Trendsetters event, Sept. 10, 2020

The 2020 Business Journal Trendsetters recipients are honored at this virtual event on Sept. 10, 2020. The young professionals winning awards this year are Mari Brunner, Sarah Costa, Rachel Eschle, Ashley Guion, Lindsey Masterson, Dr. Jonathan Norris, Derek Paul, Michael Remy, Derek Scalia, …

Trendsetters 2020

Meet 12 young professionals making a difference in the region!

Mari Brunner

    Mari Brunner, a 2020 Trendsetter, is a Keene city planner. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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    Mari Brunner discovered her life’s passion — sustainable development — in South Korea and came to Keene to study it further, realizing her best work could be done right here in her community. Read more

    Sarah Costa

      Sarah Costa, a 2020 Trendsetter, is owner of Manning Hill Farm. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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      When stores wouldn’t buy milk from Manning Hill Farm in its first months in business, Sarah Costa could have thrown in the bucket. Instead, she stuck it out. Now she has a waiting list of stores. Read more

      Rachel Eschle

        Rachel Eschle, a 2020 Trendsetter, is co-founder and partner of BCE Consulting. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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        Three years ago, Rachel Eschle and two colleagues broke away from an unsatisfying employer and launched a new business strategy and management firm that grew 40% last year and is cruising towa… Read more

        Ashley Guion

          Ashley Guion, a 2020 Trendsetter, is senior accountant at Nathan Wechsler & Company. (Video by Caroline Perry)

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          Ashley Guion clearly enjoys helping people. In addition to her accounting job and heavy involvement in the Keene Young Professionals Network, the 29-year-old Swanzey, New Hampshire, native vol… Read more

          Lindsey Masterson

            Lindsey Masterson, a 2020 Trendsetter, is owner of Cheetah Design Studio. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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            Lindsey Masterson, 37, of Peterborough, knew she wanted to forge her own path and create her own company after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. Read more

            Dr. Jonny Norris

              Dr. Jonathan Norris, a 2020 Trendsetter, is a pediatric dentist at Montshire Pediatric Dentistry. (Video by Caroline Perry)

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              Dr. Jonathan Norris, of Montshire Pediatric Dentistry, is “Doctor Jonny” to his patients, who are mostly 12 years old and younger. But with everyone else, he drops the “Dr.” Read more

              Derek Paul

                Derek Paul, a 2020 Trendsetter, is co-owner/marketing director at SERVPRO of Cheshire, Windham and Windsor Counties. (Video by Cecily Weisburgh / Sentinel Staff)

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                For Derek Paul, 36, marketing manager at Servpro of Cheshire County, trust is a necessity. Read more

                Michael Remy

                  Michael Remy, a 2020 Trendsetter, is senior director of operational network strategy at C&S Wholesale Grocers and a Keene city councilor. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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                  When Michael Remy began a college internship at C&S Wholesale Grocers, he thought it would be a great summer job, and planned to work in a larger city after graduation. Read more

                  Derek Scalia

                    Derek Scalia, a 2020 Trendsetter, is director of retention and diversity at Franklin Pierce University and deacon at St. James Episcopal Church. (Video by Cecily Weisburgh / Sentinel Staff)

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                    When he preaches at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, vocation deacon Derek Scalia carries a stone with him. It’s not always the same stone, but it’s a sacred stone, part of a collective of… Read more

                    Jordan Sharra

                    Jordan Sharra, a 2020 Trendsetter, is the owner of the Arlington Inn and Tavern. (Video by Cecily Weisburgh / Sentinel Staff)

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                    While the vast majority of 20-something New Hampshire natives leave their home state for other pastures, Jordan Sharra decided not only to stay but open her door and let the community in. Read more

                    Chelsea Szalanski

                      Chelsea Szalanski, a 2020 Trendsetter, is youth services director for the town of Hillsborough and diversion coordinator for Jaffrey district court. (Video by Cecily Weisburgh / Sentinel Staff)

                      Beth Wood

                        Elizabeth Wood, a 2020 Trendsetter, is Keene's downtown coordinator. (Video by Samantha Hayes / Sentinel Staff)

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                        Keene officials’ decision to greenlight a new downtown coordinator position in 2018 kicked off a search across the Northeast for the right candidate. It turns out she was right across the street. Read more