As host of WMUR’s “New Hampshire’s Business,” Fred Kocher is a familiar face to many New Hampshire residents, and a frequent guest in living rooms across the Granite State.
Now Granite Staters will see Kocher in yet another light as he fills the role of AARP New Hampshire State President. In this volunteer position, Kocher will oversee the work of the organization’s New Hampshire Executive Council, collaborate with state leadership to ensure the achievement of AARP’s strategic goals, and continue to build partnerships with leaders in business, government and nonprofits.
AARP’s work on long-term care reform was the impetus behind Kocher taking on this leadership position. “Long-term care reform is not only a priority for AARP New Hampshire but it is a priority for me and my family,” explained Kocher. “Because of my mother’s own long-term care needs, I have a personal stake in this work. Reforming the current long-term care system needs our collective attention so we can foster more home- and community-based care as an alternative to what is otherwise more expensive care that many of our citizens can’t afford.”
Fred brings an extensive record of achievement to his new role as AARP New Hampshire State President. An entrepreneur, Fred is currently President of Kocher & Company, Inc., a marketing and PR business for young, fast-growing technology companies and is President of the New Hampshire High Technology Council. He is also the Producer and Host of “New Hampshire’s Business,” a weekly segment that airs Sundays on WMUR-TV9.
No stranger to politics, Fred founded “Politics and Eggs,” a forum for presidential candidates during the New Hampshire Presidential Primary and was a senior assistant to US Senator Warren Rudman. His leadership skills are superb as he co-founded the New Hampshire Forum on the Future—focusing on the forces shaping our state’s future—and the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center.
Fred has earned a variety of awards and was named Business NH Magazine’s 2007 Business Leader of the Year. He is a Board member at Chester College of New England and appointed by Governor Lynch to the P-20 Education Commission.
Fred received his education at Ohio University in Athens and Ohio State University in Columbus. The New Hampshire Community College in Nashua awarded him an honorary degree for his work in the Granite State. After college, he served in the US Navy and US Marine Corps. The father of two daughters, Fred and his wife Pam live in Barrington.