Hub Happenings

Local companies recognized for workplace safety 

Six Vermont employers—including three from Williston—were recognized for a strong commitment to effective workplace safety at the Annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference held last week in South Burlington. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the state to recognize an employer’s commitment to workplace safety and health.

Williston businesses Asten Johnson and Cardno ATC, as well as Chittenden Solid Waste District were honored. Bio Tek Instruments of Winooski, Nor-Dic Farm of Panton and Hayward Tyler of Colchester also received awards.


New faces at AllEarth Renewables

AllEarth Renewables announced the recent hiring of Jack Nichol as an electronics technician and George Shelley as a programmer.

Nichol, of Burlington, is a former U.S. Marine who served as an avionics technician during two tours of duty in Iraq. He comes to AllEarth from UTC Aerospace Systems.

Shelley, also of Burlington, worked as a software engineer for electronic healthcare records at AllScripts of South Burlington. Before that, Shelley was a software engineer with IBM in Essex.


NEFCU promotes Reichard, elects board members 

New England Federal Credit Union recently promoted Cindy Reichard to the position of mortgage loan officer. Reichard, a South Burlington resident, has been with NEFCU for 20 years.

“I’m extremely excited about taking on the challenges of my new position,” Reichard said.

NEFCU also announced the election of three members to its board of directors. Returning member Charles DesLauriers has served on the NEFCU board since 2002. New board member Robert Letovsky is a faculty member at Saint Michael’s College, where he chairs the Department of Business Administration and Accounting. Ruth Uphold was the medical director at Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Emergency Department from1981-2006.


Champlain college president retiring

Champlain College President David F. Finney announced earlier this month that he will retire next year.

“It has been the professional privilege of my life,” Finney said, “to serve Champlain for nearly a decade. It has been remarkable to witness the changes that have occurred and I am very thankful to have been a part of it all.”

Finney, who has been president for eight years, will retire on June 30, 2014. The search firm Storbeck Pimentel has been hired to assist the college in its search for Finney’s successor.


Ribbon cutting for new Williston business

New Williston business Vermont Custom Closets held a ribbon cutting earlier this month. The business offers “vignettes” highlighting different spaces within the home, from master bedroom closets to a cubby space for the family dog. Vermont Custom Closets shares a showroom space with Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms on Echo Place.


VSAC has new CEO 

Scott Giles, vice president of Vermont Student Assistance Corporation since joining the organization in 2003, has been chosen to succeed longtime president and CEO Don Vickers. Giles will take the reins on July 1, when Vickers retires after 42 years with the organization.

“Scott is committed to Vermont and VSAC’s values. Under his leadership, we believe VSAC will become an even stronger catalyst and support system than it is today for Vermonters seeking education and training beyond high school,” said Dorothy Mitchell, chair of the VSAC Board of Directors.


McHenry honored 

Barb McHenry of PrimeLending’s Williston office was recently listed in Mortgage Executive Magazine as one of the nation’s top 1 percent mortgage originators for the second year in a row.


Green Mountain Water Environment Association names executive director

The Green Mountain Water Environment Association recently announced that Mary Ellen Parkman has been named executive director.

“We are very pleased to announce that Mary Ellen has agreed to fill this important role,” said Bob Fischer, president of the GMWEA. “With almost 15 years in the industry, extensive wastewater treatment plant design experience, and Board of Director experience within the organization, we couldn’t ask for more.”


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont ‘best place to work’

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont was recently named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Vermont, winning the top spot among large companies.

The annual list was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group. “This is a tremendous tribute and recognition for all of our employees,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont CEO Don George said.


Vermont energy efficiency programs win national recognition

Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems won national recognition last week for five energy efficiency programs, selected from a national pool by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

“Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems are delivering energy savings that are critical in helping customers reduce their energy costs,” said ACEEE Utilities Program director Dan York. “Plus they make an important environmental contribution by reducing pollution from the use of fossil fuels.”


 Vermont unemployment rate 4.4 % in February 

The Vermont Department of Labor announced March 29 that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 4.4 percent, compared to the national average of 7.7 percent. This represents a decline of three-tenths of a percent from the prior month’s estimate of 4.7 percent. February was the seventh consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate in Vermont.


Vermont Mutual donates to Vermont Foodbank

Employees of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group recently made a trip to the Vermont Foodbank, spending the afternoon working in its warehouse and presenting the Foodbank with a $7,500 donation.

“Vermont Mutual has been taking action against hunger in Vermont for more than 10 years now. They are a leader in the fight against hunger in our state,” said John Sayles, chief executive officer of the Vermont Foodbank.


Firm announces directors and shareholders

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. recently announce that Nicole Andreson and David Gurtman have been elected as directors and shareholders of the firm.

Andreson joined the firm in 2007, focusing on the representation of physicians and hospitals in professional malpractice and licensing actions. Gurtman joined the firm in 2006, practicing in the areas of business transactions, non-profit organizations and commercial real estate.


Merchants Bank opens new branch

Merchants Bank held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at its new South Burlington location on the corner of Williston Road and Hinesburg Road.

Champ, the Lake Monsters’ mascot, made a guest appearance to greet customers while bank staff provided guided tours and shared information about the new branch design and awarded prizes from local businesses.


SymQuest hires Fundis 

SymQuest Group recently announced the hiring of Mark W. Fundis as a shop technician.

Fundis is responsible for new and used multi-functional output products, including printers and faxes, and trouble-shooting and reconditioning used equipment for rental and resale.