HUB Happenings

The Coburn Agency celebrates new leadership

Michael Coburn
Michael Coburn

Michael Coburn
Allstate Insurance Company announced that Michael Coburn has assumed ownership of The Coburn Agency of Williston. Coburn, son of original agency owner, John Coburn, has been working in the agency for more than eight years.
“The agency is owned and operated by a familyand customers tell us that we make them feel like family, too,” Coburn said.
Nicole Malon Joins KW Vermont Realty
Nicole Malon, who has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience, recently joined KW Vermont Realty.
An active member of the Williston community, Malon currently serves as a physician outreach volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and she volunteers for the Williston Food Shelf.

NEFCU donates to Children’s Miracle Network, others
CMN Donation 2014
NEFCU Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan (center) presents a check to Jackie Woodwell (left) and Emily Wright of the Children’s Miracle Network.
On Nov. 6, New England Federal Credit Union presented a check for $4,383 to support Vermont Children’s Hospital, a member of the national Children’s Miracle Network group of hospitals. The funds were raised during “Shop For Miracles” day, Oct. 16, during which NEFCU donated 25 cents each time a member used his or her credit union-issued credit or debit card.
NEFCU also recently gave out other donations. Four times each year, New England Federal Credit Union selects four recipients at random to receive $625 each. This year, NEFCU selected the Vermont Police Canine Association, Milton Community Youth Coalition, Running of the Bells and “The Mountain Top,” which will be presented at FlynnSpace in Burlington in the spring.

NEFCU gets high marks recently ranked New England Federal Credit Union number 43 out of 6,600 in its 2014 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America.
Locals among Vermont Business Magazine ‘Rising Stars’
Vermont Business Magazine presented awards to its the Rising Stars, Class of 2014 at a special reception and dinner on Nov. 6.
Among the 40 individuals honored for commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities were Heidi Auclair of Morway’s Moving & Storage in Williston and Elizabeth Stillwell of DEW Construction Corp. in Williston.

Briscoe, Cruse join Davis & Hodgdon

Wendy Briscoe
Wendy Briscoe
William Cruse
William Cruse

Wendy Briscoe recently joined Williston-based Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as a receptionist. Briscoe joined the firm with 25 years of administrative and customer service experience, primarily within the medical and insurance industries, in positions from human resources to office management.
William Cruse has also joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an associate accountant. Cruse graduated from Champlain College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, where he acted as the director of finance for the Champlain student government association.
Ninety Nine celebrates grand re-opening
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub in Williston celebrated its grand reopening on Oct. 23 after revamping the restaurant’s décor and amenities. Prior to closing for renovations, the restaurant held a silent auction for the plaques and memorabilia that decorated the Ninety Nine’s walls. Ninety Nine’s celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a donation to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September
The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 4.4 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate (4.1 percent). The equivalent national average was 5.9 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the previous month’s estimate.

Kinney Pike Insurance Welcomes Three New Employees
Kinney Pike Insurance, Inc. has added three employees.
Gabrielle Sikora joined the Williston office as a personal lines customer service agent after graduating from Castleton State with a B.A. in Business Administration. Doug Allard joined the White River Junction team as a commercial lines sales executive. Connor Quigley joined the commercial lines team in Rutland.

Vermont Gas names Donald J. Rendall president and CEO
The Vermont Gas Board of Directors announced recently that Donald Gilbert will be retiring at the end of the year and Donald J. Rendall will become the new president and CEO of Vermont Gas, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Gilbert, a Hinesburg resident, has led Vermont Gas for more than 13 years.
Rendall is currently senior vice president of financial and strategic affairs at Green Mountain Power, where he has served as an executive since 2002. Before joining GMP, Rendall practiced law for 15 years as a partner in Burlington firm Sheehey Furlong & Behm.

Tibet Trading opens in Burlington
Tibet Trading of Vermont, LLC opened at the Burlington Town Center on Nov. 1. The local company, Tibetan-American owned, offers gifts from the Himalayan region. Many of its products are handmade by Tibetan refugees living in India and Nepal.

Greensea Wins 2014 Vermont Tech Jam Innovator Award
Greensea Systems, Inc. was awarded a ‘Jammy’ at the Vermont Tech Jam.
Greensea Systems, Inc., which specializes in control and navigation for unmanned underwater vehicles, was named Vermont Tech Jam’s 2014 Innovator Award winner. The company was acknowledged for its Bale fire and Endal products, which are based on its Open Software and Equipment Architecture (openSEA) used in hundreds of unmanned underwater vehicles. Greensea won amidst strong competition from technology giant IBM in Essex Junction and Stone Environmental, Inc. in Montpelier. Greensea’s win was announced Oct. 24, at the Tech Jam’s exhibitor mixer. Along with the title, Greensea took home a handcrafted “Jammy” robot statuette.

Schlom starts career advising business
Seasoned corporate recruiter Sue Schlom, with experience at Chicago based PepsiCo and Wrigley Gum, recently launched Campus to Career Solutions in Burlington. The venture offers career exploration, resume building, assistance with internships and more to college students, recent graduates and young professionals. Visit

Two new board members at Stern Center
The Stern Center for Language and Learning, a nonprofit learning center with locations in Williston and West Lebanon, N.H., elected two new members to its Board of Directors recently.
Pat Thornton of Williston heads Thornton Investment Management Registered Investment Advisory firm. He has served for the last four years as chairman of the finance committee at COTS. Bud Meyers of Colchester is the founding director of Lighthouse Evaluation.

Wind Ridge Books of VT now nonprofit
Formerly a department of Wind Ridge Publishing (Destination Vermont, Shelburne News, The Citizen and other publications), Wind Ridge Books of Vermont will now publish as a curatorial imprint of Voices of Vermonters Publishing Group, Inc., a newly-fledged, nonprofit organization with offices in Shelburne.
According to Executive Director Lin Stone, “as a curatorial literary publisher, Wind Ridge Books of Vermont is making common cause with independent bookstores, authors and readers of good books to create a new model for publishing.”
“Our goal is to contribute to a literary community that supports good reading and writing by being good literary citizens and linking arms with authors and writing teachers, colleges and literary publications, libraries, booksellers, literary festivals and discerning listeners and readers. We will take our lead from the curatorial manner of the visual arts and the performing arts to nurture the creation and availability of well-written and well-designed books.”

GMP president & CEO finalist for Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year Award
GMP announced on Nov. 13 that President & CEO Mary Powell was named one of three finalists nationally for the Power-Gen 2014 Women of the Year Award.
The Woman of the Year nominees were judged in three categories with the most weight being given to how she advanced the power generation industry. Judges also considered the impact that the nominees made on their communities and their ability to lead.
Green Mountain Power also recently announced that it donated $130,000 to WARMTH, a program that helps Vermonters with heating emergencies. The company urges others to get involved and support this program.

Vermont PBS’s Chuck Pizer receives national recognition

Chuck Pizer
Chuck Pizer

Vermont PBS, Vermont’s statewide public media organizationand its community engagement director, Chuck Pizer, were recently recognized for the station’s expanding educational and community engagement endeavors that serve schools and communities across the state.
The PBS member station was one of three recipients of a Collective Impact Achievement Award from the National Educational Television Association.
, an organization of 92 public television stations, committed to furthering the educational and public service mission of public media.
USA Today nominates Magic Hat Brewery as a top tour
The Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory, located in South Burlington, has been nominated as one of the top twenty best brewery tours in America by USA Today.
From now until Dec. 1, readers can cast a vote for their favorite brewery tour once a day at
The top ten breweries will be named a USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice winner.

HowardCenter board selects Bob Bick as Executive Director
HowardCenter’s Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Bob Bick as executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Bick has been the director of HowardCenter’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since1994—when an organization that he led for 10 years merged with two others to form the current-day HowardCenter.
“Bob stood out in a national field that included other deeply qualified candidates with experience running organizations that are similar to, or even larger than, HowardCenter,” said HowardCenter Board President Mark Baglini.
Bick succeeds Todd Centybear, who has led HowardCenter for 13 years and has been at the organization since 1975. Centybear is retiring Jan. 15.

Dougherty to lead Women helping Battered Women
Women Helping Battered Women, a community nonprofit that has helped victims of domestic abuse in Vermont’s Chittenden County for over 40 years, announced earlier this month that Kelly Dougherty is joining the organization as its new executive director.
Dougherty comes to WHBW from Vermont Health Connect. Previously, she headed the Burlington Clinic of Planned Parenthood of New England.

Win, Leckey join Downs Rachlin Martin
Two Vermont Law School graduates have joined law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. Attorney J. Zaw Win has joined the Business Law Practice Group and will focus on serving the captive insurance industry. Attorney Joshua D. Leckey has joined the Energy and Telecommunications Group. Both will be based in DRM’s Burlington office.