Members in the News

Members in the News | April 2018

Black Bag Wins 2018 PAM Award: Best Lifestyle Firm

The Private Asset Management Awards recognizes high performing investment firms and wealth advisors operating within the private asset management industry. The PAM Awards are a much sought-after industry accolade, and Black Bag has been a runner up for the past four years. This year, Black Bag was recognized and received the Best Lifestyle Firm Award at the Private Asset Management Magazine Award ceremony on February 8th, 2018 in New York City.

“This is quite an honor,” said Black Bag’s Founder Dr. Christopher Sidford. “To be recognized as an advisor in this elite circle shows the value of the service we provide. We are not just physicians. We are part of an advisor team.”

The PAM Awards: The PAM Awards (“PAMA”) are awarded annually by Private Asset Management, a financial services industry trade publication. PAMA invited firms to compete for awards in several categories by providing answers regarding their business model, services offered, growth in client count and assets managed, countries of operation, service innovation, and performance. In addition, PAMA permits firms to provide additional information of their choosing in support of their candidacy. A panel of independent industry experts selects the nominees and winners based on a number of qualitative and quantitative performance indicators. PAMA does not release statistics on the number of firms competing. Nomination or receipt of a PAMA is not necessarily indicative of any particular client’s experience or a guarantee that the firm will perform in the future as it did during the period evaluated by PAMA. They are sponsored by Private Asset Management magazine, a publication of Pageant Media.

Click here to view a complete list of the 2018 winners.

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Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps Open for Enrollment – Offering Training for Aspiring Thespians Ages 5 to 18

The Ogunquit Playhouse Children’s Theatre Camps are open for enrollment and filling up fast! Aspiring young thespians receive theatrical training in a supportive and nurturing environment, and no prior training or skill level is required to participate. Each camp session concludes with a staged production in front of an audience – shown here are the Junior Players performing on the Ogunquit Playhouse main stage in the 2017 production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. For more information, to register for camp or to purchase tickets visit:  For additional information about Children’s Theatre Camps please contact Mark Ford at 207.646.2402, ext. 261 (voicemail only) or

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NH Log Cabin Republicans co-founder named to human rights commission

Granite State Governor Chris Sununu and the state’s Executive Council appointed Doug Palardy to the state’s seven-member Commission for Human Rights on February 9. The council investigates, mediates and enforces discrimination violations.

One of four cofounders of the state’s first chapter of Log Cabin Republicans in 2017, Palardy owns the Great Island Inn in New Castle with his husband State Senator Dan Innis.

Doug has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community in New Hampshire, and I am certain that his experiences and insights are going to be of great value to the Commission,” Governor Sununu told Seacoast Online for a February 9 report.

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Loftware Acquires Gap Systems
Redefines How Global Enterprises Design, Manage and Print Labels and Packaging Artwork

Loftware, Inc., the global leader in Enterprise Labeling Solutions, with over 5,000 customers in 100 countries, announced today that it has acquired Gap Systems, a leading provider of SaaS based artwork management solutions headquartered in the United Kingdom. Loftware extends its global presence and offers a new cloud-based digital platform with solutions that redefine how enterprises create, manage and print complex labeling and packaging artwork, and scale across their operations.

With this acquisition, Loftware unites complementary companies, teams and solutions. Loftware dynamically addresses a complete range of customer and regulatory mandates by producing mission-critical barcode labels and documents across the supply chain, while Gap Systems controls complex packaging artwork processes throughout the product lifecycle. Together they uniquely address the full spectrum of labeling and packaging artwork requirements across a broad range of industries with a special focus on Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Chemical, Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods. The combined platform—whether used for labeling, artwork management or both—enables customers to improve time to market, mitigate risk, reduce supply chain complexity, optimize costs and increase agility.

“Several years ago, Loftware pioneered the Enterprise Labeling market by recognizing the need to focus on complex, high volume labeling for large organizations. Now we are transforming the Label and Artwork Management space by delivering this unprecedented platform,” commented Loftware President and CEO, Robert O’Connor, Jr. “Our customers and the market will greatly benefit from our strategic vision, broader and deeper solutions, global scale and continued world-class services and support,” he added.

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Runnymede Investments purchases Smuttynose Brewing Co. 

Runnymede Investments of North Hampton will buy Smuttynose Brewing Company from The Provident Bank for an undisclosed amount and intends to revitalize the struggling craft beer staple, the brewery announced Friday.

Chris Broom Jr., of Runnymede said he was excited to invest in New Hampshire’s largest craft brewery, crediting founder Peter Egelston and his partner Joanne Francis for assembling “a great team and an impressive production facility,” a press release from Smuttynose stated.

“We’re taking a long view and plan on making immediate investments to strengthen the brand and return to growth,” Broom said.

The Provident Bank bought back the company in a March 9 foreclosure auction for $8.25 million and began talks with potential buyers shortly after. Egelston will remain president of the brewery and work closely with Rich Lindsay, an experience brewery industry executive whom Runnymede plans to put in place as Smuttynose’s CEO, according to Smuttynose.

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RE/MAX Shoreline Receives Awards for 2017 Performance

RE/MAX Shoreline’s Portsmouth office was recognized for having the highest volume and the most transactions of any single RE/MAX office in the State of New Hampshire.

Derrick Buckspan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Shoreline, announced the agency’s recognition for achieving highest volume and transaction levels of any single RE/MAX office in the State of New Hampshire.

Mr. Buckspan stated, “RE/MAX Shoreline is very pleased to accept these awards on behalf of this very professional, productive and dynamic group of agents.”

Rachel Reed, Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer of RE/MAX Shoreline, added, “It is a pleasure to see the degree to which this agent community has collaborated together and supported each other to reach this successful outcome. ”

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