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Atlas’ Pelkey named Rindge Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year

  • Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group CEO Steve Pelkey has been named the Rindge Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Business Leader of the Year. COURTESY PHOTO



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:8PM

The head of New England’s oldest and largest fireworks company is no stranger to traveling the globe and picking up awards along the way, but sometimes it’s the local honors that mean the most. 

Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group CEO Stephen Pelkey has been named the 2018 Business Leader of the Year by the Rindge Chamber of Commerce. 

“When we compete nationally or internationally, it’s always an award we are proud of, but never seems really personal and local,” Pelkey said. “Whenever you receive an award that’s local in a community that you’ve played a big part in, it’s always an honor.”

Pelkey has been with Atlas for over 30 years, originally hired on as general manager in 1986 after serving with the United States Air Force.

“I jumped right into it with both feet, not knowing what I was getting into, but in the first few years I really developed a passion for it,” Pelkey said. 

Over the years, Pelkey developed a passion focused around the technology, music, and design work that comes with putting on a fireworks show, a passion seen by those near and far with the numerous shows Atlas puts on every year. 

“The way I have tried to achieve over the my last 34 years is not just to have it be a job, but to have a passion for it,” Pelkey said. “So many people in business lack passion in a job.”

Giving back to the community has also become an integral part of what Pelkey and Atlas do.

Pelkey has volunteered with numerous organizations over the years, including Conant High School as a coach, the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, the Keene YMCA, Franklin Pierce University, and Saint Patrick’s Church. He also served two terms as a state representative. 

“For the first time that I know of, we had someone nominated two times in the same year,” Rindge Chamber of Commerce President Lynda Hunt said. “He’s done a lot for this community, which is why we feel he is one of our most outstanding business leaders.”

Hunt said Pelkey has donated much of his time and financial resources to the local community, including hiring students from Franklin Pierce University and Conant High School, donating to Shelter from the Storm and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and routinely discounting the cost of local fireworks shows. 

The award will be presented at the annual Rindge Chamber Gala on Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hidden Hills Estate in Rindge. For more information email info@rindgechamber.org.

“I think like any award, you are pretty surprised and overall honored to be selected,” Pelkey said in an interview Friday. “… I think we are going to enjoy it as a company and family. I look forward to a wonderful evening of celebrating the award for our team.”