NEW SALES AND DESIGN CONSULTANT
Vermont Custom Closets of Williston recently announced the addition of Caroline Stanton to its sales and design team.
Stanton has a Bachelor of Science degree in interior designer from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She has five years of design experience working with architects, builders and remodelers designing in residential and commercial spaces as well as high-end yachts.
TLC Homecare, LLC announced that Marsha Palmer, a personal care assistant with nine years of experience, was recognized as the Caregiver of the Year.
“Besides her exemplary work ethic, Marsha is positively contagious. She makes a difference to my work life every day,” said CFO Abi Ambekar.
Palmer received $250 from TLC to give to any charity of her choosing. She selected the Williston Community Food Shelf.
WILLISTON CPA FIRM PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIP
Williston-based Davis & Hodgdon Associates has awarded a $1,500 “Start Up” scholarship to a student of the 2015 Mercy Connections’ Women’s Small Business Program. Megan Stearns of Burlington will receive the scholarship towards her tuition for the 2015 winter/spring WSBP “Start Up” session. Stearns is an animal portraiture artist and has recognized potential for turning this focus into a business venture. She is currently the director of communications for Let’s Grow Kids and worked previously at the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
NOMINATE A BUSINESS
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine are accepting nominations until March 6 for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The award is given to the Vermont business that has made exceptional accomplishments on a consistent basis and demonstrated success.
The deadline for nominations is March 6. Nomination forms are available at events.vermontbiz.com/deane-c-davis-nominations/
ACTIVE TIMES: PARISI SPEED SCHOOL #1 GYM
In an article published by the Active Times last week, Parisi Speed School took home the number one spot on a list of the top gyms in America.
“We are thrilled to be named the best gym in America by Active Times,” said Bill Parisi, founder and CEO of Parisi Speed School. “We strive to give our members the best programs and training in the country.”
In order to come up with this year’s rankings, Active Times used its list of its 51 best gyms from 2013 and asked readers which gyms were their favorites.
MERCHANT BANK EXPANDS TEAM
Merchants Bank last week announced the expansion of its home lending division and three additions to the staff.
Dody Fraher-Ruland, residential and retail loan manager, will lead the division and expand the range of Merchants Bank’s home lending offerings. Fraher-Ruland, a Williston resident, has more than 30 years experience in the financial services industry, most recently as the statewide manager of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Dick Ploof was hired as a lending associate. He joins Merchants Bank from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and has more than 24 years experience originating mortgages.
Deb Terrill was also hired as a lending associate, also from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She has more than 30 years experience in the banking industry with more than 15 years experience originating mortgages.
DAIRY BRINGS IN $2.2 BILLION
Vermont’s dairy industry brings $2.2 billion in economic activity to Vermont annually, according to a new study funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council.
Findings describe the impact of the industry on Vermont’s economy, landscape and way of life. Other highlights include:
Sixty-three percent of the milk produced in New England comes from Vermont
The dairy industry provides 6,000-7,000 Vermont jobs
Every cow brings $12,500 in economic activity to Vermont annually
Fifteen percent of the state is covered by dairy farms and the fields that provide feed
To read the full report, visit www.VermontDairy.com
CATHEDRAL SQUARE AWARDED
Cathedral Square was recently named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Vermont.
The annual list was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and several state departments.
In addition, Cathedral Square’s Richmond Terrace Senior Living received Efficiency Vermont’s Major Renovation Honor Award at the Better Buildings by Design conference on Feb. 4.
The awards recognize innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial and multifamily buildings.
VT SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO HELP SMALL BREWERS
Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders joined other senators in introducing the bipartisan Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act). The legislation, sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would recalibrate the federal beer excise tax that small brewers pay, cutting the tax nearly in half.
“Vermont may be a smaller state, but we brew big beer,” Leahy said. “The Small BREW Act creates opportunity for these small brewers and businesses to continue to grow and support their local economies, and to serve their lengthening lists of fans.”
NEFCU GIVES $20,000
New England Federal Credit Union, as part of its ongoing mission of community support, recently made contributions to four Franklin County organizations. Recipients of $5,000 donations included Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, Franklin County Home Health Agency, Tim’s House and Martha’s Kitchen.
“NEFCU is committed to giving back to the communities that support us,” said Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan. “We appreciate the opportunity to help these four wonderful organizations fulfill their helping missions.”
NEW STAFF AT UNITED WAY
United Way of Chittenden County recently announced two new staff members.
Amy Johnson is the new RSVP/foster grandparent director. Johnson has been working in the human services field for more than 15 years. Lenore Budd was hired as a volunteer programs assistant. Budd has spent years of both as a volunteer and managing volunteers.
JARRETT NAMED TO COMMISSION ON ALZHEIMER’S
Glenn A. Jarrett, founder of Jarrett Law Office in South Burlington, has been named by Gov. Peter Shumlin to the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Jarrett’s law practice focuses solely on elder law, estate planning and related areas.
“The Commission members are happy to have someone with Glenn’s experience and interest joining the Commission,” said Martha Richardson, co-chair of the commission and executive director of the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, based in Williston. “I have known Glenn for years and am looking forward to working with him on the Commission’s priorities: early detection; support for caregivers; and education and advocacy about Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders.”
SYMQUEST HIRES TWO
SymQuest Group, Inc. announced earlier this month the addition of Marketing Coordinator Christal Fleishman and Contract Administrator Greg Hardy to the company’s South Burlington headquarters.
Prior to joining SymQuest, Hardy was head coach of the women’s U16 alpine ski team at Killington Mountain School. Fleishman worked as a client support specialist for SymQuest in the past and most recently was a marketing administrator for eDOC Innovations, Inc. based in Middlebury.
TWINCRAFT OPENS SECOND VERMONT MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Twincraft Skincare in January opened its second Vermont manufacturing facility, a 20,000 square foot space in Essex.
The facility, which Twincraft used for warehousing since 2003, has been fitted up to manufacture liquid products with natural, sustainable and organic ingredients: liquid and foaming soaps; bath and shower gels; lotions; creams; body butters; oils and more. Formulations, created in the Winooski lab, can now be mixed in one of the tanks in the Essex batch room and then bottled in one of the filling lines. Current capabilities include filling bottles and jars, and a tube filler for both plastic and metal tubes is being added in June.
PIZZAGALLI FOUNDATION PLEDGES $1 MILLION TO STEM
Vermont’s Pizzagalli Foundation has made a $1 million gift commitment to support the University of Vermont’s $104 million STEM project, the largest capital project in the school’s history.
“We are thrilled that the Pizzagalli family is strongly supportive of UVM’s STEM project, including its new lab and classroom facility,” said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “With this $1 million gift, we are confident that we will be successful in realizing this most important new educational and research facility on campus.”
LOCAL WOMEN SUPPORT MARDI BRAS EVENT
Nearly 150 new bras were brought to the Spa at The Essex Resort on Mardi Gras, Feb. 17. The donated items were collected to benefit homeless women and women in transition that are served by COTS in Burlington.
“This is a creative and unique way to raise awareness of the services of COTS and to offer women in need the luxury of a new, comfortable well-fitting bra. This is one of those unseen and unmet needs we face in our daily work with homeless families,” said Becky Holt, COTS director of development and communications.
Spa Manager Karen Smegal said, “We were thrilled with the generosity of our local community and were happy to give each donor a day pass to use the Spa facility sometime this year.”
LOCAL HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP RECOGNIZED
Essex Junction-based Green Mountain Harley-Davidson was awarded with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Bronze Bar & Shield Circle of Recognition award for the 2014 calendar year. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson earned the award for the Northeast region based on their motorcycle and related product sales performance, an evaluation of customer service and satisfaction, and various operational measures.
Lenore Budd has been hired as a volunteer programs assistant. Budd has spent years both as a volunteer and managing volunteers. She served on the South Burlington Recreation Path Committee for 13 years and is now the chairwoman of the Trails Committee in Hinesburg.
STEWART JOINS VPR CLASSICAL
James Stewart has joined VPR Classical as its local weekday afternoon host. His program can be heard on Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
Stewart recently finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
“We were impressed by James’ intelligence, knowledge of music, and enthusiasm for sharing his passion with the public,” said VPR Classical Managing Producer Kari Anderson. “He is also an experienced educator and writes for musical theater. He is already proving to be a wonderful addition to the VPR team.”
FOX JOINS BLACKROCK CONSTRUCTION
Lee Fox has joined BlackRock Construction as project manager.
Fox has a diverse background and more than 15 years of experience in the construction development and home-building industry.