Parenting New Hampshire 2017 Family Favorite

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Grappone Automotive Group is proud to announce that we have been selected by the reader’s poll of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as the 2017 Family Favorites winner for Favorite Place to Buy a Family Car. This is very exciting news for a fourth generation, family owned and operated business.

Family Favorites, now in its seventh year, is an award program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services and places from across the Granite State in more than 50 categories – as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire. Categories included local children’s book store, bike shop, dentist, pediatrician, family restaurant, ice cream place, martial arts studio and more.

“The Family Favorites’ award program recognizes those places, people and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. “Whether it is at child care center, the library or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with all of our readers.”

Grappone Automotive Group has been established since 1924. Being named a New Hampshire Family Favorite aligns with the mission of Grappone Automotive Group for dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests, and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. We are a family-friendly and also pet-friendly dealership. We have many team members that have been with the company for decades and have grown to become family.

The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from July 1 through Aug. 15, 2017. The magazine received nearly 1,000 votes over the time period. The results of the reader’s poll will appear in the November 2017 issue of Parenting New Hampshire. A complete list of winners is posted at www.parentingnh.com.

Parenting New Hampshire is the state’s premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.

Parenting New Hampshire (www.parentingnh.com) is a publication of McLean Communications of Manchester, which also publishes New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Magazine, and New Hampshire Home. McLean Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc.

 

2017 Manchester Educator Leadership Summit

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September 19th was not a typical day at Manchester Community College, located in the Queen City of our Granite State. Over 300 middle school faculty members gathered together for the 2017 Educator Leadership Summit, organized by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC). The leadership summit provides valuable insights for educators in the Manchester School District. A primary focus is the importance of developing soft skills early-on, to provide students with a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by the New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner, Frank Edelblut and Manchester Superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas. Next, business professionals were welcomed to the stage for the “Skills Needed for Success” panel discussion- moderated by Mike Skelton, President and CEO of GMCC. Panelists included Sarah Currier, Director of Workforce Development at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward of Grappone Automotive Group, and Brian Giguere, Vice President at BAO. A common theme was expressed for skill sets across the panel; attention to detail, organization, solid communication skills (both written and verbal), problem-solving, critical thinking, and prioritizing the way authority, process, and policy are perceived. “It’s becoming increasingly uncommon to see applicants who meet each of these skill sets. We set our hiring standards at a high level to ensure we’re able to carry out our mission of building lifelong relationships” states Osmer. 

Mr. Rich, National Touring Rock Drummer, Founder and Director of Youth Beatz cranked-up the volume during his keynote presentation. “Let’s have fun and be kids again!” he commented while engaging the entire audience in a team building exercise. The sound of hundreds of people drumming on Home Depot buckets with duck-taped wooden dowels resonated throughout the lobby. Mr. Rich delivered an energetic and heartfelt speech, to say the least. He describes his journey from being labeled “hyper” and “disruptive” during adolescence to becoming the leader in sustainable enrichment for the past 12 years. Youth Beatz provides a myriad of enrichment programs through positive mentoring. To learn more about Youth Beatz or to schedule a program, check out youth-beatz.com.

The summit continued with highlighting, “The Coolest Businesses in Manchester” ranging from hospitality to healthcare, and represented by top executives. Mike Decelle, Dean of UNH Manchester delivered his closing remarks before the faculty members transitioned to touring local businesses.

 

 

 

Car Show Nights- Grappone Ford

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This September, we decided to switch things up at our Grappone dealerships by hosting our very first, “Car Show Nights”. The idea originated from our Marketing department, which organized invitations, promotion, and event logistics; yet the event grew into an “all hands on deck” operation due to the amount of interest we received. Our inventory team, fixed operations, human resources, corporate and service team members formed a collaborative team that helped make our first car show, which took place on September 13th, a huge success.

“The cars kept rolling in, one after another, after another,” stated Dave Hammond our Director of Fixed Operations, “what an incredible turnout!” he concluded. Our first show took place at our Grappone Ford dealership and we had approximately 80 vehicles participate. All makes and models were welcomed, which generated an awesome mix of domestic and imported vehicles. In fact, we also had the New Hampshire Mustang club join us.

Prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vehicle, which were determined by voter’s choice.  Additionally, the event served as a fundraiser cookout with proceeds to benefit the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire for Walk a Mile in her Shoes 2017.

Our next Car Show Night will be held at Grappone Toyota on Wednesday, September 27th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm with a drive-in style movie beginning at sunset. Be sure to checkout the event on our Grappone Toyota Facebook page.

Best of NH 2017 for Best Automotive Group

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Grappone Automotive Group has been selected by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine as “Best of NH 2017” for Best Automotive Group. The winners will be celebrated at the Best of NH Party on Thursday, June 15, at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will benefit Stay Work Play.

This is the second consecutive year that Grappone has won Best Automotive Group for New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH. In 2016, we also won the Best of Business award from NH Business Review.

The stadium, home to the NH Fisher Cats baseball team, has recently undergone a major facelift- and that’s not all that’s new. “This is our first year partnering with Stay Work Play,” notes New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard, “and the relationship is bringing lots of fresh energy to the party.” Broussard says the mission of the Best of NH dovetails perfectly with that of Stay Work Play. “It’s all about spreading the word about what a cool and lively state we share, and encouraging appreciation and exploration.” Guests at the party will stroll the concourse and sample food and drink from more than 60 Best of NH winners from all around the state. The evening ends with a not-to-miss fireworks display. “It’s a perfect finale for an evening that sizzles with great food and fun,” says Broussard.

Plus, there will be prizes! One lucky party-goer will have the chance to win an all-inclusive week’s vacation for four at Squam Lake, provided by RDC Resort.

The 2017 Best of NH Party is presented by Coca-Cola Bottling of Northern New England. Other event sponsors include BEI Networks, Hornitos, AutoFair, Bacardi, Atlas Fireworks, CR Helicopters Inc., Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, Freedom Energy Logistics, Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Travel and Tourism, and Samuel Adams. Media sponsors are 95.7 WZID and 92.5 The River.

New Hampshire Magazine is also excited to announce that Stay Work Play is the new beneficiary for the 2017 Best of NH Party. Stay Work Play works collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work, and play when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.

New Hampshire Magazine is the state’s premier lifestyle magazine. It is published by McLean Communications, a media based in Manchester, NH. McLean’s other publications include New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Home, Parenting New Hampshire, Destination NH and BRIDE. McLean, which also specializes in event and custom publishing projects, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc., publishers of Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Built Ford Tough Scholarship Awarded to Local Student

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Here at Grappone Automotive Group, we are all about community. We lend support to numerous organizations expanding over various industries and we’re very proud to do so. With this in mind, Grappone has a longstanding commitment to the environment. Our reach extends from land preservation to farmers markets. This year, we are proud to announce our support of the National FFA Foundation and their Built Ford Tough Scholarship Program. Our very own, Bob McCullen, Ford Senior Team Leader, had the pleasure of presenting the $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship to this year’s recipient from the Winnisquam FFA chapter.

1,883 scholarships were awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently, 115 sponsors contribute more than $2.7 million to support scholarships for students. For more than 30 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.

Ford is one of the largest corporate sponsors of scholarships in the National FFA scholarship program. Since 1997, Ford has awarded more than $9,200,000 in scholarships to FFA members.”When approached with the idea, we were happy to partner with Ford Motor Company on these scholarships,” comments Larry Haynes, President of Grappone, “We support the importance of farming in our local communities.”

Scholarship recipients were selected from 8,337 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals. Our local scholarship recipient will be pursing their passion in the field of study for Wildlife Science Education Writing and Natural Resources.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

To learn more about the National FFA Organization’s support of the National FFA Foundation, visit their website at: https://www.ffa.org/support/foundation

 

NH Scholars Day and BIA

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NH Scholars Day 2017

Thursday, May 18th set record high temperatures in the Granite State, however it made for a perfect day to spend at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH. The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) work together as a partnership to support the New Hampshire Scholars Program. NH Scholars Day is an annual celebration held at the stadium. The event brings together thousands of high school seniors across the state to celebrate their academic achievements and upcoming commencement.

Grappone Automotive Group was proud to sponsor this year’s NH Scholars Day. It may not seem like a big deal, however sponsoring bus transportation for this event allowed for thousands of well-deserving high school students to attend. Sarah, our Corporate Communications Specialist, teamed up with a group of volunteers, including Beth San Soucie, Program Manager at Stay Work Play. The goal was to make connections with students and discuss their plans after graduation. This information allows Stay Work Play to carry out their mission to, “work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work, and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.” The NH Scholars ceremony is an annual event, which is always followed by a Fishercats game!

33rd Business in the Arts Awards

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Grappone Automotive Group, Filtrine Manufacturing Company, Bellows-Nichols Insurance and Sullivan Creative were announced as the winners for the Business in the Arts Awards on May 8th. The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) hosted the 33rd annual evening gala in Manchester, NH. More than 300 business and arts leaders were in attendance.

The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money, and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide. Grappone won this year’s Business in the Arts Award for the large business category. We were recognized for our broad support for the arts, which includes hosting benefit concerts in our Toyota showroom, using our media time to promote various art organizations, and offering our community and training center to non-profits to use free-of-charge.

To learn more about the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts and what they do, visit nhbca.com

Grappone and Toyota Match

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Grappone Automotive Group has been proud to be a part of the Bow community since 1924. Throughout that time, we’ve supported a variety of non-profit organizations with a focus on children & families, animals, land preservation, healthcare, arts, leadership, and many more. Today we’re proud to announce a contribution of $2,500 to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), which will also receive a matching grant from Toyota.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The donation money will be used to support their conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and the work associated with maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. “We are committed to providing youth with formative outdoor learning experiences that increase their understanding of the natural world and their outdoor skills while connecting them to the beauty of the outdoor landscape,” said Andrea Muller, North Country Youth Education Director at AMC.

Amanda Grappone Osmer personifies the great outdoors, which influenced the connection with AMC and their Youth Education Programs. Osmer shares her thoughts for supporting the organization, “The more people you expose to nature, the more people will appreciate their surroundings during crisis, in turn lending positive and constructive ways to overcome hardships.”

With every Toyota Match donation, Osmer also includes a gift, “The Soul of Money”, written by Lynne Twist. “I feel this book relates to the non-profit sector because it encourages the act of examining our personal relationships with money, both in abundance and scarcity, which reveals powerful insights into our lives,” says Osmer.

In 2017, Grappone Automotive Group has also contributed $2,500 to Bethany Adoption Services, Manchester Community Health Center, and Laconia Area Community Land Trust. These important groups will be able to carry out their missions for protecting the environment and helping children in serious need. These organizations will also receive matching grants from Toyota.

The Toyota Dealer Match Program enables our contribution to go farther. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $800 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where we do business. If you’d like to learn more, please visit http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/.

To learn more about Grappone’s support for non-profit partners across the state visit https://www.grappone.com/community/.

SNHU Students Spearhead the Grappone Team Members for Life Project

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Our Team Members for Life Project was a product of four seniors in the Bradley Three Year Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Around twenty students are accepted to this program annually. Rebecca Rene, Alicia Dufresne, Mitchell Blair, and Miranda Adams implemented this as their capstone project. As seniors, these students are required to enroll in a yearlong course and given a group assignment to consult with local companies in the community. Dr. Christine Blais, Assistant Professor of the Organizational Leadership School of Business, made contacts with various companies throughout the community. This is how Amanda Grappone Osmer was introduced to the soon-to-be SNHU Alumni.

Amanda and Chris Blais discussed the divide between Grappone retirees and the employed Grappone community. They were assigned to figure out ways to bridge this gap. The students brainstormed many ideas; one of the ideas was a family tree painting and unveiling celebration. Claire Racine, Director of Human Resources at Grappone, really liked this idea for the hallway. Additional ideas brought forth by these students did not fall by the wayside, as they created plans for Grappone to implement in the future.

The family tree is painted on the walls of the Human Resources hallway at Grappone. The painting consists of beautiful white birch trees and includes the names of our retirees. The students coordinated with Grappone team members, including Tara Hamel, who was the artist of the Grappone Team Members for Life painting.

Grappone invited a group of retirees to the unveiling ceremony on May 1, 2017. During the celebration Amanda presented how the project developed and the students shared their plans for post commencement. Larry Haynes, President of Grappone, calculated over 400 years of service amongst the retirees! Larry also awarded them with their Team Member for Life discount cards as a token of our appreciation.

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Millennial Education Day at Grappone

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In our 93rd year of business, we have a goal to transition younger generations into the future car buyers of Grappone. Mackenzie Duval, Luke Hynes, Olivia Imprescia, and Cameron Scotia are seniors at Southern New Hampshire University in the Martin Bradley Three Year Honors Program. These students implemented Millennial Education Day for their senior project. The mission was to help Grappone bring future generations into the dealership.

These four students complimented each others strengths and weaknesses.  In an effort to meet this goal for reaching millennials, they gathered information on Grappone’s car buying experience through shadowing, interviews, and surveys. This enabled the students to develop a general understanding of the process. Next, they felt it was important to educate other millennium buyers on the unique, negotiation-free sales process that Grappone fosters. This way, individuals could be prepared with knowledge and confidence when purchasing a vehicle after college.

The idea to host Millennial Education Day at Grappone surfaced. The vision of this strategy was to bestow trust in students with a warm welcome. Additionally, we want them to feel comfortable when visiting Grappone as first-time car buyers. The Education Day involved lunch, raffles and multiple seminars with Grappone team members. The seminars covered specific aspects of the company. Topics included Entrepreneurship & History, Financing & Leasing, and Environmental Awareness.

Mackenzie Duval shared her thoughts on the project, “We hope the students that attended took full advantage of what the day had to offer and the dealership made a lasting impression with them.”

Grappone Pledges CDFA Tax Credit Donation to Sandwich Children’s Center

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Children and Families. These words embody the community efforts of Grappone Automotive Group for 2017. Not only do we sell new and pre-owned vehicles, handle vehicle maintenance, parts, accessories and collision repairs; we’re also extensively involved with the community. In fact, community is embedded in our mission statement with our dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect.

Human needs start with the bare essentials: food, water, shelter, security, and warmth. Without these basic necessities, humans would not have the capability to materialize close relationships with family and friends. Moreover, humans would not be able to form the self-fulfilling characteristics needed to prosper and thrive as contributing members of society. Such traits include a willingness to learn, eagerness to explore, and the drive to discover the wealth of knowledge this world has to offer.

This comes full circle with our children; the children of today will become the leaders of the future. Amanda Grappone Osmer cannot stress the importance of this mindset enough with an absolute emphasis for creating safe, educational, and supportive programs that enable our children to live life in full bloom.

The Sandwich Children’s Center (SCC) can attest to this with their recent School Age Revitalization Project. With the help of Grappone Automotive and three other community-minded businesses, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) awarded $125,000 to restore the school age classroom at the Sandwich Children’s Center. The funds came from these local businesses purchasing tax credits and pledging their donations to this project.

Karyn Ames, Director of SCC, thanked her supporters during the announcement in early April, “We are deeply grateful for your support and urge the public to support them in return. We could not have done this renovation without their generosity.” Karyn was joined for the announcement and appreciation by Sandy Cleary, Founder of the CruCon Cruise Outlet; Amanda Grappone Osmer, Owner and Fourth Generation Steward, Grappone Automotive Group; and Joanna Pearce, Senior Vice President & Risk Management Officer, Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The SCC building was originally built in 1855, making it over 150 years old! Needless to say, the renovations are absolutely necessary. The SCC will now have the infrastructure to continue with providing an educational foundation for school age children 5 to 12 and contribute to the growth and development of the Lakes Region, Granite State and world at large.