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New England College Hosts Virtual Alumni Awards Celebration

Three outstanding alumni are honored for representing the values of New England College.

Henniker, NH (October 16, 2020)—On October 13, New England College (NEC) hosted its annual Alumni Awards Celebration recognizing outstanding achievement and service to the College by its most distinguished alumni. Despite unprecedented times, the College and its dedicated community are committed to staying strong and true to NEC’s identity by maintaining its traditions. Held virtually, this year’s ceremony honored three individuals who represent the values of New England College.

The Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/na who demonstrates prominence in his/her profession and contributes significantly to the betterment of society, thus contributing to the honor and distinction of New England College. This year’s recipient was Ryan Jaziri ’08, an individual who has achieved remarkable success in his career in the 12 short years since he graduated from NEC. He is the youngest recipient of an Alumni Award in the College’s history. Ryan earned a degree in Political Science, graduating top in his class. He was also an outstanding athlete at NEC, earning four varsity letters in basketball and setting a new program record for career points that remains unsurpassed. He completed his JD from New England School of Law, in the top 5% of his class, in 2011. Ryan is now partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, Inc. and specializes in counseling and representing employers in labor and employment matters locally and nationally across various industries. He has been recognized for his achievements and services, including multiple “Rising Star” designations by New England Super Lawyers in the field of labor and employment law. His career success and connection to NEC put a positive face for the College in the public sphere, and New England College is honored to announce Ryan as its 2020 Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.

The Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award recognizes an alumnus/na who displays outstanding volunteer service, leadership, and commitment to goals that enhance the reputation of New England College. This year, the award went to Adam Kapner, class of 2002 and member of the NEC Board of Trustees. Adam received his degree in Business Finance and, as noted by VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Wayne Lesperance, is someone who challenged Lesperance as a new professor at NEC and made an impact on his decision to remain at NEC. Adam is the Founder and Principal of NYC Apartment Management Inc., which was founded to provide personalized property management to New York City co-ops, condos, brownstones, foreign investors of single units, and developers. Over the past few years, Adam’s expertise was instrumental as a resource for real estate-related matters stemming from NEC’s merger with NHIA. His dedication to NEC as a member of the President’s Advisory Board and now the Board of Trustees is commendable, and New England College is honored to call him its 2020 Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award recipient.

The William C. Troy Award is the highest honor presented by the New England College Alumni Association. This award is dedicated to an alumnus/na who has demonstrated outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to New England College throughout their life. The William Troy Award is named for an individual who graduated from NEC in 1952 and made the ultimate sacrifice to his country when going to the aid of a comrade during the Korean War. The life of Bill Troy exemplified service, dedication, and leadership, and this award was established to honor others who share these attributes. This year’s award was bestowed on an alumnus who has had a significant impact on NEC as the President of the Alumni Board, Louis Pakula ‘85. He is the owner of Roso & Pakula Food Brokers, which is a family-owned food brokerage firm with more than 100 years of combined industry experience, providing the highest quality products and service to customers throughout the East Coast. Louis has achieved great success as both a business owner and valuable NEC Alumni Association President. He has made a great impact on NEC alumni of all graduating years and on the operations of the office of Advancement and Alumni Relations. Louis is incredibly passionate about NEC, his classmates, lacrosse teammates, and fraternity brothers, and all that he does in service to NEC is fueled by his love for the College. New England College is incredibly proud to name an outstanding alumnus such as Louis to be its 2020 William C. Troy Award recipient.

For those who were unable to attend the event live, you may watch the Alumni Award Celebration recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfy628NlYg.