Leadership Greater Concord reunion goes global

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Our first virtual Leadership Greater Concord Alumni event was a great success! Special thanks to all in attendance and to our generous sponsors for their support: New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, Sanel NAPA, St. Mary’s Bank and Northeast Delta Dental.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Leadership Greater Concord Steering Committee Chair Irene Ortega welcomed dozens of alumni from as far away as London(!) for virtual networking and an online celebration that introduced this year’s Leadership Greater Concord class:

  • Andrea Beaudoin, Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc.
  • Joseph Campbell, North Branch Construction
  • Matthew Casey, City of Concord Police Department
  • Mark Dartnell, Taylor True Value Rental
  • Leslie Fincke, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Heather Gaylord, Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc.
  • Alyssa Hodges, Mason + Rich, PA
  • Matt Johnson, Concord Orthopaedics
  • Dora Lavigne, Merrimack County Department of Corrections
  • Emily Marsh, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
  • Nathan Pursley, TD Bank
  • Brittany Saucier, Merrimack County Savings Bank
  • David Segal, Sanel NAPA
  • Jonathan Stallsmith, Purple Finch Productions
  • Craig Tufts, Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission


Leadership Greater Concord Class of 2018 catching up around the globe via Remo, a free online networking platform.Thanks to Remo, our highly interactive host platform, LGC alums could connect socially with classmates at the click of a button. The free, easy-to-use platform is accessed through a web browser and transports event attendees to a virtual gathering space (shown above) with tables where attendees can see other attendees on a map. Attendees could then click at a table to socialize with a group or next to a person's Remo icon to chat with them. Remo allows event participants to add personalized details to their profile like a headshot, email, website URL, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, and other fun identifiers and networking ice-breakers, like “Class of 2020,” or “Coffee Fan.” Table six was a popular spot as Class of 2018 alumni virtually gathered as a group for the first time since the onset of COVID-19 disrupted their popular in-person gatherings.   

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations & Programs Bryanna Marceau and Leadership Greater Concord Committee Chair Tori Berube announce door prizes at the Leadership Greater Concord Virtual Alumni Celebration event.Leadership Greater Concord Alumni Reunion Event Chair Tori Berube and Director of Operations & Programs Bryanna Marceau jumped in during the event to award some great prizes like to the alumni who attended from the greatest distance—big shout out to Annie Yonkers, Class of 2018 over in the UK! —as well as the highly coveted Best Class Ever prize to the class with the most in attendance: Class of 2018 reclaimed their title with eight attendees. Additional door prizes like the basket of wine pictured above went to some lucky and appreciative alums. Thank you donors!

We enjoyed catching up with you alums! Keep in touch! We're excited to use Remo at future Chamber events and invite you all to attend our upcoming virtual Citizen of the Year Award gala and 30th Annual Business Showcase — both will feature online networking with business, community and nonprofit leaders from around the state. Learn more about these events and register to attend on our website.

Leadership Greater Concord fosters civic awareness in the community and participants are equipped with information they need in order to become more involved in activities that will enhance the region. Offered annually by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce the program boasts more than 550 alumni, many of whom are serving on local town boards, nonprofit boards or on a municipal committee. Interested candidates who have a commitment to the community and are likely to assume greater responsibility in the future are encouraged to apply. Learn more on our website.

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Read his posts at ConcordNHChamber.com/blog.

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