Three local businesses and a local business leader were honored June 7 at the 13th Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The sold-out luncheon hosted 250 community, nonprofit and business leaders from the Capital Region who came to celebrate Pinnacle Award recipients nominated by peers and selected by a committee of last year’s winners.
“We enjoy an abundance of civic engagement in the Capital Region. You can never thank people enough for the extraordinary efforts they make to build a first-class community like ours,” Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce President Tim Sink said. “We are better for it.”
Sink joined Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Philip Hastings Esq. in presenting the Pinnacle Awards to this year’s recipients. The event also recognized 23 recent graduates of Leadership Greater Concord and two categories kept secret until the event – local businesswoman Elyssa Alfieri accepted the Concord Young Professional of the Year and Chamber Ambassador Phil Donovan received the W. Grant McIntosh Volunteer of the Year.
“Hundreds of members contribute so much to the Chamber and our community throughout the year,” Hastings said. “We are truly fortunate to live in a community that is home to so many possible nominees.”
This year’s Pinnacle Award honorees include Warrenstreet Architects Inc., Small Business of the Year; Duprey Hospitality LLC, Business of the Year; Intown Concord, Nonprofit Business of the Year; and Cindy Flanagan of Concord Dance Academy received Business Leader of the Year.
To be considered, each nominee must actively support Chamber initiatives and be an outstanding and engaged member of the greater Concord community.
Lynda Plante of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and chairwoman of the 2018 Leadership Steering Committee introduced this year’s Leadership Greater Concord graduates: Sabrina Beavens, Upton & Hatfield; Sarah Bisson, Primex; Julie Bushaw, Merrimack County Savings Bank; Kristina Carlson, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce; Ananya Chatterjee, Bank of New Hampshire; Caitlin Connelly, Shaker Road School; Tammie Croft, Northeast Delta Dental; Matthew D’Amore, Sanel Auto Parts; Isaac Davis, Northway Bank; Josh Hardy, Concord Community TV; Mark Lester, Eastern Bank; James Major, City of Concord; Laura Miller, Marketplace New England; Michelle Olivier, Merrimack County Savings Bank; Donna Parker, Make-A-Wish NH; Suzi Pegg, City of Concord; Doug Proctor, The H.L. Turner Group; Emily Ricard, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Lynne Sabean, Capitol Center for The Arts; Erin Schaick, Catch Neighborhood Housing; Steven Smagula, Concord Police Department; Lori Weaver, State of New Hampshire, Dept. of Health & Human Services; and Annie Yonkers, Polkadots Gift Boutique.
The Chamber extended special thanks to this year’s sponsors Eastern Bank, Eversource and Sanel Auto Parts Company, as well as to media sponsor Business NH Magazine and event sponsor, Duprey Hospitality LLC. Cole Gardens provided the centerpieces and Granite State Candy generously donated the table favors. Bar Harbor Bank and Trust sponsored the CYPN table.
Kristina CarslonGreater Concord Chamber of Commerce