Hub Happenings

PuroClean donates to Cancer Patient Support Foundation

Darrel Depot, owner of Williston-based company PuroClean, recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Cancer Patient Support Foundation as part of the company’s monthly donation of 1 percent of profits.
“The impact a gift of this size has on the life of cancer patients is immeasurable,” said Bobbe Maynes, president of Cancer Patient Support Foundation. “We are so grateful for companies who have their hearts in the right place.”
O’Hara joins American Cancer Society of Vermont

The American Cancer Society announced the addition of Kevin O’Hara as a community manager in its Williston office.
O’Hara, a Williston resident, will manage both the Chittenden County and Rutland County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events, ensuring goal achievement through the effective leadership, engagement, empowerment and mobilization of event volunteers. O’Hara brings 11 years of professional experience working in Vermont with expertise in fundraising, development, donor cultivation, and directing regional operations of an established national organization.

CSSU’s Roy honored
Meagan Roy, Chittenden South Supervisory Union director of student support services, was recently honored as the recipient of the Vermont State Special Education Director of the Year award.
The Gail Lynk Administrator of the Year Award recognizes exemplary effort and achievement on behalf of Vermont children with special needs.

On May 29, Goss Dodge Chrysler in South Burlington helped Trinity Baptist School raise $1,000 at a “Drive for the Kids” fundraising event held during the school’s Run-A-Thon. Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive.

Local driver places second
A Williston driver representing FedEx Corporation operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2015 Vermont State Truck Driving Championship in Pembroke, N.H. on June 6.
FedEx Express driver Chris Goddard placed second in the 3-Axle class.
The Vermont State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and safety expertise. The event includes a difficult driving-skills challenge, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.

Dr. Julieta Rushford Santiago, co-owner of Rushford Family Chiropractic, accepts an award from BNI Vermont executive director Vickie Wacek.
Williston resident Dr. Julieta Rushford Santiago was recently recognized at the annual Business Network International banquet with the 2015 “Giver’s Gain” award for exceptional business networking.

HUTT TO LEAD Agency of Human Services
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced recently that Commissioner Susan Wehry has decided to step down after more than four years leading the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.
Replacing Wehry will be Monica Caserta Hutt of Williston. Hutt has worked in the human services field for 25 years. She has served as executive director of the Sara Holbrook Center in Burlington and worked at the Howard Center for 13 years, first in the children’s division and then as director for children and family services. She has worked in the Agency of Human Services for the past 10 years, most recently as the director of policy and planning.

Local business leaders attend Alzheimer’s forum
Local Vermonters Mohamed Basha and Tim Fortune from TLC Homecare Services, LLC, and Tara Graham and Allyson Sweeney from The Arbors at Shelburne teamed up with longtime advocate Daniel Bean to push further funding for Alzheimer’s research at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum.
The Advocacy Forum is an annual event that brings together more than 1,000 advocates from across the country. Every state has representation and most of the states have advocates who have lived with or through this devastating disease.  These advocates share stories of heartache and triumph in order to inform and educate the congressional delegates from each state with hopes of gaining support for legislation to increase funding for research.
“It is imperative, now more than ever, to raise awareness and education about Alzheimer’s and to promote greater understanding of this disease so it can be detected early on and eventually a treatment and cure can be discovered,” said Martha Richardson, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter.

 Vermont unemployment rate decreases to 3.6 percent in April
The Vermont Department of Labor announced recently that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate (3.8 percent). The national average in April was 5.4 percent, which experienced a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for sixth lowest in the country. April represents the seventh consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate.

Dee Physical Therapy opens new clinic in Hinesburg
Dee Physical Therapy of Shelburne and South Burlington is opening a new clinic in Hinesburg next month. Mike and Justine Dee, along with their staff, have been practicing physical therapy in Chittenden County since 1988.
The new clinic will be located at 52 Farmall Drive. Mike Dee will be the primary physical therapist at the Hinesburg location. Rahn Fleming of CVU will serve as a personal trainer. The clinic will open in July.

Green Mountain Power was recently chosen for the 2015 Expanding Excellence award for its mobile app, in the category for Best Mobility Implementation. The award recognizes energy companies that develop an innovative approach to improving customer service by applying mobility to meet customer needs. The award was presented at a CS Week Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has named Charles Smith of Burlington as interim executive director. Alan Jordan, who held the position of Executive Director for 16 years, has stepped down to pursue other orchestra management opportunities.

Champlain Cable Corporation receives Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award
Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced Champlain Cable Corporation as the winner of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. This year’s finalists also included Bond Auto Parts and S.D. Ireland.

Pischetola named Customer Service Representative of the Year
A Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont customer service representative was named Customer Service Representative of the Year by a national quality review organization. Candace Pischetola was selected as the top performing call center representative from among 3,500 representatives from over 500 call centers across the U.S. and world.

The Automaster announced that Casey Webster and Liz Costandi have been hired as client advisors for its BMW franchise.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have both these experienced and exceptionally customer-focused professionals join our team here at The Automaster BMW,” said Jacques LeFrancios, General Sales Manager at The Automaster BMW.

O’Brien, Adams join KW Vermont
Two new real estate professionals—Wendy O’Brien and Kyle Adams—have joined Keller Williams as individual agents.
O’Brien previously worked in office management for an architectural firm. Adams has a background in auto sales.

Solla joins DuBois & King
DuBois & King consulting engineers announced that Stephanie Solla has joined the firm as a transportation design engineer. Solla’s experience includes design of roadway and intersection improvement projects for municipalities and transportation agencies in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announces new president and managing partner
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew recently announced that Jeff McMahan has been elected as its president and managing partner to succeed Brian Murphy.
McMahan is a corporate and intellectual property lawyer, advising businesses on issues related to formation, mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, technology licensing, trademarks and copyrights. He has particular experience representing software vendors and purchasers in the negotiation of computer system implementation, license and support agreements.

Leete promoted
Jeff Leete, who has been with NG Advantage for 18 months, was recently promoted from operations technician I to operations technician II. In his new role, Leete has become a shift leader and liaison with other departments in the company.