A Personal Q&A with Ted Gatsas
Ted Gatsas is a successful businessman, city Alderman, State Senate President and Manchester Mayor. However you might not know of his humble beginnings.
Q. Where did it all begin?
It was clear from the start that Ted would be a numbers guy. Today he’s still helping communities with their building blocks. He just has a better calculator. How about that styln’ hair-do! Ted, and his family, grew up on a pig farm in Manchester. Long before there was ever the Mall of New Hampshire or the interchange of Rte. 293 and Rte. 93 it was farmland.
Sports has always been a big part of Ted’s life. From his beginnings in Manchester’s North Little League he has always found that the lessons that guide his life were learned on the field. After building a successful company with his brother and a career in employee benefits, Gatsas’ family showed their continued support for Manchester with a significant contribution to rebuild the fields at Livingston Park for his alma matter Manchester High School Central.
Q. Where did Ted go to school and what was his first job?
Ted can be described as “all New Hampshire”. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, is a product of our education system, and even graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1973.
While in school Ted’s first job was pumping gas at Manchester Tire and Battery for Roland Rivard.
Q. What’s your favorite sports team and who’s your favorite player?
The Red Sox are my favorite team.
Favorite past player is “Teddy ballgame”. How could it not be? Ted Williams left baseball to serve in the military because he loved our country and wanted to fight for our freedom. He’s a real hero!
Present player has to be David Ortiz. He’s fun to watch and he certainly does a lot for the community.
Q. What’s Ted like out of the office?
You will never find Ted smiling more than when he is with his 5 great nieces and nephews. He loves having his family close by, and recently celebrated his mom’s 90th birthday. Of course she loves seeing 4 generations of the Gatsas family.
As an Alderman, Ted was an early supporter of the VerizonWireless Arena when proposed in Manchester in the late 90s. He is still friends with Max. You will find Ted at many local high school games from basketball to football, and he is a major advocate for creating new opportunities through public/private partnerships for all children.