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May 12. 2013 3:58PM

Schmidt joins McLane firm as CEO

MANCHESTER — Cathleen A. Schmidt, former president and chief executive officer of Citizens Bank of New Hampshire and Vermont, has joined the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton as executive director and chief executive officer.

Schmidt spent more than five years as president and CEO at Citizens, where she was responsible for overseeing the 108 branches and 1,200 employees in New Hampshire and Vermont.

She has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Manchester Economic Development Corporation and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts and has been involved in several other nonprofits.

"Cathy steps up and gets involved in important issues that affect the quality of life for so many in our community," said Dick Samuels, McLane's managing director.

As executive director, Schmidt will be responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, marketing and human resource functions of the firm.

She takes over from Mike McCluskey, who announced that he would be stepping down after a 14-year tenure this spring. Under his direction, the firm grew to employ 90 attorneys practicing in four offices in two states.

Beginning July 8, Schmidt can be reached at her Manchester office at 625-6464 or by e-mail at

Ness begins financial services for divorcees

PORTSMOUTH — Monica Ann Ness, a certified divorce financial analyst, recently established a new practice to assist divorcing individuals and couples in analyzing the financial ramifications of their proposed legal settlements.

Northeast Divorce Settlement Consultants LLC, an affiliate of Seascape Capital Management LLC, will help clients evaluate financial alternatives they face in divorce. Ness, with 26 years' experience as a wealth manager and financial planner, is trained to provide financial analysis and assistance to individuals going through a divorce.

Ness can be reached 812-0124 or

Hardman is Cityside's maintenance chief

MANCHESTER — Madeline Hardman has been chosen to lead the maintenance team at Cityside's Property Management Division. Multiple certifications, formal education and a successful 15-year track record in construction management and inspection combine to make Hardman ideal for the position, the company said. She is responsible for overseeing the property maintenance team, developing preventive maintenance programs, managing capital improvement projects and ensuring a safe and enjoyable quality of life for building residents.

Hardman received a BS in Business Administration from AIU University and is studying Construction Management at Ashworth College. She was born and raised in the Atlanta, Ga., area and lives in Nashua.

BIA honors members as part of anniversary

CONCORD — At its recent annual business meeting, the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, celebrating its 100th anniversary, recognized and thanked the longest-serving board members in recent history.

Receiving longest-serving plaques were: Richard Maloney, president, Maloney and Kennedy, 25 years; Harold Turner, president, the H.L. Turner Group, 20 years; Richard Verney, chairman and CEO, Monadnock Paper Mills, 20 years; Jack Middleton, president, McLane Graf Raulerson and Middleton PA, 17 years; Scott Bacon, former regional president, TD Bank, 15 years; Bradford Cook, senior partner and past president, Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green, 15 years; Gerardine Ferlins, president and CEO, Cirtronics Corp., 15 years; Gary Long, president and COO, Public Service of New Hampshire, 13 years; Peter Frid, president and CEO, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, 12 years; Wendell Jesseman, chairman, New England Wire Technologies, 12 years; John Collins, chairman/president and CEO emeritus, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, nine years; Sherilyn Burnett Young, president, Rath Young and Pignatelli, nine years.


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