Honors & Awards

February 2014

Attorney Richard J. Fox was chosen by Super Lawyers to the 2013 Vermont Rising Stars list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state.

Seth Blanchard has become an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisor, one of the 6 percent of the company’s 10,000 advisers to achieve this status.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce named Steve Costello of Green Mountain Power the 2013 Business Person of the Year, citing his “extensive involvement in the community and the successful business development” he shepherded for the region.

New Life Hiking Spa won top honors in five categories in the 2013 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. The spa was Best for Weight Loss, Affordability, Outdoor Adventure, Men, and LGBT. New Life was also recognized as one of the 25 pioneer spas that have shaped the industry as it is today.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced three additions to its board of directors: Mike Burak of the law firm Burak Anderson and Melloni PLC, Jennifer Chiodo of Cx Associates, and Bret Hodgdon of Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs.

Central Vermont Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, an accreditor of health care organizations in America. It is one of 1,099 hospitals in the country earning the distinction. CVMC was also recognized in 2011 and 2012 for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes.

Vermont was named one of America’s Top 10 states for energy efficiency. The announcement coincided with the release of the 2013 edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The Turkish Cultural Center announced its 2013 awards to individuals and organizations “whose contributions markedly strengthen peace, harmony, and diversity.” Gov. Peter Shumlin received the Leadership Award; William Sorrell, attorney general, the Community Service Award; Michael Townsend, executive editor of the Burlington Free Press, the Media Award; and Aostre Johnson of St. Michael’s College, the Education Award.

Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP was ranked in the top tier of the 2014 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in the following categories: Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense (non–white collar and white collar), Employment Law (individuals and management), Family Law, Litigation (construction, First Amendment, Labor & Employment, and real estate); Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs; Real Estate Law; and Trusts & Estates Law.

The J.D. Power Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study named TD Bank the highest ranked bank in small-business customer satisfaction in the Northeast.

Vermont was ranked as the seventh most energy-efficient state in the country for 2013 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and was second of three leading states in utility-sector energy-efficiency programs and policies. Heading both lists was Massachusetts.

NPI announced that Chris Thompson was certified by Microsoft regarding the Windows Server 2012. He has 14 years’ experience in technical support work.

Robert D. Rachlin, senior director and general counsel of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was appointed chair of the Vermont chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Six attorneys at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP were named to the New England Super Lawyers list. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are chosen for the publication. The attorneys are Alison J. Bell, Christopher L. Davis, Thomas Z. Carlson, Lisa B. Shelkrot, and Mitchell L. Pearl. In addition, Erin Miller Heins was named to the New England Rising Star list as an up-and-coming business litigation attorney in Vermont for 2013.

H. Keith Wagner and Jeff Hodgson of Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture were inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in Boston, which honors individuals who have had especially significant careers in residential design.

James Mount, franchise owner of Westaff, received the Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association.

James W. Murdoch was chosen for inclusion in the 20th Edition (2014) of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of criminal defense and family law. He was also selected for inclusion on the 2013 New England Super Lawyers list.

WowToyz received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award for its Smithsonian E-Z Build 3D Puzzle Kits. The company partnered with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park to produce this new line of museum-quality 3D puzzles featuring zoo animals and marine life.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties announced that the Cabot Creamery cooperative received the J. Churchill Hindes Community Service Award, created to acknowledge a person or group who exhibits exemplary community service and support of the VNA. Present were Roberta MacDonald, senior vice president of marketing at Cabot, who accepted the award on behalf of the cooperative; Jim Madison, VNA board chair; and Judy Peterson, VNA president.

Fourteen attorneys at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew were chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in 20 practice areas. The honored attorneys are Ritchie E. Berger, Leigh Polk Cole, Barbara E. Cory, David Gurtman, Austin D. Hart, Samuel Hoar Jr., Mark A. Langan, Molly K. Lebowitz, Karen McAndrew, Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. McMahan, Brian Murphy, Jeffrey J. Nolan, and Shapleigh Smith Jr. Berger was named Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and Langan was Trust & Estates Lawyer of the Year.

DEW Construction Corp. announced that its Castleton State College Hoff Hall project received a gold rating certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). DEW was also awarded a Best Builders Award by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont for its University of Vermont Redstone Lofts project.

Ken Libby, managing broker of Stowe Realty, received the National Association of Realtors Award of Excellence in the commercial real estate industry for 2013.

William D. Riley, director of Paul Frank + Collins PC, was named one of the top 50 most influential people in the international captive insurance industry in Captive Review magazine’s “Power 50” list.

The American Cancer Society announced the election of Allison Fogler of South Burlington as a member of the 2014 American Cancer Society New England division board of directors.

The Central Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary announced the election of officers for 2014. Present were Heidi Pelletier, immediate past president; Carol Welch, president; Wanda Baril, vice president; Robin Brandis, secretary; and Sarah Miller, treasurer.

The board of directors of Opportunities Credit Union announced the appointment of Phil Woodburn to the supervisory committee that oversees the auditing function of the institution. Woodburn is the financial planning and analysis manager at Revision Military and a partner with Hibler & Woodburn Tax Consulting.

Lund named Graham Kidder, post permanency counselor for Project Family in the Brattleboro and Springfield Department for Children and Families offices, the Elizabeth Lund Employee of the Year. Amie Baker, a case manager, won the Jeff Small Pioneer Award for her work with Lund and DCF to help families gain access to substance abuse treatment services.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington announced the addition of three members to its board of directors: Robin Abramson, provost and chief academic officer at Champlain college; Steve Partilo of Four Seasons Dermatology; and Antoine Williams, a wealth manager at Antoine Williams and Associations Financial Services.

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Birnn Chocolates of Vermont was named Business of the Year. The organization’s Rising Star Award was presented to Nick Grimley of Hackett, Valine & McDonald. The A. Wayne Roberts Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was given to Office Squared, and Vermont Custom Closets received the Creative Edge Award.

The cost-effective upgrades to Centennial Field by the Vermont Lake Monsters were recognized by Ballpark Digest as Best Ballpark Renovations (under $1 million) of the 2013 season. Centennial tied with Modern Woodman Park in Iowa for the honor.

Champlain Community Services Inc. named David Bogdan and Moira Mulligan to its board of directors. Bogdan is a former senior engineer at IBM with multidisciplinary team leadership expertise. Mulligan is a speech-language pathologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care as a manager in the rehabilitation therapy department.

Robert Luce of the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC was elected chair of the board of the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. He is a director and owner and chair of the firm’s litigation group.

NPI announced that Drew Larsen has passed the Microsoft exam for Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses and is now certified to deliver service in the areas of Exchange Online, Lync Online, and Sharepoint Online.

Barb Trousdale of Preferred Properties was named Associate of the Year by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont.

The Addison County Economic Development Corp. announced recipients of its second annual Addison County Companies to Watch awards: Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Middlebury Interactive Languages, Nathaniel Group, and Stark Mountain Woodworking. All were recognized for their contribution to the county’s economic growth and community impact.

C2 (Competitive Computing) announced that Alexandra Garbeck, senior business analyst, has earned her Certified Business Analysis Professional designation.

Andrea Kaplan of Lang McLaughry Real Estate has earned her real estate broker’s license. Kaplan specializes in residential real estate. She is the 2013 president of the South Central Vermont Board of Realtors.

TruexCullins Interiors received the 2014 Interior Design Award for New England from the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality. •