(L-R) Board Chairman John Hailer, Don Rodman, Caroline Kennedy, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Brian Moynihan, President & CEO Jim Brett.
The New England Council’s 2011 Annual Dinner was a tremendous success, with over 1300 guests from throughout New England attending. We were pleased to honor four remarkable New Englanders of the Year for their contributions to our region: Donald E. Rodman – Don Rodman is the Founder & President of the Rodman Auto Group, one of the region’s most successful and respected automobile dealerships. But Don is perhaps best known as the founder and driving force behind the Rodman Ride for Kids, a non-competitive cycling tour that raises funds for a variety of children’s charities in New England. Since Don created the event in 1991, it has raised over $52 million for youth-focused social service agencies, and is now the third-largest single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation.
The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen – The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire’s senior Senator, has been a true trailblazer in American politics. She is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected as both a Governor and a U.S. Senator, and was the first female Governor of the Granite State. As a member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations, Energy & Natural Resources, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committees, she has been a vocal and effective advocate, not just for her state, but for the best interests of the entire New England region.
Brian T. Moynihan – Brian T. Moynihan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Mr. Moynihan is a graduate of Brown University, and launched his career here in New England as an attorney in Providence. Under Mr. Moynihan’s leadership, Bank of America continues to be a leader in community development, philanthropy and environmental initiatives. Here in New England, the bank is not only one of our largest employers, but also one of our most generous corporate citizens, supporting a number of causes and organizations dedicated to improving our communities.
The John F. Kennedy Library& Presidential Museum – Over the past 30 years, the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum—New England’s only presidential library—has educated millions about President Kennedy’s life and the significant milestones of his presidency. This year, the Library marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Inauguration by launching a revolutionary digital archive of records from the Kennedy presidency, significantly expanding access to information on this important era in American History. Caroline Kennedy, President of the JFK Library Foundation Board of Directors, accepted the New Englander of the Year Award on the Library’s behalf.
You can view photos from the event on our Flickr page. To learn more about the Annual Dinner and the New Englander of the Year Award, visit the Annual Dinner page here on our website.