GSA Mission and Values
The Granite State Ambassadors program is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the informational needs of guests and residents of the State of New Hampshire through in-depth training and active participation of our certified Ambassadors.
Our Core Values
In short, we believe that New Hampshire will only be a good place to visit if it continues to be a good place to live. Visitors will come only if we work proactively to retain our scenic open spaces, rich historic and cultural attractions, livable communities, as well as the social structure that values the individuals and permits them regular opportunities to pitch in and make a difference.
Celebrating 20 years of inspiring enthusiastic, knowledgeable tourism information specialists throughout our beautiful State of New Hampshire.
THANK YOU to our founders: Peter Morgan, Judi Window and Bill Petersen
2015 - NH Travel Council “Tourism Person of the Year” Awarded by the NH Travel Council to Board Chair, Gretchen Ziegler
2012 – “Volunteer Champion Award” - For volunteerism at its best. Awarded by Volunteer NH2012 – “2012 Top 20 Businesses in NH” - Awarded by New Hampshire Herald
2009 – “Profile Award” - In recognition of strength and character based on contributions to the state in preserving New Hampshire’s heritage, culture, resources, traditions, and history. Awarded by Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund
2007 – “Governor’s Commendation” - For 10 Years of Service to New Hampshire. Awarded by NH Resource & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald for Gov. John Lynch
2004 – “NH Business of the Year” - Tourism/Hospitality. Awarded by Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
2004 – “Granite Pineapple Industry Leader” - Awarded to Bill Petersen, GSA President by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for his tourism leadership in the city of Manchester
2003 – “Most Valuable Volunteer(s)” - National Award – Nominated by NH Lodging & Restaurant Association. Awarded by American Hotel & Lodging Association
2003 – “Yankee Barn Raiser” - Awarded to Bill Petersen, GSA President by Yankee Magazine for his service as president of GSA Inc. and to the state of New Hampshire
2000 – “Very Best Volunteers In NH” - Awarded by NH Magazine and voted for by the residents of New Hampshire
1997 – “Tourism Person of the Year” - Awarded to Judi Window, GSA Managing Director by the NH Travel Council for Development of the Granite State Ambassadors Program
Message from Our Executive Director
This year marks my 14th year with the organization in varying capacities, and I’ve loved every minute of it. This year New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors celebrates it’s 20th year, and as I look through the old photos and boxes of files and mementos I can only get a glimpse of what came before my time here. The sheer determination, enthusiasm and knowledge from our founders that went into developing this powerhouse of a program is more than impressive.
Message from Our Chair
Wow—it has been a busy and exciting year, or maybe 5 years! As we have transitioned from Judi to Alice to Kelly, it has been a challenging time for the Granite State Ambassadors, for the Board of Directors, the Staff, and the Ambassadors. I am very excited about our future with Kelly in charge, and from comments I am hearing from Ambassadors, Staff, and Board Members, I am not alone. Over the last 6 months, Kelly has moved strongly into the Executive role and is providing very effective leadership for the organization.
Our Staff has been working very hard to handle the transitions and new responsibilities as appropriate. Michelle has kept us on track fiscally, finding new opportunities for income and getting our word out. Naomi is working to make sure we all know our temporary responsibilities while she takes a bit of time to provide us with a new junior GSA. Matt keeps the Airport stocked and has helped us shift to a better storage shed. And Claire has been running fast to keep up with Kelly and learn all her new tasks. And where do we go now? We have launched a training program that builds on what we have been doing for our Partners at the Division of Travel and Tourism Development. A number of Chambers, state organizations, and private businesses have expressed an interest in having us train them “the GSA Way”. We have further expanded our Board of Directors to help us with management, fund raising, and services to others.
We want to thank our major Partners, the Division of Travel and Tourism Development, and especially their new Director, Vicki Cimino, who continues the strong support for the Granite State Ambassadors, and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as they continue to expand their services and support our many activities.
As exciting as the last 5 years has been, I personally look forward to a quieter time as Board Chair as we move ahead with Kelly as our leader. It has been quite a ride!
Gretchen Ziegler, Chair of the Board of Directors
Stonewall Farm Class of 2004