Annual Dinner

Held each fall in Boston, the Annual Dinner brings together business, non-profit, and academic leaders from throughout New England to celebrate the New England Council’s accomplishments, and to honor those who have made significant contributions to the region with the New Englander of the Year Award.

2014 Annual Dinner – Save the Date!

The New England Council 2014 Annual Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston, MA.  Join us as we honor our 2014 New Englanders of the Year!  Check back for more details in the coming months.

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2013 Annual Dinner

The New England Council 2013 Annual Dinner was held on the evening of Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center.  With nearly 1500 people from all six New England states in attendance, it was easily the Council’s largest and most successful Annual Dinner to date.  We were pleased to honor 4 remarkable New Englanders of the Year, and presenting a special award to Mayor Thomas Menino, at the Annual Dinner.

2013 New Englanders of the Year

The Honorable Kelly Ayotte
United States Senator
The Honorable Kelly Ayotte is a New Hampshire native who has devoted her life to public service – previously as a long-time prosecutor and New Hampshire Attorney General, and now in the United States Senate. She has quickly emerged as an influential voice in the Senate, where she serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security & Government Affairs, and Aging Committees.

Kenneth R. Feinberg
Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen, LLP Administrator of The One Fund Boston
Kenneth R. Feinberg is a practicing lawyer and is best known as the pro-bono special master of the United States’ September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. He has administered a fund to compensate the victims at Virginia Tech, managed the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund and is assisting with the awarding of settlements from Penn State. Most recently, he has been appointed the administrator of The One Fund Boston.

Robert L. Reynolds
President and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam Investments

A highly-respected leader in the region’s business community, Mr. Reynolds has more than 30 years of investment and financial services experience and is a member of Putnam Investments’ Executive Board of Directors, and President of the Putnam Funds. Prior to joining Putnam in 2008, he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investments. In addition to personal service on several non-profit boards, Mr. Reynolds has also established Putnam as a valuable corporate citizen that supports a variety of important community initiatives.

George Wein
Chairman, Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

George Wein began his career in jazz as a pianist and bandleader in Boston. In 1950, he opened a small jazz club in a hotel called Storyville, and four years later, he founded the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. The success of the large, outdoor jazz festival has become an annual event and has led to Mr. Wein producing festivals all over the world.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Honorable Thomas M. Menino
Mayor, City of Boston
The Honorable Thomas M. Menino is serving his fifth term as the Mayor of Boston. The Mayor’s vision for the city is that of a strong, welcoming community that provides unlimited opportunity for success. To that end, the Mayor has dedicated himself to forging partnerships to revitalize neighborhoods, strengthening the economy through workforce investment, and promoting innovation in education.

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About the New Englander of the Year Awards

The highlight of each year’s Annual Dinner is the presentation of the prestigious “New Englander of the Year” awards.  First presented over 40 years ago, the award is meant to honors residents of the New England states for their commitment and contributions in their fields of work, as well as their leadership and impact on the New England region’s quality of life and economy.  Over the years, has honored leaders from both the public and private sectors, including U.S. Senators and Representatives, Governors, cabinet secretaries, college presidents, non-profit executives, and CEOs of some of the region’s most respected and successful businesses.

View past New Englander of the Year Award recipients

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