October 21, 2018

Hub Happenings

John Haussner

Haussner joins Davis & Hodgdon

John Haussner has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs in Williston as an associate accountant.

Haussner is a graduate of PACE University with a Master’s degree is business administration. He is working to earn a Certified Public Accountant license.

He has a background in non-profit auditing and experience in bookkeeping and analysis in health care, schools and non-profit foundations.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs is an accounting firm with offices in Williston and Rutland.

Two former legislators to lead workforce growth initiatives

Gov. Phil Scott appointed two former legislators in October to coordinate the state’s initiatives to expand the size of Vermont’s workforce.

Dustin Degree, a former Republican state Senator from Franklin County, and Sarah Buston, a former Democratic state Senator from Windsor County, will take over workforce policy and performance at the Vermont Department of Labor.

“Growing and strengthening our workforce is the most important goal we have as we work to grow our economy, make Vermont more affordable and protect the most vulnerable,” Scott said. “Increasing the size of our workforce is central to our ability to make investments in the priorities of our state.”

Degree, 32, will also serve as the executive director of the statewide Workforce Development Board. Buxton, 39, will be responsible for simplifying and streamlining programs, processes and systems at the Department of Labor to improve outcomes and better measure results. She will also ensure compliance with federal requirements.

Vermont unemployment rate holds at 2.9 percent

The statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.9 percent, the Vermont Department of Labor announced last week. The rate is unchanged from the September rate and below the national rate of 4.1 percent.

The Burlington metropolitan area was tied for 15th lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metro areas in October. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was seventh lowest among the 50 states.

Brian Gray

Energy co-op welcomes new general manager

The Vermont Energy Co-op board of directors has named Brian Gray of Essex as the co-op’s new general manager.

Gray was most recently the energy services manager at Vermont Gas Systems, where he was responsible for customer growth, marketing and energy efficiency programs.

Energy Co-op of Vermont, located in Colchester, serves about 2,000 members and customers in Northwestern and central Vermont with deliveries of heating oil, kerosene and made-in-Vermont wood pellets. It also offers energy audits, weatherization services and maintenance, repair and installation of boilers, furnaces and heat pumps.

“Brian’s depth of experience in fuel supply negotiation, building strategic partnerships, key account maintenance, employee enrichment, lean process evaluations and value stream mapping is a great fit for the job,” board chairman Richard Faesy said.

The Energy Co-op’s current general manager, John Quinney, is retiring at the end of the year.

Karl Lander

Greensea hires former Coast Guard officer

Greensea Systems, a Richmond-based leader in intelligent marine robotic systems, has announced the hiring of Karl Lander as account executive.

Lander spent the past two decades with the United States Coast Guard and most recently was the executive officer aboard a ship of 85 crew members on an expedition to the North Pole.

Lander will manage accounts associated with Greensea’s military products.

Maple beverage company supports ag programs

Burlington-based Sap. Maple Beverages has announced a partnership with 1 Percent For the Planet to donate 1 percent of the company’s revenue to agricultural enterprises committed to regenerative agriculture.

Sap. is also partnering with New Farms for New Americans to help ensure agricultural opportunities for all Vermonters. 

New Farms for New Americans is a community-based gardening and agriculture program for refugees and immigrants in Vermont. One Percent for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual membership and everyday actions. They collaborate with individuals and business members to identify environmental organizations that will make the greatest impact.

Sap. makes a line of sparkling beverages from pure maple and birch sap.

Ski Vermont president steps down

Vermont Ski Areas Association President Parker Riehle stepped down earlier this month to open a lobbying and public relations firm. The VSAA Board of Directors has begun the search for a successor to lead the association and the $1.6 billion ski and snowboard industry in Vermont.

“The Board of Directors wants to thank Parker for his many years of service as president and the leadership he provided to advance the ski community in Vermont,” said Michael Solimano, chair of the VSAA Board of Directors.

Riehle spent 19 years with the Vermont Ski Areas Association, including the last 11 years as president. He joined the VSAA as director of government affairs starting in 1998 and later served as vice president and general counsel before becoming president in 2006.

“I’m eternally grateful for the incredible career I’ve had with Ski Vermont and for the tremendous support and understanding for my decision by the board of directors,” Riehle said.


Hillary Keating

Katie Pontbriand

PT360 adds staff in Williston, Shelburne

PT360 added two employees to its employee-owned physical therapy cooperative. The company now has 17 employee-owners.

Katie Pontbriand joined the company’s Williston location as a billing specialist. Hillary Keating joined the company as a physical therapist in the Shelburne office.

Pontbriand is a graduate of UVM. Keating is a graduate of Columbia University and a native of Vermont.

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