Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to Honor Numerous Local Business people at 101st Annual Dinner & Awards Gala

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Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce to Honor Numerous Local Business people at 101st Annual Dinner & Awards Gala

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is set to honor five local business people at its 101st Annual Dinner & Awards Gala.  This celebration will be a time to recognize the winners of the Charles E. Billups Award, Jerry Loy Award, Community Leadership Award and the Chamber Service Award. Each year this special event is provided to the membership and surrounding community as a way of celebrating the accomplishments of the Chamber, its membership and the communities it serves. In addition, it is a moment to introduce our incoming Directors. Most importantly, it is a vehicle for recognizing outstanding business leaders vital to the viability of our chamber and our professional community.

This event will take place on Thursday, June 8 from 5:30-9:00PM at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Haverhill. Tickets are available for $80 a person or $775 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets go to or call (978)373-5663.

This event is being sponsored by Pentucket Bank, Trinity E.M.S, Lowell Five, National Grid, Northern Essex Community College, Align Credit Union, Northeast Computer Services, Holy Family Hospital and Nunan Florist and Greenhouses.

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The 2016 Awards Recipients are as follows:

Charles E. Billups Award:

The Charles E. Billups Award was established in 1985 to recognize an outstanding organization or individual in our service area that continuously and selflessly supports the efforts of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. This annual award is presented to an organization or individual that has made a positive impact on the success of the Chamber of Commerce, going above and beyond in their participation, leadership and overall support of the mission.

Tom Mortimer, Haverhill Banktommortimer_300dpi

Tom Mortimer became President and CEO of Haverhill Bank in 2010.  Prior to joining Haverhill Bank, Tom had held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Pentucket Bank and commercial lending positions with Fleet Bank and Family Mutual Savings Bank. Tom’s activities in the community include:  All Saints Parish: Co-Chair of Finance Committee, CBERA (Cooperative Banks Employees Retirement Association), Past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, Greater Haverhill Foundation:  President/Board of Directors/Executive Committee, Haverhill Day Care: President/Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Haverhill: Past President/Club Member, Massachusetts Bankers Association: Board of Directors, Northern Essex Community College Foundation: Chair of Finance Committee/Member of Executive Committee, Penacook Place: Chairman of the Board and Wadleigh Foundation: Vice President/Board of Directors.

Tom received his MBA in 1989 from University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a BS in Finance from Northeastern University in 1981.  Mortimer was a Team Captain, All American track runner and was inducted into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tom is also the recipient of the Haverhill YMCA, Business Community Development Award and the Home Health Foundation, Legacy of Leading Award.

Tom has been married to his wife, Katina 33 years and has three adult daughters, Heather, Tatum, and Courtney.

Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Awards:

The Jerry Loy Outstanding Director of the Year Award is presented to two individuals from the current Board of Directors who go above and beyond in their efforts to support the chamber’s mission, its programs and events, and the organization’s financial viability.

Brad Howell, Career Resources Corporation brad-howell-headshot

Brad Howell has been the CEO of Career Resources Corporation in Haverhill, MA since 2006. He holds a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology and has worked with people with disabilities for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including direct care staff within residential and day services, program management and fund development. He also has many years of experience in providing consultation and training to human service organizations. Brad sits on several Boards of Directors including the Association for Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP), the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Haverhill and the North Andover Scholarship Foundation.  Brad is also an instructor in the Contemporary Practices in DD Leadership and Management Certificate Program at U. Mass. Boston.






Stephen Flynn, Nunan Florist & Greenhousessteve-flynn-sr-head-shot

Stephen L. Flynn President and Owner of Nunan Florist and Greenhouses for over 30 years in Georgetown, MA, has been an active participant in Georgetown and the surrounding communities. Steve has served as the past president of the Essex County Florist Association and the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association, and a past board member of Hogan Regional Center. Currently Steve is a member on the Board of Directors of The Georgetown Savings Bank and The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. He has a family of five children and seven grandchildren. The Flynn family has always been very active in the running of Nunan’s, with Steve’s eldest son Stephen Flynn, Jr., General Manager, helping to make Nunan’s stand out as a local, family run business.



Community Leader:

The Community Leadership Award is presented to acknowledge and recognize a person within the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce community that has made a positive impact to improve the quality of life throughout our catchment area.

George Moriarty, Northern Essex Community College

George Moriarty is the Executive Director of the Center for Corporate and Community Education, a department within Northern Essex Community College. He oversees the college’s corporate training programs, which work with local companies to upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. George oversees the Adult Basic Education and ESOL programs, the Transitions Program, and the Bridge to College, Careers Program and the college’s noncredit division. He also was instrumental in launching the first-ever Police Training Academy at Northern Essex, which has graduated over 170 officers, who are now serving in police departments across the Merrimack Valley and across the state.

Prior to joining Northern Essex Community College, George served as the Director/Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Career Services; served for ten years as the executive director of The Career Place, a one-stop career center; and served for 20 years as the Director of Youth Programs and Interim Executive Director at the Boston Private Industry Council. He began his career as a Youth Counselor at Haverhill Community Action in Haverhill.

George was born in Lawrence, but has resided in Haverhill since the age of five. He was educated in the Haverhill Public Schools, earned his Associate Degree from Northern Essex Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. He served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence.

George’s activity in the community include: Haverhill YMCA: Board of Directors, Haverhill Board of Appeals: Chairman, Mount Washington Alliance: Founding Member/Governance Committee, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce: Member/Biz-Education Committee, Rotary Club of Lawrence: Member, Haverhill High School Class Reunion Committee.

He is the proud father of his daughter Kathleen and is an equally proud grandfather of his two-year old grandson – Oliver George Wilson.


Chamber Service Award:

This Chamber Service Award is designed to recognize a person who has committed themselves to promote the mission and values of the Chamber and demonstrates leadership, integrity, creativity, resource management, and loyalty which has contributed pointedly to the Chamber service area’s viability, image, or quality.

Sarah Blackstone, HC Media

From a young age, Sarah Blackstone has always dreamed of what it would be like to be on TV, to make an audience laugh, to play different characters and work on elaborate sets, but she never thought it was something she could actually attain.

Fast-forward through college and a degree in acting and the dream continues but with newer ambitions. She has worked her way to become the production coordinator at one of the finest community television stations in the country, HC Media. As the production coordinator, it is her job to facilitate all studio productions from 30-minute talk show shoots to large concert events. She works one on one with different members and community groups to facilitate their studio needs to create unique programs. From shows about paranormal investigations to health and fitness to public service announcements such as the fun mini-series “Movies by the River”.
Sarah enjoys working behind the scenes outside of the studio as well. Either on the clock representing HC Media or in her free time, she tries to get involved in any community committees she can. Sarah has been a key and integral part of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Committee, which hosts KidsFEST and The Christmas Stroll.  She finds nothing more rewarding than being a part of a group that enjoys hosting events to benefit its community. Most recently, she joined the committee for the O Positive festival that just came to town, which collaborates musicians and artists with medical practitioners. She enjoys working in this amazing community that will cultivate an environment for young artists like herself.

Tickets are available for $80 per person/ $775 for a table of 10 and are expected to sell out. Reservations may be made through the chamber office (978) 373-5663. Additional information may be found at


About the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business alliance composed of businesses and organizations from over 14 area communities.  The Chamber creates and fosters a prosperous business environment and supports the growth and profitability of its members, providing the resources, advocacy, information, networking and marketing opportunities for members’ success.

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