March 29. 2013 8:26PM

Nashua Chamber of Commerce names best of the best

Union Leader Correspondent

From left, recording artist Tim Kile, Chris Williams, Cathy Duffy Cullity and John Neister engage in a roundtable discussion on crowdsourcing at the 10th annual Eminence Awards on Friday held by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. 

NASHUA - A year after the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce hosted former Sen. Judd Gregg, the chamber kept up its tradition of hosting big names at its annual Eminence Awards as recording artist Tim Kile took part in a roundtable discussion on crowdsourcing.

Kile, one of the first members of rock band Arcade Fire, is recording a solo album in New Hampshire using funding received through crowdsourcing obtained through

Crowdsourcing is a rapidly developing method of obtaining money for business ventures, from music to movies to green technology, by getting as many members of the general public as possible to give small amounts of money as opposed to finding a small number of investors to put up large amounts of money.

Kile told the 250 or so people in attendance at the Sky Meadows Country Club that between being signed to Columbia Records and using crowdsourcing for funding his recording ventures, he prefers crowdsourcing by a wide margin.

Joining Kile in the roundtable was Chris Williams of the chamber, Cathy Duffy Cullity, CEO of Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, and John Neister, executive vice president of sales and business development at Healthy Environment Innovations.

After the roundtable, which many in attendance took the opportunity to record on their mobile devices, the chamber handed out its annual Eminence Awards.

Christine Hallock, CEO of Hunt Senior Living, won Business Person of the Year. A 35-year employee of Hunt, Hallock began her career as a nurse in Hanover.

The Nashua Telegraph, a daily newspaper that has been in existence for 180 years, was named Business of the Year. Chris Malloy was honored as Chamber Volunteer of the Year, and Eric Brand was named Volunteer of the Year. For the Small Business of the Year Award, Educational Outfitters and Custom Logo Outfitters took home the gold.

"This is a time when we come together and recognize chamber members for their excellence, " said Nicole Power, programs and marketing director for the chamber, which has more than 600 members.