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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Compliance Advisory Panel

The Compliance Advisory Panel oversees the small business assistance program and the ombudsman, making recommendations for improvements and determining the overall effectiveness of the SBTAP. The panel consists of seven members: four small business owners or representatives selected by the legislature; two members of the general public selected by the Governor; and one member selected by the Commissioner of DES.

The Compliance Advisory Panel supports and contributes to the activities of the SBTAP by:

  • Providing advisory services and feedback to help facilitate the clarity, consistency and applicability of the SBTAP services.
  • Assisting the SBTAP Director with the ongoing assessment of SBTAP effectiveness and the preparation of the annual reports.
  • Supporting the activities of the DES and State of NH by providing advisory services to DES and others in the development of laws and regulations affecting small businesses.

Compliance Advisory Panel Members

Panel members can be contacted directly if businesses are reluctant to contact SBTAP.

Governor Appointee Public Member: Vacant

Daniel Bennett: President of the Senate Appointee, Term August 2009 – August 2011
Environmental Specialist for the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association in Bow. Contact: or (603) 224-2369

Will Brunkhorst, Chair: Senate Minority Leader Appointee, Term December 2004 – December 2011
Former owner and manager of a small environmental laboratory business whose primary experience includes environmental chemistry, environmental sample collection and analysis, remediation and environmental consulting. Contact: or (603) 731-3921

Brian Fieldsend: House Minority Leader Appointee, Term August 2006 – August 2010
President and CEO of the oldest dry cleaning business in New Hampshire and Exeter’s oldest family-owned business. Contact: or (603) 772-5761

Catherine Beahm: Regulatory Agency Representative, Term January 2011 – January 2013
Technical Assistance Specialist of the Department of Environmental Services Air Resource Division Permitting and Environmental Health. Contact or (603) 271-2822

Will Whalen: House Majority Leader Appointee, Term May 2008 – May 2012
Currently process engineering for Circuit Connect Industries in Nashua, Lead Auditor ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems, and environmental compliance officer. Previous experience includes groundwater technology in oil recovery systems. Contact: or (603) 880-7447

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