Area businesses, a nonprofit and architect receive Pinnacle Awards

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Concord, NH (May 2022) – It was a momentous occasion to celebrate outstanding businesses and leaders at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon. Nearly 200 attendees from the Capital Area business community gathered at The Barn at Bull Meadow on May 18 to recognize this year’s Pinnacle Award recipients:

  • Small Business of the Year, The Hotel Concord
  • Business of the Year, Bangor Savings Bank
  • Nonprofit Business of the Year, The Friendly Kitchen
  • Business Leader of the Year, Jonathan Halle of Warrenstreet Architects, Inc.

“I am honored to be here today to facilitate this celebration of outstanding leaders who continue to persevere through challenging and changing times, and always find a way to not only thrive, but be philanthropic in their endeavors,” said Chamber President, Tim Sink. There was enthusiastic applause for each award recipient, whose accomplishments were outlined by incoming Chamber Board Chair, Elyssa Alfieri of Lilise Designer Resale.

Small Business of the Year, The Hotel Concord

The Hotel Concord was recognized for its stellar service and community impact. Owners Michael and Jamie Simchik spoke about the importance of small businesses and attested to Concord’s welcoming atmosphere. Bangor Savings Bank was celebrated for its impressive volunteer efforts and generosity to local nonprofits. Trisha Duchesneau, Director of Consumer Banking, and Rebecca Britenriker, Concord Branch Manager, graciously accepted their award and emphasized the bank’s dedication to serving their customers, employees and communities. The Friendly Kitchen Executive Director, Valerie Guy, and Board President, Sue Buxton, thanked the dedication of over 700 volunteers who work tirelessly to serve individuals and families in Concord who experience food insecurity. Jonathan Halle thanked the skilled team at Warrenstreet Architects, Inc. for their enthusiasm for serving the community, and their support of his pro-bono work for local nonprofits. The audience was moved by these award recipients and their behind-the-scenes efforts to improve the quality of life for all in the Greater Concord region.

The event also recognized the Concord Young Professional of the Year, Erin Schaick of CATCH Neighborhood Housing, and the W. Grant McIntosh Volunteer of the Year, Megan MacMullin. The Chamber extended special thanks to the event sponsors: Eastern Bank, Eversource Energy, Sanel NAPA and Business NH Magazine. Additional support was provided by The Barn at Bull Meadow, Catering by Design, Blushing Blooms Floral Design, Granite State Candy Shoppe LLC, and Speedy Printing & Copying.

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Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce - the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce - develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate, and enhances quality of life in the Capital region. One of the largest chambers in the state, it is deeply invested in the local community and dedicated to shaping competitive economic development strategy, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the region, and promoting Concord as a culturally vibrant visitor destination. For more information please visit concordnhchamber.com.

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