Kathy is an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for out-of-the box thinking. She graduated from Plymouth State University and headed to Boston from 1984-1986 to sell computers. In 1986, Kathy co founded a New Hampshire based technology company, Information Services, Inc. (ISI) with her brother Butch Locke. Under her leadership, ISI grew to a multimillion-dollar company, offering document scanning and storage services. Kathy served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sales and Marketing until the sale of ISI to Lason, Inc. in 1991. She cofounded Crowning Holding, Inc., a real estate investment firm in 1990 and still serves as Chief Executive Officer.
Kathy continued as sales and marketing consultant for Lason and other businesses from 1991 - 2005. The flexibility of a home office was invaluable as her family grew to husband Tim and 2 daughters. Kathy co founded HuePhoria in 2005 to help bring HuePhoria's unique entertainment and gift products to life. Kathy serves as the sales and marketing partner.
In her capacity, she promotes and helps manage the 4 divisions of HuePhoria. The divisions include; HuePhoria's "Ball Mom" home party network, related company products sold online and through "Ball Moms", wholesale store and website sales. www.huephoria.com
Toyna J. Chin, Former Southern NH University Undergraduate and Entrepreneur
As an undergraduate at SNHU Toyna J. Chin was struck by what seemed a lack of thought that went into feminine care products. To her, the one-flow-fits-all approach was downright medieval. This prompted Toyna to brainstorm some fresh new product concepts as a class project that she believed could take the feminine care category from boring fact-o-life, to how-cool-is-that.
She even pitched her ideas to some of America’s top feminine hygiene brands, only to be turned away. Never one to be discouraged by a silly rejection letter, the dismissive missives were more motivating force than setback to Toyna.
Then one day, armed with a decade+ working with Fortune 500 companies, Toyna focused her proven entrepreneurial and executive talents on making her dream come true. Enter, Hygeia Personal Care Products, Inc. and the Petite Amie and Jolie Mama brands.
As the former President of Hygeia, she changed the way girls and young women think about and manage their menstrual cycles, their bodies and puberty by creating an aspirational brand experience. She even reached out to the bewildered Mom’s and health educators of hormonal teens providing advice and information resources they could trust.
She’s now turning her efforts as an advisor to the Center for Women's Business Advancement to help other students and female entrepreneurs with all of the vital tools that are needed to make their dreams a success too.
William Gillett, Dean , School of Business, Southern NH University
Bill assumed responsibilities as Dean of the School of Business in the summer of 2010. He is an accomplished international businessman, who most recently served as president of RiverStone Resources where he was responsible for its overall strategic direction and new business acquisitions. Bill brings a wealth of international partnerships, many formed as managing director for RiverStone’s European division. He is an active participant in New Hampshire’s business and philanthropic communities and is an engaged member of the national and international insurance and banking industries. Bill currently serves on the boards of New Hampshire Public Radio, International Institute of Boston, and the New Hampshire Writer’s Project.
Beverly A. Hodsdon, President
Joyce Design Solutions LLC
Beverly has a B.S. in Marketing from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). Her experience includes four years as the senior art director for LTD Company Advertising in Bedford, NH; and 9-1/2 years as the Director of Publications for Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, managing 250 publications annually; and 20 years as a designer. Her graphic design company, Joyce Design Solutions will celebrate its 19th year in September, 2012.
In addition to her graphic design business, Beverly also works for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. As the Membership & Business Resource Manager, she is responsible for recruiting and retention of members, as well as event management for the business programs, including the monthly Business Open House, the Local Expert Speakers Series, the New Member Welcomes & Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, the Annual Awards Dinner, the Morning Mixers and other business related events that take place throughout the year, such as the Seacoast Expo.
Beverly is also a member of the National Association of Professional & Executive Women and the Seacoast Women’s Network (Portsmouth, NH). She is also an adjunct faculty member of the graphic design department at Chester College of New England. An avid NASCAR fan, when she is not volunteering, designing, taking care of her husband, Mark, two children and two step-children, she enjoys spending every free moment playing tennis and gardening.
Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency
Tracey Labbe is a senior sales and consultant executive with the Eaton and Berube Insurance Agency. She has been in the insurance industry for over 24 years. She takes a consulting approach with her clients. Tracey brings a single source concept to her clients by being able to provide for all of their insurance needs. She is licensed in Commercial/Business Insurance and Employee Benefits. She is licensed in NH, MA, ME, VT and CT.
Tracey has earned her insurance designation in Construction Risk Management which allows her to focus in on the specific needs of construction contractors to include all phases of the project. She also has worked closely with Manufacturers, Law Firms/Professional Organizations, Non-Profits and the Service Industry.
She is very active in the community, just recently being nominated to the Board of Directors for the Center For Women’s Business Achievement. Volunteering for several non-profit clients through-out the years to include St Joseph Community – Meals on Wheels, Nashua Soup Kitchen, Harbor Homes, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children(CASA), Concord Housing Authority, YWCA – Women’s Shelter and many more. Additionally, she and her husband are the foster parents for two young girls.
Susan Losapio, PhD
Southern NH University
Along with being an Associate Professor in the Organizational Leadership Department of the School of Business for Southern New Hampshire University, Susan Losapio has an active management consulting business. Her areas of expertise are presentation skills, organizational effectiveness, leadership coaching, and team development. In January, 2012 she achieved her PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a concentration in Learning Management. She has also mentored many women small business owners since 1994. She is married and has helped her husband start and maintain a CPA Firm.
Kathleen D. Reardon
Senior VP, Director of Public Affairs and Community Invest. for Citizens Bank, NH
Kathleen joined Citizens Bank in 1998 and has 19 years of progressive public relations and management experience. In her role, she is responsible for media relations, charitable giving, sponsorships, special events and community development initiatives.
Prior to joining Citizens Bank, she held a variety of public relations and development positions in non-profit organizations. Most recently, she was a Field Director for Swift Water Girl Scout and Council in Manchester, NH, overseeing membership strategies and volunteer management.
An active member of the community, Kathleen serves on the boards of the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund and the Capitol Center for the Arts. She was appointed by the governor to serve on the New Hampshire State Park System Advisory Council and the State Economic Development Advisory Council. Kathleen is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership New Hampshire program. She was named to the Union Leader’s Forty under 40 in 2004, and was honored with the Douglas Eldridge Award for Volunteer Service by the Seacoast United Way.
Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and she has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
Kathleen lives in New Boston, N.H. with her husband, Kevin.
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