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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Fiddlers in the Showroom

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For the second consecutive year, Grappone Automotive Group was pleased to host the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble during their April concert series. Peaceful sounds resonated throughout the Toyota showroom on the evening of Saturday April 1, 2017. The snow storm was no match for the radiance that characterizes the Ensemble and their drive to put on a great show. The NH Fiddle Ensemble raised over $9,000 for the child abuse efforts of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust. The Ensemble kicked off this benefit concert with a two set performance at the dealership. The group embodies many styles of music and plays a wide-variety of instruments in addition to the fiddle. These include banjos, cellos, harps, an accordion, and even a trumpet. Moreover, the concert highlighted beautiful singing and a yodel performance. Main ensemble coach, Ellen Carlson shares her comments on the event, “The ensemble members just love doing the concert at Grappone Toyota. The acoustics are great and the members love that they can interact with the audience. All of the employees at Grappone are so accommodating and welcoming — even providing a “green room” for our members and having the parking lot clear on such a snowy day. The NH Children’s Trust and I find Grappone so easy to work with! I think this partnership of the arts, a community-minded company such as Grappone and a not-for-profit like the Children’s Trust has done some amazing things for a lot of people. We really appreciate their support.” …

Grappone in the Community Jennifer Spinney

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Jennifer Spinney, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator Team Leader, volunteered for the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters on Wednesday, August 10th. When Jenn first arrived, she attended the team meeting with the coach, athletic director, trainer, assistant coaches and players. They spoke to the players about respect, grades, behavior, and team work. She was impressed by the response from the team as they listened to their peer’s valuable lessons, which included a conversation on adopting healthy lifestyle choices. She was amazed at how the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters philosophy mirrors ours, here at Grappone Automotive Group. Jenn helped wrangle up the boys, created an attendance sheet for the coach, as well as, documented where the players stand with completion of their impact test, sports physical, camp registration, and IIE agreement. She also assisted with lunch preparation, serving, and cleanup. At the end of her day of volunteering, Jenn presented the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community, on her behalf.

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

Grappone Automotive Group Awards Upper Valley Humane Society With $5,000 Donation

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The Grappone Automotive Group recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Upper Valley Humane Society as the first round winner in the annual Grappone Cares Contest on Thursday August 21st. The Grappone Cares Contest is put on by the Grappone Automotive Group in an effort to build strong relationships within its community. The Grappone Cares Contest is a Facebook Contest that enables non-profit organizations to be nominated, and voted upon, by the more than 33,000 Grappone Facebook Fans, for the chance to win $5,000 through the Toyota Match Program. The Toyota Dealer Match Program enables dealer contributions to make a greater impact on the community. 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 it does business. The Grappone Cares Contest consists of four rounds. In order to be as diverse as possible; this year Grappone has broken up the contest into three themes with the nominations centered around; Families and Children in Need, Animals in Need, and Environmentally Focused Organizations. Each round will host a different theme. The Upper Valley Humane Society, the second round winner, is a non-profit organization that works to prepare animals they take in for adoption into a loving home. The Upper Valley Humane Society, located in Enfield, New Hampshire, has a mission to compassionately connect people and pets. For over 50 years the Upper Valley Humane Society has …