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Meet Our Staff

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) has a committed staff dedicated to serving the restaurants and lodging establishments throughout New Hampshire. It is our privilege to be able to serve you! Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members with any questions you may have. 


 Mike Somers, President & CEO

Mike joined the NHLRA team in November of 2008, bringing with him a background in restaurants and the wine and spirits industry. Mike oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association, coordinates legislative efforts with Henry Veilleux, serves on a number of Boards and Commissions, and delivers the long term goals and objectives of the Association as determined by the Board of Directors.

Mike can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585, ext. 17.

 Diane Symonds, WC Trust Director & Membership Manager

Diane performs marketing and sales for the Association's self-funded workers' compensation program and assists Members with labor-related issues. Her experience includes serving as the Commissioner of Labor for the State of New Hampshire, Assistant Regional Director with the US Department of Labor, and a number of other positions in human resources, workers' compensation, and labor law related functions.

Diane can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585, ext. 13.


 Lindsay Elitharp, Social Media & Marketing Manager

Lindsay manages the NHLRA social media presence and overall marketing endeavors. Additionally, Lindsay is the lead coordinator for NHLRA's latest member program - NHFlavors and will also be the lead organizer of our annual Restaurant Week NH. With her creative writing style, eye for great photography and passion for the restaurant and lodging industry, Lindsay is able to bring all of the flavors of New Hampshire together in one place.

Lindsay can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 11.

 Taylor Salvato, Administrative Assistant

Taylor is the Administrative Assistant for the NHLRA. Taylor is responsible for answering the phones, fielding member questions, maintaining accurate filing systems and assisting in the various events, programs and projects of the NHLRA.

Taylor can be reached via e-mail at or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext. 10.

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New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association

Promote, Protect, Educate.

16 Centre Street, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-228-9585          Fax: 603-226-1829         E-mail:

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