April 19, 2018

Hub Happenings

Speeder and Earl’s leases Williston space

Speeder and Earl’s Coffee recently leased more than 5,000 square feet of office, warehouse, roasting and packing space at 368 Avenue D in Williston. The property was leased from REM Development Co. and assisted by Linda Letourneau of Redstone.


Williston company joins 1% for the Planet 

Vermont-based 1% for the Planet recently announced that 21 new companies from the New England region joined the network. Members of 1% for the Planet contribute 1 percent of annual sales directly to approved non-profit organizations. Non-profits are approved based on referrals, track record and sustainability focus. Currently over 3,000 non-profits worldwide are eligible to receive donations.

Andy Duback Photography, based in Williston, joined the network. Other Vermont companies include Rossier Bros., Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush Resort, Tonewood Maple, George Soules Photography and Green Peak Promotions.


Businesses partner to provide socks and support to Vermont’s homeless 

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool teamed up to donate 550 pairs of socks and $1,700 to representatives from local shelters at the Lenny’s store in Williston. The donations were the result of a joint effort between the three businesses to help provide warm socks and support to Vermont’s homeless population in preparation for the state’s colder months.

Over the weekend of Sept. 20–23, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held its second annual Charity Sock Sale. Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool agreed to donate one pair of socks for each pair sold of their respective brands at Lenny’s stores across Vermont. In addition, Lenny’s made a monetary donation for each pair sold. The organizations receiving the donations include the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Burlington, the Samaritan House in St. Albans, and the Good Samaritan Haven in Barre.


Local residents join Vermont Consultants Network 

The Vermont Consultants Network announced the election of several members to its executive committee for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Vijay Desai, executive project manager and managing partner of Desai Management Consulting in Williston, was named as a member-at-large, along with Richmond-based Adaptive Engineering, Inc. founder and owner Chris Coulter and Carl Lorentson, founder and president of Renaissance Information Systems in Jericho.

John Burton of Network Performance Inc. in South Burlington was named president, and Terry Stone, owner of Business Performance Solutions in Colchester, is vice president.


Alyssa McBride joins Davis & Hodgdon

Alyssa McBride has joined Williston accounting firm Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. McBride has prior public accounting experience at a firm in St. Johnsbury and recently completed a tax internship with Davis & Hodgdon. Currently, she is preparing to sit for the CPA exam.  McBride is originally from the Northeast Kingdom and currently resides in Essex Junction.


Graybar donates toys

Graybar Company of Williston donated more than 300 toys to Vermont Children’s Hospital on Oct. 10. The toys were collected as part of a nationwide charitable campaign by Graybar, Inc. and will be distributed to inpatients and outpatients at the hospital.


 Longtime VSAC chief plans retirement

Don Vickers announced last week that he plans to retire as head of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation in June. Vickers has worked with VSAC for 41 years, and has been president and CEO since 1988.

“Don has never forgotten his own humble beginnings and makes every decision with an eye toward what will be most beneficial for the students and families VSAC serves,” said Dorothy Mitchell, chair of the VSAC Board of Directors, in a press release. “He believes deeply that each generation owes the next generation of students a chance at a better future.”

In his years as CEO, Vickers led efforts to expand VSAC’s career exploration and college planning and financing services, resulting in significant growth in VSAC’s workforce. The VSAC board plans to conduct a nationwide search for Vickers’ successor. It expects to begin the recruitment process later this fall and to select a new CEO next spring.


ReSOURCE changes store name to avoid confusion

The former ReCycle North in Burlington, most recently known as ReSTORE, has changed its name.

The opening of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Williston created the potential for confusion among customers. Both ReSOURCE and Habitat—close partners—wanted to avoid conflict. This led to the decision to change ReSTORE to ReSOURCE Household Goods Store.

ReSOURCE and Habitat have been working on the name change for three months for the same outcome: to provide clarity to customers and promote two nonprofits with separate but very important missions.

“I am pleased to once again have the opportunity to work alongside ReSOURCE in an effort to make Vermont a better place to live for low income working families” said David Mullin, executive director at Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity.


Vermont Chamber names Antonio Pomerleau Citizen of the Year 

Antonio Pomerleau, Chairman and Founder of Pomerleau Real Estate, has been selected as the 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

The Citizen of the Year Award, now in its 49th year, highlights the work of a Vermonter who has bettered the state through self-sacrifice, service and volunteerism.

Among his philanthropic contributions, Pomerleau has donated $1 million each to St. Michael’s College, the Greater Burlington YMCA and to the Irene Recovery Fund.


McKenzie’s wins ‘Exhibitor of the Year’ at Vermont Food Expo

The team from McKenzie’s Country Classics bested more than 140 exhibitors to take “Exhibitor of the Year” honors at the annual convention and expo for the Vermont Food Industry, which was sponsored by the Vermont Grocers’ Association. The award is based on overall attractiveness, creativity and presentation of the exhibit booth as judged by the retail and restaurant attendees of the show.


New Executive Director for The Vermont Commission On Women

The Vermont Commission on Women announced the selection of Cary Brown as executive director. Brown, a Montpelier resident, brings more than 16 years of professional and volunteer experience working with issues that affect women, girls and their families.

Brown will begin at the end of October.


Citizens Bank Foundation Helps Feed Vermont Kids on the Weekends

Citizens Bank Foundation has made a $10,000 charitable grant to the Vermont Foodbank in support of the BackPack Program.  In partnership with schools around Vermont, the Foodbank BackPack Program works to ensure children have the food they need during weekends and out-of-school time.

“With more than 27,000 Vermont children at risk of hunger, the need for expansion of the BackPack Program has never been greater,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO.  “Citizens Bank Foundation’s commitment to Vermont communities and their support of the BackPack Program this year will enable us to reach more children than ever before.”


Donna Hogan named VGA Person of the Year

Donna Hogan was honored at the recent Vermont Food Industry Convention with the Vermont Grocers Association Person of the Year award.

In presenting the award, VGA president Jim Harrison said, “Donna’s devotion to the scholarship program is legendary.  Through her efforts, the program has grown each year and has awarded over $325,000 to students affiliated with our industry in Vermont. Additionally, the success of the annual convention is a direct reflection on her.”


Pick For Your Neighbor

Shelburne Orchards recently hosted Seventh Generation employees for a day of apple picking to provide apples for the Vermont Foodbank.

Pick for Your Neighbor is a partnership program between the Vermont Foodbank, Agency of Agriculture, and Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. During the apple harvest, people are encouraged to visit a participating orchard to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Foodbank.

“This program benefits the Foodbank by increasing the amount of fresh, healthy produce while also helping out local orchards,” said Michelle Wallace, program manager at Vermont Foodbank.


SymQuest Hires Contract Administrator

SymQuest Group announced the recent hire of Jonathan van Luling as a contract administrator.

Previously a family medical leave specialist, van Luling will be working  to ensure the accuracy of contracts and to provide support if clients have any contract-related questions.

“I look forward to being an integral part of the team for this well-respected company,” van Luling said in a statement.


Sam Goater joins DuBois & King

DuBois & King, Inc. consulting engineers announced that Sam Goater has joined the firm’s transportation team as a design engineer. A graduate of the University of Southampton, Goater earned a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering and is currently working on his Master’s degree. Goater works in the firm’s Randolph headquarters.

—Observer staff

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