September 20, 2014

THE HUB: Hub Happenings

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AllEarth’s Savage elected to national board 

 

Andrew Savage, with the Vermont solar manufacturer AllEarth Renewables, has been elected to serve on the board of directors representing the national solar industry.

Savage joins the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association, the U.S. solar energy trade association with more than 1,000 member companies. He will serve on the board as the vice chair of the industry association’s Distributed Generation Division, which represents residential installers, commercial developers, EPC firms, finance firms and manufacturers focused on distributed solar energy.

Williston lawyer honored

The law firm of Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick announced last week that Williston resident Priscilla B. Dube was selected by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers of America 2014” in the practice area of family law. Dube, a partner at the firm, has been selected as a best lawyer in the area of family law since 2010.

NBT Bank hires Villemaire to manage Williston office

 

NBT Bank Regional President Matthew Durkee announced that Matthew Villemaire has been hired as branch manager of the bank’s Williston office. Villemaire now handles the management of all branch banking activities and business development efforts in the Williston area.

Villemaire has 18 years experience in the banking industry. Before joining NBT Bank, he managed the TD Bank office in Burlington. Prior to that, he was development sales manager of TD Bank’s Winooski office and worked at Banknorth as branch manager, personal banker and loan officer.

New staff at DEW 

DEW Construction Corp. in Williston recently welcomed Pamela Moreau as corporate general counsel and Elizabeth Stillwell as risk and insurance manager. The company also promoted Jason DelleChiaie to project manager.

Moreau has more than 20 years of experience in corporate, commercial, environmental and real estate law.

Stillwell is a Vermont licensed property and casualty insurance agent and is currently working towards her construction risk and insurance specialist designation.

DelleChiaie brings 13 years of construction experience to his new position.

Larson joins Otter Creek

 

Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms of Williston recently announced the addition of Kristopher Larson as a sales and design consultant. Larson has experience in the building, solar and outdoor equipment industry. Prior to joining Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms, he was the sales director Sunward Systems, LLC in Shelburne.

Davis & Hodgdon welcomes Baral 

Eric Baral has joined Williston-based Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Baral graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master’s degree in accounting. He also graduated from Siena College in New York with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

 

Choppa joins BlackRock Construction

Williston resident Mike Choppa recently joined BlackRock Construction as senior project manager. Choppa has more than 30 years of experience and has managed the construction of large commercial retail, multi-family housing, hospitality, educational buildings, health care facilities and industrial facilities.

New manager at Vermont Custom Closets

Vermont Custom Closets of Williston announced the addition of Allen Frey as production manager earlier this month.  Frey will manage business-to-business operations and the installation team. Frey has sales and management experience in the areas of energy-efficiency utilities, electrical and optical connectivity and the construction industry. Prior to joining Vermont Custom Closets, he was employed by Smartwatt Energy, Inc.

Local store brings socks to the homeless

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to donate $11,000 worth of socks and $1,458 cash to local homeless and temporary shelters. The donations are the result of a joint effort between the three businesses to help provide warm, Merino wool socks and much-needed support to Vermont’s homeless population in preparation for the state’s colder months. 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.

Over the weekend of Sept. 5–8, 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.

VSECU welcomes two

Erin Perrin and Tina Plante have joined Vermont Federal Credit Union as mortgage officers. Perrin, who began her career with Vermont Federal in 1996, returned to the credit union with more than fifteen years of financial services experience. Plante has lived in Vermont for more than 30 years and has more than 25 years of mortgage experience. Both will work at the South Burlington office.

New appointments at VPR

Vermont Public Radio has appointed veteran journalist John Dillon as news director and Melody Bodette has been named deputy news director.

Dillon, who has been with VPR since 2001, was chosen following a comprehensive national search this summer. Bodette has been VPR’s Morning Edition producer since 2007.

N-Hance opens in South Burlington

N-Hance Revolutionary Wood Renewal, which offers a wood floor and cabinet renewal system, recently opened in South Burlington. The local outpost is one of 200 franchises in the country.

Vermont unemployment rate holds steady in August

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August 2013 was 4.6 percent, the same as July. The comparative national average was 7.3 percent, which was down one-tenth of a percent from July. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the fifth lowest in the country.

VPT wins award 

The Vermont Historical Society’s Richard O. Hathaway award went to Vermont Public Television for its documentary “Little Jerusalem,” about the unique history and vitality of a Jewish community in Burlington. The annual Hathaway Award goes to an individual, group or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history.

Attorneys receive VBA award

Margaret Frye, staff attorney at Law Line of Vermont, and Jessica Radbord, staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, received the Vermont Bar Association President’s Award at the organization’s annual meeting on Sept. 27.

Amber Barber, attorney and the out-going VBA president, selected them for the award for their Irene disaster work.

“In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, we recognized the need to create a comprehensive disaster manual that will enable the bar to respond quickly in the event of another catastrophic event,” Barber said. “The task was not a small one, so I reached out to Jessica and Margaret. Despite the fact that they were already busy training many of us to serve the legal needs of those harmed by the storm, in addition to handling significant caseloads, they were more than willing, and actually energetic, to tackle this project.”

VCET named a top program

The Stockholm-based University Business Incubator Index has ranked the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) as the 11th best university and college-orientated business incubator in the world, and ranked VCET as fifth in the U.S.
The University Business Incubator Index contacted 500 incubators and surveyed 150 incubators in depth.

Local dentist honored

The Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) honored George “Spin” Richardson, a retired pediatric dentist and founding member of the Timberlane Dental Group, to receive the Peter F. Taylor Award for the Exemplary Service to the Oral Health of Vermonters at its annual meeting in late September.

The award is given to the Vermonter who best exemplifies the core values of the VSDS through his or her commitment to the oral health of Vermonters and is named after the man who led the dental society for 33 years.

Quintin joins Hergenrother Industries

Julie Quintin has joined Hergenrother Industries as executive assistant.  Colchester-based Hergenrother Industries is comprised of Keller Williams Realty Green Mountain Properties, Universal Properties International, The Adam Hergenrother Team, BlackRock Construction, Hergenrother Capital, Mind Spark and Hergenrother Foundation.

Prior to owning her own business, Quintin spent eight years in various accounting roles for an established architecture firm specializing in international health care projects.

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