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Brian Thomas: 'If you're passionate about something, you find the time'


BEDFORD - Brian Thomas' work as an attorney for Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green may keep him inside much of the time, but whenever possible, his attention turns toward the outdoors.

He is director and co-founder of Manchester Moves, a nonprofit organization that seeks to convert abandoned rail beds into recreational trails.

The group's goal is to connect a group of four trail systems - the Piscataquoq Trail, the Heritage Trial, the South Manchester Rail Trial and the Rockingham Trial - and make Manchester the hub to connect them all.

"The group is committed to reconnecting and converting a network of abandoned rail trials into trails that will encourage biking, walking, running and other alternative forms of transportation," Thomas said. "Creating a network of trails in Manchester and throughout the state will make our communities more livable and desirable and will provide opportunities for fitness and physical health."

Thomas said he'd like to find ways to attract young people to New Hampshire.

"I'd like to see a city that you can walk around, similar to Boston, that has a downtown," he said.

Thomas, a new father, credits much of his desire to be active in his community to his own father.

"My dad is a doctor, and he really devoted his life to helping others - that had a really big impact on me," he said. "If I can make half the impact on the people of this city and state that he has, I will be a success."

Thomas said he is lucky to work for a firm that also shares his philosophy on community service.

"The firm encourages community involvement - from day one you are encouraged to contribute to the local community and the state, and doors are opened that allow you to do that," he said. "Some of the most meaningful work I've done as an attorney has been devoting my time to non-for-profits."

Between balancing work, a young family and volunteering, Thomas said time is a commodity for him.

"You need to pick what's important to you and then you make the time," he said. "If you're passionate about something, you can find the time."

        

March 16 Reception!

Join the New Hampshire Union Leader, Citizens Bank and the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire as we honor this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

When: March 16, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grappone Conference Center – Concord, NH

Tickets: Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online by clicking the button below or you can arrange for tickets by calling 603.206.7834 or emailing ewhalen@unionleader.com.

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Class of 2016

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Kris Mailepors: 'Better leaders produce better results'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

Neil Nicholson: 'He's never lost sight of the importance of helping others'

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

John Vaccarezza: 'Mr. Vacc' has settled in with Central Pride

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

Michael Dimos: A big booster for Manchester

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Brent Kiley: A leader's job is to listen

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Amy Manzelli: Busy mom is an attorney focused on the environment

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Charles Lloyd: Finding success in giving back

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Subash Acharya: Bhutan native helps refugees become self-sufficient

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Cam Brensinger: Building a foundation for the future

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Christine DeAngelis: Focused on Rochester children, economics

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Joshua Bourdon: Derry councilor sees potential in everybody

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

Deo Mwano: Giving back has been a healing process

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Anthony Correnti: Eye doc sees constant challenges

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Jennifer Creasey: Franklin native gives back to her city

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Peter Laufenberg: Helping students along the career path

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Maria Noel Groves: Herbalist spreads the word on wellness

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Allison Joseph: MY TURN executive helps at-risk youth

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Jason Bergeron: His family embraces 'live for today'

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

Michael Browning: His goal is creating game changers

 Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

Suraj Budathoki: New U.S. citizen advocates for human rights

 Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Kat Antonioli: Nonprofit co-founder believes it's better to give than to receive

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jackie Christensen: onCampus creator 'cuts through the noise'

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jennifer A. Vadney: Opening doors to new homes

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jessica Chabot: P.R. pro volunteers to help veterans

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

Jason B. Grosky: Prosecutor's commitment to civic life is a juggling act

 Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Dr. Adrian Thomas: Surgeon's evenings filled with family

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Kendra Bell: Proud to be from the North Country

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Tara Albert: Key to her success caring for the environment is loving the job

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

Joseph Manzoli Jr.: The power of a superhero

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jason Beaudet: Transforming design into reality

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Jennifer Malone: Vet goes the extra mile to provide creature comforts

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Martha Frechette: Working with dogs 'just makes your day'

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

Shaloo Savla: A drive to be part of the solution

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

Maria Proulx: A strong work ethic pays off

 Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

Katherine Peters: Commitment to energy efficiency, public service drives career

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

Kevin Smith: Leading Londonderry forward

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

Meredith Stidham: Committed to social justice

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

Gina Powers: State House lobbyist thrives on volunteer work

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

Fr. Kyle Stanton: Young priest a pastor to two flocks

Class of 2017 Nominations

Please summarize below the nominee's professional and volunteer accomplishments, and other special factors that you feel make them deserving of this recognition. Please include complete contact information for nominee.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 program, contact Shannon K. Sullivan, Community Relations Manager, 603-206-7833 or ssullivan@unionleader.com.

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