The U.S. Small Business Administration gave one of eight 2014 New Hampshire awards to Bank of New Hampshire Vice President of Commercial Services Jonathan D. Shapleigh. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and business advocates in the community.
Shapleigh interned with the Bank of New Hampshire while he was attending Plymouth State College. He earned a degree in business management and after graduation, he started working for the Bank’s commercial services department. He was responsible with lines for credit and mortgages and he became familiar with spreads and financial analysis. After a couple of years with the Bank, he transitioned into cash management.
In 2011, Shapleigh was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Commercial Services, and earlier this year, he was named Vice President of Commercial Services because of his excellent performance.
He still serves on the Mount Washington Valley Economic Development loan review committee but his main focus is commercial lending in the Seacoast area from greater Rochester and Dover to Portsmouth. He has served as chair of the “Start-Up” business competition held in Rochester, which gave him the opportunity to work with Economic Development Specialist Mary Ellen Humphrey. It was she who nominated his name to the SBA for the award.
Shapleigh is excited for Rochester’s future. He said, “Rochester has a great history of manufacturing. We are the last sizable community on Route 16, and being on the Maine border, have lots of retail activity.” He noted that the presence of Great Bay Community College is an advantage for creating new skills needed in the community.