Grappone Team Members for Life Project

Sarah Britton Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone in the Community Leave a Comment

Rebecca Rene, Alicia Dufresne, Mitchell Blair, and Miranda Adams are seniors in the Bradley Three Year Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Around twenty students are accepted to this program annually. 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 …

Millennial Education Day at Grappone

Sarah Britton Amanda Grappone Osmer, Community, Grappone in the Community, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

Well at Work

Amanda Osmer Amanda Grappone Osmer, Uncategorized, Voices of Grappone

How long do you sit every day? By now you likely know that sitting for too long seems to fly in the face of what your body was designed to do. I’m not a trained professional but I do have personal experience in a lifestyle that involves lots of sitting or being still, and one that includes daily movement….lots of movement.  As with anything in life, I believe you should follow what inspires you but fact check along the way.  The chart featured here may bring up questions which can lead you down your own path of discovery, which is a gift in itself.  But I did not write it, so I can’t vouch for 100% accuracy; it simply led me to wanting to tell you about an event that changed the way I look at the role of fitness in my life. I feel strongly as a wife, mom, and business leader that we should all make the time each day to move if we are able.  This last statement hits me deeply, as I’ve just watched for three years as my brother Greg‘s body suffered the worst that cancer and its treatments had to offer, breaking him down to the point where he literally couldn’t take a deep breath or move beyond a severely limited range of motion.  He died on May 1 due to complications from a stem cell transplant in which I was his donor. Flash …

Go Team

Amanda Osmer Amanda Grappone Osmer, Community, Voices of Grappone

You know what I love about sports like soccer (go Team USA!!)? That they bring out the best in us as individuals, but also as members of something larger than ourselves. I am so proud of Team Grappone. Every day we face the normal challenges of retail, and some days we are hit with bigger waves like natural disasters that cause inventory shortages, recalls that cause general panic amongst the public, or global recessions that challenge the wallets and psyches of ourselves, our friends and our neighbors. With a strong mission statement and a solid 90+ year history in NH, Team Grappone is poised to face the next challenge by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. Thank you, Team. I appreciate you. Amanda

Downtown Concord’s Market Days

Amanda Osmer Amanda Grappone Osmer, Community, Uncategorized

  Back in the day, we called it “Old Fashioned Bargain Days.” It always marked what seemed to be the hottest, muggiest days of the summer, and promised treats like fried dough and ice cream. With Main Street’s facelift well underway (looking good! Congrats to the hardworking team…), this year’s Market Days in downtown Concord have been vibrant, fun, and not quite so hot. I vote to keep it a June event. I’m proud to be a Concord native and talk to out-of-towners and newcomers about what a wonderful place this is to do business and raise a family. Happy summer… Amanda