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In Chamber Chat, we get up to speed on what’s happening in the business, non-profit and community circles in several of the towns surrounding Manchester.  Manchester’s neighbors range from the urban, to the suburban, to the rural, to the really rural and they all have unique opportunities and challenges.  We learn a lot about them in Chamber Chat.  Tune in to this segment, visit their Web sites and get plugged in to all the communities in which they work to learn what it means to be part of New Hampshire’s Merrimack Valley and beyond!

Will Stewart


Will Stewart, President of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce (appears on the first Monday of each month):

Will Stewart was named the Chamber’s President in September 2014. In this role he is responsible for the overall management of the Chamber and oversees the development, growth, and implementation of organization’s programs and budget. He also serves as the Chamber’s key spokesperson and as an advocate for the Greater Derry Londonderry business community.

Will brings significant experience in economic development, community relations, media relations, and government affairs. He most recently served as Vice President of Economic Development & Advocacy at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, where he managed and directed that organization’s economic development and advocacy efforts by representing the organization to local, state, and federal policymakers. He also played a key role in the advancement of the Chamber’s strategic goals and policy priorities on key issues such as education and workforce development, downtown improvement, transportation infrastructure, green business practices, and workforce housing.

Prior to his Chamber experience, Will worked as a community organizer for NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire and as a reporter for HippoPress and for the Southern Standard newspaper in McMinnville, Tenn.

Actively involved in community efforts, Stewart also serves in leadership roles for several area volunteer organizations. He is lead organizer of Bike Manchester, a Queen City bicycle advocacy organization; captain of the Oak Park Neighborhood Watch in Manchester; and a board member of the Friends of Stark Park.

Ted Donohue, Hooksett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (appears on the second Monday of each month)


Ted Donohue is a member of the Hooksett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Service Operations Manager of Hooksett based Al Terry Plumbing & Heating,  a family owned and operated business that was established in 1976. Ted is a veteran of the United States Air Force who served in Operation Dessert Watch and Dessert Shield in the early 1990’s.  He brings many years of business operations management experience from his 18 years owning and operating a small wireless telecommunications consulting company and raising 2 girls as a single dad.


Dawn Shepherd, Executive Director of the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce (appears on the third Monday of each month):

Dawn Shepherd was named the Chamber’s Executive Director in July 2015. Prior to this appointment, she served on the Board of Directors for over four years. During this time, she was involved in several committees, and was chairperson of the Annual Banquet. Dawn also acted as Secretary for over two years. “I’m excited about my new role at the chamber. The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce is here to serve the businesses of the Greater Merrimack region by connecting them to area businesses, visitors, and residents, supporting and enhancing both our vibrant local economy and our outstanding quality of life.” Prior to this, Dawn was the Director of Operations for Go Wireless, where she worked for over 13 years.


Tracy Hutchins, Executive Director of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce (appears on the fourth Monday of each month.)

Tracy Hutchins was named President of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce in January 2014. Tracy has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, serving as chief executive officer of four different organizations. Prior to joining the Chamber, Tracy worked for 10 years in the area of community development as director of the Milford Improvement Team and Wilton Main Street Associations, both accredited National Main Street Programs and prior spent several years working in the conservation field. Besides, her position at the Chamber, Tracy serves on several boards including the Milford Economic Development Committee, Amherst Village Strategic Planning Committee and NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She was named one of the Nashua Telegraph’s 25 Most Extraordinary Women in 2015..


Thomas Carter, President of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce (appears quarterly on the fifth Monday of each month)

A resident of New Boston, Thomas Carter and his wife Sarah homestead with their 3 children, dogs, cats and chickens.

As an energy broker with Frontline Power Solutions, Thomas assists many of New England’s businesses in reducing overhead through strategic energy buying. From load usage to green energy, Thomas enjoys connecting with the heartbeat of NH and the businesses that drive economic growth.

Thomas serves as the President of the Chamber and has a passion for connecting the people and businesses of the community. He has served the board in this position since January of 2015 and is excited to be part of an engine of growth for the area’s businesses.