The Foundation’s name was inspired based on the bequeath Ben Franklin left in his will, leaving 1,000 sterling pounds each — the equivalent worth over $100,000 today — to his native city of Boston and his adopted city of Philadelphia. Franklin required the money to be held in trust for 100 years after his death (he died in 1790), after which the cities could use part of the money to establish loans for young apprentices.
Peter Morgan has been involved in creating, developing and managing business enterprises for over 45 years, one of which was as the developer and owner of the Highlander Inn and Airport Parking facility at Manchester, NH airport a valuable piece of commercial real estate.
After selling the Highlander Inn property, Peter became a senior investor in projects along with partners in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, operating investment companies including: Triangle Asset Group in Raleigh, NC; Carolina Asset Group in Spartanburg, SC, and Morgan, Krum, Percival Partners in Charlotte, NC.
By 2015 Peter had been involved in some twenty-six (26) different projects including Telecommunications Technology Inc. (TTI), where in 2011 he became a shareholder and later a special advisor to the founders and board-of-directors on corporate development and strategic business opportunities.
Peter is currently engaged in forming a legacy enterprise, Morgan Legacy Partners to continue making key investments in commercial real estate, introducing commercial real estate to new investors, and supporting the Morgan Franklin Fellowship Foundation in teaching Financial Literacy and shaping a path to Financial Independence for young people.
Peter Morgan has been involved with a large number of community organizations and chapters including: The Exchange Club; Boys Club; United Way; Elliot Hospital; Federated Arts; Londonderry Chamber of Commerce; NH State Arts Council; Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Fidelity Health Alliance; Southern NH CVB; Granite State Ambassadors; New England Innkeepers; Governor’s Task Force on Travel and Tourism; Board of Overseers – Hannover Inn; and the New Hampshire Hospitality Workers Compensation Trust.
Peter is a graduate of the U.S Naval Academy and served on active duty until 1970 including time as a navy instructor. Peter has resided in the Northeast of the United States for most of his life and recently added Southwest Florida as a permanent residence.
A motivational leader, teacher and speaker; specializing in information, training, marketing, & project management. Window is the Executive Director for the Morgan Franklin Fellowship Foundation and consults with Morgan Legacy Partners. She also spends time volunteering with various organizations including the Nackey S Loeb School of Communications and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Window is currently the board chair for Holy Cross Family Learning Center whose mission is teaching English for immigrant and refugee adults. She is a founder of the NH Granite State Ambassadors and served 20 years on Selective Service Systems’ State Board of Appeals for NH.
Window worked in NH’s Tourism industry for 20+ years, first as the Executive Director of the Southern NH Convention & Visitor Bureau, then as President CEO of NH Granite State Ambassadors. In recent years she served as the Community Outreach Coordinator at St. Mary’s Bank, the Nation’s first credit union, in Manchester NH. As a lifelong resident of NH, Window has proudly served arts and culture in her state. Among her singular achievements were the renovation and grand re-opening of the Adam’s Memorial Opera House in Derry, NH, and she spent a holiday season touring with the Boston Ballet in “The Nutcracker”.
Dr. Jillian Starman has over thirty years of experience in administration, education, corporate training, and business development consulting. As an early adopter of distance education practice and technology, Jillian has developed and managed a variety of e-Learning programs including video-based training, online training, and online professional development programs for higher education, government, and international business organizations. As a business consultant, Jillian has worked with a variety of industry sectors and businesses to provide expertise in market development, leadership growth, performance improvement, and business coaching.
Dr. Starman has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Communication, and a Ph.D. in Education specializing in training and performance improvement.
Bruce Berk is a lifelong educator. He retired in 2017 after 36 years of high school teaching and coaching. The bulk of his career was at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire where he taught a wide variety of courses. Specializing in non-western histories, his particular expertise focused on China and Japan. Other course offerings included Russian, Middle Eastern and American foreign policy.
Beyond the classroom he has served as an administrator and as a coach. In the former capacity, he served as Director and Assistant Director of College Counseling for nearly twenty years and spent over a decade as the History Department chair for Derryfield. His coaching responsibilities focused on tennis and soccer where he mentored generations of young athletes and garnered a number of tennis state championships.
Throughout his life Bruce has traveled. During the 1970s, he spent significant time in Africa and Asia, including long stays in Taiwan where he studied Chinese. He subsequently guided tours throughout Europe, and most recently has found a passion for Chile and its natural beauty.
Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University with a focus on Asian studies. He is a longtime resident of Hooksett, New Hampshire.