition in many European countries and it would be great if we could establish one in New Hampshire.

Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.

The reason I love New Hampshire is that we have the four seasons. The advantage is that there are different activities to look forward to as the weather changes. In the winter I enjoy snowboarding at Loon, Wildcat Mountain, or Pats Peak which is less than 30 minutes away. In the summer we do lake trips with friends and family to go swimming and kayaking. In the spring and fall we go hiking and exploring new trails that I never knew about as a kid. I learned about the Marjory Swope Park Trail in Concord just this year. And now I enjoy my backyard year-round by gardening, taking on landscaping projects, or just grilling with friends and family and enjoying life.

Why would you consider leaving the state again?

Europe will always hold a special place in my heart. I might move overseas again if right opportunity presented itself and the timing was right.

What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?

The high quality of life and a great place to start a family.
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