Honors & Awards

May 2014

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

Judd Levine, a special education teacher at U-32 High School in East Montpelier, was recognized as a national LifeChanger of the Year, a program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards full-time K-12 district educators and employees who make a difference in the lives of students “by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.” He was chosen as one of 10, 2013-14 national Life Changers out of more than 435 nominees. He was nominated by the parents of a student at U-32.

Michael McCormack, Peter Trottier, and Brigette White, financial advisers and principals with Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning, have achieved membership in the Raymond James Financial Services 2014 Leaders Council, presented to independent financial advisers and branch offices that demonstrate “an extraordinary level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.” Membership is based on prior fiscal year production.

Flood Financial Services Inc. announced that Richard Flood, CLU, ChFC, CRPC, earned the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor from the College for Financial Planning.

Ken Miller, the owner and operator of On-site SecurShred, was appointed the first chair of the Cancer Patient Support Program’s cancer patient fund. The appointment was made by the program’s board of directors.

Kim Deetjen, ASID, of TruexCullins received the Excellence Award in Design from the American Society of Interior Designers, New England, in the Professionals category. Criteria for the category included recognition in the field of interior design, significant contribution to the design community, outstanding interior projects, and generous volunteering.

The Stern Center for Language and Learning elected Chris Economou, a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley, and Suanne Cronkite, co-founder of Cronkite Metals, to its board of directors.

Maple Leaf Farm was awarded a three-year accreditation for its residential drug and alcohol treatment and detoxification programs by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Burlington College faculty member Sandra Baird received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Vermont Bar Association for her willingness to take pro bono clients. The award is given annually to recognize “an individual’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged throughout Vermont.”

Audubon Vermont announced the addition of Ellen Martinsen, research biologist; John Roe of the Institute of Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College; Charlie Rattigan of Green Mountain Digital; William Post, retired estate and tax lawyer; and Curt Alpeter of MyWebGrocer Inc. to its board of directors.

Jann and Chuck Perkins

Jann and Chuck Perkins were inducted into the 2014 Eastern Ski Representative Hall of Fame in January. The award was a surprise to the couple, who were invited by one of their former Rossignol reps to the annual ski rep show. To be eligible, recipients must have been in the ski business for at least 30 years. The Perkinses founded South Burlington’s Alpine Shop 50 years ago.

The Vermont Cheese Council announced that three Vermont cheese makers won top awards at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. Cabot Creamery Cooperative won three Best of Class awards: for its two-plus-year-old Cheddar, its Hot Buffalo Wing Cheddar, and its cottage cheese. It took a third place award for its medium Cheddar. Cellars at Jasper Hill of Greensboro received two Best of Class awards for its blue-veined Bayley Hazen Blue and its soft-ripened Harbison. Grafton Village Cheese Co. of Brattleboro won third place for its mixed-milk Shepsog.

The Quality Inn hotel of Shelburne received a 2014 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Quality Inn brand. Only the very top hotels in each brand are eligible for this distinction.

Mortgage Financial Inc. announced that Mark Chaffee, CMP, was named one of the top loan originators in the nation by Mortgage Executive magazine. To achieve this distinction, Chaffee closed 250 loans in 2013.

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate and its agents were honored at the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue conference with the 2013 sales award for Number One Real Estate Office in the northern region, reflecting the highest sales for office size among the 19 states in the region. The office also received the 2013 Premier Office designation, highest average sales achieved for all agents in the office, which demonstrates a high level of teamwork and excellence.”

Linda Eastman, a pharmacy technician at Central Vermont Medical Center, was named Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Vermont Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Chosen from a group of nominees, Eastman was recognized for her “strong work on the 340B prescription program” and for kick-starting the Community Health Pharmacy Prescription Assistance program at CVMC.

David Hugo, executive chef at Shelburne Farms, was named Chef of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes Hugo’s career-long commitment to creating dishes based on fresh, local products.

Steve Cook, Vermont’s deputy commissioner of tourism, presented to Steve Wright and Jay Peak Resort the inaugural SMART Award for Creative Marketing in Tourism for the resort’s 2013/14 marketing campaign “Anthem,” which inspires new guests to discover Jay Peak and creates an emotional connection with existing guests. The award was presented on behalf of Gov. Peter Shumlin. Honorable mention was given to Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce for “Almost There,” an unscripted and unrehearsed documentary-style short film used as a destination marketing tool. The 2014 Vermont Travel Person of the Year is Nancy Illemann Rock, director of marketing at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced the top 27 Best Places to Work in Vermont for 2014. In order, Small/Medium Companies (15-149 employees): Saslow Lufkin & Buggy LLP, Burlington; Fuse LLC, Burlington; Seventh Generation, Burlington; RehabGYM, Colchester; Vermont Public Radio, Colchester; Gallagher, Flynn & Co. LLP, South Burlington; ASIC North Inc., Williston; Wild Apple Graphics, Woodstock; Union Mutual Insurance Co., Montpelier; Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier; Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes; SunCommon, Waterbury Center; Wells River Savings Bank; AllEarth Renewables, Williston; Hickok & Boardman Financial Planning and HR Intelligence, Burlington; TPW Management, Bondville; Farm and Wilderness Foundation, Plymouth; and Liquid Measurement Systems Inc., Georgia. Large Companies (150 or more employees): Edward Jones, with two-person branch offices around the state; Vermont Energy Investment Corp., Burlington; KPMG Burlington; King Arthur Flour, White River Junction; Dealer.com, Burlington; Country Home Products, Vergennes; Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow; LORD Microstrain Sensing Systems, Williston; and Sonnax Industries Inc., Bellows Falls.

Tom Clavelle, executive vice president and CFO of Engelberth Construction Inc., received the inaugural Vermont Business Leadership Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Clavelle is a member of the council and an organizer of the annual statewide Worksite Wellness Conference and Awards. The award will be presented annually.

Michael Wool, a partner at the law firm Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP, was named chair-elect of the New England Board of Higher Education. The law firm also announced that it has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms offering clients convenient access to quality legal expertise around the globe. Members are required to complete recertification every three years.

Efficiency Vermont was named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award honors Efficiency Vermont’s Efficient Products program for achievements in cutting energy use and associated pollution. It was one of only eight utilities nationwide to receive the designation. •