Lyon, 42 of Holderness, NH is the CEO of The Common Man family of restaurants in New Hampshire, which includes 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa, a Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center. Lyon began his career in hospitality at age 14 as a dishwasher at the flagship Common Man restaurant in Ashland, NH, and over the years worked his way up through many positions, being named CEO of the company by owner Alex Ray and Vice President Diane Downing in 2000.
As a member of the New Hampshire Youth Council, appointed by former Governor John Lynch, Lyon will work with fellow members towards the council’s mission of sustaining and improving New Hampshire’s competitiveness in the global market by developing a skilled and flexible workforce. The council will look at ways to empower youth to begin career paths that they are passionate about to lead to economic security, personal fulfillment, competitiveness and self-sufficiency.
A 1994 graduate of Plymouth State University, Lyon has a degree in business finance management with an economics minor. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Lyon was inducted into the Inaugural PSU Business Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a member of Delta Mu Delta. Lyon also developed the Common Man Apprentice Program with PSU, serving as a mentor to more than 1,000 students since its inception in 2005.
Lyon is Food Managing Professional (FMP) certified, ServeSafe certified and TEAM certified. He is a current board member of the national Council for Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA), serving on the organization's Marketing, Membership, and Government Affairs Committees. Lyon is also a member of the board of directors of the Got Lunch program in Ashland and sits on the advising board for SubitUp of Manchester, NH. Lyon organizes the annual Common Man Invitational Golf Tournament, of which proceeds are donated to local charities and The Common Man’s employee scholarship fund. He is also a volunteer for the Ashland Fabulous 4th Committee and donates his time to numerous other community events.
Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center. Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland. For more information, visit thecman.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecommonmannh
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