General Managers

The Common Man Lincoln
The Common Man Ashland
The Common Man Company Store in Ashland
The Common Man Concord
The Common Man Windham
The Common Man Merrimack
Foster's Boiler Room
Italian Farmhouse
Lakehouse, LAGO, and Camp

Tilt'n Diner
Airport Diner
The Common Man Inn & Spa
Town Docks
The Common Man Inn Claremont
The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont
Route 104 Diner

The Common Man Lincoln

General Manager: Caroline Lyons

Caroline Lyons is the general manager of The Common Man in Lincoln. Caroline has been a part of the Common Man family for almost 10 years, and was named General Manager of the Year in 2013.

Prior to joining The Common Man, Caroline was the general manager of The Mill Wharf restaurant in Scituate, MA, working there for 11 years. Caroline also has international experience, having worked for a catering company in London, where she had the opportunity to work on events at Hampton Court Palace and Crystal Palace.

Caroline graduated with a bachelor of arts in history from Harvard, and serves as a volunteer at the elementary school in Lincoln. She also assists The Common Man family each year in coordinating the Brigid Kilfoyle Memorial softball tournament and is on the membership committee for Lin-Wood Chamber of Commerce.

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The Common Man Ashland

General Manager:  Alisha Wendelboe

Alisha Wendelboe is the General Manager of the Common Man Ashland.

Alisha has been with the Common Man Family since 2002, where she started as a server in Ashland while attending Plymouth State College. She has worn many hats at the Ashland restaurant, as a Server Mentor, Manager and Assistant General Manager. Alisha was promoted to General Manager in the summer of 2014.

She lives locally, and is involved with multiple Ashland town committees.


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The Common Man Company Store in Ashland

General Manager: Paul Cole


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The Common Man Concord

General Manager: Scott McCann

Scott McCann is the General Manager of The Common Man in Concord, taking the helm of the restaurant in the summer of 2017.

Scott started his career with The Common Man family as a bartender at the Merrimack location in 2006. He moved up to manager in 2010, and was nominated as a Rising STAR of the Year by The Common Man family in 2013. Scott worked at The Common Man Concord as an assistant for a year before taking the General Manager role at Windham in 2014. He won the company's General Manager of the Year award in 2016.

Scott has been in the hospitality industry for 27 years, starting out as a bus boy at the original Shorty's in Litchfield, NH, and working at other local restaurants before joining The Common Man. 

Scott has always played an active role in his restaurant's community efforts, and organized a large community breakfast at The Common Man Windham each fall to benefit local charities.
 

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The Common Man Windham

General Manager: Jennifer Burgess

 

Jennifer Burgess is the General Manager of The Common Man Windham, having previously served as General Manager of The Common Man Merrimack. She was named General Manager of the Year by our hospitality family for 2018.

Jennifer started her career in the restaurant industry at the Weathervane restaurant, where she worked her way up through various positions to become the General Manager. While there, she achieved all Serve Safe certifications and worked hard to market the business to the local community. She also participated in community events such as Rock’n Rib Fest in Merrimack, and undertook volunteer projects with local food kitchens.

Before coming to The Common Man, Jennifer was an assistant GM with Applebees.

Jennifer grew up in Mont Vernon and lives in Amherst. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping others in need.

 

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The Common Man Merrimack

General Manager: Courtney Gallagher

Courtney Gallagher is the General Manager of The Common Man Merrimack, returning to where she started as a bartender, and where she worked her way up to Assistant Manager before leaving for a few years to lead Common Man Windham as GM. 

She has been in the hospitality industry for more than a decade, working as a bartender and then manager of many Applebee’s locations. Courtney joined The Common Man at its Merrimack location in 2011, and was promoted to Assistant Manager in Merrimack in 2015 and General Manager of Windham in 2017.

The proud wife a solider, Courtney has lived in Europe and in various regions of the southern United States, but now calls the north her home.

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Foster's Boiler Room

General Manager: Steve Southworth

Steve Southworth is the General Manager of our Foster’s Boiler Room at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth, NH.

Steve started in the restaurant business at the age of 14, working in the food and beverage departments of New Hampshire ski resorts while he attended school studying automotive repair. He spent time as a Chevrolet/Cadillac technician, but was drawn back to the restaurant business, and left the auto industry in 2010 to return to school with his twin brother Rick to study business management.

This led him to a server position at Margaritas in Concord, where he worked his way up through Shift Manager and Kitchen Manager, to Assistant General Manager.
Steve joined The Common Man Family in the fall of 2014 as the Assistant General Manager of Lago in Meredith. In 2015, he transferred to Foster’s Boiler Room as the Assistant Manager. In 2016, Steve was promoted and returned to Lago as General Manager, and in 2017, he took on the General Manager position at Foster’s.


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Italian Farmhouse

General Manager: Eric Johnson
 
Eric Johnson is the general manager of The Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth.

Eric joined The Common Man family in 1997 as a server at The Common Man in Lincoln, and served as the general manager of Common Man Ashland for eight years, as well as Common Man Concord for a period of time. He was named General Manager of the Year for The Common Man family in 2014.

Before joining The Common Man family, Eric worked a number of years at various other establishments, all in the service industry. Originally from New Jersey, Eric has lived in the area for more than 20 years.

Eric attended Plymouth State College.


 

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Lakehouse and Camp

General Manager: Bill Day



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Tilt'n Diner

General Manager:  Kelly Kelley


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Airport Diner

General Manager: Gordon Fogal

Gordon Fogal is the General Manager of our Airport Diner in Manchester.

Gordon has been part of The Common Man family since August of 2016. Prior to joining the Common Man, Gordon worked for 18 years at Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse locations in Nashua and Bedford NH. 

He started as a line cook and worked his way up to Kitchen Manager while taking culinary classes at N.H. College (now SNHU). After eight years as KM, Gordon switched to the front of the house, and eventually became the General Manager, a position he held for four years before coming to The Common Man.

 


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The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth

Innkeeper: Jennifer Tower

Jennifer Tower is the Innkeeper at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth.

Jennifer has been a part of The Common Man family since 2000, starting as a waitress at The Common Man in Lincoln while in college.

When The Common Man Inn & Spa opened in 2002, Jennifer became the Sales and Events Manager, and was promoted to Innkeeper and Director of Sales in 2006.

Jennifer is heavily involved with the Plymouth-area community, hosting events and offering in-kind donations to many non-profit organizations.  She is a past board member of the New England Inns & Resorts Association (NEIRA) and is currently a member of The Council of Hospitality and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) a national industry group.

In 2007, Jennifer was nominated as Innkeeper of the Year at the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association's Stars of the Industry Awards dinner and as employee of the year by The Common Man family.  In 2014, Jennifer received the Innkeeper of the Year award from the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association.

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Town Docks

General Manager: Nicole White

 

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The Common Man Inn Claremont

General Manager: Katrina Clark

Katrina Clark is the Innkeeper at The Common Man Inn in Claremont.

Katrina has been a part of The Common Man family since 2009, starting as a front desk associate at The Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont. She later accepted a position as the housekeeping manager in 2011, and was promoted to Assistant Manager of the Inn during the fall of 2012. She was nominated as a Rising STAR of the Year by The Common Man family in 2013. 

Katrina is heavily involved with the Claremont-area community, volunteering to spearhead the lighting of Claremont’s Broad Street Park for the holiday season both in 2013 and 2014. She is a current board and finance committee member for the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce and is a charter member and past-President of the newly-revived Claremont Sugar-River Rotary Club, a non-profit that serves the community.

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The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont

General Manager: Jennifer Swavely

Jennifer Swavely is the General Manager of The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont and joined the Claremont team as GM in 2016.

She has worked in the restaurant industry for almost 30 years, at businesses including Buca di Beppo, TGIFridays, Lonestar, Red Lobster and most recently Buffalo Wild Wings. Jennifer has worn many hospitality hats, from bartending, serving, hosting and cooking. She has spent the last 18 years in management, from Kitchen Manager, Assistant Manager, Assistant General Manager to General Manager.

Jennifer moved from Pennsylvania to Ludlow, VT in 2016 to take the General Manager position in Claremont. She is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and proud hockey mom.


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Lago

General Manager: Jennifer Mars

Jennifer Mars is the General Manager of Lago in Meredith and has been with The Common Man family since 2012, starting as a bartender at Lago.

She has worked as a Bartender, Bar Lead, Manager and Assistant General Manager. Jennifer was promoted to General Manager of Lago in October of 2017.

She is a life-long resident of the Lakes Region.

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Route 104 Diner

Manager: Sandy Watson

Sandy Watson became General Manager of our Route 104 Diner in New Hampton in 2015, after working for many years at its sister restaurant, Tilt'n Diner in Tilton. She received the CEO Award for Hospitality Excellence from The Common Man family in 2014.

Sandy started with The Common Man Family in 1976 as a bus girl and was a server at The Common Man in Ashland, to which she credits her solid base of training. In 1992, Sandy was tapped to help manage the Tilt'n Diner.


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