NHBSR Approves New Slate of Board Members at Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Approves New Slate of Board Members at Annual Meeting MANCHESTER - New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) approved the addition of four new board members during its recent Membership Social and Annual Meeting, at Wiggin & Nourie, P.A. in Manchester. Composed of over 100 members throughout New Hampshire, NHBSR is led by Executive Director Molly Hodgson Smith and a volunteer Board of Directors made up of a broad range of businesses and organizations. The Board implements programs and strategic plans to ensure the organization serves the best interests of the New Hampshire business community. Board members are actively involved in organizational governance and serve on sub-committees. NHBSR Board Development is overseen by the executive team of two co-chairs and the Executive Director. After an extensive interview process, those recommended for board seats are brought to the full board through a nomination process. The board votes on each prospective new board member. Renewable terms are two or three years. NHBSR is pleased to announce the following new board members: Erik Barstow is the chair of Wiggin & Nourie’s Business Law Group in Manchester. Mr. Barstow focuses on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, commercial contracts and technology licensing, and development agreements. Mr. Barstow also provides counsel to start-up businesses with regard to entity choice and formation, corporate governance and shareholder relations. Mr. Barstow counsels clients on business principles consistent with corporate social responsibility and has lectured to groups of business owners and managers on the impacts of CSR principles on successful business transactions. Chris Conroy is President and Creative Director at Heartwood Media, Inc., an award-winning video and interactive production company located in Manchester. Chris instituted a creative way to help serve the New Hampshire non-profit community. Each year, Heartwood Media chooses one New Hampshire based non-profit organization to work with. Heartwood works with the selected organization to create a video program at no charge. Mr. Conroy serves on the Steering Committee of the New Hampshire Creative Club. Molly Mahoney is the Lead Social Analyst at Pax World Funds where she researches and evaluates the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of companies for inclusion in Pax World's portfolio. She is also involved with promoting sustainable business practices at portfolio companies, managing Pax World's proxy voting, and leading shareholder activism for the Pax World's Women's Equity Fund. Michael Vlacich is the Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development at the Department of Resources and Economic Development. Mr. Vlacich formerly served as deputy chief of staff and policy director to Governor John Lynch. He had also been the Governor’s lead economic development policy adviser and played a similar role for former Governor Jeanne Shaheen. In his current capacity, Mr. Vlacich oversees a Division comprised of the state’s Business Resource Center, Office of International Commerce, Rapid Response Team and Procurement and Technical Assistance Program. In addition to these newest board members, the remaining 2007 NHBSR Board of Directors are: Alex Hausman, Timberland; Alyson Genovese, Comcast; Ami D’Amelio, Print Savvy; Bonnie Kurylo, Public Service of New Hampshire; Dr. Annabel Beerel, Southern New Hampshire University; Jeff Baker, Image4; Jill Healey Wurm, Verizon; James Hood, Nixon Peabody LLC and Vincent Perelli, The New Hampshire Department for Environmental Services. New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility is a statewide, not-for-profit statewide membership organization that fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked. Please direct inquiries to info@nhbsr.org or call (603) 645-2605 or go to www.nhbsr.org to learn more. ####

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Manchester, NH - Nov. 27, 2007