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February 09. 2013 9:44PM

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Howell receives national CPA award

Bill Howell of Stratham was presented with the national 2012 Accredited Business Valuation ("ABV") Champion of the Year Award during the American Institute of CPA's Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Conference in Orlando, Fla., in November.
Howell is the principal with William E. Howell, a firm providing business valuation services. Howell is a board member of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs and chairman of its business valuation committee.

As an ABV Champion, he is an excellent resource for professionals in New Hampshire and Maine who would like to learn more about the ABV credential.



Crean honored at IMLA conference



Attorney Daniel Crean of Pembroke was honored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association at its annual conference in Austin, Texas, as the 2012-13 recipient of the William Thornton IMLA Faculty Award.

The honor recognizes a municipal lawyer who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community and the highest of ethical standards, and is devoted to mentoring young lawyers and educating lawyers in local government law. Crean is a member of the faculty for IMLA's Institute for Local Government Lawyers, presents at IMLA's annual Code Enforcement Conference, and regularly presents substantive programs at IMLA's mid-year seminars and annual conferences.

In addition to receiving the Thornton Award, Crean also was designated an IMLA Fellow at the October IMLA conference.



Pereira promoted to branch manager



Joanne Pereira has been promoted to branch manager of the Hampshire First Bank's Nashua office. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the branch, including customer service, small business lending and deposit activity as well as market growth.

Pereira, who has over 24 years of banking experience, joined Hampshire First Bank in August 2012 as assistant branch manager of the bank's Manchester office. Before that, she held customer service and management positions at Sovereign Bank in Merrimack and East Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Mass.



Paré to lead marketing department



Morgan Paré has been chosen to head up the marketing department at SFC Engineering.

Paré formerly worked for McFarland Johnson in Concord as a marketing assistant. She will be responsible for managing and implementing the company's marketing efforts as SFC's marketing coordinator.



Meridian Land Services names new president



After 20 years, Gerard Gagne has retired as president of Meridian Land Services Inc. an engineering, surveying and environmental firm located in Amherst. Meridian has named as its new president Ken Clinton, who has 25 years in land use and development consulting experience. Together with its board of directors - Tim Ferwerda, Randy Haight, Jay Heavisides and Tom Carr - Meridian looks forward to continuing to provide high quality services to its public and private sector clients.



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