Conference 2014

Just One Day for


NHBSR's Sustainable Business Conference

Monday, May 12th, 8 am to 4 pm

Grappone Conference Center

Concord, New Hampshire




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Please note that we are only able to accept payment by check, VISA or MasterCard. 

(No American Express or Discover, even though options are presented.)



Seth Goldman
Honest Tea
Seth Goldman is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded out of his home in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission. The company continues to deepen its relationship with Fair Trade certified suppliers in India, China, and South Africa. Honest Tea has initiated creative marketing partnerships with TerraCycle, Arbor Day Foundation and IndoSole, and was recently ranked by The Huffington Post as one of the leading "8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies." Seth serves on the boards of Bethesda Green, Beyond Meat, the American Beverage Association, the state of Maryland’s Economic Development Commission and sits on the Advisory Boards of Net Impact and the Yale School of Management. In September 2013 Seth and Barry celebrated the release of their first business book told in comic book form-- Mission in a Bottle – The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently – and Succeeding, which was published by the Crown Business division of Random House.

Session Panelist

Tom Raffio
Northeast Delta Dental
Tom Raffio is President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, which administers the dental benefits of nearly 740,000 people in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Well known for its customer service, Northeast Delta Dental has been recognized regionally and nationally for its human resource management, corporate social responsibility, and management practices. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Great Place to Work® Institute ranked Northeast Delta Dental among the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for five consecutive years.
Jeff Baker
Image 4
Jeff serves as the President and CEO of Image 4, headquartered in Manchester, NH. Jeff has been involved with graphics arts, dimensional design and marketing for over 25 years, specializing in marketing and selling within the built environment. He is accredited under the Green Advantage Environmental Certification program and under the USGBC's LEED-GA program as a sustainable building professional. Jeff is acknowledged within the exhibit industry as a leader in sustainable thinking, projects and fabrication. He has served on industry committees to identify sustainability challenges within the exhibit industry, and to help develop process and standards around greening the industry.
George Parmenter
George Parmenter is Manager of Sustainability for Delhaize America, Hannaford Supermarkets’ parent company where he manages sustainability initiatives. George is also currently devoting a significant portion of his time working on waste reduction and recycling projects across the co9mpany, while engaging with Delhaize America’s buyers to improve the sustainable of Delhaize America’s in-house brand products. George serves on several cross industry sustainability working groups and committees. He has also held positions in Construction Management and Purchasing at Hannaford. George holds a BA Degree in Business from University of New England. He lives in Steep Falls Maine.
George Mandragouras
Cirtronics, Inc.
George Mandragouras, Chief Financial Officer at Cirtronics, has been with the compnay for seventenn years. Prior to joining Cirtronics, he spent fourteen years in Public Accounting. Since 1999, George has served on the Board of Directors for the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club and is a founding member of the NH Business for Social Responsibility (NHBSR). He received his BS in Accounting from UMASS Amherst.
Rauni Kew
Rauni Kew's background is in marketing and public relations. Currently working in hospitality she manages PR and Green Programs for Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, and the Maine Innkeepers Association. The Inn received a Maine DEP Green Lodging certification, a LEED Silver ® certification and a Legislative Sentiment as an Environmental Leader. The Inn was selected one of TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Green Hotels worldwide, Top Ten Green Hotels in the US on MSNBC and Forbes Traveler, and also made Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels worldwide in 2013, and Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List proving you can be green and luxurious. Ms. Kew Chairs the Maine Office of Tourism's state regional committee and serves as Chair of the Greater Portland CVB. She frequently has published articles on sustainable hospitality in industry journals. Previously Ms. Kew was Marketing Director for a manufacturer in the Chemical Process Industry, launching dispersion equipment to reduce sludge in activated wastewater treatment plants. She worked in the technology sector for an Internet screen sharing service, and in production for television and radio news in the New York CBC offices on Park Avenue and at the United Nations.

Sustainability Ask An Expert

Amanda Grappone Osmer
Grappone Automotive Group
Amanda Grappone Osmer, along with her brother Greg Grappone, is the fourth generation to own and operate Grappone Automotive Group. The company was established in 1924 by their great-grandparents and is comprised today of five new car franchises, a wholesale parts operation, and collision repair and reconditioning centers in Bow, NH. Amanda graduated from UNH summa cum laude 1998 with a major in Humanities and a minor in German language. She is a graduate of NADA's Dealer Candidate Academy and was selected to participate in the 2010 class of Leadership NH. Her personal community involvement includes Board member, Canterbury Shaker Village, Advisor, Grappone Family Charitable Foundation, Board member, NH Collision Repair Advisory Group and Member, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Amanda has held varied positions within the company, but most recently as the COO has lead Grappone Automotive Group in distinguishing itself through their focus on employee relationships, customers and the community.
Becky Holt
Calypso Communications
At Calypso, Becky works with local and national clients (particularly renewable energy, nonprofit, and healthcare). She uses her background in business and sustainability to work with clients to create more robust sustainability reports and effective community engagement programs. Her areas of focus are PR, Social Media, and Marketing Strategy. Prior to Calypso, Becky was Assistant Director at the Green Alliance (GA) where she helped grow the company and promote the 100+ business members of the GA through stories, social media, events and sustainability certifications. Becky is widely involved in her community. She is a Big Sister through the Seacoast Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is on the PR and Marketing Committee for NHBSR and has been a volunteer at the Portsmouth Museum of Art for the past 6 years. She is actively involved in local sustainability initiatives and regularly donates her time as a graphic designer to local organizations; Rise Above Plastics Campaign, and Green Drinks.
Caitlyn Evvard
Calypso Communications
Caitlin Evvard is Digital Media Manager at Calypso Communications, a public relations, marketing, and creative agency in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At Calypso, Caitlin is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of strategic social and digital media initiatives for clients in the energy, technology, healthcare and consumer industries. Prior to joining Calypso Communications, Caitlin worked at CreativeMind Search Marketing, an internet marketing agency. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in communications and a minor in business. Caitlin is a Certified Inbound Marketing Professional.
Debra Strickland
Sequoya Technologies Group
Debra's earlier career adventures included engineering, mathematics, and administrative positions in higher education. For the past decade she has been focused on the strategic and financial management of Sequoya Technologies, a managed IT services firm in Peterborough, NH, that she co-founded with her husband in 2002. In 2007 her company initiated Sequoya Seeds, a unique community engagement program in which each of Sequoya's clients may designate a local non-profit to receive a donation of IT services equal to 5% of the client's monthly fees. This program has connected Sequoya's business success with their goal of community support. The Stricklands attribute much of their strong growth to the community goodwill generated by their creative donation program. Debra believes that community outreach through business can be a powerful way to simultaneously stimulate business profits and the public good. Sequoya has been a member of NHBSR for several years, and was honored with the Cornerstone Award in 2012. Previously on the Board of the Sharon Arts Center, Debra is currently serving on the Board of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. Let's talk about ways to connect your business with the causes you care about!
Hardy Hasenfuss
Thriving Business Partners
Hardy Hasenfuss will provide his experience as a Management Development Consultant and Executive Coach, using 50 years of business experience in numerous corporate and entrepreneurial environments to focus on personal, team and leadership effectiveness, employee motivation and engagement. His experience includes successfully starting, buying and selling a number of companies in high-tech and low tech. Hardy also served on multiple boards of directors of established companies, start-ups, and non-profit organizations. Hardy served as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation, a $2.5 billion market-leading multi-national hotel company with 350 subsidiaries in the US and in 40 foreign countries. He was responsible for all corporate and subsidiary financing, liquidity, and balance sheet management. Hardy earned his BS & MBA Accounting and Finance from the Univeristy of California, Berkley. HIs educational background also included Antioch Graduate School of New England, Organization Development, Certified Behavioral and Values Analyst (CPBA & CPVA), Certified Emotional Intelligence Analyst (Eqi), Certified Trimetrix Analyst, Coach University – Graduate of Coach Certification program Certified Retirement Coach.
Jenny Levy
Hypertherm, Inc.
Jenny Levy is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hypertherm, Inc. in Hanover, NH. Hypertherm is an Associate-owned company that designs and manufactures the world's most advanced plasma cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Their vision and culture include a real focus on corporate responsibility. Hypertherm believes every company has an obligation to care for the community in which it does business. They have been recognized for their corporate social responsibility with the 2009 Cornerstone Award as well as the Best Large Company to Work For in New Hampshire in 2009. Jenny received her bachelor's degree with honors from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is the Chairwoman of the NHBSR Board of Directors and also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and volunteers in the local schools and with other local organizations such as COVER Home Repair and the United Way.
Mirjam IJtsma
Cultural Chemistry
Mirjam IJtsma is the president of Cultural Chemistry, LLC, a Manchester, NH based Human Resources firm that challenges the current status quo of Human Capital Management. Cultural Chemistry combines traditional HR methodologies with innovative High Performance Strategies. Improved employee engaged and reduced tardiness is the result. Mirjam has a diverse career that started in the Netherlands. She has a feel to bring her experience from Randstand, Accenture and Robert Bosch to the small businesses she owned, worked for and currently serves in her current role. When not at work, Mirjam can be found outdoors with her husband Benno and her dog Mally. In the winter it means snowshoeing in her backyard in Derry, or downhill skiing in one of the many mountains of NH. In the summer it means, scuba diving, canoeing and everything else that has to do with water.
Mike Jurnak
Berry Dunn
A former volunteer fire-fighter, Mike is the Principal-in-Charge of BerryDunn's Manchester Office, focusing exclusively on commercial companies, including manufacturing and high-technology businesses, an area he specialized in while working with PWC in Boston. Mike provides financial reporting, merger and acquisition structuring, internal controls and systems development, and strategic planning services for clients throughout New England. Prior to joining BerryDunn, Mike managed the auditing and accounting practice of the Manchester, NH office of a local accounting firm. This was preceded by five years as Director of Finance for a public company with global reach, that specialized in renewable energy and high technology. While there, Mike focused on both short and longterm strategic planning, business and financial development and contract administration including government and FAR compliance, as well as business planning and modeling of renewable power projects. He also oversaw the financial reporting and operations of several significant international subsidiaries. Experience Highlights: Mike has extensive experience working closely with corporate management of family business and private companies, consulting on such issues as business combinations, divestures, corporate restructuring, capital infusion, cash management, and profit improvement. Many of his clients have international operations. Mike works through BerryDunn's HLB International affiliate firms to deliver services clients need world-wide.
Lois Haskins
Talking Numbers
Lois is currently President of specializing in providing strategic and operational finance support including interim and part-time CFO consulting to small and medium businesses and non-profit organizations. She has successfully applied tools and techniques in a variety of businesses serving diverse markets including wireless broadband provider, IT managed services, precision equipment manufacturing, employment, cooperative grocery/retail and marketing. Lois is the former Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of MARKEM Corporation, a $350M global product identification company employing 1200 people in 17 countries. As Vice President of Finance, Lois designed and implemented strong business partnerships by developing analytical tools, planning methodologies and expertise that provided unique insight into how key actions and decisions affect financial performance. Prior to MARKEM, Lois was with Digital Equipment Corporation in various senior finance roles and Union Carbide in their Professional Finance Development Program. In addition to consulting, she is Treasurer for the Town of Hancock, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Board of New Hampshire Public Television, serves on the Board of Hannah Grimes Entrepreneurial Center as well as the Hancock Improvement Association.
Shelley Mitchell
University of New Hampshire
Shelley Mitchell has over twenty years of experience working in business, social enterprises and state government in senior management and leadership positions. Shelley holds an MBA and PhD from the University of New Hampshire where she has taught at the Paul College of Business & Economics since 2010. Her research focus is on helping small to mid-sized companies address sustainability initiatives using an Eco-Sustainability Scorecard to assess a company’s key performance in the areas of redesign, tracking, culture & mindset. Based on her experience and enthusiasm for spurring sustainability initiatives for economic, ecological and social impact, she hopes to make a difference by working with organizations seeking to embed sustainability and create shared value opportunities. In appreciating that the journey toward sustainability reflects a unique path taken by each individual business, Shelley strives to help you navigate that journey, explore possibilities and nurture a sustainability mindset.
Paula Matthews
HR Compliance 101
HR Compliance 101, LLC, has been helping companies throughout New England & Florida since 2001. Paula helps them create the company culture they’ve always wanted, create excellent employee relations, comply with State and Federal regulations, and create a stable foundation for growth with defined policies, procedures and handbooks. HR Compliance 101 works with companies in the construction trades, manufacturing, retail, funeral, software development, building supplies, professional services, food and financial industries. We’re ready to help you create a productive, safe and regulatory-compliant workplace. Our goal is to reduce your turnover to 0%, have 0 accidents, and help you create a culture that encourages your employees to do their best work. President Paula Mathews brings more than 35 years of experience to HR Compliance 101, including 14 years as a Human Resource Manager for a major corporate division with 260 employees. She has an undergraduate degree in Education and is certified to train in forklift safety and other industry programs. A frequent speaker at conferences, she has been an instructor for Hannah Grimes since 2010 and is currently conducting Lunch & Learns for the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Strickland
Sequoya Technologies Group
Tom Strickland, President & Co-Owner of Sequoya Technologies Group began his career in the IT industry in 1978 and has worked in software engineering, operations, consulting, and management. His experience includes development of strategic high performance software for the financial, manufacturing, and energy industries as well as many others. He has provided consulting to firms ranging from General Electric to small startups. Tom founded Sequoya Technologies Group with his wife Debra in 2002, with a focus on delivering fast and efficient managed IT services to small business and nonprofits throughout New Hampshire. Tom currently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and New Hampshire FastRoads, a collaborative effort to bring affordable high speed Internet access to rural areas of western New Hampshire. Previously, he served on the boards of Sharon Arts Center and the NH West chapter of the American Red Cross. Tom has published articles on sustainability in information technology in Business NH Magazine and Business Monadnock Magazine.
Stacey Chiocchio
Hypertherm, Inc.
Stacey is the Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager for Hypertherm. Hypertherm designs and manufactures the world's most advanced cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Their corporate headquarters is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. In the CSR project manager role Stacey works with many non-profits to connect associates at Hypertherm with Community Engagement opportunities in support of the Philanthropy HOPE team and HOPE Foundation. In addition Stacey is very involved in implementing projects that support the aggressive Environmental Stewardship goals at Hypertherm. Stacey is a Leadership Upper Valley alumni and she is also the President of the board at David’s House, a home away from home for families with children being treated at The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
Regina Andler
Made Simple Companies
Regina Andler is the owner of the Made Simple Companies. As a sustainability consultant, she helps people save thousands of dollars while helping them save the planet. Regina created the Made Simple Companies in 2011 to educate, promote and assist individuals and small business with all of their sustainability needs. She is a professional speaker and has given many seminars on a variety of eco-friendly, sustainability topics. Regina has helped small businesses determine their sustainability starting point and created road maps for their continued improvement. In addition, she maintains a directory of eco-friendly small businesses that she actively promotes.
Tom Elliott
Left Hook Digital
Tom Elliott is the principal strategist at Left Hook Digital, a technology-driven marketing and communications services firm he cofounded in 2012. Part digital marketer, part community organizer, part web developer, and part PR hustler, Elliott directs impactful digital marketing & communications campaigns for clients in three primary verticals: conferences and events; innovative social businesses and nonprofits; and web startups of all stripes. Before co-founding Left Hook Digital, Elliott took several tours through politics, nonprofit management, and higher education. His past roles include Assistant to the President of the Sierra Club, writer for the President of Dartmouth College, high school history teacher, manager for a statewide political campaign, and business manager for two web startups. Tom has a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Keynote - Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and TeaEO, Honest Tea

seth_honesttea_newsletter_0.jpgScaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping It Honest

Seth will share the journey from a small home-based brewing operation with $250,000 in sales to $$88.5 million in 2012, all while focusing his desire to create a company that had a positive impact on the world.  Seth will share why Honest Tea decided to sell to Coca-Cola and the impact it has had on their operation.

Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, truly healthy, organic beverages. He will talk about how they strive to grow their  business with the same honesty and integrity they use to craft their  products, with sustainability and great taste for all.

Huddle Up Discussions

Imagine 200 professionals from C-Level Sustainability Executives to sole proprietors breaking out into groups to discuss engaging ideas, solving problems and building community! Let’s harvest all the knowledge in the room to make New Hampshire a leader in CSR and sustainability!

Huddle Up discussion topics will be defined by you, our attendees.  UserVoice will allow us to collect your suggestions online and allow others attending to vote on topics they find interesting.  The top eight in the polling will become Just One Thing Discussions.  We'll also add topics the day of the conference based on live voting.  We'll provide trained facilitator to make sure that everyone gets the most value out of the discussions.

Attendees can submit their Huddle Up ideas and/or questions OR vote for favorite sessions - CLICK HERE!

Sustainability "Ask an Expert" Meetings

Do you have challenges or questions around how you can make sustainability work for you?  Our Sustainability experts will meet one-on-one with selected participants to help work through sustainability challenges using their workplace expertise.  Ask An Expert meetings will be available for reservation at the conference.  Limited slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the conference.

Sustainability coaches will be available to discuss: Getting sustainability started in a small business, Workplace Practices that Make Your Business Stand Out, Employee engagement and morale, Simple Sustainability Measures that Work, Starting an employee volunteer program, Sustainability as a compliment to HR rules and regulations, Wellness Programs for Any Workplace, Marketing with the three P's (People, Planet, Profit), Using Social Media to Tell Your CSR Story, How to be a Good Corporate Citizen in your Community, Technology that supports business goals, Sustainability for the Bottom line, Mixing business with purpose: finding business strategies to engage your clients with supporting the greater good, and Sustainability in a Professional Services Environment.

Power Panel

The action-packed day will conclude with a panel of New England's business leaders sharing sustainability trends and the highlights of the Huddle Up discussions they participated in throughout the day.  Relax, enjoy refreshments and gather inspiration to take back to your work environment.

Panelists include Tom Raffio of Northeast Delta Dental, George Mandragouras of Cirtronics Inc., Jeff Baker of Image 4, George Parmenter of Hannaford and Rauni Kew of Inn by the Sea.  Additional panelists will be listed as confirmed.

Cornerstone Award Presentation

The Cornerstone Award is presented to an individual, organization or business that exemplifies the concepts of corporate social responsibility within their organization and promotes these concepts to the greater business community within New Hampshire.

8 - 8:30

Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome & Morning Kick-off

9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation and Q&A - Seth Goldman, Co-Founder and TeaEO, Honest Tea

10:00 - 10:15

Huddle Up Topic Voting

10:15 - 10:30

Mid-Morning Break, Exhibitor Visits and Book Signing

10:30 - 11:45

Huddle Up Roundtable Discussions

11:45 - 12:00

Office Check-ins & Exhibitor Visits

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Luncheon and Cornerstone Award Presentation

1:00 - 2:45

Huddle Up Roundtable Discussions

2:45 - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Relax with Refreshments and our Power Panel Perspectives

Who should attend?

NHBSR Spring Conferences address issues around sustainable operations, community outreach and engagement, socially responsible and financially beneficial workplace practices, starting green teams, engaging employees in sustainability efforts and more.  Therefore these conference attract everyone from the corporate executive suite to nonprofit executive levels; from students interested in corporate responsibility to employees looking for ways to engage management.  NHBSR's Spring Conferences are designed to be inclusive and provide actionable ideas for whatever level your organization's sustainability efforts are at.  Join us!

Register Now!

Please note that we are only able to accept payment by check, VISA or MasterCard. 

(No American Express or Discover, even though options are presented.)

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Who should attend?

NHBSR Spring Conferences address issues around sustainable operations, community outreach and engagement, socially responsible and financially beneficial workplace practices, starting green teams, engaging employees in sustainability efforts and more.  Therefore these conference attract everyone from the corporate executive suite to nonprofit executive levels; from students interested in corporate responsibility to employees looking for ways to engage management.  NHBSR's Spring Conferences are designed to be inclusive and provide actionable ideas for whatever level your organization's sustainability efforts are at.  Join us!

Register Now!

Please note that we are only able to accept payment by check, VISA or MasterCard. 

(No American Express or Discover, even though options are presented.)