Meet Frank Wells: Chairman of the 2017-2019 GMCC Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Wells as Chairman of the Greater Manchester
Frank arrived in New Hampshire in 1975 after living in Boston where he worked for a large engineering firm and attended Northeastern University and Massachusetts College of Art. Frank joined Hoyle Tanner that same year when the newly founded company was located at Grenier Field, now home to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. In the four decades that followed, Frank held several positions of increasing responsibility in the firm that had grown to over 250 employees in the early 1990’s.
Frank’s volunteer and community work includes serving as current Chair of the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Committee, current Chairman of the UNH Manchester College Advisory Board and as a member of the UNH Advocacy Council. Frank has called Sandown, NH home for the past 41 years and lives in a pre-civil war farmhouse with his wife Linda.
We asked Frank some questions about his connection to the Chamber and Greater Manchester. Learn more about Frank and his role with the GMCC, below!
Why and when did you become involved in the GMCC?
I began attending Chamber events in the early 1990s when John Tanner, one of my company’s founders, was elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Hoyle Tanner’s core business is engineering public infrastructure, and when John was elected Chairman of the GMCC Board of Directors, I joined and became very involved with the Chamber’s Infrastructure Committee.
What are your goals for the Board during your term as Chairman?
There are several, but I’d say that advancing the priorities set forth in the Chambers’ Strategic Plan rises to the top of the list. Manchester is well positioned as the States’ largest city to act as a magnet to attract talent to the region. The Chamber’s Board is a leadership team whose members will play a key role in shaping the image and reputation of the City as an innovation hub and source for high-quality jobs, as well as having a diverse array of cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.
Is there a Chamber project that you are particularly proud of and why?
Two projects come to mind that are obvious choices for someone with my background and business focus. First would be the expansion and build-out of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. This initiative began in the early 90s and had the full support of the Chamber. It stands as an example of how a very complex undertaking can, with the support and advocacy of our business community and the Chamber, bring about transformational economic benefit to the region.
A second example is the widening of Interstate Route 93 from the Massachusetts boarder to Manchester. The Chamber’s Infrastructure Committee and Board took a strong position in support of this project that will improve public safety and advance economic growth.
What advice would you give to up and coming leaders in the Greater Manchester Community?
I would encourage all our young people on a leadership track to become familiar with and understand our legislative process and the role our elected officials play in shaping society. Also, I believe that there’s value in volunteering, and I would ask future leaders to consider ways to give back to their community. The Chamber is a resource for this and offers pathways for becoming involved and informed.
What attributes do you think make our business community and Greater Manchester region special?
The Manchester business community is very interconnected and responsive, and we have the added advantage of a relatively accessible congressional delegation. Our industrial legacy is in evidence in Manchester’s Millyard which is now being recognized as an innovation center and home to research and high-tech businesses capable attracting a new talent base and workforce from the Boston area. Add to this the many institutions of higher learning, arts, entertainment and close proximity to the seacoast and mountains, and we can rightly claim the Manchester region as a special place.