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Brooks Properties Presents First Annual Self Made in New Hampshire Award

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011

Winner recognized at celebration gala at Brookstone Event Center in Derry.

Brooks Properties recognized Dr. Deborah A. Osgood
of Knowledge Institute in Exeter with the first annual
Self Made in New Hampshire award on Thursday,
June 16, 2011. The celebration gala took place at
Brookstone Event Center in Derry.

“Deborah is an outstanding choice for the inaugural
winner of the Self Made
in New Hampshire award,”
said Eric Brooks, of Brooks Properties, which
presented the event. “She embodies exactly what being ‘self-made’ is all about. I am proud that Brooks Properties can honor her with this award, which she so greatly deserves.”

Julie and Eric Brooks with 2011 Self Made Award WinnerOsgood worked her way through all of her post-high school education – bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees – while working full time. She created Knowledge Institute to help other small businesses across the country with government and nonprofit business assistance programs. She serves on Gov. John Lynch’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and on the U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board. She also helped pilot a program where she served as a mentor to businesswomen in Iraq.

Brooks Properties presented Osgood with the well-known sculpture of “Self Made Man,” a bronze sculpture worth more than $3,000. The award is a smaller version of the large sculpture Brooks Properties’ Harold J. Brooks had commissioned for the grounds at Brookstone Park in Derry. It is the perfect visual to describe Brooks’ career: a man taking what he has and making the most of it – in this instance, a very successful career.

Brooks Properties began this tribute as a way to recognize men and women in New Hampshire who have truly carved their own place in the state. Harold J. Brooks, who founded Brooks Properties in 1980, is himself a “self-made man,” having started his first plumbing business with only $115 and his pickup truck. Brooks Plumbing went on to reach the top 200 in sales volume in the country before Brooks moved on to real estate.

Prior to the announcement of the winner, the three finalists were named. Besides Osgood, they included Maryanna Hatch of RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter and Kirk C. Simoneau of Nixon, Raiche, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau, P.A., in Manchester. The seven semifinalists also honored at the event were: Fred Bramante, Daddy’s Junky Music, Manchester; Ben Gamache, Gamache Enterprises, Manchester; Gina Branley Hutchinson, Red Star Productions, Derry; Bob Lawton, Funspot, Laconia; Mark Lore, Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corp., Londonderry; G. Hayden McLaughlin, Belknap Landscape Company, Inc., Gilford; and Steven Smith, Main Street Radio, Newport. More than 40 men and women from around the state were nominated for the award.

For more information on the 2012 Self Made in New Hampshire event, visit The nomination process is expected to begin in January 2012.

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