UNH Center for Family Business Graduates Leadership Class
Media Contact:  Lori Wright
603-862-0574
UNH Media Relations
June 16, 2009


DURHAM, N.H. - The Center for Family Business at the University of New Hampshire celebrated the conclusion of its Leadership Development Program recently with the graduation of the class of 2009.

Six leaders in New Hampshire family businesses were awarded a certificate in family business leadership. They are Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Companies, Concord; Johanna Hauptman, Michie Corporation, Henniker; Gregory Grappone, Grappone Companies, Concord; Christopher Hamblet, F.H. Hamblet Inc., Keene; Michelle Dupont, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, Lakeport; and Jason Wilder, Electronic Imaging Materials, Keene.

The year-long program included:

  • The development of a Personal Strategic Plan by each participant.
  • Opportunities to receive personal feedback on strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities to gain a different perspective about family businesses through site visits to family-owned businesses.
  • Ongoing encouragement to apply learning and share it with others.
  • Attendance by other members of the same family at a specified session.

"Participants gained a firm understanding of the process of effective inspirational leadership, an action plan for continually building their own leadership effectiveness, and a group of colleagues with whom they can continue learning," said Vanessa Druskat, associate professor of organizational behavior and management at the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, who taught the leadership program.

The UNH Center for Family Business is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 leadership class. Tuition is $1,895 for members and $2,250 for nonmembers. For more information contact Barbara Draper at barbara.draper@unh.edu or (603) 862-1107.

The center, under UNH's Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the UNH Graduate School, is sponsored by Mass Mutual Financial Group, Thomas Davidow & Assoc., Baker Newman & Noyes, Pierce Atwood, MPI Management Planning, Inc., and Ocean Bank. It is a membership program to provide owners and managers of entrepreneurial businesses with an opportunity to exchange ideas and information and to discuss business challenges and solutions.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, space-grant and community-engaged university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 11,800 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students.

Photo: http://www.unh.edu/news/img/leadership.JPG
(Front row, left to right) Barbara Draper, Director, Center for Family Business; Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Companies, Concord; Johanna Hauptman, Michie Corporation, Henniker; Vanessa Druskat, Professor, Whittemore School of Business and Economics. (Back row, left to right) Gregory Grappone, Grappone Companies, Concord; Christopher Hamblet, F.H. Hamblet Inc., Keene; Michelle Dupont, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, Lakeport; and Jason Wilder, Electronic Imaging Materials, Keene. 

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