In the News: Medal of Honor Recipient and Alumnus Ryan Pitts Receives New Englander of the Year Award

In the News: Medal of Honor Recipient and Alumnus Ryan Pitts Receives New Englander of the Year Award

Monday, October 26, 2015

Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts, a 2013 graduate of UNH Manchester's Business program, received the New England Council's prestigious "New Englander of the Year" award at its 90th Anniversary Annual Dinner in Boston on Thursday, October 22.

“Each of our 2015 honorees has made remarkable contributions to our economy and our communities, both here in New England and beyond,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of the New England Council. “Through thoughtful leadership, innovative thinking, and dedication to their community and their nation, these individuals truly embody all that is great about New England. We’re delighted to be celebrating their accomplishments with hundreds of our members at this year’s Annual Dinner.”

Pitts enlisted in the Army in 2003, completing two combat deployments in Afghanistan before being medically discharged in 2009. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his actions during an enemy fighter attack in Afghanistan in 2008. Pitts delivered the keynote address at University of New Hampshire's 2015 commencement last May.

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Courtesy of the New England Council

BOSTON (October 15, 2015) – The New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business organization, will present its prestigious “New Englander of the Year” awards at its 2015 90thAnniversary Annual Dinner at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston on Thursday, October 22, 2015. This year’s recipients are Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday; U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan M. Pitts; and longtime WBZ-TV anchor Jack Williams.

Over 1,500 New England Council members representing businesses large and small across a wide range of industries throughout New England will be in attendance. The 2015 Annual Dinner also marks the 90th Anniversary of The New England Council, which was founded in Poland Spring, ME, in 1925.

The “New Englander of the Year” awards are presented each year by The New England Council and honor residents or natives of the New England states for their commitment and contributions in their fields of work, as well as their leadership and impact on the New England region’s quality of life and economy. First presented in 1964, over the years the award has been presented to Senators Ted Kennedy, Jack Reed, Jean Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins and John Kerry; Congressmen Richard Neal, Ed Markey, John Larson, and Barney Frank; and business leaders such as Abigail Johnson of Fidelity Investments, Robert Reynolds of Putnam Investments, Anne Finucane of Bank of America and many other respected government, business, and non-profit leaders.

“Each of our 2015 honorees has made remarkable contributions to our economy and our communities, both here in New England and beyond,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of the New England Council. “Through thoughtful leadership, innovative thinking, and dedication to their community and their nation, these individuals truly embody all that is great about New England. We’re delighted to be celebrating their accomplishments with hundreds of our members at this year’s Annual Dinner.”

The New England Council’s Board of Directors selected this year’s honorees based on their commitment to the community, distinguished careers and countless contributions to the region and the nation.

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region. The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England. The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange. For more information, please visit:www.newenglandcouncil.com.

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