Speedway names Lisa McGahan Salesperson of Year

LOUDON — Lisa McGahan of Manchester has been named New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Salesperson of the Year for the second straight year. As the speedway’s director of corporate relations, McGahan received the award on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, where NASCAR is hosting its annual awards banquet.

With more than 75 accounts to manage, McGahan increased her year-over-year book of business by 67 percent, while also exceeding her overall sales goal by 62 percent.

“Lisa’s leadership and ambition has made her an invaluable asset to our corporate sales team. Lisa has an uncanny ability to wear many hats within our department, which is a huge reason behind her being the recipient of this award for a second straight season,” said Steve Markos, vice president of corporate sales for NHMS. “I am immensely proud of Lisa’s accomplishments for the 2017 season, but I also know that she’s not the type of person to settle – so this means only bigger and better things for Lisa and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2018.”

As the speedway’s director of corporate relations, McGahan managed her accounts as well as the suite and hospitality staff, Victory Lane Committee and played a large role in all partnership activation during both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends. She also co-directed all event-related activities at the speedway throughout the 2017 season.

“It was very humbling to win this award last year, and it’s certainly even more so to win it again in 2017,” said McGahan. “Nothing is more important to me than the relationships I build through our sales department. We have a very clear vision here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so living up to those high expectations is certainly something I’m very proud of.”

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Lisa McGahan is joined by NHMS VP/GM David McGrath, SMI VP of Sales Braun Smith, NHMS VP of Corporate Sales Steve Markos, and SMI President and COO Marcus Smith in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)


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Million Cups shines spotlight on local entrepreneurs

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Eric Pratt, of SwitchBlade Systems, presented at One Million Cups Franklin Falls about Flyk – a Micro SDI streaming multitool. (Courtesy photo)

FRANKLIN — Local entrepreneurs, established business owners and community members gathered around Take Root Coworking recently, coffee cups in hand.

They gathered for the soft launch of 1 Million Cups Franklin Falls, a national program that seeks to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs.

Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free monthly meetings help build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Oscar Gala Grano, lead organizer, said Franklin is the perfect place to start a 1 Million Cups group. More than 100 such gatherings exist in cities across the United States, but Franklin Falls is the only group here in New Hampshire.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and include one to two presenters who can sign up to share their ideas. Presenters speak for about six minutes each, which is followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session from the audience. On Nov. 1, the crowd heard a presentation from Eric Pratt, of SwitchBlade Systems.

Pratt said, “Having the opportunity to speak about my business in front of regional business owners, about the challenges we face as a startup, was highly beneficial. Their feedback was valuable and got me thinking about new solutions to our problems.”

The inaugural 1 Million Cups Franklin Falls meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Take Root Coworking, located at 359 Central St. in downtown Franklin. This meeting will feature a presentation by Tyler Matzke of Hidden Collective. Entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend this free event.

“The networking atmosphere, after the meeting concluded, was very helpful in regards to discussing what solutions we can offer each other as part of the business community,” said Pratt.

The program is currently accepting any business less than 5 years old that wants to present to the audience. Each company will be videotaped and have the opportunity to present at other 1 Million Cups across the country.

You can learn more about 1 Million Cups Franklin Falls by visiting www.1millioncups.com/franklinfalls or following the program on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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Shaheen & Gordon announces new partner

CONCORD — Timothy McLaughlin is among the newest partners at the Shaheen & Gordon law firm.

A native of Laconia, McLaughlin is an experienced litigator whose practice encompasses a wide range of complex disputes, frequently occurring at the intersection of civil and criminal law. He has appeared in numerous state and federal courts as well as arbitration proceedings and maintains an active pro bono practice, having handled matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and elsewhere.

He is a Marine Corps veteran, and was the captain of Laconia High School’s 1995 state champion Granite State Challenge team. He joined Shaheen and Gordon in 2015.

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Overhead Door Options signs on as Meredith essay contest sponsors

MEREDITH — Steve Durand, of the Meredith 250th Celebration Committee, said he had second thoughts about approaching Overhead Door Options about sponsoring the Youth Ambassador Essay Competition. After all, the local business had already contributed to the 250th campaign.

He shouldn't have worried, it turned out. The family-run business immediately agreed to sponsor not one but all three prize levels of the essay contest.

"Which is pretty amazing," said Jeanie Forrester, a member of the 250th Committee.

Thanks to backing from the Leighton Family, which operates Overhead Door Options, the student whose essay wins the Youth Ambassador award will receive $500, the first place finisher will win $250 and second place will receive $100.

"We pride ourselves in the community we live in – youth is a big part of that," said Nick Leighton.

"Our youth is our future," added Lynn Leighton.

Forrester said the idea for a Youth Ambassador was brought to the committee by Lynn Montana, whose sister, Paige, had been crowned Miss Meredith for the town's 225th. After discussion with other committee members, it was decided to select a talented young person via an essay contest instead of a pageant. The contest is open to any high school senior, either attending Inter-Lakes High School or homeschooled, who lives in Meredith. The essays, which must be written about some historical aspect of Meredith, are due by Dec. 6 and will be judged by a five-person panel. More information, including an application, can be found by visiting www.greatermeredithprogram.com and opening the "Programs & Projects" pull-down menu.

The winner of the contest will read his or her essay at the 250th Kickoff Celebration, to be held Dec. 30 at Hart's Turkey Farm. The ambassador will also be expected to attend other 250th events throughout 2018, including the Main Street Parade in August, a time capsule opening in July and the 2018 Dinner Celebration, held next December.

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The Meredith 250th Committee announced that Overhead Door Options, operated by the Leighton family, is underwriting the prizes for the Youth Ambassador Essay Competition. From left: Lindsey, Nick and Lynn Leighton are joined by committee members Steve Durand and Jeanie Forrester. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Renee Baldini joins Franklin Savings Bank

FRANKLIN — Franklin Savings Bank recently welcomed Renee Baldini to its team. She will assume the role of branch manager at the bank’s main office in downtown Franklin. In her position, she will be responsible for coaching and supporting sales, service and operational initiatives for her team.

“Renee comes to us with many years of experience in retail banking, which will be a tremendous asset to our retail group,” said Joseph Thornton, SVP, retail banking officer.“ Her leadership and commitment to providing our customers with outstanding customer service will serve her well in her role with us.”

Baldini brings 20 years of experience in banking having worked for Granite Bank (formerly First Colebrook) as a Commercial Loan Administrator for four years and People’s United where she held positions in both retail and marketing for 13 years. She most recently worked as Director of Development & Marketing for Beckwith Development Enterprises LLC.

A graduate of the Leadership Concord Class of 2011, Baldini is a past member of Toastmasters International (2009-2011) and Concord Rotary Club (2006-2009). She resides in Penacook with her family and enjoys making floral designs and event decorations.

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