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February 24. 2013 8:35PM


La Quinta Inn hires Grugnale, Morabito

RGH Hospitality, the hotel management subsidiary of Roedel Companies, recently named Linda Grugnale as general manager and Steven Morabito as hotel director of sales at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Manchester. They are responsible for revenue production and strategic planning at La Quinta Inn & Suites. They manage room revenue targets, operating expenses and budget maintenance.

Grugnale lives in Mason, and Morabito lives in Manchester. Grugnale brings extensive experience from Marriott International and Starwood Sheraton Brand Hotels to her role. Morabito was corporate sales manager at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

Villano admitted to NH, Mass. bars

Kenton Villano of the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association of Manchester has been admitted to the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Villano is an associate in the Litigation Department. He was a summer associate with the firm in 2011 and joined the firm in September 2012.

He received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2012. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. He lives in Manchester and is a new member of the Manchester Bar Association.

Grimes Center is a Champion in Action

MANCHESTER - Citizens Bank and WMUR-TV have named the Hannah Grimes Center as their first 2013 Champion in Action in the category of strengthening communities. As a Champion in Action, the Hannah Grimes Center will receive a $35,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support over the next six months.

Since 1997, Hannah Grimes has grown from a retail marketplace for New Hampshire products to a multifaceted organization offering an array of programs that foster small business growth. The Hannah Grimes Center offers a business incubator program that provides supported office space allowing new and emerging businesses the opportunity to grow and thrive.

The original Hannah Grimes Marketplace continues to grow and now supports more than 270 local artisans, cooks and farmers.

Launched in 2002, Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and WMUR-TV to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to New Hampshire communities. To date, the program has awarded 47 local nonprofits with nearly $1 million in grants and promotional support in New Hampshire.

Inspector earns education credits

NORTH HAVERHILL - Todd Dukette of Covered Bridge Professional Home Inspections LLC recently attended The American Society of Home Inspectors' annual conference in Las Vegas Jan. 13-16. The four-day conference provided attendees with the opportunity to acquire new skills, enhance their professional knowledge and network with some of the best professionals in the industry. Dukette received 20 ASHI continuing education credits fulfilling his requirements for 2012 ASHI membership. He also earned 20 continuing education credits toward meeting New Hampshire state's required licensing or certification.

Dukette has been an ASHI member since 2008, after joining Covered Bridge Professional Home Inspections, LLC. He inspects homes in the northern and central areas of New Hampshire and Vermont. He is a full-time home inspector, having completed over 300 home inspections in 2012.

Mortgage Network Inc. names Wilmot to team

BEDFORD - Mortgage Network Inc has hired David Wilmot as a loan officer at its Bedford office at 116 S. River Road, Unit 2-D, Bedford.

He comes to Mortgage Network Inc. from Anctil Irrigation, an irrigation landscaping and home improvement company, in Nashua where he was co-owner and general manager since 1988. He is a former licensed real estate broker for Keller Williams, Bedford, and previous to that, Brinn Realty, Nashua.

A resident of Nashua since 1969, he brings expertise to the team in the area of financing and construction, both purchased and refinanced, and has personally bought and rehabbed four investment properties. Over the past 20 years, he has developed business relationships in the Greater Manchester and Greater Nashua communities. He is a member of the Greater Manchester and Nashua Homebuilders Association.

Cross Insurance hires four new staff

MANCHESTER - Cross Insurance has announced four new staff members. They include Michelle Sullivan of Litchfield, who recently joined their Claims Department as a risk management specialist. She is a licensed property and casualty agent with four years of experience in the industry. Janett Barbett joined the Commercial Lines Department as an account manager. She is a licensed property and casualty agent with 12 years of experience in the industry. Also hired was Linda Dacey of Nashua, in the Commercial Lines Department as an account manager. She is a licensed property and casualty agent with 28 years of experience in the industry and holds a professional designation as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). Michael Guarino of Lee joined the Commercial Lines Department as a senior account executive. He is a licensed property and casualty producer with 10 years experience in the industry. He holds a professional designation as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), and provides expertise in risk transfer and loss-control services for construction companies.

Founded in 1954, Cross Insurance has grown from a small, family-owned and operated insurance agency based in Bangor, Maine, into one of the largest insurance providers in New England with nearly 500 employees in 25 offices, servicing over 22,000 customers throughout the region.

Davis recognized for raising money

LOWELL, Mass. - During his career in the Massachusetts higher education system, UMass Lowell Associate Vice Chancellor for Principal Gifts John Davis has raised more than $100 million in philanthropic support.

For this and other career achievements at UMass Lowell and other private and public educational institutions, he received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I Quarter Century Circle Award recognizing his 25 years of service. The award was given to Davis during the District I conference at Boston's Westin Copley Place Jan. 30.

Davis, who lives in Bedford, N.H., has been a professional in the development/advancement field for more than 25 years, specializing in education fundraising. Davis supervises the leadership and principal giving efforts of the university and has personally closed six gifts of more than $1 million each over the last three years.

Davis was responsible for an engineering capital and equipment improvement program that raised more than $30 million over five years and supervised two endowment-building programs that increased the private scholarship endowment at UMass Lowell from $12 million to more than $40 million over six years.

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