Chuck Lawrence

Chuck Lawrence

Chuck Lawrence

I was born in Exeter, NH and raised in Newfields and Tilton, NH. I attended wonderful New Hampshire schools,  Newfields Elementary, Cardigan Mountain,  Tilton, and finally, the University of NH in Durham, majoring in Forest Management.

My connection to NH runs in my blood as well. My ancestors were among the early settlers of New England arriving as early as 1630 in Portsmouth, Newburyport, and Boston.  I feel a deep sense of connection to and am inspired by the history of the local people, land, climate, and geography.  I feel compelled to develop creative balance with the gifts of this wonderful state.
With a desire to flourish in culture and community in New Hampshire,  the seed of inspiration was planted during a bike tour to parts of France, Switzerland, and Germany at age 14 as a reward for making honors in French class. Exposed to culture, country side, traditional foods, and a sense of community left an indelible impression on me.  I was inspired to seek similar potential culture and community in New Hampshire and more bicycling.

After a tour of Europe, I became passionate about road bicycle racing. I joined the cycling teams at Cardigan Mountain, Tilton, and the University of NH. I won the first US National Collegiate Road Cycling Championship in State College PA in 1985 for the University of NH. The following Spring,  I was invited to attend training camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Later, as a member of the US National Cycling team, I competed in the Tour of Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand. Coming up 8 seconds short in the qualifying event, my teammate and I were nearly named to the 1988 Olympic Team Time Trail Squad.

With my athletic peak realized and a need to find a sustainable life for myself and my wonderful wife Liz, I slipped into my next direction for my life’s energy, aviation. Starting from the humble Hampton Airfield in Hampton, NH, I completed a self-driven academic and training curriculum and earned my commercial pilot ratings. This ultimately sent my wife and I on an exciting  journey as a bush pilot in Homer and Kenai, Alaska for 5 years. In 2000 I was hired by United Airlines to be a Boeing 737 pilot. Having earned a top level job in aviation at United seemed a wonderful accomplishment until 9/11 and the ensuing bankruptcy and devastated economy left me unemployed twice for several years. Having it all and losing it not once, but twice, I promised myself that I would seek a sustainable and meaningful new direction. The question remained unanswered until a new passion evolved through a group of friends in a challenging, fun, creative new direction.  So here it goes, a new awesome direction, with immense challenges and great potential to fulfill my ideals, desires, and being.  To be a part of something sustainable and positive for me, my family, friends, and of course New Hampshire