Claremont Chamber Announces Winners of President's Awards
CLAREMONT, NH--This yearʼs winners of the annual Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerceʼs Presidentʼs Awards will be honored at a special event to be held Friday, Feb. 17, at the Common Man.
This event will mark the 60th anniversary of the awards; this yearʼs winners include Citizen of the Year, Cory LeClair; Business of the Year, National Field Representatives; Non-Profit of the Year, TLC Family Resource Center; and Young Professional of the Year, Catherine “Cat” Andrews.
LeClair grew up in Unity, NH, and is a 1998 graduate of Stevens High School. Her childhood was filled with ice hockey, soccer and being a big sister. She attended Wellesley College and graduated in 2002 with a BA in Psychology with a teacher certification. After graduation she spent time in up state New York and received her Master's degree in Education and then a CAGS in Education Leadership. Before returning to Claremont, LeClair was a youth director at a YMCA and a caseworker at a residential facility before teaching 5th grade for a number of years. In 2010 she moved back to Claremont to work in the Claremont School District as the School Improvement Coordinator as well as to be closer to family. She became the Assistant Superintendent in 2014 and is currently on the Economic Development Sub-Committee of Claremont's Master Plan, and is a member of the Claremont Green Dot Planning Committee as well as a Bystander Training Instructor. She was cited for her “ability to solve problems, work collaboratively, engage staff and provide leadership without being over bearing...(She) has provided real leadership and direction in working with diverse groups and agencies to provide a comprehensive collaborative approach at addressing real long term systemic problems on a plethora of issues including student homelessness and domestic violence with the Green Dot program.”
National Field Representatives, Inc. has built its reputation on more than 30 years of proven experience in Mortgage Field Services.
“NFR was formed in 1989 when we purchased the assets of two companies, Old West Services and Representatives of New England, with 15 years prior experience. Since then, we have built one of the strongest national networks of pre- screened, pre-qualified contractors in the field services industry. Managed by our experienced staff, this network and our service offerings are structured to easily adjust to diverse requirements of mortgage servicers nationwide. Working in the field services industry for more than three decades has taught us what matters most to mortgage servicers. We have built our business around four principles to deliver on those priorities: Accuracy, Timeliness, Customer Service and Automation.”
“Having a company of NFR's caliber enhances the image of Claremont and the area as a growing dynamic community,” said the nominating letter. “Their commitment to detail is reflected by their progressive attitude toward their employees, which translated into many of their workers becoming participants and members on a broad cross selection of community boards and activities.”
TLC Family Resource Center provides help to New Hampshire families who would like support and information regarding pregnancy and raising a healthy child. TLC Family Resource Center offers: Prenatal education and support, parent education and support, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention education, lactation support, home visits, child-parent psychotherapy, case management and care coordination, family advocacy, practical help for families, developmental screening for children, volunteer opportunities, gently-used childrenʼs clothing, books, toys and supplies, and referral services.
The TLC team uses a “strengthening families” theory that builds on the family's current strengths and uses those strengths to help them achieve a set of goals which they have developed, said the nominating letter. “By helping families to help themselves and give their children the best starts in life, TLC staff help relieve the potential for future burdens on a community due to the need for special education, drug treatment, mental heath treatment or jail time. The home visiting model is an evidence based model that has been shown nationwide to have a return on investment of $8 for every $1 spent on prevention.”
Andrews is a Claremont resident and a 2007 graduate of Hartford High School. She has been withAmcomm Wireless for 11 years this March. She was promoted to General Manager four years ago just after graduation from Southern New Hampshire University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Business. She participates in many area Chamber of Commerce's events, including the Lebanon Chamber, Hanover Chamber and Hartford Chamber as well as the Greater Claremont Chamber and the Sullivan County Young Professionals.She is also a member of the Sugar River BNI group that meets in Claremont every Friday morning, having held both President and Vice President positions in the group.
In her free time she is part of a charity that raises money for children in need. She also enjoys small sprint triathlons along with road biking and any charity events that involve road biking. Some of her favorites include The Prouty and the CHaD Hero. Her nominating letter cited Andrews as being ”very organized and demonstrates leadership in a way that appears effortless. She has been very involved with the SCYP (Sullivan County Young Professionals) Stuff-A-Truck event that happens annually in November and collects nonperishable items for area Soup Kitchens and Food Shelves. Not only does she assist in the organizing of the event but she is physically there, in the cold, smiling and greeting folks donating items to help make someone else's life just a little bit easier.”
The awards dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are required; contact the Chamber office at 603-543-1296.