Meet the Business Services Team
Our team includes:
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NH Division of Economic Development Interim Director
603-271-2341 • Cell: 603-419-9164
Chris began his career as a marine biologist, worked in aquaculture ventures and laboratory management Formerly with the Department of Environmental Services, Chris Way managed several technical, grants, and market development programs in the solid waste and wastewater sectors; serving small businesses and creating public private partnerships. In keeping with his expertise in the areas of electronics asset recovery and construction debris, Chris also served as President of the Northeast Recycling Council, a thirteen-state coalition dedicated to sustaining business programs utilizing recyclables as feedstocks for manufacturing processes.
Chris earned his MBA from Plymouth State College and is also a member of the first graduating class for the NH Certified Management ProgramCommunications and Legislative Director
603-271-2341 • Journalists on deadline can call 603-419-0533
Lorna Colquhoun is responsible for developing, directing and managing the public relations, promotional and marketing strategies for the Division of Economic Development.
She comes to the Department of Resources and Economic Development after a newspaper career that spanned over 25 years, most of that time covering the North Country of New Hampshire. Her photos and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, as well as numerous national and regional publications.
Director of Broadband Technology
603-271-2341 Ext 138
Carol Miller directs and coordinates State telecommunications policy planning initiatives and works to encourage and facilitate collaboration between public and private research development efforts. She sprearheaded the development of a broadband action plan and acts as an agent in recruiting and retaining high technology companies.She also serves as a resource for state policy makers and seeks resources from government and nonprofit entities to promote the state's technology development and telecommunications planning initiatives.
A native of northern New Hampshire, Carol and her husband founded and ran an Internet company in the North Country offering dialup, DSL, wireless and telephone service for 16 years. The company also provided network consulting, website design and hosting and computer sales and service.
Carol has served as president of the New Hampshire Internet Service Providers and been a member of the State of NH Telecommunications Advisory Board as well as chair of the Androscoggin Valley Economic Recovery Corp. In addition, Carol is a North Country board member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and has participated in many task force initiatives concerning telecommunications in northern New Hampshire.
An adjunct faculty member of the Community College System of New Hampshire, she also teaches Financial Software. Carol also worked part-time as a radio disc jockey at several North Country radio stations.
BUSINESS RESOURCE SPECIALISTS
Belknap and Merrimack counties and in-house insurance specialist
Deborah Avery joined the BRC in 2000 after more than two decades in the insurance industry, first with Aetna Life and Casualty in corporate marketing sales and account administration for group insurance and pension plans, and then in sales with Healthsource and CIGNA. A board member of the Capital Region Development Council (CRDC) and New Hampshire Economic Development Association (NHEDA), she is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California.
Gary Chabot has professional experience in management, business counseling, training and professional development for entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers. He has assisted hundreds of small to medium-sized businesses and non-profit development organizations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.
He has worked as a Certified Business Counselor for the NH Small Business Development Center in all regions of New Hampshire, and for the Vermont Small Business Development Center in the Connecticut River Valley. His deep real estate experience includes serving as an internal business consultant for an international real estate corporation, Coldwell Banker Corporation, in New Hampshire and Vermont; as executive director of a housing agency; as real estate director for the Pease Development Authority; and as a vice president in real estate firms involved with investment, development, leasing and appraisal of major commercial properties in southern New Hampshire.
He has direct experience as an entrepreneur, and is particularly knowledgeable in the the professional services sector, food service industry, micro enterprises, state and local economic development agencies, and local business promotion organizations such as chambers of commerce and "Main Street" programs.
North Country Regional Resource Specialist
Beno Lamontagne plans and implements development strategies which build economic opportunity for the North Country business community. He works hand in hand with companies on issues ranging from permitting and site selection to energy efficiency and diversification while also providing strategic counsel to local community and economic development officials.
A Town of Colebrook selectman and owner of Lazerworks Radio Shack, Beno is a member of the Community Development Finance Authority board of directors as well as past president of the Coos Economic Development Corporation and the Colebrook Economic Development Corporation. He was a also founding board member of the Colebrook Merchants Association's Main Street Program.
Strafford and Rockingham County Specialist
Justin Slattery, Business Development Specialist, plans and implements development strategies building economic opportunity for businesses in Strafford and Rockingham Counties. Justin collaborates with businesses on issues ranging from permitting and site selection, to energy efficiency and workforce training, while also providing strategic counsel to local community and economic development officials. He serves on the Advanced Manufacturing Education Advisory Council, the NH CDFA Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, and the Southwest Region Planning Commission Economic Development Advisory Committee. He is also the division lead for business continuity and disaster preparedness. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. A New Hampshire native, Justin was raised in Pelham and resides in Goffstown with his wife, Amy
Catherine Goff joined the Division of Economic Development in August of 2002 as Administrative Secretary to the Director of the Division of Economic Development and to supervise secretarial support activities for the Division. Catherine took this position after more than 15 years in the legal field, first with Department of Safety, Division of Highway Enforcement working with a federal program, the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, and then with the State Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau where she was a Consumer Affairs Specialist (Mediator) and also in charge of the registration process for Condominium and Land Sales.
At the Division of Economic Development, Catherine coordinates the preparation of grant proposals and assist in the monitoring of grant budget compliance. She also prepares Fiscal Committee and Governor and Council requests. Catherine works closely with the Communications and Legislative Director, the Broadband and Technology Planning and Development members and Director, the Economic Development Advisory Council and the Business Energy Efficiency Program.
Catherine attended Concord Community College and The Thomas School of Business.
Administrative Secretary to Chris Way, Interim Director
603-271-2341 ext 124
Dianne has been with DED for 17 years. She has served as the administrative secretary to the director of DED for 3 years; prior to that she served in the same capacity for the director of the Business Resource Center.