May 26, 2018

HUB Happenings

NEFCU wins national marketing award


The NEFCU marketing team includes (clockwise from left) Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan, Lisa Roseberry,  Marnie McKenzie, Lisa Corman and Sarah Ricker.

The NEFCU marketing team includes (clockwise from left) Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan, Lisa Roseberry, Marnie McKenzie, Lisa Corman and Sarah Ricker.

New England Federal Credit Union has received three national awards for its marketing efforts. The nonprofit won a Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of more than 1,100 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 29 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

NEFCU won its Diamond Award in the “Point of Sale and Retail Merchandising” category for its recently renovated Shelburne Road branch, which incorporated a number of innovative concepts and designs.

In addition to the Diamond Award, NEFCU received two awards from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC).  A Gold Award was conferred for NEFCU’s new logo. A Silver Award was given for an In-Branch Display.


Vermont Tech announces Tyler as dean of administration


Littleton 'Lit' Taylor

Littleton ‘Lit’ Taylor

Vermont Tech President Dan Smith recently announced the appointment of Littleton “Lit” Tyler as dean of administration. Tyler has worked at Vermont Tech since 2008 and most recently served as a research analyst and director of institutional research, a position he’s held for the past two years. Tyler joined Vermont Tech as an academic scheduler and also serves as treasurer of the Vermont State Colleges United Professionals. As dean of administration, Tyler will plan, implement, manage and supervise the college’s financial and business affairs.


Boucher, Wicks join Davis & Hodgdon

Joshua Boucher

Joshua Boucher

Joshua Boucher has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Boucher graduated from Castleton State College with a Master’s degree in accounting and is a member of the Vermont Society of CPAs. He spent six years in the Vermont National Guard and joins the firm with tax and accounting experience in the medical insurance industry.  He is currently preparing for the CPA exam and resides in Westford.

Justin Wicks

Justin Wicks

Justin Wicks also joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as a manager. Wicks graduated from Champlain College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Vermont Society of CPAs. He joins the firm with several years of prior tax and audit accounting experience in the nonprofit industry as well as with both private and publicly traded businesses.


Joyce joins Evergreen Family Health

Rebecca Joyce

Rebecca Joyce

Rebecca Joyce, MD, a Board-certified family medicine physician, will join Williston’s Evergreen Family Health in September. Joyce has special interests in women’s health and pediatric care, and is relocating to Vermont from Temple, Tex., where she has been in practice for three years. Joyce is a native Vermonter who attended Middlebury College and then worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the College of Medicine at UVM, she completed specialty training in family medicine at Scott & White in Temple.


NEFCU donates to four organizations

Four times each year, New England Federal Credit Union selects four recipients at random to receive $625 each, for a total of $10,000 annually. Recently, NEFCU announced its community giving donations for the second quarter of 2014:

KidSafe Collaborative’s  Annual Community Yard Sale

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for the 8th Annual Vermont NAMIWalk

Partners in Adventure Golf Tournament

St. Albans Raid – 150th Anniversary Commemoration


Lung Association names Brassard development associate


Kristen Brassard

Kristen Brassard

The American Lung Association of the Northeast recently announced the appointment of Kristen Brassard of Shelburne as a development associate working out of its Williston office. Brassard, whose experience includes managing and cultivating high impact volunteers, will oversee and manage the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk that is being planned for Burlington next summer. LUNG FORCE, which was launched in May, is the American Lung Association’s national health education movement with a singular mission to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.


Employment and wage data released

The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data on employment and wages in Vermont. The data is derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which obtains data from unemployment insurance summaries. Some highlights include:

Vermont’s only large county, Chittenden, reported an employment gain of 0.4 percent from December 2012 to December 2013. Statewide, employment grew at a rate of 0.6 percent while nationally, employment was up 1.8 percent.

Across the nation, employment increased in 292 of the 334 largest counties from December 2012 to December 2013.

In Vermont, employment was highest in Chittenden County and stood at 99,911 in December 2013, accounting for 32.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the large counties made up 71.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Chittenden saw a wage increase of 1.2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Wages were up 2.3 percent over the year in the state, but were unchanged nationwide.

Average weekly wages in all 14 Vermont counties were below the national average of $1,000. Chittenden County reported the highest wages in the state at $994 and placed 102nd among large U.S. counties. Grand Isle County reported the lowest wages at $624. Statewide, the average weekly wage was $848.


Fitness Options changes hands

Fitness Options Personal Training Studio in South Burlington was recently purchased from owner Paulette Thabault by Shaun O’Connor, PT, owner of Catamount Physical Therapy and David Means, CPT & CMT. Both have established practices at Fitness Options and plan to expand their personal training, physical therapy and small group training programs.


Champlain College among ‘Best 379 Colleges’

Champlain College was included in the 2015 edition of Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the United States are profiled in the annual guide.

The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. Among the Champlain profile rankings are scores of 96 for quality of life, 93 for Green rating, and 83 for academics.


Champlain College welcomes Quinn, Hinterstoisser

Laurie Quinn began as Champlain College’s provost and chief academic officer on Aug. 1. Quinn came to Champlain from Granite State College in Concord, N.H., where she was provost and vice president for academic affairs. Granite State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire.

Champlain also recently welcomed Tanja Hinterstoisser as director of career services. Prior to joining Champlain, Hinterstoisser spent 11 years at the University of Denver working in multiple roles, including six years of leadership in Career Services at the Daniels College of Business, four years as an adjunct professor of psychology and more than two years as a member of an organizational consulting team.


Snyder Homes recognized

Snyder Homes has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2014.

“‘Going green’ was a logical path for building professionals to follow when the market was in decline and everyone was looking for something to set themselves apart and make the sale,” said Home Innovation Research Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “But now that the market is coming back, dedicated partners like Snyder Homes prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a gimmick or a fad—it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace.”

To date, Snyder Homes has constructed homes in Hinesburg, Middlebury, Shelburne and Williston that were NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. These certified homes include energy and resource-conserving features such as, high efficient furnaces, water heaters, air conditioning and a thorough insulation package.


Sears named AARP Vermont state president


Patricia Sears

Patricia Sears

Patricia M. Sears has been appointed state president of AARP Vermont, a volunteer position working closely with both staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. Sears takes over the position held by Jim Leddy since 2008. Leddy has accepted the position of regional volunteer director with AARP working with state offices throughout the Northeast.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Trish on board representing the interests of our members across Vermont,” said Greg Marchildon, state director at AARP Vermont.  “She has impressive credentials and a strong network of connections throughout Vermont. She is well equipped to support our advocacy and outreach agendas including livable communities, health care reform, financial security, energy affordability, workforce opportunities, and transportation issues among others.”


Williston resident joins Mobius board

Seven new board members were recently elected to Mobius’ Board of Directors, including Williston resident Stephen Adams, a senior diabetes care specialist at Novo Nordisk Inc.

“I have been a mentor for five years and have seen firsthand the strengths and opportunities that exist in expanding the role of mentoring in our community,” said Adams. “I jumped at the chance to join the Mobius board as I cannot think of a more rewarding experience to help improve the participation, resources, and communication of mentoring organizations in Vermont.”


UVM/Fletcher Allen appoints Norotsky

Frederick C. Morin, M.D., dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and John R. Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, have announced the appointment of Mitchell Norotsky, M.D., associate professor and interim chair of surgery, as chair and health care service leader of the Department of Surgery.

A cardiothoracic surgeon, Norotsky has served as interim chair of surgery since March 2014.

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