September 23, 2014

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Allstate agency owners earn service designation
Allstate exclusive agency owners Walter Hausermann of the Walter Hausermann Agency and John Coburn of the John Coburn Agency have been designated Allstate Premier Agencies for 2014.
The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 50 percent of Allstate’s Vermont agencies.
The Walter Hausermann and John Coburn agencies have also achieved the Honor Ring award for both 2012 and 2013. The honor is Allstate’s symbol of outstanding business achievement.

Pat Desautels partners with real estate family

Pat Desautels

Pat Desautels

Pat Desautels
Kathie Desautels recently welcomed new partner Pat Desautels, a licensed REALTOR®, into the RE/MAX North Professionals family. Pat Desautels will expand the 74 years of experience that the Desautels family brings to the real estate business.
Her background includes a position as regional sales and business development manager at Hewlett-Packard and business consultant for such companies as Agilent Technologies, IDX and FAHC.
Desautels, a Williston resident, is an EMT with the Williston Fire Department.

VERMONT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Vermont Federal Credit Union recently announced the recipients of four $2,000 scholarships in 2014. Scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors Emma Griesser and Jillian Villeneuve, as well as Kayleigh Ehler-Vock and Christopher Hango who are currently enrolled in higher education. Recipients were selected by a volunteer Scholarship Committee and were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership activities, service to community, as well as responses to an essay question.

Solar tracker project recognized with national award
A solar orchard powering Middlebury’s Woodchuck Hard Cider won two honors at a recent national solar show.

The 150kW Bridport, Vermont project utilizing Vermont-made AllSun Trackers was a “Project of Distinction” finalist and won “Project of Distinction 2014 Fan Favorite” at the PV America event in Boston.

The 1.5 acre solar orchard consists of 26 pole-mounted dual-axis AllSun Trackers, which use GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day. The solar trackers are manufactured locally by AllEarth Renewables of Williston.
The project received the award, which celebrates major achievements within the solar industry, from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

 Vermont unemployment rate 3.3 percent in May
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May 2014 was 3.3 percent. This represents no change from the previously reported April rate (3.3 percent). The equivalent national average was 6.3 percent, which also held steady from the previous month’s estimate. By not declining, May 2014 data ends a streak of seven consecutive months of reported decreases to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the second lowest in the country.

YMCA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
At the 148th annual meeting of the YMCA held recently at the Burlington Country Club, four new candidates were presented and approved for membership on the Y Board of Directors. New members include Phil Daniels of Williston, Paul R. Sisson of Burlington, Lisa Ventriss of South Burlington, Nicole Carignan of Essex and Brian Tarrant of South Burlington.

Donald J. Laackman begins as Champlain College president

Donald Laackman

Donald Laackman

Donald Laackman
Donald J. Laackman officially began his tenure at the beginning of July as the eighth president of Champlain College, succeeding David F. Finney, who retired June 30 after nine years.
Laackman was appointed president-elect in December 2013 by the Champlain College Board of Trustees and has been working with the transition team meeting faculty, staff and students throughout the spring.
Laackman comes to Champlain College from Harold Washington College in Chicago, where he served as president since 2011.

CCTA general manager stepping down
The general manager of the Chittenden County Transit Authority (CCTA) Bill Watterson notified employees and the board of directors at the end of June that he will be stepping down Sept. 30 to pursue new professional opportunities.
“We appreciate the contributions Bill has made to our organization and wish him all the best as he moves forward,” Incoming board chair Catherine Dimitruk said. “Looking ahead, our goal is to continue to build a strong team that can lead CCTA forward and further expand the role of public transportation in strengthening our economy, improving the environment and making our communities even better places to live and work.
CCTA will hire an interim director to oversee operations, work with Watterson to ensure a smooth transition and manage the recruitment process for the next general manager.

Van Houten first recipient of citizenship and service award
Judith Van Houten, George H. Perkins Professor of Biology, has been named the inaugural recipient of the President’s Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award for her consistent and outstanding record of service over time to the university community.
Since her arrival in 1980, Van Houten has provided countless hours of service to the university, State of Vermont and the nation in her role as a University Distinguished Professor, state director of the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and director of the Vermont Genetics Network INBRE program.

USDA names Union Bank guaranteed housing lender of the year

The USDA recently named Union Bank the 2014 Vermont Guaranteed Housing Lender of the Year
“Congratulations to the team at Union Bank and their customers who realized the American dream of homeownership using a USDA Rural Development loan guarantee,” said USDA Rural Development Vermont and New Hampshire State Director Ted Brady. “Rural Development’s guaranteed loan program and direct loan program puts homeownership within reach of hundreds of Vermonters each year – helping to build stronger rural communities, create jobs and build equity.”

Paradiso joins Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence

Greg Paradiso

Greg Paradiso

Greg Paradiso
Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence announced its recent hire of Greg Paradiso as director of HR technology.
Paradiso comes to Hickok & Boardman with more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources with mid-size and large employers.

PINE COMPUTERS ANNOUNCES NEW ENTERPRISE ENGINEER
Pine Computers, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Michael Ferland to the position of enterprise engineer. In this role, Ferland will oversee and manage all aspects of enterprise commercial IT services at Pine, as well as day-to-day operations.
Ferland has been with Pine Computers for nearly five years and had held the position of systems technician.
With more than 15 years’ experience in IT, Ferland has hosted numerous computer, software and IT workshops and served as a keynote speaker at a number of seminars.

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