Phillips awarded for lifetime service
The Vermont Rural Water Association recently honored Williston engineer Don Phillips with the Tony Torchia Award.
The award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service efforts over a career in the water industry. Phillips served over 40 years assisting many Vermont communities with planning, design, construction and upgrades to their water and wastewater infrastructure. He recently retired from Aldrich + Elliot, based in Essex Junction.
“I really didn’t think I did anything special over my career,” Phillips said. “What I did focus on was insuring I always acted in a manner that built trust and respect at a very personal level. It was very rewarding for me to have built some very close relationships over the years with many different folks including, system personnel, regulators, other engineers, as well as many local and state officials.”
AllEarth Renewables named Bicycle Friendly Business
On Earth Day, April 22, the League of American Bicyclists recognized AllEarth Renewables with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business award, one of 63 businesses awarded in 44 states this year.
“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees, and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”
On any given day in the summer, more than a third of the company’s 23 employees ride to work or run errands near its Williston office and at least three employees commute to work by bike year-round. The company provides shared bikes, lockers, shower facilities, bike maintenance tools and the use of company vehicles for mid-day appointments.
Vermont Federal Credit Union members elect board
Approximately 375 people joined Vermont Federal Credit Union at its 60th Annual Meeting in April, reelecting Joseph Finnigan and Douglas Fisher to the board of directors. The group was the largest turnout in the history of the credit union’s annual meetings.
Vermont unemployment 4.1 percent in March
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March 2013 was 4.1 percent, a decline of three-tenths of a percent from the prior month’s estimate of 4.4 percent. The comparative national average was 7.6 percent. March 2013 represents the eighth consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate in Vermont.
United Way awards companies for philanthropy
United Way of Chittenden County recognized leaders in the community at its annual awards presentation and dinner on May 8.
Live United Award, recognizing a company that embodies the United Way’s mission, to Vermont Gas.
Keyperson of the year, celebrating above and beyond achievement of one or more people leading a workplace, to Nicole LaBrecque from PC Construction.
Affinity award, recognizing a company that “excels in their field and for the common good,” to Engelberth Construction.
Campaign of the year, recognizes an organization for campaign management best practices, to Hickok & Boardman Companies.
Pete Johnson named Vermont Small Business Person of the Year
The Small Business Administration announced the 2013 Vermont small business award winners April 15, awarding the 2013 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year title to Pete Johnson, Pete’s Greens owner.
The other 2013 Vermont winners are Nelson’s Ace Hardware as the Family-Owned Business of the Year, Shelburne Shipyard as the Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Music Store Live as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Patch’s Green Service LLC as the Micro-Enterprise of the Year and Eastwind Diamond Abrasives as the Exporter of the Year.
“Congratulations to all of our winners,” said Darcy Carter, SBA Vermont District Office director. “Each one is deserving of their respective award. They all represent the best of Vermont’s small businesses.”
The winners will be recognized during the 2013 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony on June 13.
FairPoint’s anti-idling initiative receives environmental honor
FairPoint Communications, Inc. was honored for its anti-idling initiative by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, receiving an honorable mention award at the annual Vermont Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence on May 14.
The Vermont Governor’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote environmental sustainability.
Vermont employer semifinalist for DoD award
Vermont employer Engineers Contruction, Inc. of South Burlington has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the DoD’s highest honor for employers that provide support to their Guard and Reserve employees. This year, 138 semifinalists stood out among 2,899 employers nominated by a Guard or Reserve employee.
Up to 15 award recipients will be announced early this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. in September at the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony.
Berlin City donated to local schools
Berlin City Auto Group announced that it donated $33,050 to 24 New England schools across New England as part of its Drive for Education program.
Award recipients included Richmond Elementary School and eight other Vermont schools. The company is set to hold check presenting ceremonies on May 22.
Catamount Marketing welcomes Burdett
Catamount Marketing has hired Nina Burdett as a sales representative and marketing consultant.
Burdett previously worked three years with g.housen & co. as a marketing and communications coordinator. Burdett grew up in Keene, N.H. and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Vought joines VBSR
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility welcomed Roxanne Vought as internship and special projects manager.
A graduate of UVM, Vought started her career through a series of internships with Burlington area nonprofits, and continued with management positions at Vermont Mozart Festival, UVM Lane Series and Carbon Harvest Energy. Prior to joining VBSR she spent eight years with UVM Continuing Education.