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Recent Events

On March 26, the President’s Circle welcomed Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens of New Hampshire Motor Speedway to its Leadership Forum. The NHMS is the largest sports and entertainment venue in New England and the host of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events each year. Gappens presented “Racing to Success”, a discussion on marketing in the motorsports world and beyond. After the presentation, Gappens spoke with Rivier University business and marketing students and offered advice on entering the marketing world.

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For additional information, contact the Office of University Advancement at (603) 897-8665. 

Comprised of distinguished business and community leaders, the Rivier University President’s Circle opens dialogue and promotes the exchange of ideas and approaches for dealing with issues impacting the businesses and organizations of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

From its founding in 1933, Rivier has worked to meet community need for an educated citizenry. The University continues to meet those needs through a wide variety of high quality, state-of-the-art programs in diverse fields. The University has identified an additional need: to create a community dialog on critical issues of today and tomorrow. The Rivier President’s Circle will provide a forum for expert dialog on a variety of topics, generation of new ideas and approaches to deal with issues impacting our businesses and organizations, as well as the quality of life in our community today and tomorrow.

Speakers have included: 

      •    Newt Gigrich, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia
           (click here for press release)
      •    Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China (click here for press release)
      •    Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania  (click here for press release)
      •    Patrick Hughes, President and CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan
           (click here for press release)
      •    Dr. Kedar Gupta, CEO of ARC Energy; and Lisa LaFave, Vice President of
           Global Customer Solutions for UPS (click here for press release)
      •    Joseph Foster, Attorney General of New Hampshire
      •    New Hampshire Gubernatorial Debate featuring Democratic Candidate Maggie 
           Hassan and Republican Candidate Ovide Lamontagne
      •    Patrick G. Binns, Consul General of Canada to New England
      •    Christopher Pope, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
           for the State of New Hampshire
      •    Thomas Colantuono, Former United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire

President’s Circle Steering Committee 

Paul Clark (chair)
President & CEO
Clark & Lavey Benefits Solutions, Inc.

Jim Banfield
Director of Operations
UPS - Northeast District

William H. Barry, III
Attorney and Partner
Barry & Honorow P.L.L.C

Jim Burke
Founder and Creative Director
Burke Advertising

Karen Cooper
Vice President for University Advancement
Rivier University 

Ryan King
Human Resources Director
McLane Law Firm 

Gregory Kivenzor
Associate Professor
Rivier University

Richard Pease
Spectrum Marketing Companies 

Donald Sommese
First Vice President
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney


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