Honors & Awards

January 2014

KPMG’s Burlington office received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. The award is part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

The board of directors of Renewable Energy Vermont elected Thomas Hughes to serve as chair. Hughes is CEO of Sunward Systems. He replaces Martha Staskus of Cornerstone Renewables, who will stay on the board as secretary.

Burlington College faculty member Sandy Baird was presented with the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award by Vermont Women in Higher Education. The award is presented to a woman who has shown evidence of promoting and working toward the advancement of women in higher education and involvement at national, regional, state, and local levels. The college made the short list of “Colleges with the Highest Rate of Student Internship” in U.S. News & World Report.

The team at Alec Genung Construction in Stowe was recognized by Houzz, an online platform for residential design, with a Best of Houzz award.

Raymond Pecor Jr., the owner of the Vermont Lake Monsters, Vermont’s minor league baseball team, was the inaugural David K. Hakins Award inductee into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. The award recognizes a business leader or organization for exceptional promotion and development of sports, athletics, and recreation in Vermont.

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew announced that 10 attorneys were chosen for inclusion on the New England Super Lawyers 2013 list: Ritchie Berger, W. Scott Fewell, Karen McAndrew, Samuel Hoar Jr., Jeffrey Nolan, Mark Langan, Spencer Knapp, Linda Cohen, Molly Lebowitz, and Austin Hart. Chosen for inclusion on the Rising Stars list is David Gurtman. McAndrew was also included by Super Lawyers in the Top 100 Attorneys and the Top 50 Women Attorneys in New England. She is a senior litigation counsel at the firm.

Chuck Ross, Vermont’s secretary of agriculture, accepted an award on behalf of Caledonia Spirits, whose Barr Hill Gin took the 2013 Gin of the Year and a Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition on Hong Kong.

Stephen A. Unsworth of Unsworth Law PLC was chosen for the 2013 Super Lawyers list, ranking him in the top 5 percent of lawyers in New England.

Todd Wright, the wilderness program director at St. Michael’s College, became the third North American to achieve Level 5 Sea Coach status, the top level in the British Canoe Union coach training organization. Wright is the first individual ever to pass the rigorous assessment process on the first try. The trial required that he show he could train all levels of learners in any sea environment.

Mount Snow’s Carinthia Terrain Park system was voted the Number One on the East Coast in both TransWorld Snowboarding and SKI magazines for the 2013-14 season. Freeskier magazine ranked Carinthia in the Top Ten Terrain Parks in North America.

DominionTech Inc. announced that Jamie Danaher received his CompTIA A+ certification. Danaher, a front-line support person on the help desk, joined the company in 2012.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning announced the election of board members: Sarah Beal, previously of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Jon Pizzagalli of PC Construction; Brian Till, a first-year medical student at the University of Vermont; and Sara Trimmer of the Norwich Bookstore.

Cyber security company Pwnie Express and venture capital firm FreshTracks Capital received the Innovation and Ambassador Awards at the 2013 Vermont Tech Jam.

DEW Construction Corp. received two Awards of Merit in the category of Hospitality/House and Safety from Engineering News Record for work on the University of Vermont Redstone Lofts Project. Redstone Lofts competed against projects throughout New England. DEW was construction manager for the project.

Kinney Pike Insurance Inc. was included in the Best Practices Study Group by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, an honor it has achieved every year since 1995. It is one of only 216 independent agencies that qualified for the honor.

Renewable Energy Vermont recognized three Vermonters for outstanding efforts in the renewable energy sector. Sen. David Zuckerman received the Legislative Award for his work in the Legislature advancing renewable energy legislation. John Zimmermann of Vermont Environmental Research Associates received the Industry Award for his dedication to research, design, implementation, and construction of wind farms through the state. The Jim Grundy award was given to Duncan McDougal of Waterbury LEAP for his willingness to “give tirelessly to the effort of advancing a sustainable energy future.”

Chosen for induction to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame were veteran morning radio personality Louie Manno and longtime Hall Communications vice president and general manager Dan Dubonnet. Jeff Shapiro of Great Eastern Radio was named the VAB Broadcaster of the year. Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Ross Sneyd and Brian Collamore. Sneyd was a panelist on Vermont Public Television’s Vermont This Week for over 20 years and a news reporter for Vermont Public Radio for six years before joining National Life this year. Collamore has been in the Rutland radio market for more than 40 years. Jenny Day, news reporter at Fox44/ABC22 and Judy Anderson of WJJR-FM in Rutland joined Morrisville’s WLVB-FM to receive Alan Noyes Community Service Awards.

The Opera Company of Middlebury announced the election of six members to its board of directors: Don Devost, Addison Advisors LLC; Chris English, Town of Middlebury; Dana Engel, formerly of Citicorp; Rene Langis, CH2M Hill; Pat Mraz, Champlain Valley Union High School; and Jim Pugh, James Pugh & Associates.

Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. received an Award of Merit for construction excellence from the New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors in the Institutional/Public $2-$5 Million category for its work on the Listen Community Services Building. David Laurin, AIA, of White River Junction was the project architect.