HOPE Teams

Regional HOPE Teams

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Upper Valley HOPE Teams

Empowering our Associates with funding decisions on behalf of the Foundation embodies the shared ownership culture that is fundamental to Hypertherm.

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Liz Biron

“Growing up in a small town, I began volunteering alongside my parents before I even knew what the word volunteering meant. As a result, I made my own definition. It was community, a sense of love for one another and security but most importantly it was hope. Seeing the look of hope on someone’s face must be one of life’s most humbling lessons and a reminder that we are all in this together. I am incredibly grateful to be given the opportunity to help this community grow in a positive direction through the HOPE Foundation.”

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Stacey Chiocchio

“As a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team it is my privilege to represent Hypertherm each and every day. Nothing would make me happier than to have every associate at Hypertherm use at least 2 hours of Community Service Time so they will experience that wonderful feeling that you get when you have helped others. That is what makes me smile.”

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Jeff Cornish

“I chose to work at Hypertherm because it is a great place to work and it had a positive effect on my family. Through the CST program at Hypertherm, I could leverage the positive effect of Hypertherm and share it with local people and groups that need help. As a member of the HOPE team, I can extend these benefits to an even wider audience and help make a difference in the lives of many people in the upper valley. It is truly gratifying to be a part of this effort to make a difference in our communities.”

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Lori Hibner

“Recently I read the quote that "Happiness is a byproduct of living generously". I believe that the HOPE foundation embodies that spirit. I am so fortunate to be a member of the Philanthropy Team and work for a company that believes in supporting their local community through both funding and a strong associate volunteering program.”

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Jennifer Johnson

“Hypertherm is the first company that I have worked for that provided a Community Service Time benefit. Through using my time at organizations around the Upper Valley, I fully discovered the simple truth that giving is truly greater than receiving. I will always be grateful to Hypertherm for this amazing opportunity. I am honored to serve on the HOPE team and to help support the organizations who provide essential services and opportunities to the communities where we live.” (pictured center)

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Johnnie Jones

“Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. What a fantastic life Hypertherm empowers me and my fellow associates to live through all the volunteer work and philanthropic endeavors we take part in. Witnessing the changes Hypertherm associates are making daily in our communities is something very special to be a part of. It is an Honor to be a member of the HOPE team and be giving the opportunity to represent the associates of Hypertherm.”

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Lisa LaBombard

“They say it’s better to give than to receive. How lucky I am to work at Hypertherm where I get to do both! We receive so many rewards as owners but, more importantly, we are given so many opportunities to give back to the community we live in. I am truly honored to be a member of the HOPE Team.”

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Travis LaHaye

“Hypertherm allows all of us to give back, we are so fortunate to work for such a generous company. Being involved in the HOPE team is much more than something to do, it's being involved and truly helping others, which I feel strongly about. I know what it's like to struggle at times and need help, if I can provide even a small glimmer of inspiration for what Hypertherm does for our community, that will be reward enough for me. I am honored to be a part of this team.”

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Jenny Levy

“I am inspired every day by working with my dedicated fellow Hypertherm associates and with the dynamic and effective non-profits in our region, all of who care about contributing to our community and protecting the environment in meaningful and permanent ways. I believe that together we are making a positive difference for this generation and those who will follow.”

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Brandon Mason

“I am proud to work at Hypertherm for many reasons, including its mission to enrich our communities. Whether it is making home improvements to help others stay warm through the winter, improving trail systems for outdoor enjoyment or sharing STEM activities and opportunities, I walk away feeling happier and more fulfilled. The Hope Foundation is one more way Hypertherm shows its commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. I am honored to serve on the Hope Team.”

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Soumya Mitra

“I am always in awe of the commitment that Hypertherm has for the community well-being all around the world. Hypertherm’s CSR program has been the catalyst to motivate associates to give back to the society. I can work with many partner organizations to bring positive change in the community. I recently read a quote ‘Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character’. This quote aptly describes my company – Hypertherm. I am proud to be a member of the HOPE team.”

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Jeff Ortakales

“It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who are so dedicated to making a difference in their communities and I’m proud that Hypertherm places so much importance on it. I’m glad that I’ve been able to make a difference – especially in the area of STEM and hopefully inspire kids to pursue careers that they might not have otherwise. I’m excited to be a part of the HOPE team and to be able to influence my community on multiple levels.”

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Jennifer Riccio

“It is said actions speak louder than words. Hypertherm has created and fostered an environment in which associates can take action. Through CST or participation on the HOPE Team, associates make their community a better place. Throughout my career at Hypertherm, I have had the opportunity to volunteer at amazing non-profits in the Upper Valley. Now I can further my actions by being a member of the HOPE Team. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

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Ben Rogers

“I was once told ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’  If we never try, we will always end up with the same outcome of not reaching our goals. 

Since I started working at Hypertherm it has been an eye-opening experience seeing how many ways this company gives back to its local communities all over the world. Working for Hypertherm has shown me that there are so many ways we can be a positive influence by offering our skills, and knowledge to help others both at work and where we live. 

Being asked to join the HOPE Team was an opportunity that took me by complete surprise, and I am so excited to see what goals can be reached for our Associates and communities by being a part of this amazing team.”

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Sarah Swift

“Being a member of the HOPE Team is one of the most rewarding opportunities of my career and a milestone in my life. The strength and goodwill this organization inspires within Hypertherm and beyond invites generosity, happiness and pride in our hearts. It paves a path allowing us to touch our communities in so many ways; truly making our world a better place.”