Age 34, Bedford resident

Partner and CPA, Altair Group PLLC

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine

High school: Hermon High School, Hermon, Maine

College/post grad degrees: BS Corporate Finance & Accounting (2008) – Bentley College; MS Taxation (2009) – Bentley University

What is the best career advice you ever received?

An early mentor from my PwC days told me as an intern, “You don’t have to know everything and it’s even worse if you pretend you do. All you need to be successful is a positive attitude and to work hard.” I’ve built my career off that.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

All the boards or organizations I am a part of are true passions of mine. I enjoy collaborating with the various other professionals and coming together to enhance the lives of students, help shape the community and often in my role as treasurer, assist with an area that many people find intimidating. I’m humbled and honored to be a part of each experience.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Be authentic, always. It’s that simple. So often young professionals will be who we think we need to be to get that job, promotion, etc. If you find yourself “conforming” to anything that isn’t true to yourself, it won’t make you happy and it won’t be worth it. Just be you and be the best you.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I love this question as up until a few years ago, I was that “target” young professional living in New Hampshire and commuting to Boston. I think New Hampshire is quickly already becoming more attractive but it’s continuing to promote our jobs, our communities, our accomplishments and demonstrating that we have so much to offer right here such as: an affordable real estate market, local farm to table restaurants, beautiful mountains for hiking, beaches, etc. I truly believe the state has so much to offer and something for everyone.

Volunteer activities: Board of Directors, Miss NH Scholarship Program; Board of Trustees & Treasurer, Next Charter School; Committee Member for the AICPA Individual and Self Employed Tax Technical Resource Panel; Chair for the NH Society CPA Women’s Golf Tournament.

Last major achievement: Co-founding Altair Group, PLLC – November 2018.

Upcoming Event

March 18, 2020 at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

A reception for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020 will be held in March. Network with the best and brightest young leaders in our state.

Registration is now open!

Tickets are $45

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4:30 - 5:15 pm - VIP Reception

The VIP reception is only open to 2020 class, past recipients and other guests by invitation only

5:15 - 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception

6:00 - 7:30 pm - Awards Presentation

View the event recap and photos from 2019


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About

Since its inception in 2002, the New Hampshire Union Leader's annual 40 Under Forty awards have honored more than 720 outstanding Granite Staters making a difference in their communities and professions. Nominations are gathered from across the state and are followed by a reception in March.


Nominations for 2021 will open in April 2020

Guidelines:

  • Candidates should have already contributed significantly to their field, their community and/or the state and should have the potential to do much more in future years.
  • Nominees must not turn 40 before February 1, 2021.
  • Nominees must have lived in the state for the past three years.
  • Candidates may nominate themselves.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Past nominations that were not selected can be submitted with updated information
  • Selections are not final until announced.
  • The number of nominations received for a person has no bearing on the judging process
  • Additional letters or emails of recommendation will not be accepted
  • DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by October 6, 2019

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