December 21, 2014

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St. George builders win energy efficiency award

Yandow Green Builders of St. George received a “Best of the Best” merit award earlier this month from Efficiency Vermont for energy efficient new home construction.

The winning home, located in Charlotte, was designed to meet the Passive House standard—which results in an ultra-low energy building—while using a modular construction approach.

The “Best of the Best” awards, given annually by Efficiency Vermont, recognize high achievement by architects, builders, and contractors using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct and renovate Vermont buildings.

 

Habitat announces ReStore staff

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity announced its team at Vermont’s first Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located in Williston.

Jonathon Goldhammer is Habitat ReStore’s manager. Goldhammer has held past positions with Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Weatherization Program and Bosch Thermotechnology.

“I enjoy developing strategies and partnerships to implement this new social enterprise,” he said

Dan Mullin, a 2012 graduate of Johnson State College, is the ReStore’s assistant manager. In addition to working with Habitat, Dan is a volunteer firefighter with Essex Fire and Rescue.

 

O’Brien joins Dusty Trail Realty 

Dusty Trails Realty, LLC announced that Williston realtor Cathy O’Brien has joined its agency. O’Brien ha more than 19 years of experience designing and building homes and has been professionally evaluating land for 25 years. O’Brien also co-owns development company Greenleaf.

 

CRW establishes scholarship

Construction equipment distributor Wood’s CRW established the Rod Dewyea Memorial/Wood’s CRW Scholarship to benefit students in Vermont Technical College’s Diesel Technology Program. The scholarship, to be awarded annually, honors Dewyea’s 33 years of service to Wood’s CRW; he passed away from lung cancer in 2011.

“Rod Dewyea was an exceptional heavy equipment service technician and a true professional,” said Chris Palmer, President of Wood’s CRW. “He was a mentor to many in our company and he was very well respected in his field. We wanted to keep his spirit and memory alive in our industry for his family, friends and colleagues.”

 

Staff changes at Vermont Ski Areas Association

The Vermont Ski Areas Association last week announced two staff changes for 2013. Kyle Lewis, formerly the marketing manager at Ski Vermont, has been promoted to the role of director of marketing, replacing Jason Gibbs, who stepped down in December. VSAA welcomed Hilary DelRoss on board to fill the marketing manager position.

 

Nominate outstanding businesses

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine are accepting nominations until March 1 for outstanding Vermont businesses.

The Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.

Nominees and applicants can complete the nomination form online at http://jotform.us/form/30444195823151.

 

New coordinator at H.O.P.E. Works

H.O.P.E. Works, formerly known as Women’s Rape Crisis Center, announced in February that Tony Moulton moved into the newly created position of H.O.P.E. Works community relations coordinator. His most recent position with H.O.P.E. Works was as education coordinator. Moulton will be responsible for fundraising and development within Chittenden County.

 

Champlain College online program ranks high

U.S. News and World Report ranked Champlain College’s online degree program 54th out of 237 participating schools. U.S. News released its “2013 Best Online Education Report,” ranking online degree and distance learning programs.

 

New staff at HomeShare Vermont 

HomeShare Vermont recently welcomed Shannon Treacy and Lisa Meyer.

Treacy joined HomeShare Vermont as an intake and outreach assistant. Originally from upstate New York, she worked for four years at Achievements doing similar work.

Meyer, who joined HomeShare Vermont as a case manager, worked for five years with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and is a registered nurse.

 

Johnson joins Red Cross

Suzanne Johnson joined The Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley Region of the American Red Cross as its major gifts officer.

“The American Red Cross mission emphasizes the importance of ‘mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors’ in order to alleviate human suffering,” Johnson said. “I will be working very hard to ensure that Red Cross volunteers and the people they help have the support they need from the broader community,” Johnson added.

In addition to working as a realtor for several years, Johnson owned Tilley’s Café in Burlington.

 

Sanders proposes Tax Fairness Act

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill on Feb. 7 to stop profitable corporations from sheltering income in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens. The legislation also would end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs and factories overseas.

 

Julian partner at Gallagher, Flynn & Company

Gallagher, Flynn & Company recently announced that Steve Julian has been promoted to partner. Julian is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting.

 

Staff changes at SymQuest

South Burlington-based SymQuest Group announced several recent staffing changes.

SymQuest hired Nicholas J. Knowlton as a new virtual chief information officer, Nancy C. Farrington as an account executive, Robert C. Whytock as a networking account executive, Paul C. Richard as a remote connectivity engineer, Danielle Quenneville as a client support representative, Lindsey R. Lehouillier as a contract administrator, Shawn Kelly as a field technician and Ryan LaRoche to SymQuest’s desktop application team.

SymQuest also announce the return of David Porterfield to his former position of Account Executive after five years of active military service, including one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

 

Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent in December

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December 2012 decreased by one-tenth of a percent from the November to 5.1 percent. Vermont’s seasonally adjusted rate remains significantly lower than the national average of 7.8 percent.

“The Vermont economy had a strong ending to 2012,” said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. “The preliminary estimate of the annual 2012 unemployment rate is 5 percent, more than a full half of a percent lower than 2011. Vermont’s jobs data as reported by Vermont businesses is up over one percent, or three thousand jobs, from last year. The economic recovery, nationally and on the state level, has been slower than prior recessions; but progress is being made as evidenced by the 2012 data. We are optimistic that economic growth will continue in Vermont as businesses and job seekers gain confidence.”

 

LaPointe joins Hickok & Boardman

Karra LaPointe recently joined Hickok & Boardman Insurance as a commercial account manager. LaPoint has more than seven years of experience in the insurance industry. LaPointe previously worked as a commercial account manager for Willis Smith Bell & Thompson Inc.

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