On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the Business & Industry Association (BIA)—New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate—honored longtime NH governor John Lynch with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his bipartisan leadership and support of a state research and development tax credit, which was revered for job creation and economy-boosting impact in the State of New Hampshire.
“John Lynch is widely known as the most popular governor in NH history,” John Kacavas, chief legal officer and general counsel at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, told audiences tuning into the virtual award ceremony.
John Lynch was elected governor of New Hampshire in 2004 and served four terms through 2012. Lynch earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1974, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Lynch’s business career included serving as director of admissions at Harvard Business School, president of The Lynch Group, a business consulting firm in Manchester, and CEO of Knoll Inc., a national furniture manufacturer, where he transformed the company from a losing enterprise to a highly profitable one.
I was never a partisan Democrat. I cared about people on their own level, not where they fell on the political spectrum.
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At Tuck, where he serves as a clinical professor, Lynch teaches “The CEO Experience,” a course consistently ranked by students as a favorite MBA elective. In it, Lynch combines the case study method with lively discussion, inviting current or former CEOs to the classroom to share with students what exactly it takes to lead a company. This past June, students honored Lynch with the Tuck Teaching Excellence Award, given annually to “celebrate the learning environment at Tuck by honoring the faculty who, in the eyes of their students, have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of the educational experience.”
Lynch has also been recognized with the 2017 UNH Pettee Medal, the Granite State Legacy Award from the NH Union Leader, and the Chairman’s Award from the United Way, among others.
During a sit-down interview with the former governor, Kacavas asked about Lynch’s willingness to “reach across the aisle to get things done.” How can we make progress today?
“It’s all about leadership,” Lynch responded. “If you are president of the United States, or if you are governor, it’s incumbent on you to reach across the aisle and involve the other party in the problem as well the solution. You don’t wait for a crisis. You do it right away. … You have to develop a trusting relationship with people from the other side, as well as you do with your own party.”
View the full interview at the conclusion of the virtual BIA award ceremony: