If you like what you see in North Country, Jay Poulin may have been part of that
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."