John Bruni

Retired, Office of the Chairman and Senior Vice President of sales and marketing for NEC Technologies. 37 years in computer industry, strengths in sales, marketing and business process.


Jac Cuddy

Jac has served as Executive Director of the MWV Economic Council for the past 13 years. Spent 17 years in the banking industry and previously was an educator in the Manchester, NH school district. Expertise includes Nonprofit Organization Management, Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Small Business Start-up, Business Financing and Marketing.


Richard Ficke, Chair

Retired career Air Force officer whose last assignments included faculty at the Naval War College and that of Deputy Base Commander in Germany.  Recently retired as V.P. and Director of Business Development after 18 years employment for a small business defense contractor.  Oversaw proposal preparation, forged strategic business alliances and implemented product diversification.  Particular expertise with proposal writing and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.


Jim Hastings, Treasurer

Jim is a retired Chief Financial Officer most recently with Chick Packaging, Inc. (a multi-national, privately held industrial packaging company) and prior to that he was Vice President and Treasurer of Essex County Gas Company (a publicly held, state regulated, local gas distribution utility).  Before working in industry, Jim was a Certified Public Accountant with local public accounting firms.  Jim has worked extensively with small businesses in areas of accounting, budgeting, tax and finance.


Lauren Hawkins

With a BS degree in Marketing, Lauren possesses over eight years experience in the use of Social Media for marketing and advertising. Since 2008 she has been the Social Media Director for the annual Home Garden Show in Fryeburg, ME. Additionally she is Marketing Manager at Story Land in Glen, NH.


Rob Nadler

President and founder of Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, a manufacturer and retailer of outdoor and sewn products. Currently serves as Albany’s representative to North Country Council, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, Chairman of the Albany Conservation Commission. Former Albany Selectmen and Planning board member. Personal interests include landscaping, gardening, and outdoor activities.


Barbara Reilly

Possesses over ten years paralegal experience in both a local law firm and currently as managing business partner of Legal Eagles, LLC. Well experienced in court document preparation, case research, drafting legal correspondence, and judicial decision and precedent analyses in support of administrative law, civil litigation, and family law cases, she is well-versed in such areas as small claims, business debt collection, dispute resolution and legal transaction issues.


Anthony Ruddy

Anthony is an independent consultant in product design and assembly automation with ALM Automation, LLC. With a BSIE from the University of Rhode Island, he has developed products and equipment in a variety of industries, including electronic components, food packaging, oil/gas industry, and consumer products. Anthony left engineering management positions to become self-employed in 1999. His personal interests include his family, skiing, golf, and sports car racing.


D.D. Warren

Retired Senior Account Executive responsible for all state and local government business in MA and NH for Compaq computers. 30 years in the computer industry.


Rick Woodring

Retired VP of Operations, Parker Hannifin Corporation Filtration Group. 40 years of industrial hydraulic control and filter products manufacturing leadership experience. Expertise includes new product design and development management, division general management (product development, production, marketing / sales and related back office functions), multi-division global strategic business planning and operations co-ordination and leadership. Experienced corporate management development mentor. Degrees include BS Electrical Engineering and MBA.


Robert Zakon

Robert heads up a high-tech consulting practice based here in the Valley covering all areas of Internet and Web technologies. Prior to moving to the Valley from Northern Virginia in 2001, Robert founded and served as CTO of an early cloud service provider. Other past experiences include managing R&D teams in a wide array of advanced and emerging technologies, and providing technology and policy guidance to the US government and its allies. For more information about his background, Robert encourages you to visit his personal Web site at