April 17th, 2014
Vermont State Colleges trustees appoint interim president
The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently appointed Dan Smith as interim president at Vermont Technical College. Smith was appointed through June 30, 2015 as the college seeks to recover sound financial footing in the coming year prior to any search for a permanent president.
Smith has been serving as acting president of the college since Nov. 15. Smith previously served as the director of community relations and public policy for the Vermont State Colleges system. A native of Middlesex, Smith has served as the director of community relations and public policy at the Vermont State Colleges since October 2010.
Januszczyk a partner at Rose Computers
David Rose, president of Rose Computers, announced that Michal Januszczyk has become a partner in the business. Januszczyk becomes executive vice president and CTO, while Rose remains president and CEO. Januszczyk has been with the firm for over four years as service delivery manager and, most recently, chief engineer.
Prior to joining Rose Computers, Januszczyk held various IT positions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Harley Davidson and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
“I am very pleased to have Michal as a partner in the firm,” Rose said, “He is a fantastic engineer with great work ethic, and a wonderful human being.”
Parker joins LORD
LORD Corporation announced the recent addition of Collin Parker as marketing communications specialist on the LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems team. Parker brings more than 20 years of marketing and communications expertise to LORD MicroStrain.
Prior to joining LORD Corporation, Parker spent five years as marketing director at Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, after starting his career as a broadcast journalist. He also served several years as a public relations coordinator at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the region’s largest hospital.
Vermont unemployment 3.7 percent in February
The Vermont Department of Labor announced March 28 that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February 2014 was 3.7 percent. This represents a decrease of three-tenths of a percent from the January rate of 4.0 percent. The comparative national average was 6.7 percent, which was up one-tenth of a percent from January. February 2014 data represents the fifth consecutive reported monthly decrease to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fifth lowest in the country.
VSECU engages members in charitable giving
Vermont credit union VSECU recently donated $23,000 to Vermont charities through the We Care 2 Program. More than 7,000 credit union members cast votes to help direct this portion of VSECU’s charitable contributions.
This year’s We Care 2 Program received 49 applications from charities from across the state of Vermont for consideration. The five finalists selected by VSECU’s Community Contributions Committee were NCSS Youth in Transition, Rutland Community Cupboard, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Therapy Dogs of Vermont and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
A check for $10,000 was awarded to each of the two winners, NCSS Youth in Transition and Therapy Dogs of Vermont. NCSS Youth in Transition will use the funds for emergency care packages for homeless and at risk youth. The donation to Therapy Dogs will enable the organization to add two locations for training, testing and certification of qualified teams that offer comfort and enrich lives of Vermonters of all ages. The three runners-up were each presented with a $1,000 donation.
Renewable NRG Systems hires VP of global marketing
Renewable NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has named David Hurwitt vice president of global marketing and product development.
Hurwitt has served in leadership roles at multinational companies including GE Energy, Whirlpool, Diamond Brands, and Pillsbury, and he was the executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Optiwind. Prior to joining Renewable NRG Systems, he was the principal at Kenilworth Development Group, a growth consulting practice based in Canton, Conn.
Vermont official honored with EPA Clean Air Excellence Award
Richard A. Valentinetti of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources was honored earlier this month by EPA with a national “2014 Clean Air Excellence Award” for “Outstanding Individual Achievement.”
Valentinetti is the longest-serving state air director in the country. During his lengthy career, he has demonstrated a lasting commitment to improving air quality in Vermont and within New England. His award was the only one for an individual, and was announced along with recognition for nine projects from across the United States for work on clean air and climate initiatives that protect Americans’ health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.
Hall to Lead CVAA
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging announced last week that John Michael Hall will be its new executive director, beginning in July. Hall is currently the senior director for the National Association of States United for Aging & Disabilities. Previously, he was the director of integrated health systems at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and served as secretary of the Department of Aging and Office of Long-Term Living in Pennsylvania.
Kathi Monteith, CVAA Board President, led the national search for a replacement for retiring Executive Director John Barbour. “Mike Hall is the ideal person to lead CVAA in new directions in programs and services for seniors in Vermont. The board, staff and volunteers welcome Mike as the leader to take the organization into the future.”
Efficiency Vermont Named 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Efficiency Vermont has been named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award honors Efficiency Vermont’s Efficient Products program for its achievements in cutting energy use and associated pollution. Efficiency Vermont was one of only eight utilities nationwide to receive the Partner of the Year designation.
Efficiency Vermont will be recognized in Washington, D.C. at a ceremony on April 29.
People’s United awards $12,000
The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced recently that it has awarded $12,000 to Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to support its Growing Money Program.
With free financial classes and coaching, the Growing Money Program helps low- and moderate-income participants reach their financial goals, improve their credit scores and identify areas for saving. Individuals learn to manage spending, create a budget, access banking products and services, how to work with creditors and avoid predatory lending. Last year, the program served more than 650 participants.
CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.