What Good is Renee Plummer Up to Now?
DISCLAIMER: The following content wasn't created by, but is being shared by the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouht
PORTSMOUTH—If you don’t know who Renee Plummer is, we have a lot to cover. For starters, she oversees the leasing and marketing at Two International Group – the company that put Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the map.
According to Plummer, “We started with one building approximately 86,000 square feet with no potential tenants. We had to scramble. I called the editor of the Wall Street Journal and convinced him to do an article on Pease and then the phone calls starting coming in. Interests started peaking.” That was in 1997.
Flash forward 25 years and Plummer has a long list of accomplishments in the Granite State, and beyond. She is a familiar face to presidential candidates (Politico did a profile piece on Plummer in March 2015, stating: ‘To win New Hampshire, you have to win Renee Plummer), business and community leaders, and has assisted more than 250 companies find homes at Pease, and has raised millions of dollars for causes near and dear to her heart. Dedicated to important community causes, she has been a board member to countless non-profit organizations, including Plymouth State University, Hope for NH Recovery, HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital, and perhaps nearest to her heart, Veterans Count.
Asked how she became involved, Plummer said, “Col. Rick Greenwood introduced me to Veterans Count. We had endless meetings in my office, which showed me how much he believed in this organization, and I finally helped them with attendance at an informational breakfast.”
Now 10 years later, Plummer has been a driving force behind raising significant funds to help Veterans Count grow new chapters, raise awareness, and serve more service members, veterans, and their families. Together with the Seacoast chapter board, the group has become known to throw “the party of the year,” and this year will be no different with Plummer at the helm. It is fitting that the 8th annual Salute Our Soldiers event (last year’s was cancelled due to covid), On the Tarmac, will be held on Plummer’s home turf at Pease.
As the name points out, the event will be held on the tarmac at Pease International Tradeport, 120 Aviation Drive in Portsmouth from 5 to 8 p.m. – with aircraft and military vehicles on display for guests to see up close. Registration opens at 4:30 and a dramatic finale will pay special tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, just before 8 p.m. Tickets are now available through the organization’s website: vetscount.org/nh/events/on-the-tarmac. This year’s honored guests will be the Thunderbird Pilots who will be performing in the air show over the weekend.
As a native New Yorker, the tragedy of 9/11 shook her to her core. “I keep the Guardian newspaper hung in my office with the pictures of the towers on fire. It will be 20 years and I look at that every day that I’m in my office,” said Plummer.
On the Tarmac, the annual fundraiser for Veterans Count will be held Sept. 10, the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and this is especially meaningful for Plummer. “With this event, I’m able to once again let those in uniform know how precious they are to me, and to say ‘thank you.’ Thank you for my freedom and for keeping me, my family, and friends safe. My heart melts when I see a soldier, a marine, an airman, or a sailor in uniform. They are my true heroes. I don’t know why, they just are.”
About Veterans Count: Veterans Count is a program of Easter Seals NH that provides emergency assistance to our military service members and their families. Ninety cents of every dollar raised for Veterans Count goes directly to New Hampshire’s military members. The event is selling out quickly; remaining tickets can be purchased and more information on the event can be found at vetscount.org/nh or on Facebook at VeteransCount.
# # #
PHOTO: Renee Plummer, inside the Middlesex Corporation hangar at 120 Aviation Ave., standing in front of their Bombardier Challenger 605 private business jet, which will be on display during On the Tarmac, this year’s annual fundraising event for Veterans Count on Sept. 10, 2021. Middlesex Corporation, a family-owned construction company, is a sponsor of On the Tarmac and is a partner in the current super flood dry dock project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, currently the largest construction project for Navy in the world with a cost of $1.7 billion dollars.