Faces & Places

July 2018

Winooski Insurance was recognized by Ohio Mutual Insurance Group as one of the company’s top five independent agencies for Outstanding Growth and Profitability. Representing the agency at the awards ceremony, were Jeffrey Mongeon, president; Jerri Burns, commercial lines manager; and Barb Donnelly, personal lines manager.

Ledyard National Bank honored the Norwich Citizen of the Year, Bill Hammond, at the annual spring gala of the Norwich Women’s Club. Hammond received a $500 check from the bank that he then donated to the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Also recognized were “stewards” of Norwich Linda Gray, Barney Hoisington, and the late Arthur Owens for their many achievements.

Anita B. Lotto joined Union Bank’s residential lending team as senior mortgage loan originator. A former senior residential mortgage lender for Mortgage Financial Inc., Lotto will work from the bank’s Stowe branch to service Lamoille and Chittenden counties. The bank announced officer promotions. Named assistant vice president in Vermont were Kristy Adams Alfieri, administrative officer; Stacey M. Belanger, asset management officer; Lisa M. Charland, senior accountant; Everett C. Comstock, collections officer; Paul E. Grogan, facilities manager; Randy L. Hannett, information technology officer; Gretchen R. Maginnis, financial advisor; and Mira M. Rainville, retail loan underwriter, all of Morrisville. In Barre, Chandra L. Pollard, residential loan officer, Barre. Named vice president: Karen Blanchard Smith, commercial credit administration manager, Morrisville.

The board of directors of the Humane Society of Chittenden County announced that Joyce Cameron was appointed president and CEO. Cameron served as co-executive director at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

St. Michael’s College announced that Eileen O’Rourke will join its staff as vice president of human resources in August. O’Rourke, a St. Michael’s alumna, has been executive director of human resources at The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.

Cathedral Square appointed Victoria Muzyk communications and marketing assistant. Muzyk is a 2016 graduate of Champlain College with a bachelor of science in professional writing.

Make-A-Wish Vermont hired Beth Barnes as program manager to lead the organization’s medical outreach and referral program focusing on northern Vermont. Barnes was the community health outreach specialist for North Country Hospital.

Teresa Birns joined Hergenrother Realty Group, a division of Adam Hergenrother Companies, as financial controller. Birns is a Certified Management Accountant.

The Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort was named a four-star spa in the Forbes Travel Guide’s 60th edition. The spa joins 113 so named in the United States. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is the second in Vermont to receive the designation.

DEW Construction Corp. announced several new hires. Stacey Bevins, with 17 years of integrated marketing communications experience, was appointed director of marketing. Ann Kirzl was named human resources and risk manager. She was with VSAC and Champlain Valley Dispensary. Giovanna Yaranga, executive assistant, provides assistance to business development, human resources, and Don Wells, the president.

Sara Byers, president and co-owner of Leonardo’s Pizza, was honored by the board of Mercy Connections with its Catherine McAuley award for living and modeling the values of mercy and lifelong service to others. The organization also announced the creation of the Dolly Fleming Fund honoring the legacy of its executive, who will retire after a 45-year career in human services.

PC Construction announced that Jay Fayette has been named president of the company. Fayette has been with PC Construction for 22 years and has more than 38 years’ experience in the building and infrastructure industries. He takes the helm from Kevin McCarthy, who left the company in April. PC also named David Crawford chairman and CEO. Crawford has nearly 50 years of experience in construction, including eight years as CEO of Sundt Construction. He has served on the PC Construction board since 2017.

Steve Hosack was named PGA head golf professional at the Burlington Country Club. He was first assistant at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. PGA Professional Libby Smith joined the club as director of instruction.

Kerry Whalen Powell was promoted to mortgage originator in the Chittenden County market by Vermont Federal Credit Union. Powell joined the credit in March of 2016.

The Vermont Wood Works Council, formerly called the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, announced that Erin Lorentz of Ghostwriters Communications will take over the position of executive director that was previously held by Kathleen Wanner, also of Ghostwriters Communications.

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group hired Ryan Lee as a client advisor specializing in business insurance. Lee most recently led the start-up satellite office for ETS Staffing & Recruiting in Burlington.

Chad Butt, executive director of Mobius, was elected 2018 vice chair of the National Mentoring Partnership’s advisory council. Butt is one of eight members of the council, which is made up of leaders from state and/or regional affiliates.

Dave Gibson, founder and president of Propeller Media Works, announced that the company earned three Horizon Interactive Awards — two Gold and one Silver — in the Travel & Tourism category.

Key Private Bank announced the hiring of Connor F. Duffy as vice president, relationship manager. He joins Key Private Bank after seven years with Morgan Stanley in New York City, most recently as first vice president, private wealth advisor.

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals presented Becky Adams, AINS, AIS, API, CPIW, of S&H Underwriters Inc. its 2018 Membership Award. The award recognizes one member each year for dedication and commitment to the association. She has been a member since 2000.

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters announced its 2018 awards. A commercial for Palmer Insurance titled “Life Unexpected,” written by Amanda Relyea and produced by Mary Cenci for WCPV-FM, won Best in Show for radio. The television Best in Show entry, “Always There,” was written by Robert Casella and produced by Elizabeth Casella and Mark Okrant of WestView Digital. WPTZ-TV took four awards, including First in the television public service announcement category for a spot for Burlington’s Festival of Fools event. WVNY-TV won First Place for commercials for its advertisement for Switchback Brewing Co., “Employee Owned.” WIZN-FM was given First Place in radio commercials for “Closets – Jungle” for Tailored Living Vermont. WCAX-TV took First Place for radio commercials for “First in News – Legacy.” A commercial produced by Mt. Mansfield Media for Wendell’s Furniture, “The Will,” won First for agency-produced television commercials. The complete list can be found at www.vab.org.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the winners of its 2018 Vermont SBA awards: Small Business Person of the Year, Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, Mamava; Microenterprise of the Year, Dan Roscioli, Pastabilities; Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Shawn Trout and Kevin Jarvis, 1st Republic Brewing; Family-Owned Business of the Year, Calley Hastings, Steve Reid, and Judith Irving, Fat Toad Farm; Vermont Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Nicole Carey, Bird Folk Collective; and Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson, HELM Construction Solutions.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the appointment of Neale Lunderville as interim director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Office. Lunderville has served as general manager at Burlington Electric Department since 2014. The mayor will conduct a full national search for a new Burlington Electric Department general manager.

Professional Financial Associates hired Corey Hill as a staff advisor. Hill is a 2017 graduate of The Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College and holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations.

Merritt & Merritt announced that Andrew D. Grosvenor was recently admitted to the Vermont Bar. He joined the firm as an associate in 2016.

Patricia Moulton, president of Vermont Technical College, was named local chair of the Randolph Region Re-Energized (R3) initiative, an effort by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to develop action plans for community priorities. Moulton will work with chairs of four task forces, partner organizations, and the Vermont Council on Rural Development staff.

The Radio Vermont Group announced the appointment of veteran sales executive Bill Frascino as director of sales. Frascino has 35 years’ experience, including over a decade with Steve Cormier, the Radio Vermont Group’s general manager.

Sharon Rossi, CEO of FoodScience Corp., was named Influencer of the Year by the International Association of Women. The award from the global, in-person, and online networking platform with nearly 1 million members recognizes Rossi’s leadership in entrepreneurship.

NFP announced that Chad Hayes joined its team in Middlebury as a sales executive for commercial insurance. He has more than six years’ experience in the sales and insurance industries.

Hunger Free Vermont announced that Monica Taylor has stepped into the role of development director. She has been donor relations manager for the organization since March 2013. Before that, she was special events and community outreach coordinator at Spectrum Youth & Family Services. •

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