Meet the Division of Economic Development
Our team includes:
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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, he managed several technical grants and market development programs in the solid waste and wastewater sectors and worked 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 13-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 New Hampshire Certified Management Program.
Communications 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.
Business Services Manager
Originally from New York, Liz Gray is the
Business Services Manager at the New Hampshire Division of Economic
Development, leading a team of eight business specialists,
and travels around the state, connecting businesses and manufacturers
with programs and services to help them grow and prosper. Soon after joining the division, she implemented Lean
process improvement techniques, which is making a positive impact in the
way the team works with business clients, and she is now a certified
Lean Continuous Improvement Practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a B.S.
in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and a
Master's in Public Administration. She lives in Concord with her husband, Bryan, and their son, Noah.
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.
Carol has served as president of the New Hampshire Internet Service Providers and been a member of the State of New Hampshire Telecommunications Advisory Board as well as chairman of the Androscoggin Valley Economic Recovery Corp. 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.
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 and New Hampshire Economic Development Association, she is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Ca.
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 New Hampshire Small Business Development Center throughout the state and for the Vermont Small Business Development Center in the Upper Valley. His deep real estate experience includes serving as an internal business consultant for an international real estate corporation, Coldwell Banker Corp., in New Hampshire and Vermont; executive director of a housing agency; 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 that build economic opportunity for the North Country business community. He works closely 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 former 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 Corp. and the Colebrook Economic Development Corp. He was a also founding board member of the Colebrook Merchants Association's Main Street Program.
Cheshire and Sullivan Counties Specialist
Administrative Secretary to Chris Way, Interim Director
603-271-2341 ext 124
Dianne has been with the division for 17 years, serving as the administrative secretary to the director of the division.