Business Speakers

Business Speakers 2012

The 15+ BizConNH speakers listed below have state-wide and national reputations; a gift for engaging the audience; and decades of experience in their field. They’ll deliver practical advice you can start using right away, handouts you can refer to and an opportunity to trade ideas with your peers. Our experts know what works in marketing, social media, technology, finances, leadership at every level and strategies for the future.

Matt Mowry, Keynote Speaker

matt mowry, bizconnh keynote speakerMatt Mowry is the editor of Business NH Magazine, published by Millyard Communications, which he joined in 2000. He is responsible for overseeing and editing all editorial content, writing stories, and facilitating the magazine’s major competitions.

He was named to the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty in 2010 and The U.S. Small Business Administration named him as the 2006 Small Business Journalist of the Year for NH and New England. He is a graduate of Leadership NH.

Matt has been a journalist for 19 years. He serves on the advisory board for the YMCA of Strafford County and on the board for Manchester Young Professionals Network.

Sharon Bailly

Throughout her decades-long career as a technical and marketing writer, Sharon Bailly has shared practical tips and tricks of the writing trade with business owners and their employees.

As the founder and owner of TWP Marketing & Technical Communications, she writes online and print content for retail, manufacturing, technology, nonprofit and service organizations. Her clients rely on TWP for all of their writing needs, from website content, blogs and newsletters to brochures, success stories, user manuals and rack cards.

Her articles on business writing have appeared in Minority Engineer, Women’s Business, Mass High Tech and similar publications. She has spoken on business writing before chamber groups, individual companies and industry organizations.

Sharon is a graduate of the New School for Social Research in NYC.

Mike Dolpies

mike dollpies, mobile marketingMike is the co-owner Cyberspace To Your Place and the author of four books. His latest book is Don’t Suck @ Mobile Marketing, Get This Book. He is a local radio talk show host and the co-developer of Mobile Marketing CMS, a web-based software tool that builds custom mobile websites in minutes. A veteran small business owner, consultant and speaker, Mike started his first business just six months out of high school at the age of eighteen. He knows how to get your website visitors to your place of business so they become clients and customers.

Annie Card

annie card, annie card creative servicesAnnie Card knows her way around the media…online, print, local and national. She believes stories are what get people’s attention and make them care. Annie Card Creative Services was founded on this principal in 2007, after Annie’s tenure as as a photographer and editor at YANKEE Magazine and later as founder of a nationally recognized nonprofit that helped Mississippi residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As Executive Director of Mississippi Home Again, Annie secured millions of dollars in aid for her clients by distributing a steady stream of stories and photographs to television, newspaper, magazine and online media outlets throughout the country. Individual and corporate donations poured in for two years.

Using the same strategy, ACCS works with small businesses, schools and nonprofits to identify their target audience and then reach them through a multi-faceted campaign. ACCS creates branding, print collateral, websites, press releases and publicity services for clients throughout New England.

Robert Edwards

bob edwards, a vice president with ocean bank, a division of peoples united bank

Robert L. Edwards of Antrim recently joined Connecticut River Bank, N.A. in Charlestown, NH as Vice President/Commercial Lending to oversee the bank’s newly opened loan production office at 23 Elm Street in Peterborough. Bob’s commercial lending and business banking experience spans 42 years in the Peterborough and Keene area, beginning with Peterborough Savings Bank in 1969. As a commercial lender directly responsible for maintaining and expanding commercial loan portfolios, Bob has worked closely with his customers who desire cash management and investment services, SBA, BFA and RD loan programs and other deposit and business services offered through Connecticut River Bank.

Bob also volunteers extensively, serving currently as Vice Chairman of the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough and a member of the Antrim-Bennington Lions Club (past President & Treasurer), among other organizations. He was awarded the prestigious Business Leader of the Year in 2008 by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and was presented with a 2011 Certificate of Service by the Select Board of Antrim for 35 years of community service.

Jillian Garcia

Jillian Garcia, a 2010 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, is Program Coordinator for the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene, NH. Garcia is responsible for managing all aspects of Hannah Grimes’ numerous workshops, seminars and educational programs in support of the development of entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Monadnock region.

Previously, Garcia worked as a project manager in her family’s Connecticut-based construction business and was employed as an administrative assistant prior to joining the Hannah Grimes Center. In addition to her role as Program Coordinator, Garcia has been working with a partner to create a new maple sugaring business, clearing and preparing 90 acres of sugar bush and stringing over 3 miles of tubing for sap collection. The business is producing maple syrup, candies, creams, and sugar.

Pamela Gleeson

pamela gleeson, president and ceo, consensus technology, inc. - web development, social media marketing

An early adopter of emerging technologies throughout her career, Pamela has a knack for observing challenging situations and developing creative solutions to them. As Founder, President and CEO, of Consensus Technology, Inc. she brings 25 years of combined management, computer, sales and Internet experience to her web and interactive media clients.

She consults with entrepreneurs, executives, non-profits and artists to develop Internet strategies to compliment their business and marketing plans, and is passionate about finding ways to help them succeed.  Pamela graduated from University of Cincinnati with a BS degree and pursued postgraduate courses in mathematics and science. Having completed an Advanced Certificate from the University of San Francisco Online, she continues to participate in ongoing training with leaders and strategists in the social media marketing field.

Mike Hoefer

mike hoefer, owner/principal, hoeferwebMike Hoefer has been helping large corporations, small businesses and advocacy and non-profit organizations to communicate and market themselves using Interent technologies for more than 12 years. He in the owner/principal consultant of Hoeferweb, a consultancy that builds marketing-focused websites and provides ongoing strategic and tactical support for select clients

Mike holds a Master’s degree in Internet Strategy Management from the Marlboro College Graduate School and Directs the School Masters of Information Technology Program.

Prior to founding Hoeferweb, Mike held marketing and technology leadership roles at MARKEM, The Hanover Insurance Group and Lucidus Corporation.

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Heather McKernan

heather mckernan, publisher, monadnock ledger-transcriptHeather McKernan began her career in advertising sales at a small daily newspaper in Auburn, NY in the late 1980s. She joined the Concord Monitor in 1989 as human resources manager and later became controller.

Heather is currently the publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, where she first joined the staff in 1995. During an 18-month hiatus from the Ledger-Transcript, Heather was a regional advertising manager for the News & Observer, a large daily newspaper in Raleigh, NC. At this time she also served as ad director of the Chapel Hill News, a twice-weekly newspaper. Heather returned to the Ledger-Transcript in 2005.

Responsible for all aspects of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript’s operations, she consults with the newsroom editors and oversees business operations, including advertising, circulation and accounting.

Heather has a degree in writing from St. Lawrence University and an MBA and Master’s in journalism from Syracuse University. She serves on several community boards, working to strengthen our community.

Paula Mathews

paula mathews, hr compliance 101Paula Mathews is the founder of HR Compliance 101, which has been helping companies throughout New England since 2001.  HR Compliance 101 guides companies in creating the company culture they’ve always wanted, building excellent employee relations, complying with state and federal regulations, and establishing a stable foundation for growth with defined policies, procedures and handbooks.  Paula draws on her 30+ years of experience when she leads workshops on compliance and Human Resources issues and when she provides Human Resource and safety support to over 30 companies in the greater Monadnock region. Read more »

Annamarie Pluhar

annamarie pluharAnnamarie Pluhar, M. Div., is an expert instructional designer, and trainer who employs best practices in learning technology to achieve highly relevant and meaningful goals. She has over 25 years of experience with government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations.

Annamarie understands that every organization is unique in character, mission, and product, and because of that is able to draw on her extensive experience and astute perception to develop individualized strategic solutions. She is dedicated to helping organizations engage their workforce in such a way that allows for every employee including management to love the work that they do.

Annamarie is a board member of the Windham Child Care Association, a Planning Commissioner for her town of Dummerston, VT, an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Brattleboro, VT, a founding member of BrattleMasters, a Toastmasters club and the author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.

Joanne Randall

joanne randall leapfrog marketing

Joanne is the Owner and CEO of Leap Year Marketing and the Host of The NH Women In Business Radio show. Leap Year Marketing works directly with business owners to develop marketing strategies that make sense.

Joanne has spent the last 25 years working in management and business. Her background includes management, sales, marketing, retail, human resources, and small business social media development. She has spoken in front of various groups and been a guest on radio and television throughout New Hampshire.

She is also an active member in the Barrington Chamber of Commerce. She has developed workshops for business owners and trains people one-on-one.

Joanne was  the Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Epsom, and lives in Epsom with her family. She volunteers in her community in various capacities.

Steven Ryder

steve ryder, true nut company founderSteve has had a diverse background in many industries and eventually gravitated to the technology field.  He started True North Networks in 2002 and after several tough years, has grown the business to provide outsourced IT services to clients in over 20 states.  The company specializes on supporting small to medium size companies in almost any industry, with a concentration in financial services.

He travels frequently to El Salvador and Ecuador to build houses with his Rotary Club and provide computer consulting services to local schools there.

Steve also does much volunteer and board work with local non-profits, which inspired him to make maple-roasted almonds for what was going to be a one-time fundraiser for Stonewall Farm.  In 2008, working with his daughter trying to perfect the recipe, he decided to start the True Nut Company.  Since that time, the company has grown beyond expectations and in April 2012, he and his wife Lucy purchased a commercial building to expand their production and in May 2012, purchased another company to grow their product line from 6 products to over 40.

Lisa Sieverts

lisa sieverts, project management consultant

Lisa Sieverts is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and owner of Facilitated Change ( She teaches at the Masters level at Marlboro College Graduate School. Her clients have included Keene State College, Technical Graphics, Inc. and New Hampshire Ball Bearing, in partnership with Sapphire Consulting of Amherst, NH. Previously, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in California and Idaho as a project manager in the HP Services division. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.

She provides a range of services including training and mentoring of in-house project managers, social business implementations, and outsourced project management. Her goal is to provide each client with the tools and skills they need to plan and complete successful projects.

George Sterling

george sterling

George and Loretta Sterling founded of Sterling Business Corporation in 1980. They began as a small shop in his garage, producing mailings for local customers, grew quickly to serve New England and included a full print shop in 1990. They developed several niche markets and became well known  for fast turnaround in the expanding Information Age in the late 90’s. The newsletter market collapsed in 1999 with the advent of graphics/photos in email. George and Loretta had many a fight over difficult business and personal decisions. The situation took a toll on their relationship at home and the office. In 2004, SBC opened a retail service, Rebecca’s Consignments, offering quality furniture and furnishings. George and Loretta retooled their business model and are still married and still work together today.

George earned his B.S. in business administration from Hawthorne College, focusing on management, statistics and cost accounting. He is the founder of Sterling Business Coaching.

Tom Strickland

tom strickland sequoya technologies groupTom Strickland started his career in the IT industry in 1978—making him about 287 in computer years. Over that time he has been an applications programmer, systems programmer, operations manager, and consultant.

He founded Sequoya Technologies Group in 2002 with the goal of providing technology support to small businesses throughout southwest NH. Since then Sequoya has grown to 8 employees and is the IT department for about 75 small businesses located from Keene to Portsmouth and from Rindge to Concord.

Tom currently serves on the board of the Sharon Arts Center and was on the board of the NH West chapter of the American Red Cross from 2005 to 2008.

His broad range of experience combined with the challenges of starting and running his own small business gives him a unique and valuable perspective on the problems and opportunities that face small businesses of 1 to 100 employees.

Cynthia L. Stuart

cynthia l. stuart

Cynthia L. Stuart, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking and Deposit Operations at Connecticut River Bank, N.A., works with bank employees and customers alike to expand existing and develop new banking relationships through sales management and bank promotion including marketing, new product development and customer service initiatives along with overseeing the Deposit Operations area of the bank. She previously created and implemented a Leadership Program for the bank under a grant from the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia also oversees the bank’s training programs and assists with the deployment of the strategic planning process. She possesses a proven ability in successful project and change management.

Cynthia began her banking career as a Branch Manager with Vermont Federal Bank and as a Relationship Sales Manager at Key Bank, also in Vermont. With an MBA from Plymouth University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, she has a strong background in bank management, financial investment program oversight, business development and bank marketing.

James Key-Wallace

james key-wallaceJames Key-Wallace has placed millions of dollars of investment capital, employing a variety of structures from subordinated debt to royalty financing to hybrid structures with and without warrants. Areas of focus include capitalization strategies, financial management, marketing, and employee development.

Prior to joining VFG, James served as vice president of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation in Keene NH, and spent three years as a marketing manager with Staff Development for Educators in Peterborough. He was also on the board of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, a nonprofit dedicated to the housing and economic needs of the region’s homeless population.

James earned his Business Administration and Computer Science degrees from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his Master’s of Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Walter Wise

walter (walt) wise, business success architect and ceo of the bpi strategy groupWalter (Walt) Wise is a Business Success Architect and CEO of The BPI Strategy Group, a New England based business development and management consulting firm and licensee of the Value Forward Network.  Walt’s firm works with senior management in growth-directed companies seeking to increase corporate revenues, reduce sales and marketing costs and manage risks.  He specializes in working with smaller companies (less than $100 million in annual revenue) and those desiring to work in the Public Sector.

Walt has a Master of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. He is also a Certified Program Manager.