DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 2, 2012

business Briefs


Constant joins BNI New Hampshire

LONDONDERRY — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England announced that David Constant, a Windham resident and sales associate in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Londonderry office, was recently selected to be a member of BNI New Hampshire, Derry Chapter.

BNI New Hampshire is a business and professional networking organization that provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals.

"As a member of BNI New Hampshire, David will be connected with many of the region's business professionals. David is a talented real estate professional and will not only benefit from joining this organization, but will also add great value to the group," said Debbie Ball, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Londonderry.

With extensive experience in marketing and sales, Constant serves homebuyers and sellers in Londonderry, Derry and the surrounding communities throughout Southern New Hampshire. He is a member of the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors.

BAE Systems boosts state economy

NASHUA — BAE Systems generated an economic impact of more than $586 million in New Hampshire during 2011.

This figure reflects $491 million in direct payroll to 4,515 employees in the Granite State. The company's financial impact also includes more than $90 million awarded for subcontracts and purchase orders to more than 400 suppliers throughout the state.

BAE Systems suppliers are located in 60 different cities and towns in New Hampshire with 71 of these companies providing business services in excess of $100,000.

The company and its employees also contributed $2.4 million in cash and in-kind services to area civic, charitable and educational institutions during 2011. Employee contributions to New Hampshire charities included more than $1.5 million to support local United Way campaigns and other employee-specified charities.

The largest corporate contribution was $100,000 to support the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. BAE Systems employees volunteer their time to many community organizations.

The largest volunteer effort in 2011 was in support of the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional competition in Manchester. Employees logged more than 3,500 hours last year to support the annual event which helps students discover the rewards and excitement of science, engineering, and technology.

Three New Hampshire citizens from the Granite State will be honored today in Boston's Faneuil Hall as EPA presented its annual Environmental Merit Awards for 2011.

The merit awards, recognizing valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving, are a unique way that EPA can recognize individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways.

Awarded by EPA since 1970, the merit awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region's environment. This year's competition drew nearly 100 nominations from across New England.

Awards were given in the following categories: individual; business (including professional organizations); local, state or federal government; and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization. Each year, EPA also may present lifetime achievement awards for individuals.

More information on all Environmental Merit Award Winners from this year and past years is available at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/ra/ema/index.html

The Environmental Merit Award Winners from New Hampshire are:

Lifetime Achievement Environmental Merit Award:

Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg, president and chief executive officer of Stonyfield Farm yogurt, oversaw the growth of this company in Londonderry, New Hampshire, from a seven-cow organic farming school in 1983 to the world's leading organic yogurt producer with $260 million in annual sales. In doing this he followed a lifelong interest in protecting the environment and a deeply held belief that businesses are central to this mission. Stonyfield used innovative marketing techniques that blended the company's social, environmental, and financial missions. Gary joined Stonyfield Farm a few months after its start in 1983. Initially he directed the small organic farming school from which Stonyfield was spawned. In 1983, the institute was struggling to stay afloat, and began selling organic yogurt as a way to raise revenue. In 2001, Stonyfield Farm entered into a partnership with Groupe Danone, parent company of Dannon. In 2005, Gary was named Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, a joint venture between the two firms. Stonyfield's profits for the Planet program donates 10 percent of the company's profits to environmental organizations. The company is also involved in a program to install healthy snack-food vending machines in schools. Before going into the yogurt business, Gary was executive director of The New Alchemy Institute - a research and education center on Cape Cod dedicated to organic farming, aquaculture and renewable energy. A New Hampshire native, Gary was one of the first graduates of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He has received six honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership. He is chairman and co-founder of O'Naturals, a chain of natural fast food restaurants. The father of three children, Gary also is president of the Express Soccer Club and coaches a girls' under-15 premier travel soccer team. To this day, Stonyfield Farm stands by its original principles: to make a healthy product and earn a profit without harming the environment. "Business is the most powerful force in the world," Gary once told a journalist. "I believe that virtually every problem in the world exists because business hasn't made finding a solution a priority."

Gary Hirshberg, president and chief executive officer of Stonyfield Farm yogurt, oversaw the growth of this company in Londonderry, New Hampshire, from a seven-cow organic farming school in 1983 to the world's leading organic yogurt producer with $260 million in annual sales. In doing this he followed a lifelong interest in protecting the environment and a deeply held belief that businesses are central to this mission. Stonyfield used innovative marketing techniques that blended the company's social, environmental, and financial missions. Gary joined Stonyfield Farm a few months after its start in 1983. Initially he directed the small organic farming school from which Stonyfield was spawned. In 1983, the institute was struggling to stay afloat, and began selling organic yogurt as a way to raise revenue. In 2001, Stonyfield Farm entered into a partnership with Groupe Danone, parent company of Dannon. In 2005, Gary was named Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, a joint venture between the two firms. Stonyfield's profits for the Planet program donates 10 percent of the company's profits to environmental organizations. The company is also involved in a program to install healthy snack-food vending machines in schools. Before going into the yogurt business, Gary was executive director of The New Alchemy Institute - a research and education center on Cape Cod dedicated to organic farming, aquaculture and renewable energy. A New Hampshire native, Gary was one of the first graduates of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He has received six honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership. He is chairman and co-founder of O'Naturals, a chain of natural fast food restaurants. The father of three children, Gary also is president of the Express Soccer Club and coaches a girls' under-15 premier travel soccer team. To this day, Stonyfield Farm stands by its original principles: to make a healthy product and earn a profit without harming the environment. "Business is the most powerful force in the world," Gary once told a journalist. "I believe that virtually every problem in the world exists because business hasn't made finding a solution a priority."