Snowmobile association gets new executive director

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NH Snowmobile Association gets new executive director

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL

LACONIA DAILY SUN

TILTON — The new executive director of N.H. Snowmobile Association comes to the job with a strong technology background and is anxious to tackle a rebuilding of the organization’s website, but said maintaining programs and events will remain a priority.

Dan Gould, who came on board July 1, has been in the newspaper business for 35 years, serving as staff photographer for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for more than 20 years before moving into a management role as multimedia editor and chief photographer for the last 10 years.

He also served two years as vice-president and 14 years as president of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, where he was editor of its print publication and served as webmaster for 10 years.

Gould is filling the vacancy created by the resignation last spring of Monica Pettengill Jenkins.

“I’ve known a lot of the members of the N.H. Snowmobile Association for years, and they’ve known me, so they asked to interview for the job,” he said.

“There’s a lot of projects I want to tackle going forward, but we need to strategize on what projects to get done. Rebuilding a website is a large project to undertake, but I was heavily involved with the web team at the Telegram & Gazette, and can use my expertise wherever it’s needed.”

He said funding is always a challenge for nonprofit organizations, but the association and its member clubs are well-organized and have a number of events during the year to raise money, not just for themselves but for local charities. The Ride-In for easterseals is a longstanding event that snowmobilers have participated in.

In announcing his move to the Massachusetts association, he described coming to New Hampshire as landing his dream job, allowing him “to move within a pinecone toss of the White Mountains.”

He wrote, “The crew at the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association are exceptional, and just as excited as I am. We speak the same language and aim at the same target. They have big plans for the future and so do I.”

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Dan Gould, new executive director of the NH Snowmobile Association, took part in a snowmobile expedition in the Ural Mountains of Russia last year.