If you like what you see in North Country, Jay Poulin may have been part of thatBy BOB HOOKWAY
Special to the Union Leader
January 26. 2014 8:09AM
Jay Poulin, 38Home: Berlin
Family: Wife, Kelli; two boys, Carter, 9, and Evan, 7
High school: Berlin High School, 1993
College/post grad degrees: Clarkson University, bachelor of science, civil engineering, 1997
Current job: President, HEB Engineers
Key past positions held: Employed at HEB Engineers since 2003 with previous employment at Gale Associates, Bedford, and Dubois & King, Nashua, as project engineer
Volunteer activities: Director, Androscoggin Valley Hospital; member, Berlin Industrial Park Authority; coach, Berlin Youth Hockey; former member, Tillotson Local Grants Committee; former member, Berlin Master Plan Update
Most admired person (outside your family): Neil Tillotson for his contribution to Coos County and surrounding communities in the U.S. and Canada through the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund
Key current professional challenge: Successfully leading a professional services firm in a dynamic economic environment with limited funding resources for needed infrastructure improvements including roads, buildings, bridges and utilities.
Last major achievement: Being elected president of HEB Engineers
Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Probably varies throughout the state, but I would say lack of professional and/or technical job opportunities and associated "brain drain" is the biggest problem in the North Country. Most educated young graduates leave the area and don't have any reason to return other than for family reasons.
Favorite place in New Hampshire: Lake Umbagog
What book are you reading now? Mostly read engineering and technical articles so the only books I currently have time to read are those with my children for school or before bed
How do you relax? Spending time with my family and playing ice hockey
What web sites do you visit most often? New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: My favorite musical artist is Stone Temple Pilots and I enjoy watching anything on the History Channel ("American Pickers," "Pawn Stars," "Counting Cars," "American Restoration," "Swamp People," etc).
BERLIN — The 16-employee North Country engineering firm Jay Poulin heads must always be ready to take on varied projects.
Right now, for example, HEB Engineers Inc. of North Conway is involved in rehabilitating the former Notre Dame High School in Poulin's hometown of Berlin. It will become affordable housing for seniors, he said.
The firm is also getting ready for a downriver replacement of the Loon Mountain Bridge in Lincoln and is laying plans for the rehab of a covered bridge in Stark.
Poulin is a 1993 Berlin High graduate who was living with his family in southern New Hampshire when opportunity knocked, he said.
His mom decided she'd had enough of the retail business she was running in Berlin and made it available to Poulin's wife, Kelli.
After working at Gale Associates in Bedford and Dubois & King in Nashua, Poulin took his engineering skills to HEB, where he eventually became president, and back to the North Country he came.
"I'm glad we did; my wife and I now both have good jobs," he said. He and his wife have two sons, Carter, 9, and Evan, 7.
Poulin's volunteer work includes being a director at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, a member of the Berlin Industrial Park Authority, a coach with Berlin Youth Hockey, and a former member of the Tillotson Local Grants Committee.
It's impossible to spend any time in New Hampshire's North Country without encountering the name Tillotson. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund benefits countless endeavors there.
In fact, when asked by the Union Leader to name the person — other than a family member — he most admired, Poulin said, "Neil Tillotson for his contribution to Coos County and surrounding communities in the U.S. and Canada."
Poulin says his favorite spot in New Hampshire is Lake Umbagog.
He has, according to colleagues, worked steadily to establish himself as a known and effective advocate for responsible community planning and growth.
His key current professional challenge, he said, is "successfully leading a professional services firm in a dynamic economic environment with limited funding resources for needed infrastructure improvements including roads, buildings, bridges and utilities."