Honors & Awards
Burlington Business Association announced four new members of its board of directors: Richard Deane of TruexCullins Architecture, David Farrell of Farrell’s Distributing, Stephanie Miller Reiskin of R.E.M. Development, and David Provost of Champlain College. Tom Brassard of Catamount Marketing is the board chair.
Troy Richardson of the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors earned the Resort and Second Home Specialist Certification from the National Association of Realtors.
Mater Christi School appointed four new members to its board of trustees: Kathleen Parent, associate director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Vermont; Sara Byers, president of Leonardo’s Pizza; Jane Osborne McKnight, a Shelburne lawyer; and Ed Couch, CEO/president of Couch Construction Management Co. in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ariel Wengroff was named by Gov. Peter Shumlin to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women. She is communications and finance director for Welch for Congress.
Jean Luc Dushime, a photographer and VCAM producer, won the 2013 Hometown Video Award from the Alliance for Community Media for a video he shot and edited for the African Band A2VT (Africa to Vermont). The song “Winooski, My Town” is dedicated to Winooski, which is diversifying rapidly with the arrival of immigrants and resettled refugees. Dushime was helped with his video training by VCAM’s Bill Simmon and Matt Goudey through the Fundamentals of Digital Cinematography workshop.
Doremus Kantor & Zullo announced that paralegal Ashley LaRose, RP, has earned certification from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations Inc. as a PACE Registered Paralegal.
Christopher Loso, vice president of Loso’s Janitorial Services Inc., was named vice chair of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
James J. Pergolizzi IV, who recently joined the law firm of Paul Frank + Collins PC, has been admitted to the Vermont bar. His practice focuses on commercial real estate purchase and sale, development, finance, and lease transactions. Seven PFC attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014: S. Crocker Bennett II, Robert G. Cain, Peter M. Collins, Christopher J. Leff, John T. Sartore, Kerin E. Stackpole, and Allen D. Webster.
Eric Sandblom of KAS Environmental Science & Engineering was elected president of the Burlington Rotary Club. He succeeds Kim Wichert of Country Business Inc.
The following were inducted into the 2013 Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame: Darby Bradley, known for forest and farmland conservation; Elizabeth Carr (posthumously), formerly of UVM Extension; Sam Cutting III, Dakin Farm; Robert Davis, former manager of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and owner of Maple Glen Farm; John Deere (posthumously), Rutland native and founder of Deere & Co.; Thomas Magnant (posthumously), former dairy farmer and leader in state and national dairy organizations.
Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announced that Karen McAndrew was included among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation.
Danaher Attig & Plante PLC announced that Courtney A. MacKilligan, CPA, CVA, a senior tax accountant, has completed the certification process of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst credential.
Organizers of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation’s Way to Go! commuter challenge announced the winners: Large Business (100+ employees): The Student Conservation Association, Charlestown, N.H.; Medium Business (20-99 employees): AllEarth Renewables, Williston; Small Business (fewer than 20 employees): Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Montpelier; Zimride Challenge: Fletcher Allen Health Care; Community Challenge (highest resident participation): City of Burlington; and School Challenge (highest student participation): Waitsfield Elementary.
Attorney Peter D. Van Oot of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC was elected to a two-year term on the Nature Conservancy Vermont chapter board of trustees.
James Condos, Vermont’s secretary of state, was elected the Eastern region vice president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. He will sit on the executive board.
Ski Vermont was given a Travel + Leisure Social Media in Travel + Tourism Award (SMITTY Award) for Best Overall Use of Social Media by a Marketing/Trade Association for its Check In to Win program.
Four lawyers at Murphy Sullivan Kronk were included in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Liam Murphy, Brian Sullivan, Catherine Crank, and Jeremy Farkas. Farkas was also named the Burlington 2014 Lawyer of the Year for land use and zoning law. The firm also announced that Sullivan has earned the rating of AV Preeminent from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company’s highest rating.
Union Bank was named Development Lender of the Year by USDA Rural Development, as the highest volume, state-approved guaranteed housing loan program lender for fiscal year 2013.
Ben & Jerry’s St. Albans manufacturing plant received the Green Mountain Water Environment Association’s Outstanding Industrial Waste Water Facility award, recognizing all employees for reducing their impact on Vermont’s water resources. The Waterbury facility received the Governors Award for Environmental Excellence for water reduction. Billie Davis, an environmental specialist, received the Unilever Supply Chain Hero award for North America.
Jill Shumway, a mainstream teaching assistant in the special education department at Essex High School, joined the board of directors of Champlain Community Services Inc.
The 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America named five Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys Lawyer of the Year in Vermont metropolitan areas: Johan W.E. Maitland, John H. Marshall, Thomas H. Moody, William Roger Prescott, and Robert D. Rachlin. Seventeen other DRM attorneys featured in the publication are Peter B. Robb and Timothy E. Copeland, Brattleboro; Peter D. Van Oot, Wilhelmina Dingemanns Miller, and Thomas C. Csatari, Lebanon, N.H.; Andre D. Bouffard, Kimberly K. Hayden, Marc B. Heath, Robert B. Luce, Patricia M. Sabalis, Peter B. Kunin, Lawrence H. Meier, Paul H. Ode Jr., and William W. Schroeder, Burlington; John H. Hollar, Montpelier; and James C. Gallagher, and James G. Wheeler Jr., St. Johnsbury.
Commonwealth Dairy’s Green Mountain Creamery brand of Maple Greek yogurt won the Most Innovative Greek Yogurt category at the International Dairy Foods’ Milk and Cultured Innovative Product Contest.
Lund Family Center announced that Jadranka Gubic of the organization’s Early Childhood Education program was named Center Based Early Childhood Educator of the Year by the Building Bright Futures Council of Chittenden County. Also honored were Penny Blanchette, a family care provider in Hinesburg; Laurie Redel, who works in Essential Early Education; and Nancy Savoy, who received special mention for her career-long achievements. Lund also announced three newly elected board members: Maurine Gilbert of Vermont Child Health Improvement Program; Emily Lee, a member of Burlington’s Ward 2 NPA steering committee; and Allegra Miller, co-principal of Hinesburg Community School.
Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer announced the selection of several of its attorneys for the 2014 The Best Lawyers in America. They are Gary Burt and Mark Scribner, who were named Best Lawyer of the Year. Also named were Doreen Connor, Anne Cramer, Denise Deschenes, Joe Eggleston, Gary Karnedy, John Monson, Thomas Pappas, William Piper, Keith Roberts, L. Jonathan Ross, Neil Wheelwright, and Douglas Wolinsky. Timothy L. Cope, investment adviser representative and insurance broker with Fleischer Jacobs Group, received the B.H. Zais award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Vermont. The award recognizes a member “who has made distinguished and memorable contributions. ...”
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. was named a 2013 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its commitment to lowering energy use. It was nominated by Efficiency Vermont. The company announced the appointment of three directors to its board, all from out-of-state firms. The appointments coincide with the retirement of two board members, Lawrence Blanford, former president and CEO, and Robert Stiller, the company’s founder, who becomes chairman emeritus after his retirement from the board.
Brian Boardman of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty received the Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier award of honor, representing the top 1 percent of the more than 82,000 Coldwell Banker associates worldwide.
Alison J. Bell, a partner at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP, was named Burlington’s 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law-Individuals by The Best Lawyers in America. Seventeen other partners were selected for inclusion in the publication: F. Rendol Barlow, Kevin E. Brown, Thomas Z. Carlson, David M. W. Conard, Christopher L. Davis, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Emily J. Joselson, Eric M. Knudsen, Peter F. Langrock, Devin McLaughlin, William B. Miller Jr., Susan M. Murray, Mitchell L. Pearl, Lisa B. Shelkrot, Mark L. Sperry III, James W. Swift, and Sarah Gentry Tischler.
PC Construction was listed among the top 200 environmental firms in the country by Engineering News-Record, ranking 13th in the wastewater construction segment and 45th among all environmental firms. The company announced that Scott Boardman, president of Hickok & Boardman, and Bruce Lisman, former chairman of the Global Equities Division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., have joined the company’s board of directors. Two employees, safety engineers Lynn Hunter and Steve Nutting, received national Construction Health and Safety Technician certification, making them the only construction professionals in the state to hold the title.
The Vermont Health Co-op announced five additions to its formation board of directors and a new interim board chair: Jerome Diamond, attorney; David Kibbe, divisions vice president of Universal Health Services in Pennsylvania; Leonard Crouse, formerly Vermont’s deputy commissioner for captive insurance; Chuck Butler, former member of the executive leadership at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont; and Steve Post, president and CEO of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union. Founding member Mitchell Fleischer stepped down from the board, and David Jillson will serve as interim board chair. •