Citizen of the Year Celebration

Concord's biggest social event of the year!

Thank you to all who attended our virtual Citizen of the Year Award Celebration on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, supported by Longtime Presenting Sponsor: Merrimack County Savings Bank.

Merrimack County Savings Bank

The event kicked off with a virtual cocktail reception where over 150 online attendees mingled and enjoyed lively networking. The event took place on Remo, an innovative online platform that allows users to move between virtual tables, just like with an in-person event. After socializing with friends and colleagues, attendees were transported to a virtual presentation hall where they watched the highly-anticipated awards ceremony, livestreamed from the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord.

The presentation began with a welcome from Mayor Jim Bouley, followed by an invocation provided by Jim Milliken. Nicki Clarke was thanked for her outstanding leadership as 2019-2020 Board Chair and during her remarks reflected upon the Chamber's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020-2021 Board Chair Leslie Walker noted the Chamber's accomplishments in 2021 and its priorities for the rest of the year before presenting awards to two distinguished individuals. Linda Lorden’s 2020 Citizen of the Year award presentation received high praise from those in the virtual audience and included commendations from many Greater Concord business and nonprofit leaders. The event also celebrated The Special Community Service Citation recipient, Deborah de Peyster. This rare recognition was enthusiastically applauded by online attendees who sent words of congratulations to both award recipients during the livestream. Read more about our March, 2021 event.

Special thanks to our major sponsors

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Corporate Sponsors: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Eversource Energy Services, Grappone Automotive Group, Liberty Utilities, Mason + Rich, PA and Unitil, Event Sponsors: Bank of America, Northeast Delta Dental, Orr & Reno, PA, Sanel NAPA, Service Credit Union and Servpro of Concord, In-Kind Sponsors: Capitol Center for the Arts and Bank of New Hampshire Stage, ConcordTV, Your Community Channels and Speedy Printing & Copying.

Congratulations to Linda Lorden, 2020 Citizen of the Year

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce 2020 Citizen of the Year, Linda Lorden

Each year, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Citizen of the Year Award to honor a member of our community who has shown exceptional leadership, performance in several areas of community service over many years, and for contributing to the general benefit of the community. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Greater Concord Chamber or the business community.

Other honorees

The March, 2021 celebration also included a presentation of The Special Community Service Citation to recipient Deborah DePeyster of Woman’s Club of Concord.  

Interested in sponsoring our November, 2021 event?

As a member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, you are uniquely positioned to enhance your brand recognition by sponsoring chamber events like the Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year. Please contact Events and Marketing Manager Emily Marsh at if you would like to get involved.