Dianne Mercier Honored as Manchester Citizen of the Year
At Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Dinner
Dianne Mercier, President – NH, People’s United Bank, was named Citizen of the Year at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) 2017 Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Celebration on Thursday, April 20th, at the Radisson in Manchester. This event sold out, with over 750 members of the business community in attendance to show their support. Joe Reilly, NH Regional President of Eastern Bank, presented Dianne with the award.
“Dianne’s work has greatly impacted our business community, non-profit organizations, and the chamber,” said Andy Crews, 2017 GMCC Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Celebration Chairman and CEO of AutoFair Automotive Group.
“I can personally attest to how special this award is and the importance of celebrating citizenship and civic leadership in our community. Dianne Mercier embodies these same values and is a most deserving honoree,” said Crews.
The evening began with a reception for all Past Citizens of the Year and event sponsors, hosted by Eversource. Attendees then enjoyed a cocktail reception sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union. Before dinner began, Past Citizens of the year were paraded through the crowd, escorted by kids from the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, thanks to UNH Manchester and table settings were enjoyed courtesy of Cross Insurance. The main course was sponsored by People’s United Bank, wine sponsored by LaBelle Winery, champagne sponsored by Brady Sullivan Properties, and following dinner a dessert reception was sponsored by AutoFair.
The theme of the evening focused on the words that define both Dianne Mercier and the Chamber community:
Civic Duty, Generosity, Strength, Dedication, Kindness, Motivation, and Leadership.
This was represented in words used in the décor for the celebration, designed by Spectrum Marketing Companies. St. Mary’s Bank sponsored the incredible centerpieces for this year’s event, also designed by Spectrum Marketing Companies and Print New Hampshire.
Dianne Mercier has leveraged her role in the banking industry to create an ideal “Live, Work & Play,” environment in the state while assisting and supporting local organizations. Since 2009, Dianne has served as People’s United Bank President for New Hampshire. She began her banking career in New Hampshire in 1985 and has spent the past 30 years in the state’s banking industry. Dianne and her husband John are longtime residents of Manchester where they raised their children, Sarah and Robert, and are now the proud grandparents of Paxtyn and Parker.
“Dianne epitomizes the characteristics of the Citizen of the Year award through her incredible achievements as a business leader and her amazing commitment to community service,” said Michael Skelton, GMCC President and CEO. “Dianne has had a positive impact on every nonprofit Board of Directors she has served on, which is a testament to both her leadership skills and generosity.”
Skelton expressed that the chamber is both honored and thrilled to add Dianne to the list of esteemed individuals who have received the Citizen of the Year award, over the years.
Dianne was nominated for Citizen of the Year by Doreen Manetta, Vice President and Market Manager at People’s United Bank. In her nomination, Doreen said, “For 11 years I have witnessed Dianne’s passion and intense work ethic within her professional career, as well as her generosity in giving back to the community in her civic and charitable activities. She is a woman of action and a true leader.”
Since 1954 the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has presented one outstanding individual the Citizen of the Year Award. This outstanding group of individuals has been paramount in shaping the GMCC’s agenda and the community. The Citizen of the Year award recognizes an individual with outstanding leadership and citizenship in the community, while demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride and commitment to the betterment of society. To be nominated, the individual should live in the greater Manchester area and his or her activities should be centered in the same area. Recognition is given for leadership and performance in several areas of community service over a period of years.