Honors & Awards

April 2014

The New England Board of Higher Education will honor Gary W. Moore, the chair of Vermont State Colleges, with its 2014 David C. Knapp Award for Trusteeship. He will share the award with the former board chair of the University System of New Hampshire. Moore is president of the consulting firm Gary W. Moore Associates. The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation is the winner of the organization’s 2014 Vermont State Merit Award.

The Consortium of Vermont Colleges announced that Sarah Hobart, associate director of admission at the University of Vermont, is the recipient of the 2013 Jerry E. Flanagan Service Award. The award is given annually to a member who has “shown exemplary leadership within the field of college admissions counseling in Vermont ....”

Kathie Desautels, a Realtor at RE/MAX North Professionals in Colchester, was recognized by RE/MAX International as a member of the 2013 RE/MAX International Platinum Club for outstanding sales performance. She is in the top 5 percent of RE/MAX agents in the country.

Hans Asoera, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Barre for 24 years, was named to Barron’s magazine’s “2014 Top Financial Advisor State-by-State Rankings” recognizing the top 1,200 advisers in the country.

The Fletcher Allen Partners’ board of trustees announced changes to its structure, including a reduction in the number of board members from 27 to 19 to improve operational effectiveness. Fifteen board members were elected from the boards of the four affiliated hospitals: CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Elizabethtown, N.Y.; Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin; and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. Officers are Tim Robbins, chair; Donald Gilbert, vice chair; and Jane Preston, secretary. Serving ex officio are John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer of FAHC and Fletcher Allen Partners, and Rick Morin, M.D., dean of the UVM College of Medicine.

HowardCenter announced the addition of T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County state’s attorney; E. William Lacquering, attorney at law; and Emmanuel Siriwayo of the First Congregational Church to its board of trustees.

According to techie.com, an IT portal that covers disruptive technologies and emerging trends, Burlington leads the nation as one of its most promising technology hubs. Nominees were chosen based on various factors, including the presence of high-tech industrial parks and incubators, a vibrant start-up culture, and the existence of innovative programs designed to encourage economic growth.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility announced three new members of its board of directors: Jennifer Chiodo, Cs Associates; Bret Hodgdon, Davis Hodgdon Associates CPAs; and Michael Burak, Burak Anderson and Melloni.

Justin Barwood and Jody Freeman

Kinney Pike Insurance announced its top producers for 2013. Jody Freeman of the White River Junction office won the 2013 Barwood Sales Achievement Award for personal lines insurance. The award is named for Wendell A. Barwood, who owned and operated the Barwood Insurance Agency in the Upper Valley for many years. Kinney Pike purchased the agency in 1989. Adam King of the Rutland office received the 2013 Dorsey Award for top sales. The Dorsey Award is named for the founder of the Kinney Pike Agency in 1904.

C2 (Competitive Computing) announced that Eric Lamy, project manager, received certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), the highest industry-recognized certification for project managers.

Karen Geraghty, an outreach professional at the UVM Extension’s Newport office, was appointed to the board of directors of the Green Mountain United Way for Orleans, Caledonia, Essex, Washington, and Orange counties.

Burton Snowboards was announced as the Burlington Business Association’s 2014 Burlington Business Award winner. The award recognizes “superb business practices, contributions to the community, promotion of a positive image for Burlington, and business success.” The Tim Halvorson Award, acknowledging “outstanding contributions to the economic vitality of Burlington,” will go to David Finney, president of Champlain College, who retires in June. The new Hotel Vermont receives the Architectural Excellence Award.

Plato’s Closet in Williston was recognized for achieving the Gold Star Standard for Plato’s Closet stores. The Williston store achieved the Customer Experience, Store Operations, and Consistent Brand Identity standards to earn the recognition.

AllEarth Renewables received two national top-product honors for its AllSun solar tracker design. The pallet system for the AllSun Tracker won Top Products of 2013 from Solar Power World and was one of eight products to win 2013 Top Products from Electrical Products and Solutions.

Entrepreneur magazine named SERVPRO to its Top 10 list of Franchise 500 rankings for the fifth consecutive year. SERVPRO’s franchise owner in the Winooski/Stowe area is Jeffrey Fields.

The Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Center received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes the company’s hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of over 2,100 North American properties in cleanliness and maintenance.

Burlington City Arts announced that Sumru Tekin is the 2014 Barbara Smail Award winner. As the recipient, Tekin receives a $1,500 cash stipend and $1,000 worth of class registration and/or use of The BCA Center’s studio facilities for one year. At the end of the calendar year, BCA will host an exhibition of the artist’s work.

Shap Smith, speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, has reappointed Felicia Kornbluh to the Vermont Commission on Women. Kornbluh is director of the gender, sexuality, and women’s studies program and associate professor of history at the University of Vermont.

Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced that Sarah Carpenter, its executive director, received the Tim McKenzie Award from Champlain Housing Trust. The award recognized Carpenter’s “outstanding contributions to permanently affordable housing during the past 30 years.”

Philip Ads, M.D., director of cardiac rehabilitation at Fletcher Allen Health Care, received the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Presidential Recognition Award for his “national leadership in establishing the effectiveness of cardiac rehab and advocating for greater access to it for patients of chronic heart failure.”

Friends in Adoption received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition as a 2014 leader in supporting and serving LGBT families.

Lund announced the recipients of its third annual Heart of the Community Awards: Carol Lee Phillips, M.D.; Gene Richards, Burlington International Airport; and The Hoehl Family Foundation. Phillips was the first female chair of pediatrics at the University of Vermont and is a former Lund board member. Richards was honored for his “time, expertise, entrepreneurialism, and compassionate leadership on the board; and the Hoehl Family Foundation, founded in 1993 by Robert and Cynthia Hoehl, has made a $1 million grant to Lund’s capital campaign.

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center announced that Brad Bauman, the center’s professional manufacturing and business growth adviser, has completed the requirements to be certified as a quality auditor (ASQ CQA) by the American Society for Quality.

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity was awarded a Pay It Forward Diversity Award by Champlain College. The organization encompasses more than a dozen programs serving those living in poverty.

The Cancer Patient Support Program announced its executive board. Diane Freiheit, MS, a licensed psychologist-master and psychotherapist in private practice, is president. Bobbe Maynes, recently retired director of communications for United Way of Chittenden County, is vice president. Lori Ann Roy, manager/director of radiation oncology at Fletcher Allen Health Care, is secretary. And Neal Robertson, vice president for finance at St. Michael’s College, is treasurer.

Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association announced its annual awards. The Horticultural Achievement Award went to Leo Roberts of Hereford Gardens & Nursery in Charlotte. Sarah Salatino of Full Circle Gardens in Essex won the Environmental Awareness Award. The NENA Young Nursery Professional of the Year is Jason Koicuba of Cobble Creek Nursery in Bristol. Tobi and Sally von Trapp of von Trapp Greenhouse in Waitsfield were named Retailer of the Year (a new award). Industry award-winners can be found on the association’s website, www.greenworksvermont.org.

Vermont Creamery announced it has earned certification as a B Corporation, acknowledging the company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency, and accountability. The company joins nearly 1,000 Certified B Corporations globally, including 17 others in Vermont. Allison Hooper is the owner of Vermont Creamery.

The late Laura Roberts was awarded Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC’s Diane R. Lynch Distinguished Service Award. Roberts was an administrative assistant in the firm’s Brattleboro office for seven years. •

Century 21 Jack Associates announced that The Lynn Jackson Group received the Centurion Team Award from Century 21 Real Estate LLC for its outstanding production in 2013. Lynn Jackson has received this award 14 times in the last 15 years. Current team members are Present were Jackson, Danelle Birong, and Susan Burdick.

DuBois & King Inc. was recognized for its engineering on three projects in the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies/Vermont Section. The firm received the highest ranking and a Grand Award in the Buildings and Structures category for engineering services on the new Dion Family Student Center and Quad Commons residential hall at St. Michael’s College; an Engineering Excellence Merit Award in the Transportation category for designing a replacement structure on a fast track schedule for the Quechee covered bridge; and an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for a $2.9 million electrical upgrade at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction.