MANCHESTER, NH – NH Business Magazinethe state’s leading monthly business publication, was acquired by Granite Media Group (GMG), a company formed by two of the magazine’s longtime executives and a well-known entrepreneur and business consultant.
Matthew J. Mowry, who served as editor of NH Magazine for 22 years; Christine Carignan, a 16-year veteran of the magazine, is the creative director; and Nathan Karol, founder and president of Cardinal Consulting in Bethlehem, formed Granite Media Group earlier this year and completed the acquisition of NH Magazine and EventsNH on September 28, 2022. This is the fifth ownership group in the company’s nearly 40-year history.
Granite Media Group acquired the magazine and events divisions of Heidi Copeland, president and publisher of Millyard Communications, who joined the company in 2005 as associate publisher. She bought the company in 2011 and is now retiring after 17 years of service.
Granite Media Group maintains NH Magazinecurrent office at 80 Canal St. in Manchester.
Mowry is a seasoned journalist with nearly 30 years of experience. After earning a degree in journalism from St. Michael’s College, Mowry worked as a reporter and bureau chief for the Caledonian-Record in St. Johnsbury, Vermont and as a reporter, bureau chief and Tri-City editor for the Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover. , NH. He joined NH Magazine as editor in 2000 and has since led the magazine’s editorial department, including overseeing its major competitions, including the Best Companies to Work For and Businesses and Business Leader of the Year awards. As Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Granite Media Group, he will continue to oversee all of the award-winning magazine’s editorial content, its social media channels and develop new media platforms. Mowry is a graduate of Leadership NH and was named to the union leader’s 40 under 40 list in 2010. He lives in Rochester with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons.
“I am excited to build on the legacy of Business NH Magazine and develop exciting new media content and platforms for our audience,” says Mowry. “We have a team of talented employees who are dedicated to our mission to inform and elevate New Hampshire businesses.”
Christine Carignan joins NH Magazine in 2006, as advertising traffic coordinator, events coordinator and editorial assistant. She became a graphic designer in 2008, and in 2009 was promoted to Creative and Production Director, and was promoted to Creative Director again in 2014. She oversees the look and style of NH Magazine, and also works as an in-house photographer, taking photos of many of the business leaders who appear on the magazine’s cover and within its pages. In addition, Carignan manages the production department and supervises freelance designers, illustrators and photographers.
As co-editor and chief creative officer of Granite Media Group, she will continue to oversee the production department and will now also oversee the events division (EventsNH) and broadcast department. Carignan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Manchester, sits on the Community Advisory Board of the Palace Theater Manchester and is an award-winning photographer and graphic designer.
“I look forward to the future of NH Magazine and EventsNH. I’m grateful to the past leaders who made the company what it is today, and I’m excited to work with the GMG team to bring quality visuals, content and events to our audience. superior,” said Carignan.
Nathan Karol recently founded Cardinal Consulting LLC, a strategy, consulting and project management firm based in Bethlehem, NH, which will continue to operate. Prior to founding Cardinal, Nathan was Executive Director of the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce in northern New Hampshire and held various positions on nonprofit boards and municipal committees. Early in his career, he focused on sales, marketing and operations in the Boston area before moving to NH full-time in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Daniel Webster College in Nashua , NH.
Shortly after founding Cardinal, Karol linked up with NH Magazine, launching the BizCastNH podcast with the magazine in 2021 and co-hosting with Mowry. As Director of Growth for Granite Group Media, Karol oversees the company’s sales, operations and overall growth strategy. He is a member of the current Leadership NH class and lives in Bethlehem with his wife Kerry and their two children.
“Any successful business needs a solid foundation to grow and prosper. NH Magazine and EventsNH are the very strong foundations we need to make Granite Media Group a 21st century multimedia company that meets our customers and readers where they are. To say I’m excited about the potential is an understatement,” says Karol.
NH Magazine was launched in 1983 as NH’s first monthly business magazine serving thousands of readers in print and online. Today, the magazine is known for its in-depth business coverage, special reports, contests and its award-winning weekly podcast, BizCastNH. It also provides contract publishing services to its clients, creating custom publications for associations, corporations, non-profit organizations and business groups. It also produces a popular weekly email newsletter with over 15,000 subscribers.
EventsNH hosts two consumer expos – the Made in NH Expo in the spring and the Made in New England Expo in December – which attract thousands of attendees to support local small businesses. It also produces prestigious business-to-business events, including NH Futurecast in January; the Company of the Year luncheon in May; and Breakfast With the Best in September as well as various other events throughout the year.
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