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 …

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 Grappone Automotive Group, Filtrine Manufacturing Company, Bellows-Nichols Insurance and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Well at Work

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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

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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

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  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