The Citizen of the Year award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding leadership and citizenship in the community while demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride, and commitment to the betterment of society.
The individual nominated should be a resident of the Greater Manchester area or be engaged in activities centered on the community. Recognition will be given based on leadership and performance in several areas of community service over a period of years. The individual recognized does not have to be a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber or the business community. It may be an individual from any walk of life and there are no requirements or restrictions relating to gender, race, religion, or ethnic background.
Complete the nomination form and upload letters of recommendation. If a candidate is not selected this year, the nomination will be automatically resubmitted for consideration next year. All nominations will be kept confidential. The award will not be given posthumously, and seated elected officials are unable to qualify as Citizen of the Year. An anonymous nomination committee selects the honoree based on the current and previous years’ nomination pool.
The 2023 Citizen of the Year Celebration, honoring the 2022 Citizen of the Year, has not yet been scheduled. Check back here to learn more about the 2023 annual event, which is an opportunity for chamber members, community members, friends, family, and colleagues of the honoree to celebrate their accomplishments and their dedication to the City of Manchester.
Since 1954, the Greater Manchester Chamber has hosted its annual celebration to honor the Citizen of the Year. At this event, a member of the community is recognized who highlights strong leadership skills, guides initiative-driven goals, and shows their commitment to enhancing the future of Manchester.
Since 1954, the Greater Manchester Chamber has presented the Citizen of the Year Award to one outstanding individual. This group has been paramount in shaping the chamber’s agenda and the Greater Manchester community.
1954: William F. McElroy, Industrialist
1955: Med M. Chandler, Hills Dept. Store
1956: Mary G. Manning
1957: Dr. Robert B. Kerr
1958: Avery R. Schiller, Public Service Co. of New Hampshire
1959: Maxwell E. Duckoff, Salvage Shoe
1960: William S. Green, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
1961: Rosco A. Ammon, Ammon Terminal
1962: Josaphate T. Benoit, Mayor
1963: Joseph H. Geisel, Saint Anselm College
1964: Adelaide Dodge, Retired Teacher
1965: Irwin W. Davis, YMCA
1966: Walter S. Little, Industrialist
1967: Thomas H. Buckley, Public Service of New Hampshire
1968: Francis P. McGranaghan, Chief of Police
1969: Victoria Y. Estfan
1970: J. Fred French, Banker
1971: Owen Johnson, Businessman
1972: Alfred L. Sicotte, Trucking Magnate
1973: John G. Drayton, Consultant
1974: Robert P. Burroughs, Burroughs Corporation
1975: Laurent Chalifour, Businessman
1976: John McLane, Jr., McLane,Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A.
1977: John J. Reilly, Jr., Reilly Electric
1978: Ralph A. McIninch, Banker
1979: Dr. Sylvio Dupuis, Mayor
1980: Raymond Closson, Public Service of New Hampshire
1981: Frederick W. Griffin, Griffin Insurance
1982: John J. Coleman, New England Telephone
1983: Howard Keegan, Amoskeag Bank
1984: Kimon S. Zachos, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
1985: Monsignor Phillip Kenney, Clergy
1986: Ralph E. Jensen, Numerica Financial Corp.
1987: Selma R. Deitch, MD, Child Health Services
1988: Raymond F. Truncellito, Truncellito & Davis
1989: Herbert Stebbins, Stebbins Association
1990: Mary Mongan, NH Dept. of Health & Human Services
1991: Raymond G. Cote, Harvey Construction
1992: Patrick Duffy, NYNEX
1993: Beverly L. Arel, Moore Center Services
1994: Jack Middleton, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A.
1995: Sister Carol Descoteaux, Notre Dame College
1996: William E. Marvin, Manpower of Manchester
1997: William T. Frain, Jr., Public Service of New Hampshire
1998: Frederick B. Kfoury, Jr., Central Paper Products, Inc.
1999: Raymond J. Wieczorek, Mayor
2000: Elias “Skip ” E. Ashooh, Elias E. Ashooh, Inc.
2001: Bradford E. Cook, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA
2002: Dr. Eugene Lariviere, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester
2003: Dr. Richard Gustafson, Southern NH University
2003: J. Michael Hickey, Verizon
2004: Claira P. Monier, NH Housing & Finance Authority
2005: Robert A. Baines, Mayor
2006: Barry Brensinger, Lavallee Brensinger Architects
2007: Richard I. Winneg, W S I Industries
2008: Brian Tremblay, Boys and Girls Club of Manchester
2009: Dick Anagnost, Anagnost Investments
2010: No Citizen of the Year – Centennial Celebration
2011: Stephen Singer, Merchants Automotive Group
2012: Joseph B. Reilly, Centrix Bank
2013: Arthur Sullivan, Brady-Sullivan Properties
2014: Ellie Cochran, The NH Charitable Foundation
2015: Andy Crews, AutoFair
2016: Dianne Mercier, People’s United Bank
2017: Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition – New Horizons
2018: Michael L’Ecuyer, Bellwether Community Credit Union
2019: Peter Ramsey, The Palace Theatres
2020: Anna Thomas, City of Manchester Public Health Director
Since 1954, the COY has showcased Manchester’s top leaders, visionaries, dreamers, and doers.