Raymond E. Pinard
Raymond E. Pinard began his business career in 1980 working for various international, national, and regional manufacturing and construction companies in areas such as accounting, finance, procurement, sales, marketing, human resources, and general management. In 1987 he assumed the role of vice president of finance at an aerospace parts manufacturing firm, eventually taking a minority shareholder position in one of the company’s subsidiaries.
Utilizing his financial and business management expertise, Mr. Pinard founded a consulting practice in 1993, becoming owner and president of R.E. Pinard & Co., Inc., Corporate Value SpecialistsSM, in Manchester, N.H. His consulting practice focused on providing corporate financial advisory services, management counseling, strategic planning services, business valuations, and investment banking services, on both the buy and sell side.
During the spring of 2005, Mr. Pinard was approached by the directors of St. Mary’s Bank, the Nation’s First Credit Union®, headquartered in Manchester, N.H., to make a career change. He had served on the bank’s board of directors for three years and was hired as executive vice president and chief operating officer, having sold R.E. Pinard & Co. He oversaw the consumer, mortgage, and commercial lending divisions, in addition to deposit and loan operations and marketing.
In 2006, missing the freedom and creativity of consultancy work, Mr. Pinard re-entered the consulting arena as president and CEO of a newly formed company, Monticello Group, LLC. The firm focuses on working with top-level executives in validating or redefining their vision for their business, and working with them in providing focus to the issues that will achieve that vision and the desired results. Mr. Pinard’s creative problem-solving expertise and his broad experience across many industries have been beneficial in helping numerous companies achieve their goals.
Following his consultation with executives at 48HourPrint.com, an online commercial printing company headquartered in Boston, he was asked by the company’s directors to assume the role of interim CEO and subsequently served as president and CEO for five years. Having assisted the company in redefining its vision, increasing its corporate value, and developing a plan for continuing success, Mr. Pinard decided to return to the consulting arena as president and CEO of Monticello StrategiesSM.
As the principal and Chief Freedom ArchitectSM of Monticello Strategies, Mr. Pinard advises business owners, presidents and CEOs on how the principles of our Founding Fathers ⎯ liberty, freedom, self-determination, and happiness ⎯ can help them achieve their goals. These principles are the foundation of The Entrepreneurial Freedom ProgramSM, the firm’s proven process for assisting company executives in solving challenging business issues and gaining the freedom and satisfaction they are seeking in their lives.
In July 2014, Mr. Pinard was asked to become CEO of a client company, The Mountain Corporation, a 100 percent environmentally friendly large-format screen printer that prints artwork on T shirts and other apparel, sold both wholesale and retail. Mr. Pinard positioned the company for an equity event, which was consummated in May 2016. Mr. Pinard left this engagement at the beginning of January 2017.
In addition to Monticello Strategies, Mr. Pinard operates another business, Who am I?, a business focused on helping students and adults identify their unique interest and skills and then determine what educational specialty and career will put them on a path of success and happiness.
Mr. Pinard has served as a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Greater Manchester (NH) Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other civic and educational organizations. He was a visionary and leading force behind the conception and successful completion of the Verizon Wireless Arena (now SNHU Arena) in Manchester, N.H., the most successful civic arena venture of its size in the U.S. He is also frequently invited for public and private speaking engagements and has written on business topics for a number of publications.
Mr. Pinard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, N.H., and a Master of Science degree in Finance from Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts.