The United Way of Greater Nashua Board of Directors has announced that longtime Nashua resident, Michael Apfelberg, will serve as the organization’s next President. Apfelberg will be responsible for taking on the leadership, networking and marketing of one of the most critical non-profits in the Greater Nashua area. Apfelberg’s strong business and non-profit background will help him continue to grow the organization’s presence and donor presence in the region.
Apfelberg brings a long history of business experience to the table in this new chapter of his life. He comes recently from Nashua-based Education Outfitters, which he founded in 2006. Over the last ten years Apfelberg has grown the franchise, been the recipient of numerous business awards, and recently sold the business. Apfelberg was awarded the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s “Small Business of the Year” award in 2012.
Prior to founding Education Outfitters, Apfelberg worked as the Print Production / Circulation Fulfillment Manager for DELUXE Corp, where he managed the prepress and print product departments for the multi-channel direct market organization. He was responsible for developing pre-media services capabilities, along with providing a full suite of print, digital print and asset management capabilities to customers.
A resident of the region for 16 years, Apfelberg initially move to Brookline to work in Massachusetts, and then settled in Nashua 10 years ago. He and his family have strong ties to—and experience supporting—regional non-profits. They include The Nashua Soup Kitchen, The Humane Society of Greater Nashua, and The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Apfelberg also won the Chamber’s “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2010.
“I’m just thrilled to be taking on a leadership role at the United Way. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to leverage my business background, but in a new environment—I’ve spent my entire career in the for-profit world—including 10 years with my own business and 15 years in industry—and I wanted to do something that’s a different direction, but doesn’t leave that skill set behind. I was looking for something that was local—I like networking—and have been heavily networking over the past decade with my own business.
For me it was combining a skill set, a propensity to network heavily, and taking on a leadership role in a not-for-profit environment. I wanted to wake up in the morning and say “how am I going to make the world a little bit better today,” and that’s actually my job now—not just something I do ‘also’. I’m excited about getting out and meeting people and developing relationships with potential donors and clients—organizations on the receiving and giving end.
One thing that strikes me is that this is a Nashua organization. I’m excited to get out to Hudson, Brookline, Milford. I’ve always got my sales hat on. I’ve already got three pages of notes on companies and orgs that I want to go talk to. This takes time, you have to plant seeds.”
Apfelberg replaces Paul Hebert, a twenty-three year veteran supporter of the United Way of Greater Nashua, and the organization’s most recent President. Paul served in this capacity since 2012, and will continue to operate as an advisor to Apfelberg and the United Way Board through his role as CEO of 501hub, which supports The United Way of Greater Nashua through managed services and strategic business consulting. Paul was recognized by Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Business Person of the Year, for his role in founding 501hub, and transforming the way that non-profit organizations approach administrative needs.
“I’m thrilled that Mike is joining our team at United Way. He’s been a terrific community partner with United Way through his work as Chairman of the Ambassador’s Committee at the Nashua Chamber, and he’s a terrific advocate for the programs that make our community stronger. I’m looking forward to working closely with Mike as he brings his enthusiasm and dedication to our United Way.”
Apfelberg, 50, is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in German, along with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the same. He is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012. He lives in Nashua with his wife Kerstin who is employed at Head Start and daughter, Casey, who will be graduating from UNH with a degree in Psychology in December.