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Giving back is at the very top of Gordon Ehret's must-do list

ORFORD — Volunteerism appears to be at the core of Gordon Ehret's belief system. Giving back, at work and in the community, is near the top of his must-do list, according to those who know the 33-year-old husband and father, an operations leader at Hypertherm in Lebanon.


Listing Ehret's numerous accomplishments, including his work on the board of Granite United Way and his efforts on the Upper Valley Region's Community Impact Committee, Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin said she was glad to endorse his nomination for 40 Under Forty.


"The Upper Valley is grateful for Gordon's commitment, vision, leadership and generosity. This young leader is deserving of recognition," Griffin wrote.


The Philadelphia native and his wife, Amanda, have a 3-year-old son, Willem. Ehret has Dartmouth College degrees including a masters from the Thayer School of Engineering. 


His favorite place in New Hampshire? "The woods," Ehret replied. "To be more specific, our family has enjoyed the Cross Rivendell trail which connects the towns in our school district. Also, there is a local family that opens their extensive properties in Orford, Lyme, and Dorchester to the public for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities."


In addition to helping his company manufacture some of the world's most advanced industrial cutting equipment, that volunteerism — including weekly book reading for the community's elementary school children — just keeps surfacing as a key part of who Gordon Ehret is.


"But what truly distinguishes Gordon among his peers in the company and in the wider community is his emergence as a volunteer leader with force," said Evan Smith, Hypertherm's president.


"Others outside of Hypertherm have noticed his combination of capability, passion and commitment."


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