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Age 37, Bristol resident

Administrator of Grants Management Unit, New Hampshire Department of Justice; Owner, TDK Consulting

Birthplace: New Jersey

Family: Wife, five sons, one daughter, 10 chickens

High school: Manchester High School West

College/post grad degrees: B.S. Franklin Pierce University, MBA Franklin Pierce University

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Meet as many people as you can. Growing up I was really shy and it took me quite a while to break out of that (and I still struggle). But, the networks of wonderful mentors that I have been able to surround myself with has helped me to grow both professionally and personally.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I have always been a civic geek and feel blessed that we live in a country and state that allows us to be so integrated into our communities. Being able to give back by serving on town committees is my small way of being able to give back.

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

Slow down. Life is a marathon and not a sprint. I have to remind myself this even today, but, being present to what is happening right now is more important than what’s to come.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I think New Hampshire is incredibly attractive to young professionals; however, I feel like many people that do not live in the Northeast do not realize how many awesome things New Hampshire has to offer. I have mentioned to people from different parts of the country that I can make it to Boston in about an hour (when I lived in Southern New Hampshire at least) and they are always blown away by that. New Hampshire has just about anything someone would want in less than an hour radius, plus, no sales tax!

Volunteer activities: Town of Bristol Budget Committee Member, Library Trustee, Trustee of the Trustfunds

Last major achievement: 2018 Barron’s Financial Forecasting Winner.

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


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


Become a sponsor and be a part of one of the most followed events in New Hampshire. Sponsors receive year round recognition from the nomination process through the special section to the event.  There is no better opportunity for your business to be seen by the most influential Granite Staters. For more information contact Stephanie Baxter at 603-206-7833 or


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


  • 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