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 …

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.

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 …

Grappone in the Community | Live and Let Live Farm

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Laura Evans, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator, arrived at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH, on Friday, July 22nd, to meet with Terry Penny, a volunteer at the farm. She watched a short film on the history of how the farm came to be. She then went straight to work, at the Tack Shop, sorting rain sheets, turn out sheets and light blankets, and binning them up according to size. Laura’s next project consisted of unloading the truck’s inventory used at the Deerfield Fair Grounds the prior weekend for the Deerfield 250th Celebration. She also worked with Terry to saddle a horse for the very first time. Finally, Laura cleaned out the puppy pens and exercised the puppies to help release some of their built up energy! At the end of her day of volunteering, Laura presented Terry Penny with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community to help support the farm. Live and Let Live Farm is “A non-profit, Volunteer Rehabilitation, Rescue and Sanctuary for animals”, which relies solely on volunteers to run the farm. Laura had a wonderful time and is looking forward to returning to the farm again soon!