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TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess, one of 40 honored at Union Leader Awards Night

The front page of the Union Leader published on Thursday, March 15, 2018 featured a story written by Paul Feely reporting on the Class of 2018: 40 Under Forty Awards night held at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess was not only one of the forty honored at the event, but he was also quoted in the article. Congratulations to all the under Forty honorees who make our state a better place to live and work!

To view a pdf of the published story, click on this link NH Union Leader Class of 2018 40 under Forty honorees  or read the text below:

Class of 2018: 40 under Forty honorees make NH a better place to live and work

Taking their places in the ranks of honorees considered among the state’s top political and community leaders, members of the 2018 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under Forty were honored during a ceremony Wednesday night at the Grappone Conference Center.

The program, now in its 17th year, honors New Hampshire residents who have achieved professional and volunteer accomplishments in the state. Past honorees include former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller.

“I’m honored to be recognized for doing something I enjoy doing, and would be happy to do regardless of my vocation,” said Lauren Collins-Cline, director of communications and public relations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. “I think the quality of this year’s class is indicative of the under 40 crowd in New Hampshire. We hear a lot about the graying of the state, and an event like this spotlights what the younger generation is accomplishing.”

“Going through the list of honorees, it is an incredibly impressive list,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The sky is the limit in New Hampshire. You have the ability to do anything here and it’s our responsibility as government officials to make sure the doors are open to you. This state is about opportunity. You are here because you made the best of it.”

The 28 women and 12 men chosen for the 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty have made professional and personal contributions to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. This year’s group includes four people in their 20s; 16 between 30 and 35; and 20 between 36 and 39 — including nine 39-year olds.

The most popular profession in this year’s class is attorney, the listed occupation for four of the honorees. They represent a very diverse workforce — real estate, health care, arts and entertainment, state politics, retail, accounting, insurance, finance, education and coaching, engineering, advocacy, promoting New Hampshire.

“You’ve done a lot to get here,” said New Hampshire Union Leader Executive Editor Trent Spiner. “Every year we are just amazed at your stories, and the things you have done and achieved. I am even more amazed at what you will go on to do.”

“It’s a great class, and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said Dylan Cruess, principal and chief operating officer of TFMoran Inc. “You see the people who have been recognized before you, and it’s an honor to be a part of that group.”

“I’m honored to be chosen, and to be a good role model for my kids,” said Jessica Bond, program director for Ascentria Care Alliance Therapeutic Family Connections Program. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help put a spotlight on the need for foster care in New Hampshire.”

“It’s a great class,” said Will Craig, community relations and economic development specialist with Eversource. “It’s a nice opportunity to recognize a great group of people for the good work they do around the state.”

Nominations for this year’s honorees were gathered in the fall. Nominees had to be younger than 40 as of Feb. 1, have lived in the state for at least three years, and have made professional and personal contributions to making New Hampshire a better place.

Citizens Bank sponsored the 2018 40 Under Forty Awards.

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18th Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast

The Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast was held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 for the 18th consecutive year at The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson). This St. Patrick’s Day tradition is not only a good time, but a charity event that benefits several local charities to help make a difference and allow companies to give back. This year’s organizations include: Special Olympics NH, American Red Cross and The Shirley Brulotte Fund for the International Institute of New England – Manchester.

This year’s special guests were Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor singer from Dublin, Ireland, and Timothy Shriver, the Special Olympics Chairman.

TFMoran is one of the many local companies and organizations sponsoring the event.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/BlarneyBreakfast/

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TFMoran Sponsors Bedford Basketball League

TFMoran is proud to announce our support of the Bedford Basketball League this season! This year there are 63 teams in the league made up of first through eighth graders, both boys and girls. And, thanks to Chris Ware, BBL Director of Sponsorship, there are 49 individual sponsors. This is TFMoran’s first year sponsoring the organization and we are happy to be a part of it.  Playing on the TFMoran sponsored team is Myles Lamb, who is the son of one of our Senior Structural Engineers, Tom Lamb. Myles plays on the 1st/2nd grade boys recreation division team coached by Stephen Dunker. We are happy to cheer him on from the office and the sidelines!  Go TFMoran Team!

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The American Red Cross of NH & VT thanks TFMoran for generously supporting Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts

Red Cross visit to TFMoran for Harvey & Irma Hurricane Relief Donation

Dylan Cruess, COO, TFMoran and Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT

In early November 2017, Maria Devlin, CEO, American Red Cross-NH & VT, visited both the Bedford and Portsmouth offices of TFMoran to thank the company and staff for generously supporting the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Both offices were presented with a wall plaque, as Ms. Devlin explained how the relief efforts were progressing. This wasn’t her first time visiting TFMoran, back in 2013 she presented TFMoran with a plaque for a financial contribution to the American Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

“The employees of TFMoran have shown time and time again that they are willing to pitch in to help out the people in need whether they are in the next town, or half way around the world.”  said Dylan Cruess, COO of TFMoran. “That’s the kind of people we are proud to employ here, compassionate and generous.”

TFMoran, Inc. and TFMoran staff have contributed to the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross. Together the staff donated $2,885, which combined with TFMoran’s $2,500 gives us a total donation of $5,385.00!

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 3 hurricane that devastated eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Harvey hit the gulf coast of the U.S on Friday, August 25, 2017, bringing 130 mph winds and over 52 inches of rain! Experts estimate up to $180 billion in damage. Residents of the affected areas have lost all their belongings, leaving them homeless, hungry and lost on where to go next. The Red Cross has sent volunteers, donated money and food, and set up shelters. Almost immediately after the storm hit, volunteers headed into Houston to help, getting people safely into shelters and supplying them with food and blankets.

Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Irma started out as a Category 5 hurricane hitting parts of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti on September 5, 2017, leaving heavy flooding and damage. Next, the Florida Keys suffered severe damage on September 8th and 9th as Irma became a Category 4. Making its way to the mainland, Miami and southern Florida, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 3, with winds of over 110 mph, heavy rains, and fierce winds for the entire state. An estimated 15 million people in Florida were without power with an estimated $100 billion damage. Florida’s Governor ordered  approximately 6.3 million people to evacuate before the hurricane hit.

To learn more about the Hurricane Relief Efforts go to the American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org

 

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The Bedford Bulletin features Kids Safety Day

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and daughter Cate were captured on camera at the annual Kids Safety Day and published in The Bedford Bulletin. To view the article and read more about this great event, please click on this link The Bedford Bulletin October 19, 2017 issue -Kids Safety Day Article  or read text below. And, a Big Thank You to The Bedford Bulletin for covering local events!

October 19, 2017 [Bullet] Neighborhood News [Bullet] The Bedford Bulletin [Bullet] Page 19

Kids Safety Day provided child ID packets

Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures provided the backdrop for Primary Bank’s second annual Kids Safety Day, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the bank’s Route 101 location.
The event, held in conjunction with the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program and Manchester-based Washington Lodge No. 61, presented families with the opportunity to put together comprehensive child identification packets, which could be taken home, kept in a safe place and given to law enforcement officials should their child ever go missing.

A record number of children took advantage of the program at this year’s event, according to Dylan Cruess, member of Washington Lodge No. 61 and chief operating officer of Bedford-based TFMoran. More than 300,000 children have participated in MYCHIP since its inception in 1988.

“We had 52 children go through our Child ID program this year. That’s the highest number of children we’ve ID’d during one of these events in over five years,” said Cruess, himself a father of a 4-year-old daughter. “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s turnout. It’s wonderful to see more and more families taking advantage of this service, and we’re so pleased to be partnering with Primary Bank in an effort to keep our community a little bit safer.”

Although similar in content to child identification packages of past generations, which consisted of a physical description, outdated photo and ink fingerprints, today’s kits include a brief videotaped interview with the child, not only capturing the child’s image but also their voice and mannerisms. While fingerprints are still collected, children today hold their fingers to an electronic pad similar in appearance to a miniature computer mouse, generating computerized fingerprints. Once the entire 10-minute process is completed, all the data is put into an envelope and given to the parents to take home for safe keeping.

“I’m so happy we had the opportunity to do this with our daughter today,” said Kaitlyn Choi of Candia, who attended the Kids’ Safety Event with her daughters Emma, 2, and Aly, 6 months, and husband, Andrew, a Manchester police officer. “Emma had a lot of fun and now we have peace of mind knowing we have everything we need to give to the police if we ever need to.”
Although child safety is a serious topic, the day itself was filled with fun. The eastern end of the 101 Plaza parking lot took on a festive feel for the day. Max the mascot from the Manchester Monarchs and Fungo from the Fisher Cats both made appearances. Children had fun in a giant bouncy house and practiced their skills on miniature sports fields before getting their face painted and picking out a balloon animal.

Bedford emergency vehicles, including two fire trucks and a police vehicle, were also available for curious children to explore.

Primary Bank staff handed out fresh-popped popcorn and bottled water, and Harvest Market employees grilled burgers and dogs.

“We couldn’t be happier with today’s event,” said Bill Stone, president and CEO of Primary Bank. “It’s great seeing the community come together and enjoy the day. But the fact that we can have fun like this while providing such a beneficial service to families from in and around Bedford makes it even better. We’re just so pleased to be part of this great community.”

Dylan Cruess and his daughter, Catherine, 4, took part in Primary Bank’s Kids Safety Day. Cruess is a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge No. 61, a co-sponsor of the event.

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21 Years! TFM Hosts Manchester Chamber of Commerce August Network PM

TFMoran hosted the annual Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce August Network PM event for the 21st consecutive year on Thursday, August 17th. Over 200 chamber members, guests, TFMoran staff and their families enjoyed a BBQ, ice cream, country music, and good company on a clear summer evening. “Back to School” was this year’s theme, to wish our four TFM interns good luck as they head back to college. The tent provided by Special Events of New England, was decorated with red, white, school supplies and sunflowers. Posters of school projects completed by TFM were strewn along the brick walls for display, and at the TFM tabletop booth.  TFMoran’s Principal and Chief Operating Officer, Dylan Cruess spoke about the significance of Interns and how they impact the workplace.

The Wine’ing Butcher filled everyone’s plates with steak tips and turkey tips, burgers and dogs, along with delicious summer salads, followed by The Inside Scoop serving cones of Strawberry Cheesecake and Toll House ice cream. Royal Bouquet supplied two gorgeous sunflower summer arrangements that were included in the door prizes, along with gift cards from The Wine’ing Butcher and The Inside Scoop. All three businesses are located at the French-Atwood Marketplace on Wallace Road in Bedford.

Thank you to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce board and members for joining us for another memorable event. Also, a big thank you to all the TFM staff who helped make this another successful event!

Click here to watch a short video of this fun event

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4 Judges from TFMoran at 2017 NHSEE

NHSEE is the annual New Hampshire Science & Engineering Expo held at NHTI – Concord’s Community College in Concord, NH. This year’s Expo on March 16th, once again proved to be an exciting and fun day for four of TFMoran’s engineers and professionals to serve as judges of some of New Hampshire’s most brightest and innovative high school students. The gymnasium was full of very impressive projects of all kinds, presented by some very serious student scientists and engineers.

“The Exposition is intended to give Granite State students the opportunity to do science related activities, and to choose whether they do them as inquiring scientists, engineers, or technicians.” according to the NHSEEA website. “Students then communicate their results through an appropriate combination of journals, posters, equipment, and interviews. Additionally, in collaboration with other organizations, NHSEEA seeks to expand interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As students interact with mentors and judges, they will get a closer look at these fields as possible careers.”

There were two types of competitions, the “Open” and the “Challenge” competition. The eight categories for the Open Competition were Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics and Electronics. The judges took into consideration how the student’s research was presented in their poster displays and oral presentations, as well as their answers given to the judge’s questions.  The Challenge Competition required teams of up to three students to compete against each other in solving a structured problem by using scientific principals. All research and development efforts were done prior to the Expo; materials supporting the research and development were presented at the Expo.

TFMoran is honored to have been a part of this special science and engineering event. Congratulations to all student presenters and especially the 2017 Winners!  We’ll see you next year!

 

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TFM at the 17th Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast

On March 17th Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast15, 2017 the Annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast was held for the 17th consecutive year at the Center of NH at the Radisson hotel in downtown Manchester.  This Saint Patrick’s Day tradition raises money for  three local charities that make a difference in our community, Special Olympics New Hampshire, the American Red Cross and the Shirley Brulotte Fund for the International Institute of New Hampshire. Many local businesses and individuals generously support this event through sponsorship and attendance, and it is a great way to kick-off the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities!

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TFMoran participates in “Canstruction” competition to benefit NH Food Bank

September is “Hunger Action Month” when Food Banks nationwide urge businesses to take action in their communities. Thus, for the second consecutive year, TFMoran was up for the challenge to enter the “Canstruction Competition”. TFM’s COO Dylan Cruess led the way in assembling a Canstruction Team (Dylan Cruess, Mark Chamberlain, Maryanne Murray, Jennifer Porter, Asim Azam, and Adam Jimenez) to start the brainstorming process in mid-August. The team agreed on a 3 dimensional apple tree, which was first configured on digital graph paper, then in AutoCAD Civil 3D. Then it was time for the shopping to begin – looking for the best colored labels, can sizes and quantities. Nearly 500 cans of different sizes, 18 boxes and miscellaneous jars and bars filled one of the TFMoran company jeeps. Food items included baked beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, green beans, mixed-vegetables, brown sugar, pink beans, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, lasagna, whole grain penne rigate, tea bags, spices, and chocolate bars.

Lunch hours were spent in TFM’s reception area, devoted to carefully building the structure from the bottom up until the last “leaf” (can of green beans) was placed. And, just to add a little excitement to the apple tree, why not canstruct a man sitting underneath it? So, a man made of cans, boxes, pink beans, spices and chocolate was canstructed topped off with a TFM hard hat. The final photos were taken and sent in to Lisa at the NH Food Bank, and the judges viewed can creation on September 27th. They expressed their deep appreciation for TFM’s contribution, and told us a little more about the hunger crisis in New Hampshire, and what NH Food Bank does to help.

This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, while having fun with co-workers, TFM is glad to be a part of this worthwhile competition. We are excited to see what other companies have designed for this great cause!

For more information click this link to view the canstruction-flyer-2016