The Granite Institute works to ensure every family thrives in NH with high quality education choices, an entrepreneurial business climate, and taking care of our elderly.
The Granite Institute is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization based in Concord.
Chairman, Board of Directors
Harold Turner Jr., PE is President & CEO of The H.L. Turner Group Inc. of Concord, NH. His firm is a nationally recognized group of architects, engineers, and building scientists who work closely with clients to produce healthy, efficient, and sustainable design solutions. Today he is a leading advocate for the creation of Zero Net Energy building developments for their environmental, economic and energy security benefits to our country. His recently completely ROSE Cottage Project, a net zero residence, has received numerous awards and national recognition for design innovation.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire for 20 years and served on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Over his 40 year career in Engineering, he has also served on numerous civic and non-profit boards in New Hampshire. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Turner holds several US patents and has founded several related companies that specialize in the built environment. In 2003 he was named New Hampshire’s Engineer of the year.
Mr. Turner holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University, Hooksett, NH.
Board of Directors
Ovide Lamontagne is a shareholder with the regional law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, practicing out of the Firm’s Manchester, NH office. From May, 2013 through December 2015, Ovide served as general counsel for the non-profit, Americans United for Life in Washington, DC. From 1986 through 2013, Ovide practiced business law with the firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch.
During his private practice, Ovide served as legal counsel for the New Hampshire State Senate in 1991 and in 1993, he was appointed by Governor Stephen Merrill as Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, where he served until 1996. Ovide was a Catholic high school social studies teacher for three years before attending the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and received his J.D. with honors in 1985. Following graduation, Ovide served as law clerk to the Honorable James E. Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
Born and raised in Manchester, Ovide is a fourth-generation New Hampshire native, who attended St. Anthony Elementary and Junior High Schools. He is a 1975 graduate of Trinity High School where he served as Student Council President and state president of the New Hampshire Association of Student Councils. Ovide is a 1979 graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he met his wife of 36 years, Bettie (Watson) Lamontagne.
Ovide has established himself as a principled and effective leader in New Hampshire. Ovide was the Republican nominee for Governor in 1996 and 2012. Additionally, he lost the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate by less than 2,000 votes in 2010. Ovide was recognized by Americans for Prosperity-NH in 2011 as “Conservative of the Year” in New Hampshire, in 2009 as New Hampshire's Distinguished “Citizen of the Year” by the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of America and in 2002 Ovide was named Franco-American of the Year. He was awarded an honorary degree from Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) in 2012.
Ovide’s past civic service includes Chairman of St. Mary's Bank Board of Directors, Director of the Easter Seal Society of New Hampshire, Trustee of the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, CASA of New Hampshire, Manchester Crimeline, the Mayhew Program, New Hampshire Judicial Council, and the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence. From 2002 through 2006 Ovide served as President of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the founding President of the Franco-American Center and was past Honorary Consul of France to New Hampshire.
Ovide is an active member of his home parish, St. Anthony Parish, in Manchester, where he served as co-chair of the 2001 St. Anthony Community Center Capital Campaign. He has served in a variety of roles with the Diocese of Manchester, including as Chairman of the Diocesan School Board, a member of the Corporate Campaign for NH Catholic Charities and the Catholic Lawyers' Guild of New Hampshire. In the mid-90’s, Ovide was nominated by Bishop Leo O’Neil as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, in 2007, Ovide received the Pope John Paul II Campus Ministry Center Award for public service from Trinity High School and was inducted in the Trinity High School Alumni Hall of Honors in 2015.
Raymond E. Pinard
Board of Directors
Raymond E. Pinard is the principal and Chief Freedom Architect 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.
He 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.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Andrew is an entrepreneur who has started, run and sold multiple technology businesses including an online soccer coaching business, graphics design studio, and an online ski community forum. He also started his own insurance firm and was the successful number 2 rookie of the year having competed against over 300 rookie agents and eventually sold the company.
Andrew’s political experience includes serving as the New Hampshire political director for Newt Gingrich’s primary campaign in 2012. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire (RLCNH), a statewide advocacy organization. He created a weekly RLCNH Report which provided weekly analysis on 80% of legislation in the House and built the largest activist email list in the state.
Most recently, Andrew ran in the 2014 NH Republican Primary for Governor where he garnered 38% of Primary vote totaling over 42,000 votes. During his campaign, he was widely referred to as the “Ideas Candidate.” The Union Leader wrote, “Hemingway is the ideas candidate” and the Keene Sentinel said “Hemingway is smart, energetic, and full of great ideas…” During his campaign, he introduced several bold policy initiatives including the Business Flat Tax.
J. Scott Moody, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer / Board of Directors
J. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 180 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal.
He is currently Director of the Family Prosperity Initiative at the American Conservative Union Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He was formerly the CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network affiliated think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center. His professional experience includes positions as Senior Economist at The Tax Foundation and Senior Economist at The Heritage Foundation. Additionally, Scott was appointed to Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission by Governor Paul LePage (R) in January 2011 and served for 4 years.
Moody received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.
Jody Underwood, Ph.D.
Jody has served on the town of Croydon School Board since 2010. She was the chair for four years, until 2016 when she became the school board Secretary and School Choice Liaison. During that time, she completed the withdrawal from an AREA agreement and put into place a formal tuition agreement with the neighboring Newport school district, and met with superintendents and school board members from districts and private schools in the area about accepting Croydon students to their schools through informal tuition agreements.
Dr. Underwood received her B.S. in computer science from Hofstra University, her M.S. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on cognitive science from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She has conducted research and development around the use of technology in the classroom since 1987.