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May 20. 2013 8:32PM

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Guinta-led business group names board members

MANCHESTER — The Independent Business Council of New Hampshire, a newly created business advocacy group led by former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, announced its board of advisors on Monday.

“Policymakers can and should understand and support small businesses more, and our organization will aid in making that possible,” said Guinta, the group’s chairman. “

The council assists with strategic analysis and organization, issue monitoring and leadership, case management and advocacy, and communications, according to a press release from the group.

The IBC’s inaugural board of advisors includes: Andy Crews — CEO, AutoFair; Curtis Coleman — president, Coleman Concrete; Dick Danais — president, Danais Realty; Mark Ginnard — CEO, NH Steel Fabricators; Dan Morrison — president & CEO, Optima Bank & Trust; Zach Gregg — CEO, IOS Business Centers; Tom Dublois — president, Tokena Corp.; Renee Plummer — president 2 International Place; Mike Benton — CEO, Executive Health & Fitness; Jim Boyle — CEO, Portsmouth Toyota; Bill Root — GM LAARS Heating Systems Co.; Larry Thibodeau — president, NH Fire Protection; Carl Thibodeau — CEO Tee Enterprises; Laura Morgan — president, Morgan Records; Ron Ciotti — partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder; and Rusty McLear, president and CEO, Mill Falls.

Gorham Paper and Tissue names a new CEO

GORHAM — Gorham Paper and Tissue has named Michael Cummings as its chief executive officer.

Cummings has more than 20 years of manufacturing leadership experience in the paper, packaging and technology sectors, the company said Monday.

Cummings, who most recently was director of operations for a unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific, will manage the day-to-day business and drive the overall strategic direction for the 2-year-old startup.

The Gorham leadership role had previously been filled by Dick Arnold, who acted in a dual capacity for Patriarch Partners as the president and CEO for both Gorham and Old Town Fuel and Fiber in Maine.

In May 2011, the Gorham facility was acquired with support from investment funds managed by Patriarch Partners.

Animal hospital certified ’cat friendly’

MANCHESTER — Lockridge Animal Hospital has achieved two distinctions in the past few months, earning accreditation with American Animal Hospital Association and recognition by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a “cat friendly practice.”

The honors recognize veterinary practices that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in various aspects of veterinary medical care, according to a press release from Lockridge.

AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals.

Lockridge is only veterinary hospital in Manchester that has achieved accreditation by AAHA and one of only 15 percent of small animal practices in the United States, according to the hospital, which is owned by veternarian Michael McCammon.

BJ’s: Grant chance for nonprofits

BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced that organizations located near a BJ’s club that align with the foundation’s mission of supporting basic needs programs, such as hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education, can apply for a grant by visiting the foundation website: www.bjs.com/charity.

Grant proposals are due by July 12, and applicants who are awarded grants will be contacted in October.

Since 2005, BJ’s Charitable Foundation allocates funds on a quarterly basis, giving nearly $16 million to more than 1,800 community organizations. Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognized as a “public charity” by the IRS.

BJ’s Wholesale Club operates more than 180 locations in 15 states. Its New Hampshire stores are in Hooksett, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, Tilton and W. Lebanon.


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