November 24, 2014

Hub Happenings

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Lisa Tidman

Lisa Tidman

PT360 welcomes new C0-owner
Lisa Tidman, an employee at PT360 for more than 2 years, recently became the first employee to transition to ownership since PT360’s inception in July 2010. She joins the eleven founding owners in the employee-owned physical therapy cooperative.
Tidman has 18 years experience in hospital, nursing home and various outpatient settings. Tidman is a yoga instructor and integrates yoga into her treatment programs.

Trudell Consulting Engineers takes gold for Worksite Wellness
Employees of Trudell Consulting Engineers were recently recognized by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for the company’s workplace wellness initiatives. One of 91 businesses considered for this award, Trudell Consulting Engineers’ Well@Work program is designed to reward employees for participating in the various aspects of worksite wellness including nutrition seminars, physical challenges, group hikes or outings, team running events, group community service efforts, a company garden and various other onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance.

Stillwell named Risk Management Professional of the Year
The International Association of Insurance Professionals named Elizabeth Stillwell of DEW Construction Corp. the Risk Management Professional of the Year for New England, New York and Pennsylvania at its conference in April.
The award is given at the local, regional and national level annually to recognize an IAIP member who has demonstrated superior knowledge in its field and professional advancement through educational pursuits.

 

Beth Davis Seniw

Beth Davis Seniw

Seniw joins DEW
DEW Construction Corp. recently announced that Beth Davis Seniw joined the company as a newly appointed project manager.
Seniw brings 10 years of construction experience to her new position, having most recently served as a project manager on several projects for Harvard Business School for CSL Consulting in Massachusetts. Prior to her work at Harvard, Seniw worked on healthcare and life science projects with William A. Berry, a division of Suffolk Construction in Boston.

VPR awarded
Vermont Public Radio was recently honored with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including recognitions for continuing coverage, audio documentary, hard news and website, from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

Elizabeth Harlow

Elizabeth Harlow

Harlow joins Kinney Pike
Kinney Pike Insurance, Inc. recently hired Elizabeth Harlow as a commercial lines customer service agent in its Williston office. Harlow has more than 14 years of insurance industry experience.
“We are very happy to have Elizabeth join our team. Her industry experience, combined with her knowledge and connection to the community will be great assets to our agency,” said Doug Corman, one of three Kinney Pike Insurance principals.

Three Vermont Tech nurses selected as Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows
Three Vermont Tech faculty members—Michelle Stearns, Meredith Roberts and Mary Hill—have been accepted into the Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows program. More than 50 Vermont nurses were nominated for the new program and the 25 winning nominees were announced at the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders’ Summit in April. The program, which is supported by the Vermont Action Coalition, aims to prepare fellows to seek board and committee positions by outfitting them with leadership skills, career development strategies, intimate knowledge of health policy and other critical information.
“We are very proud of our faculty and their nomination to such an esteemed program,” said Vermont Tech Interim President Dan Smith.

Vermont unemployment rate declined to 3.4 percent in March
The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 was 3.4 percent. This represents a decrease of three-tenths of a percent from the February rate of 3.7 percent. The comparative national average was 6.7 percent, which was unchanged from February. March 2014 data represents the sixth 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 fourth lowest in the country.

Vermont Young Professionals elects first president
Vermont Young Professionals’ newly elected president, Paul Dame, took over in March for Mark Hall, the organization’s founding president since 2010. Hall announced that he was stepping down in December. Chris Vintinner will be the organization’s first vice president.
Dame first joined VYP’s Board of Directors in December of 2011, and has shifted positions since then, with his most recent role being the primary coordinator for some of the group’s signature events.
“Over the next two years of my term, I hope to really make VYP become a farther-reaching statewide organization,” Dame said. “Our goal is for young Vermonters throughout the state to be within an hour’s drive of one of our events, to help them build their social and professional network, and pick up some of the skills that will be able to help their career launch and thrive here in Vermont.”

Van Wees named innkeeper of the year
Hans van Wees, the general manager of Hotel Vermont in Burlington, has been named 2014 Innkeeper of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The designation is part of the Chamber’s annual Vermont Hospitality Awards, showcasing industry leaders and their commitment to tourism in the Green Mountain State.
Prior to leading the opening of Hotel Vermont in 2013, van Wees was general manager of the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and consultant to a variety of businesses across New England.

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