Honors & Awards
NPI (Network Performance Inc.) announced that Chris Hill passed the HDI (Help Desk Institute) Support Center Analyst exam to become certified as an HDI Support Center team leader. Hill has worked with NPI since 2011.
Logic Supply received the inaugural Corporate Partner Award from Champlain College. The award recognizes businesses and business leaders who play a role in “strengthening the economic vitality of Vermont.” The college also awarded honorary degrees to novelist Chris Bohjalian (doctor of fine arts), who spoke at the commencement ceremonies, and George Chaffee, the founder of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (doctor of commerce).
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) announced the winners of the inaugural Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence at Vermont Ski Resorts: Stowe Mountain Resort, Greenest Overall Resort in Vermont and Greenest Water Treatment Program; Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Best Green Up Day Participation Program; Burke Mountain Resort, Best Environmental Awareness & Education Program, Greenest Composting Program, and Most Sustainable Restaurant; Stratton Mountain Resort, Greenest Recycling Program; Bolton Valley, Greenest Alternative Energy Program; Sugarbush Resort, Best Efficiency Snowmaking Upgrade; Jay Peak Resort, Best Efficiency Program for Facilities; and Killington Resort, Most Creative Environmental Program.
Central Vermont Medical Center honored three registered nurses and, for the first time, two Licensed Nursing Assistants at its annual Rose Black Nursing Awards ceremony. Honored were Donna Leighty, RN; Marge Czok, RN; Betty Miller, RN; Nancy Renfrew, LNA; and Crystal Sayers, LNA. Present were Renfrew, Leighty, Miller, Sayers, and Czok. CVMC also garnered several awards. It was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group. CVMC’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. And the medical center earned the Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation from The Joint Commission.
Randall Raner, a principal of The Vermont Agency, received the Soaring Eagle award from Kinder Brothers International. Only 14 other field leaders have been recognized with this award.
Matthew Walker, a financial professional with The Vermont Agency, was presented the agency’s David M. Boardman award for his “positive work ethic while consistently producing at a high level during the prior year.” He also recently became a President’s Club Lifetime Member.
Benjamin A. Russell, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial, qualified for and attended the 2013 Circle of Success Conference. To earn this achievement, Russell established himself as one of the company’s top advisers.
Robert Hallowell, retired president of the financial services consulting firm Hallowell Associates Ltd., was voted onto the advisory board of Spectrum Youth & Family Services.
The Queen City Police Foundation honored Annie Ramniceanu of Spectrum Youth & Family Services and Judge Ben Joseph with the Antonio B. Pomerleau Medal of Honor award for their work in creating Spectrum’s Rapid Referral program.
Eleven Vermont companies received 2013 Vermont Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. Top awards went to Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Waterbury; Energy Co-op of Vermont, Colchester; Ethan Allen, Orleans and Beecher Falls; Green Mountain College, Poultney; IBM, Burlington; Peoples Academy, Morrisville; and Reading Elementary School. Earning Honorable Mention were The Putney School; Stowe Mountain Resort; FairPoint Communications, South Burlington; and FiberMark, Brattleboro.
The Sara Holbrook Community Center announced the appointment of officers: Kathy Schirling, president; Debbie LaRosa, vice president; Diane Chattman, secretary; and Brent Farrell, treasurer. Board members are Jessica Andreola, Mary Ann Blaisdell, Bruce Chattman, Gary Coffey, Ducky Donath, Ross Fenderson, Janet Hayden, Chip Spillane, Jonathan Sternberg, Liz Swim, Sue Victory, and Bill Whitman.
Erica Campbell, program director of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, was awarded the Campaign Ally Award by Real Food Challenge for her work coordinating the 240-member Vermont Farm to Plate. Ellen Kahler, the group’s executive director, addressed the Planning for Agriculture in the Puget Sound Region conference about the inception of the organization’s strategic plan and its impacts.
Shirley Basiliere was named Caregiver of the Year for the South Burlington office of Home Instead Senior Care.
Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., University of Vermont associate professor of medicine, was named a member of the 2013-14 class of Fellows to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
The United Way of Chittenden County announced this year’s campaign award winners: Vermont Gas Systems, Live United Award; Nicole LaBrecque of PC Construction, Keyperson of the Year; Engelberth Construction, Affinity Award; Hickok & Boardman Companies, Campaign of the Year; and Daniello Balón, Ph.D., Community Impact Award.
Hickok & Boardman Insurance announced that Bradway Widing, vice president of energy, was appointed to the board of Renewable Energy Vermont. Jeff LaBonte has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation.
Nancy F. Pope was elected chair of the Northfield Savings Bank board of trustees. Pope has worked at Chase Manhattan Bank and Vermont Economic Development Authority.
A package of four videos produced for Johnson State College has won a Merit Award as part of the Higher Education Marketing Report’s Educational Advertising Awards. Backroads & Blacktops Video, owned by writing and literature faculty member Jacqueline Langley, produced the videos for the college’s website and other marketing materials.
Roy Folsom, Master Certified Farm Agent for the Jaimes L. Fewer Agency in Barre, was recognized at the Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co. national FAST TRACK sales conference, held for top-producing agents. Only 94 of the 9,300 agencies qualified for the 2013 conference.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy inducted Vermont’s Island Line Trail into its national trails Hall of Fame.
Merchants Bank ranked 10th in American Banker magazine’s list of “Best Performers” in the May 2013 issue and was second highest in the New England area.
The Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Armistead Caregiver Services and 320 business and community leaders, honored Scott D. Carpenter, senior vice president, director of wealth management and private banking at People’s United Bank, at the 2013 Reason to Hope Dinner.
WowToyz earned a Dr. Toy Best Green Product for 2013 Award for its E-Z Crafts Paper Recycling Workshop, designed for children age 8 and older.
St. Michael’s College named Walter Baumann Alumnus of the Year for the graduating class of 1963. At the same time, Baumann was inducted into the Golden Knights, an honor to those celebrating their 50th anniversary. A standout basketball player, he returned to St. Michael’s as assistant athletic director, coaching the men’s basketball program from 1968 to 1972. He then became assistant head coach from 1972 to ’79. He was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Farm later this year.
The Vermont Agency announced that John Holzscheiter earned the 2012 New Advisor of the Year award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. The award recognizes “an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the association, the industry, and the public. ...”
Tanya Marshall, director of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, was recognized by the Society of American Archivists with the Emerging Leader Award. Her predecessor, Gregory Sanford, nominated her for the award.
Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Sugarbush Farm, and the Vermont Country Store were featured in the series Small Town Big Deal, which aired on the RFD Channel in May.
Vermont Family Network announced two additions to its board of directors. Heather Burnett-LeGrande is with TD Bank in Williston. Beth Wilson is a Certified Financial Planner and investment adviser with Poulos Advisors Inc.
The Greater Burlington YMCA is one of 14 YMCAs across the country to lead Pioneering Healthier Communities, an initiative addressing the childhood obesity epidemic in the region through policy, systems, and environmental change. Ryan Torres, former program and grants manager for the Vermont Community Foundation, will lead the effort in Vermont.
Mark T. Perry, AAMS, financial adviser with the Edward Jones branch in Montpelier, and Claudia Faust Fitch, branch office administrator, were ranked in the top 25 percent in the country for excellence in client services at Edward Jones.
William Mount, LUTCF, was named a member of the 2013 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co., recognizing the highest sales volume.
Sara Blum, the president of Acorn Marketing, was appointed to the Shelburne Bicycle/Pedestrian and Paths Committee.
MBF Bioscience was honored at the White House with a Tibbetts Award, along with 17 other companies across the United States, by the Small Business Administration. The award recognized the company’s research and development for the government and success in driving innovation and creating new jobs.
Roger Deshaies, chief financial officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list titled “125 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.” Deshaies has served as senior vice president and CFO of Fletcher Allen since 2008.
Paul Frank + Collins PC announced that attorney Kristina Roomet Brines earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute.
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta gave its Rising Star Award to Brianna Atkins, “a new volunteer who has shown exceptional dedication. ...” The Shooting Star Award, given to a longtime volunteer who “consistently goes beyond expectations, ...” was given to Becca Sexton. Dina Dattilio received the Shining Star Award, honoring her many years of dedication.
Make-A-Wish Vermont announced the election of three new members to its board of directors: Pam DuBrul of Arbonne International, Kathy O’Brien of Lang McLaughry Spera, and Paula B. Valente of Green Mountain Power.
Kristine Stell, broker/owner of RE/MAX Destinations in St. Albans, was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year by the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors. Stell is president-elect of the group’s board of directors. David Raphael, Artisan Realty of Vermont, received the Distinguished Service Award. The 2013 Rookie is Jay McCormack, RE/MAX North Professionals. Carol Hinson, Century 21 Jack Associates, received the Good Neighbor Award, and Nick Parent of Spruce Mortgage was named the Affiliate Member of the Year. •