Honors & Awards

Honors and awards for Vermonters in business, professional, government, and nonprofit endeavors. In order of receipt.

Category notes: Website Honors and Print Honors and Awards.

July 2018

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance received two awards: the Presidents’ Community Partner Award from Campus Compact for New Hampshire and a National Project Excellence Award from the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. The Community Partner Award recognizes a community organization that has “enhanced the quality of life in the community in a meaningful and measurable way.” Randy Richardson, UVTA’s development director, accepted the award at an event in Concord, New Hampshire. The National Project Excellence Award honors the organization’s contribution to “exemplary outdoor recreation projects.” Russell Hirschler, UVTA’s executive director, accepted the award at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Burlington.

Darn Tough Vermont, which manufactures premium, all-weather performance, outdoor, and lifestyle socks, announced that its brand was named by Vermont Business Magazine a 2018 Best Vermont Made Product. This is the second year VBM has surveyed its readers to identify whom to recognize for this award.

Chambers & Partners, publishers of Chambers USA, named Eric M. Knudsen, attorney and partner at Langrock, Sperry & Wool LLP, a “Band 1” attorney in real estate law, one of only seven Vermont attorneys so recognized. The firm also received rank status for its real estate work.

Peoples Trust Co. was named the best bank in Franklin, Grand Isle, and Addison counties in the 2018 Best of Business awards from Vermont Business Magazine.

Sixteen attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC were recognized in Chambers USA 2018, and the firm ranked Band 1 in captive insurance, corporate and commercial work, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate zoning/land use. Attorneys ranked by practice area are Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode Jr., William Roger Prescott, and David J. Sylvester, corporate/commercial; Kathleen H. Davis and J. Zaw Win, captive insurance; Peter B. Kunin and Lawrence H. Meier, intellectual property; Timothy E. Copeland Jr., Johan W.E. Maitland, and Elizabeth Rattigan, labor and employment; Marc B. Heath, Walter E. Judge Jr., and Robert B. Luce, litigation; and William J. Dodge and Scott Jaunich, real estate/land use.

System Integrators, a custom electronics and home technology integrator, has passed the requirements to earn certification by the Home Technology Association. The firm achieved the designation of HTA Certified home technology integration firm.

Snyder Homes was named a 2017 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence by Home Innovation Research Labs, recognizing its “sustained excellence as an NGBS Green Partner, its overall leadership in the field, and its unwavering commitment to high-performance homes and multifamily buildings.”

The 2018 edition of Chambers USA recognized 10 Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew attorneys in their practice areas. Ranked by practice area were Afi Ahmadi, David Gurtman, Brian R. Murphy, and Jeffrey J. McMahan, corporate/commercial; Jeffrey J. McMahan, intellectual property; Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. Nolan, and Karen McAndrew, labor and employment; Ritchie Berger and Karen McAndrew, litigation: general commercial; Ritchie Berger, litigation: medical malpractice and insurance defense; and Austin Hart and Molly Langan, real estate.

The Essex Agency announced that Axel B. Handy has earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. Handy has been a sales agent at the agency for over four years and works in commercial and personal insurance.

June 2018

The Vermont Association of Insurance Professionals announced that Paula Clark, AIS, API, AINS, CIIP, DAE, of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group received the Certified Leadership Program designation. Each designee must have completed a 17-module 52-hour series of leadership topics and pass an exam. Valerie Stark of Vermont Mutual Insurance Co., won the International Association of Insurance Professionals Confidence While Communicating speak-off at the Region 1 conference. Competitors present a 3-minute prepared speech and complete a 1-minute impromptu speech, judged by an unbiased panel of experts.

Chad and Clay Bell of the Northfield Investment Services investment team obtained their Certified Financial Planner designations, affording them the ability to discuss clients’ full financial pictures and provide the highest tier of financial planning benefits.

Rutland Regional Medical Center was the only hospital in Vermont to be rated A for Patient Safety in the spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades published by The Leapfrog Group in Washington, D.C. Only about a third of hospitals nationwide receive an A grade. The rating is indicative of a strong culture and focus on patient safety.

Vermont Tech announced that its respiratory therapy program is among a small group of programs in the country recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The college received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success award, a measure of its success in inspiring graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. Selection criteria include metrics obtained from colleges and summarized in the commission’s annual report of current status.

All five of the Realtors with Little River RealtyGayle Oberg, Michael Hickey, Zoe Bedel, Rich Drill, and Pam Plummer — were awarded the National Association of Realtors’ Green designation. Little River is the first agency in Vermont to go completely green. To achieve the designation, applicants must complete topic-specific course work, created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from around the country.

RE/MAX North Professionals in Vermont recognized 20 associates and six teams for sales achievements in 2017. Diamond Club: The Gardner Group; Titan Club: Rich Gardner; Platinum Club: David Parsons, Bonnie Gridley, The Condo Guy Team, Desautels Real Estate, and The Gridley Group; 100% Club: Matt Hurlburt, Charlotte Gardner, Jackie Marino, Debbi Burton, Kathie Desautels, Dorothy Vigil, Linda St. Amour, Jan Battaline, Jill Richardson, Matt Hurlburt Group, and Debbi Burton & Co.; Executive Club: Patricia Desautels, Lauren Cohen, Donna Mathieu, Mikail Stein, Ryan Miller, Matthew Bouffard, Jay McCormack, and Suzanne Johnson.

May 2018

Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington received the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice awards from Home Care Pulse. The awards are granted to the top-ranking home care providers based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores. It is the only home care company in Vermont to win both awards in 2017 and 2018.

Eighty-one employers received 2018 Worksite Wellness Awards from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Their names can be found at http://vermontfitness.org/2018/vermont-employers-honored-for-wellness-programs-2/.

Danielle Gilbert-Richard, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, was recognized by Forbes magazine in its “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” inaugural list. A total of 639 Merrill Lynch advisors were included, the most of any firm. The ranking was based on in-person and telephone meetings to evaluate advisors qualitatively, including client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and a list of quantitative criteria.

Kurt M. Hughes, an attorney with Murdoch Hughes & Twarog, was invited to join Noticed, a service for distinguished professionals, based on peer reviews and ratings.

Darn Tough’s hiker boot sock cushion socks received the 2018 Backpacker magazine Editors’ Choice Gold Award, annually given to products that have delivered “sustained years of best-in-class performance.”

National Life Insurance was named one of “America’s Magnificent Eight Exceptional Companies” by CEO Forum, a media company that highlights the innovative work of chief executives around the country. Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO, and president, was featured in a column on Forbes.com. Assadi was one of 750 CEOs interviewed and considered for inclusion in the Magnificent Eight.

Rick Scott, president of System Integrators, attained accreditation as a Certified Outreach Instruction from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, along with the U.S. Department of Energy, honored 12 ENERGY STAR partners for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. Among those named Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence is Efficiency Vermont. The EPA’s Boston regional office also announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture “has made significant progress toward meeting the state’s water quality goals. The Agency of Agriculture met all of its milestones with a perfect score of 14 out of 14.

Kinney Pike Insurance received the E&O Plus Quality Management Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award is presented to insurance agencies demonstrating “outstanding devotion to quality management in serving their clients and a commitment to excellence in the area of Errors & Omissions prevention and mitigation. Kinney Pike is one of only 23 firms to receive the award.

Propeller Media Works earned three Horizon Interactive Awards in the Travel & Tourism category. The winners include work for Bear Creek Resort in Pennsylvania (Silver), H20Waterpark in North Carolina (Gold), and Red River Resort in New Mexico (Gold).

Winooski Insurance was recognized by Ohio Mutual Insurance Group as one of the company’s Top 10 agencies for Outstanding Profitable Growth in 2017. Winooski Insurance excelled in “achieving the most outstanding growth and profitability in 2017.”

April 2018

Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington has received two awards from Home Care Pulse: the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and the Employer of Choice. The awards are based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores. Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington is the only company in Vermont to win both awards in 2017 and 2018.

Angela Batista, Ph.D., vice president student life and special advisor to the president on diversity and inclusion at Champlain College, was honored upon the release of a new book co-edited by her during the 2018 national conference of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Ed. Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways and Success combines scholarly chapters with personal perspectives from Latinx/a/o students, administrators, and faculty who have navigated cultural differences and institutional politics to overcome barriers. Champlain’s Stiller School of Business has earned full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, recognizing the quality of Champlain’s business education, and a major milestone for the business school. The accreditation process was rigorous and included preparing a self-study of the current business programs and a site visit by a team of peer evaluators.

City Market was recognized with two workplace awards: in the “large business” category of the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018, and a 2018 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness. Both awards were part of special presentations in March.

Citizens Bank has been recognized as the Best Treasury and Cash Management Provider for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions by Global Finance, which chooses top performers among banks and other providers of financial services.

HomeSmith Services LLC of Middlebury earned the home service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award, which honors service professionals who maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

Expertise.com named People Making Good PR one of the Best PR Firms in Boston for 2018. Expertise considered 165 firms and chose 19 as best of breed, evaluated on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism. This is the firm’s second year to be listed in the Top 20 by Expertise.

The Community Health Centers of Burlington has received national accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. CHCB scored a Level 3 at each of its eight locations — the highest level a health center can achieve. Those so designated “employ a team-based model of care designed to maximize efficient, comprehensive, and coordinated medical care to the patient, with a special focus on quality and performance measurements.”

Recent upgrades to a 1950s cape-style home in Burlington have earned the Energy Co-op of Vermont a 2018 Best of the Best award in the $12,000 and Under category from Efficiency Vermont. The New North End home was cold and drafty, particularly in the upstairs areas, due to lack of insulation. After an energy audit,, Paul Fleckenstein of Energy Co-op’s efficiency services team, recommended installing improved ventilation in the bathroom and strategically placed foam insulation in the attic and knee walls.

Howard Center’s Chittenden Clinic was named a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The recognition indicates that the clinic has undergone “a rigorous review” of the clinic’s standards of care and its “commitment to patient care through excellent communication, coordination, and access to care.”

Benjamin A. Russell, CFP, CRPC, APMA, and Seth N. Blanchard, CRPC, APMA, CLTC, private wealth advisors with Russell Blanchard & DuBois, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services in Colchester, have qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program. C.J. Charlebois Melendy, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CRPC, APMA, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise in Williston, was named to the “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list published by Forbes magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors “who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business.”

NPI Technology Management was named to the 2018 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category by CRN, a brand of The Channel Co. The annual list recognizes North American solution providers with “cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services.”

March 2018

Niki Hayes, an agent with Kinney Pike Insurance, was awarded the designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent by the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society. Hayes completed three insurance success seminars to earn the designation.

Tailored Living featuring Premier Garage of Vermont, a locally owned franchise, won Best of Service in the design category on Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design. The award is given annually in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. The president of Tailored Living featuring Premier Garage of Vermont is Bryan Randall.

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group was designated A+ Superior by A. M. Best Co. The rating reflects the company’s favorable underwriting and operating results.

Lendio Northern VT / NH announced that Lendio Franchising, a marketplace for small business loans, ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, the only company on the list that has offered franchises for less than a year. John Jacob of Williston owns the Lendio Northern VT/NH franchise.

John W . Davis, CPA, CPF, CVA, CEPA, managing partner of Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPA, earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation from the Exit Planning Institute. Davis has more than 35 years of public accounting and business advisory experience.

For the second consecutive year, Magic Mountain in Londonderry was named the Number 1 Overall Best in Snow in North America at the 2017-18 Best in Snow Awards, powered by Liftopia. Magic was also named Most Challenging mountain in the Northeast and North America, and the Best Value. In Family Friendly it placed second in the Northeast and third in North America, and in Beginner Friendly, placed third in the Northeast and fourth in North America.

February 2018

Kyla Sternlieb, the founder and president of Under the Weather, a manufacturer of pet food products and supplements in South Burlington, was honored by Pet Business magazine for its line of freeze-dried bland diet products. Pet Business is a national industry publication for pet supplies retailers.

Stratton Mountain Resort was among 12 New England organizations recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a Regional WasteWise Achievement Certificate for its work reducing waste.

Discovery Map International Inc. was named one of the top 200 franchises for 2018 by Franchise Business Review. The awards are based on franchisee satisfaction and performance.

Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs announced its inclusion in Accounting Today’s 2017 Top 100 List of Best Accounting Firms to work for. The firm, with offices in Williston and Rutland, is listed in the 34th spot of the Best Small Firms to Work for.

Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the top four winners of the first Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship, a partner between the City of Burlington and the Ewing Mario Kauffman Foundation to help early-stage high-growth, women-owned businesses: The Center for Women and Enterprise, $55,000 to launch a new initiative; BTV Ignite, $50,000 for a new initiative providing high-quality independent specialized advisory and development support to “growth stage” companies with a digital or technology focus; Vermont Law School, $50,000 to help fund a program providing free or low-cost legal services for startup and emerging companies; and the Women’s Small Business Program, $45,000 to expand its program to better support and engage its alumni network, and allow for new, innovative programs.

Age Well announced that Chris Dussault, chief innovation officer, earned a CHIME-Certified Healthcare CIO from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Approximately 400 CIOs in 26 countries have earned the designation.

Paul Fleckenstein, efficiency program manager at the Energy Co-op of Vermont, was awarded Healthy Homes Evaluator (HHE) certification from the Building Performance Institute. A Healthy Home Evaluator assesses home-based environmental health and safety hazards and provides a prioritized list of recommendations to address them.

Rutland Regional Medical Center achieved a 5-Star rating for its performance in total knee replacement, treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and gall bladder surgery from Healthgrades, the online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. RRMC is the only hospital in Vermont to receive a 5-Star for total knee replacement in 2018, and the only one so honored for eight consecutive years. It is also the only hospital in Vermont so honored for gallbladder removal surgery two years in a row. It was one of three in Vermont to receive a 5-Star rating for treatment of COPD this year.

January 2018

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announced that three Vermont dairy farms have received full certification in a national program aimed at ensuring food safety and responsible medication use. Gervais Family Farm Inc., Duhamel Farms, and Dalestead Farm and Maple LLC partnered with local Food Armor Accredited veterinarians to develop hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plans that meet the stringent requirements of the Food Armor program.

Arabesque gift shop was chosen by Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine as one of 25 Gifted Retailers in the country. It is the only store in Vermont, and one of just three in New England, included on the list.

December 2017

Aerie Consulting announced that Beau Cameron, a solutions engineer who manages its Boulder, Colorado, offices, won Microsoft’s MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for outstanding work in the Office Servers and Services category. MVPs are nominated by peers in the industry for “their passion, knowledge, and expertise, demonstrated by tireless teaching and information sharing online.”

Paul Frank + Collins directors Robert G. Cain, Mark G. Hall, John T. Sartore, Stephen J. Soule, and Kerin E. Stackpole were recognized as five of New England’s top attorneys in the 2017 issue of New England Super Lawyers. Andrew A. Beerworth and Kristina R. Brines, also directors, were named Rising Stars of 2017 by the publication. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.

Gardener’s Supply Co. was named the 2018 Employee Owned Company of the Year by the ESOP Association, New England Chapter. It is the third time the company has been so named. Gardener’s, which became 100 percent employee owned in 2009, was chosen from around a dozen applicants representing the New England states and will now compete for the national award.

Merritt & Merritt of Burlington announced that H. Kenneth Merritt Jr. was named a top business and corporate attorney in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers. He is managing director of the boutique corporate law firm, which also has offices in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the fifth time he has been so honored.

Six Vermont lodging properties were recognized in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top Hotels in New England: Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.” Burlington’s Hotel Vermont was Number 4 on the list (the third consecutive year it has been honored in the Top 5); The Pitcher Inn of Warren was Number 12; Twin Farms of Barnard, Number 15; Windham Hill Inn of West Townshend, Number 17; Kimpton Taconic Hotel of Manchester, Number 18; and Field Guide of Stowe, Number 23.

Six attorneys at Langrock Sperry & Wool achieved recognition in New England Super Lawyers: Alison J. Bell for employment law; Christopher L. Davis, family law; John L. Kellner, medical malpractice/personal injury litigation; Eric M. Knudsen, real estate/business/corporate law; Mitchell L. Pearl, civil rights; and Lisa B. Shelkrot, criminal defense/business litigation.

The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region was named, for the 10th time, a Top 100 and Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite, which recognizes the top performing home health agencies in the country. HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial health.

Thirteen attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC were named to the 2017 New England Super Lawyers list, and four were designated Rising Stars. Named Rising Stars are F. David Harlow, employment litigation, in the Brattleboro office, and in the Burlington office, Kathryn M. Foley, intellectual property; Samantha Lednicky, general litigation; and Jennifer McDonald, civil litigation. The 13 named to the Super Lawyers list, along with office locations and practice areas were: In Brattleboro, R. Bradford Fawley, intellectual property litigation; and in St. Johnsbury, John H. Marshall, utilities law, and Bruce C. Paler, insurance coverage law. Named in the Burlington office were Andre D. Bouffard, Thomas H. Moody, and Paul H. Ode Jr., bankruptcy and business law; Marc B. Heath, Walter E. Judge Jr., Robert B. Luce, Robert D. Rachlin, and Christopher Roy, business litigation; Lawrence H. Meier, intellectual property law; and William Roger Prescott, tax law.

Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington received the 2017 Best of Home Care–Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The award is granted to top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse.

November 2017

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” named Champlain College Most Innovative School in the North for the third consecutive year. The look at more than 1,400 accredited four-year colleges compares them on a set of 15 indicators of excellence. Champlain was also named a top 100 Regional University in the North, among 650 institutions providing graduate and undergraduate education.

Vermont Technical College was ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2018 in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” In the public college category, Vermont Tech ranks 10th in the Northeast, making it one of the top 15 public colleges in the north for the sixth year in a row. The school is the top public college in Vermont to be included in the northern regional colleges ranking.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has for the fourth consecutive year, ranked Vermont among the top five in the nation for advancement and support of energy efficiency. The organization’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard provides a detailed comparison of how states’ efficiency efforts measure up. Three of Vermont’s energy efficiency utilities — Vermont Gas Systems, Burlington Electric Department, and Efficiency Vermont — were cited as a primary reason for the state’s leadership in this area.

Paul Frank + Collins PC was recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation as one of the seven most highly recommended law firms in Vermont for litigation work. Two directors of the firm received individual recognition for being “local litigation stars”: Robert G. Cain, Robert S. DiPalma, and Nolan C. Burkhouse, who was honored as a future litigation star.

October 2017

Twenty-two Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys in Vermont and New Hampshire have been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and Paul H. Ode Jr., managing partner, was named Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law for the Burlington market area. Vermonters include attorneys William C. Dodge, R. Prescott Jaunich, and Christopher D. Roy, chosen for the first time. Robert D. Rachlin of the Burlington office and James G. Wheeler and John H. Marshall of St. Johnsbury have been repeatedly recognized for over 25 years. Other Burlington-based DRM lawyers recognized are Andre D. Bouffard, Marc B. Heath, Peter B. Kunin, Robert B. Luce, Johan W.E. Maitland, Lawrence H. Meier, Thomas H. Moody, Ode, and William Roger Prescott. Best Lawyers also recognized Brattleboro attorneys Timothy E. Copeland and Peter B. Robb of Brattleboro, and John H. Hollar of Montpelier.

Inc. magazine ranked BlackRock Construction number 42 out of 5,000 companies with 6,611.25 percent growth on its 36th annual “Inc. 5000” list, which ranks the nation’s fastest growing private companies. The top 500 companies were featured in the September 2017 issue of Inc.

Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP announced that 18 partners were named to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Recognized are F. Rendol Barlow, Alison J. Bell, Kevin E. Brown, Christopher L. Davis, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Erin Miller Heins, Emily J. Joselson, John L. Kellner, Eric M. Knudsen, Peter F. Langrock, Devin McLaughlin, William B. Miller Jr., Susan M. Murray, Mitchell L. Pearl, Lisa B. Shelkrot, Mark L. Sperry III, James W. Swift, and Sarah Gentry Tischler.

Community Health Centers in Vermont were recognized with Quality Awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition. The median award among the 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers receiving awards was $45,000. The Health Centers are: Battenkill Valley Health Center; Community Health Centers of Burlington; Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region; Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley; Gifford Health Center; Little Rivers Health Care; Mountain Health Center; Northern Counties Health Care; Northern Tier Center for Health; and Springfield Medical Care Systems.

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency, announced that Gov. Phil Scott appointed Thomas S. Leavitt of Waterbury Center to VHFA’s board of commissioners. Leavitt has been president and chief executive officer of Northfield Savings Bank since 2014.

September 2017

Marty Kulczyk, co-proprietor at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, announced that the facility has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the TripAdvisor website in the past year. Recipients include accommodations, restaurants, and attractions across the world.

U.S. News & World Report named Rutland Regional Medical Center a Best Regional Hospital for 2017-18. Only 545 achieved this status out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide. RRMC was also named a Most Wired Hospital for 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. Recipients of this award are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. Rutland Women’s Healthcare, a department of RRMC, was awarded a Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence for Women’s Health Program by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Control Technologies Inc. with its Pro Patria Award. It is the highest level award that can be bestowed by an ESGR state committee, presented to the “most outstanding employer who has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices.” The company was also recognized as a national semifinalist for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

State Rep. Carol Ode was chosen to participate in The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship. The 48 leaders in the class of 2017 hail from 32 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam and represent all three branches of state government. The intensive six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp features sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing networking and relationship-building opportunities.

Aegis Renewable Energy was named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Aegis achieved a rank of 141 out of the top 500 solar companies nationwide, and the number 2 rank in the state of Vermont.

Encore Renewable Energy was recognized as a Top Solar Developer and Contractor by Solar Power World magazine. The company was ranked 30th in the solar developer category, 64th in the commercial scale contractor division, and achieved an overall rank of 162 out of the top 500.

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty was named one of America’s Top 35 real estate firms based on service excellence by Quality Service Certification Inc. The 2017 QE Award measures and independently verifies excellence in the delivery of “the highest levels of customer satisfaction and service quality in real estate in North America,” and is divided into Top 5 (large), Top 10 (medium), and Top 20 (small) companies. Hickok & Boardman was named one of the Top 10 Medium Companies in the country.

Jess Peck, managing broker with RE/MAX North Professionals earned certification as a Pricing Strategy Advisor from the National Association of Realtors. The designation recognizes “professional expertise and competence, the test use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.”

Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the House, appointed two commissioners to the Vermont Commission on Women. Marybeth Christie Redmond, a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, which trains nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations, and Emilie Kornheiser, the early childhood action plan director at Building Bright Futures.

The Franklin County Home Health Agency’s Hospice Program was named a Superior Performer by Strategic Healthcare Program as part of its SHP Best recognition program. The rating is based on the scores the hospice program received for caregiver satisfaction in 2016. This is the inaugural year for the recognition, created to acknowledge home health and hospice providers that consistently provide high quality service.

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence were recognized at a ceremony in August. They are: Agri-Mark, for its project that assessed and optimized plant-wide air usage; City Market, for its South End expansion project; Global Foundries, for reducing chemical usage and costs while increasing manufacturing productivity in the chemical mechanical polish operation; GS Precision, for work to develop a less volatile parts washer blend; Lewis Creek Association, for its project called Ahead of the Storm, which helps communities change their management of storm water; Maple Grove Farms, for its five-year waste-reduction project; and Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, for restoring shade trees to the towns. A Youth Award was given to the UVM Extension/Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment, for its teen-led environmental education program. Honorable Mention went to Select for reconstruction and renovation of a historic building.

Champlain College was featured in the 2018 Princeton Review’s “Best 382 Colleges,” naming the best institutions for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the States are profiled in the book. Champlain was chosen because of its “outstanding academics,” according to the Princeton Review’s editor in chief.

Eleven attorneys at Paul Frank + Collins were named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America: Andrew A. Beerworth for workers’ compensation law; Nolan Burkhouse, insurance; Robert G. Cain, workers’ compensation; Robert S. DiPalma, commercial finance; Mark G. Hall, environmental and land use and zoning litigation; Kimberly H. Hayden, energy; Christopher J. Leff, tax; Shane McCormack, project finance, public finance, and securities/capital markets; Thomas R. Melloni, banking and finance, public finance; John T. Sartore, litigation — Bet-the-Company, commercial, antitrust, securities, personal injury, product, and product liability — and medical malpractice and professional malpractice law; and Kerin E. Stackpole, employment and labor law and litigation.

Tiffany Bluemle, director of Change the Story VT, received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen award from Champlain College. Bluemle shared her perspective and experiences with the members of the income first-year students as part of the college’s orientation weekend ceremonies. Bluemle has been a speaker at the college’s annual Women’s Empowerment Initiative and has led Change the Story VT, a multi-year, systemic approach to improving women’s economic opportunity, since 2015. Dr. Cyndi Brandenburg received the 2017 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship award, honoring her “dedication to students and Champlain College through her record of service and excellence in teaching and advising.” She is a neuroscientist who began teaching lab science courses at the college in 1999, and since 2007, has taught an array of integrated and inquiry-based courses.

August 2017

Two broadcast spots from Burlington-based video production company Urban Rhino were nominated for New England Emmy Awards. One was a PSA for the Vermont Department of Labor, and the other, a commercial for VSECU (Vermont State Employees Credit Union). Each was one of only seven spots nominated in its category.

Carmel Ewing, director of human resources at Cathedral Square Corp., passed the SHRM-CP exam and earned designation as a Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Eighteen attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin were recognized as leading lawyers by Chambers USA, and the firm is highly ranked in all areas of law for which it is evaluated, earning Band 1 status in a comparative analysis for corporate and commercial work, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate/land use. Retired litigator Robert Rachlin, associated with the Burlington office, and Peter B. Robb of the Brattleboro office are listed as Senior Statesmen in their respective fields, Rachlin for the 13th straight year. Other attorneys ranked, by practice area, are corporate/commercial attorneys Thomas H. Moody, Paul H. Ode Jr., William Roger Prescott, and David J. Sylvester; captive insurance attorney Kathleen H. Davis; intellectual property attorneys Peter B. Kunin and Lawrence H. Meier; labor and employment attorneys Timothy E. Copeland Jr., Johan W.E. Maitland, and Elizabeth Rattigan; litigation attorneys Marc B. Heath, Walter E. Judge Jr., and Robert Luce; and real estate/land use attorneys William J. Dodge, Scott Jaunich, and Peter D. Van Oot.

Gov. Phil Scott presented Gabriel DeJesus the Governor’s Citizen Action Award. The boy noticed smoke coming from Bob’s Cameras in downtown Barre while out on a drive with his parents, and insisted they call the fire department. The early response limited damage to the store and its contents.

The Vermont International Film Foundation created the VTIFF Community Champion Award to salute and thank those who help the organization fulfill its mission, and announced the first recipient: Maria Riggs, director of Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. As one of the first members of the Burlington Film Society, Riggs provided the Film House free of charge once a month for BFS screenings. She also sponsors one of the 10 days of the Vermont International Film Festival.

Howard Center’s Chittenden Clinic at San Remo Drive in South Burlington has been awarded a three-year accreditation, the highest level of accreditation, from CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human service organizations. The clinic also received a three-year recertification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

KeyBank was recognized by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as one of the most community-minded companies in the country. KeyBank was also designated a 2017 Sector Leader in Financials by the organization.

DuBois & King announced that Steve Dumas, P.E., CxA, CPMP, LEED AP, has achieved certification as a Commissioning Authority (CxA). The certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and recognized by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program. It certifies professionals who manage and implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings. Dumas is manager of DuBois & King’s mechanical engineering department and works in the South Burlington office.

The Franklin County Home Health Agency honored Traci Osterhoudt, medical social worker, as the recipient of the Patricia A. Dean Award, established by the board of directors for staff to recognize the contributions their peers made. In their nominations, staffers noted that Osterhoudt is “always there for clients and staff” and that “She always does her work with a smile and shows tremendous patience.”

Hergenrother Realty Group, a division of Adam Hergenrother Companies, was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends for the fifth year in a row. The team is now a member of The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, a national awards ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends, and is now ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.25 million Realtors nationwide.

Callie Froebel, RN, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise, standing room–only ceremony. She was nominated anonymously. CVMC is part of The University of Vermont Health Network.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture named Union Bank its Vermont Guaranteed Lender of the Year for the fourth year running, reflecting the bank’s “dedication to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership” and its commitment to customer service.

Joseph L. Choquette III, external affairs manager at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 in recognition of his dedication and service to the Rotary Club of Montpelier. It was presented at the first club meeting of the new year in July by outgoing President Susan Kruthers.

New Life Hiking Spa was selected as the number 2 Destination Spa in America, a fraction of a point behind the number 1–rated Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. New Life first appeared on the list in 2016 as the number 1 spa, making it the first year an affordable, seasonal destination spa ever made it to the top 10.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Vermont Army National Guard in Jericho with a Federal Green Challenge Award, which recognizes the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources, and reduce costs. In the Waste category, the Guard increased its composting efforts by 2,217 percent from the previous year, saving nearly $4,000 in tipping fees.

St. Michael’s College is featured in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a selective guide to noteworthy schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The 2018 edition includes only 321 schools based on factors such as academic quality and student life. St. Michael’s has appeared in several successive issues of the guide.

Marcia Merrill was re-elected to a fifth term as chair of the Vermont Commission on Women. She is a Certified Public Accountant and recently retired from Montgomery & Merrill PC, her female-owned public accounting firm in Burlington. She has served in board positions for a variety of community and not-for-profit organizations that focus on women’s and family issues.

The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, an association of in-house physician recruitment professionals, announced that Sarah Child, the manager of physician services at The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center, has earned ASPR Fellowship Certification, FASPR. It consists of three modules with corresponding exams leading to the certification. Child has been at CVMC since 2007.

Twin Farms of Barnard and Rabbit Hill Inn of Waterford were named to Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World.” The rankings were based on results from the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards survey. Twin Farms, an all-inclusive five-star experience for adults only, is ranked at 15 and Rabbit Hill Inn, a luxurious 19-room bed and breakfast that caters to adults, came in at number 30. They were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, for the Northeastern United States. Only 27 properties from the United States made the rankings. Twin Farms is rated as the number 5 property in the United States, and Rabbit Hill Inn rates as number 6.

July 2017

The University of Vermont Health Network-Central Vermont Medical Center gave its second DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Amy Cisz, RN, in a surprise ceremony. Cisz earned the honor for her role in helping a severely mentally ill patient who arrived in the emergency department with multiple physical, hygiene, and emotional care needs.

Howard Center’s career connections supported employment program for adults with mental health challenges received high marks from the Vermont Department of Mental Health. The report cited the program for its “concerted efforts to adhere closely to the components of evidence-based supported employment and for its commitment to continuous quality improvement so that it may offer the best services possible for people.”

The UVM Alumni Association chose Lewis R. First, M.D., for its 2017 Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award. First is professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. The award honors one full-time UVM faculty member for excellence in teaching and extraordinary contributions to the enrichment of campus life.

Tina Emilo-Dragon, insurance agent for NFP P&C in Middlebury, earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society. She is an 11-year veteran of the insurance industry.

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced its 2016 clinical and non-clinical Employees of the Year went to Matthew Morse, RN, operating room (Clinical) and Betty Wos, assistant in the emergency department (Non-Clinical).

Andrew Carlson, hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator at the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region, was named 2016 Employee of the Year. Laura Gillis, Scott Tommola, Roxanne Kalifen, Wendy Daley, Patty Andrews, and Susie Senecal were honored as the HEALTH Matters award winners. Arlene Ladd and Colleen More were named Unforgettable Employees.

The career of Beth Sachs, co-founder in 1986 of Vermont Energy Investment Corp., was honored by the organization for her 30-plus years of service. She retired as executive director in 2016, but continues with VEIC as a voting member of the board of directors.

Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) staff attorney Sean Londergan was chosen as Vermont’s state long-term care ombudsman, leading the Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project, a team of six regional ombudsmen and local volunteers. He worked at Vermont Legal Aid from 2005 through 2009 before leaving to be legislative counsel for the Vermont General Assembly, then working for the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration and the Department of Financial Regulation. He returned to LA in 2014.

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters announced the winners of its annual Commercial of the Year competition. WVNY-TV took Best in Show, and the Radio Best in Show Award went to WCPV-FM. WVNY also won first place in the public service announcement category. Its sister station, WFFF-TV, captured first place in the commercial category. WIZN-FM took two first-place awards: for best radio commercial and best promo. Rutland radio station WJJR won first for the best public service announcement. Urban Rhino advertising agency won for best agency TV commercial. Mt. Mansfield Media placed first in the agency TV public service announcement category. WCAX-TV was presented with first place for best TV promo.

The Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center recognized local leaders with $2,500 scholarships in their name to support students in the 2018 MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Program: Edward Borrazzo, M.D.; Michael Corrigan, M.D.; Patricia Donehower, RN, MSN; Mary Hartman; Nancy LaVarnway, M.Ed.; and Mildred Reardon, M.D.

Benjamin A. Russell, CFP, CRPC, APMA, and Seth N. Blanchard, CRPC, APMA, CLTC, of Russell, Blanchard & DuBois, qualified for Ameriprise Financial Services’ Circle of Success annual recognition program, having established themselves as two of the company’s top advisors.

Mercy Connections honored Lisa Ventriss, president and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, with its Catherine McAuley Award for living and modeling the values of mercy and lifelong service to others.

For the third consecutive year, Kinney Pike Insurance received the E&O Plus Quality Management Award, presented to insurance agencies demonstrating outstanding devotion to quality management in serving clients and a commitment to excellence in the area of Errors & Omissions prevention and mitigation.

Merritt & Merritt announced that the firm, as well as H. Kenneth Merritt Jr. and Sharon J. Merritt, were listed in this year’s Chambers USA. The corporate and IP boutique firm is ranked in the corporate/commercial category, and Ken Merritt is designated a notable practitioner. Sharon Merritt is designated a notable practitioner in the intellectual property category.

Hallam-ICS received a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The award is part of the Society for Human Resources Management’s When Work Works project, which helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

The Alchemist was recognized with an award for the Green Mountain Water Environment Association for its new brewery in Stowe. The Alchemist was nominated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Steve Miller, lead cellar and water operator for The Alchemist was on hand in Killington to receive it.

The 2017 edition of Chambers USA recognized 10 attorneys at Dinse Knapp & McAndrew. The litigation and real estate groups received the highest possible ranking; the intellectual property practice was named a Noteworthy practice, and the corporate/commercial group was top-ranked The attorneys recognized are Afi Ahmadi, David Gurtman, Brian R. Murphy, Jeffrey J. McMahan, Amy M. McLaughlin, Jeffrey J. Nolan, Karen McAndrew, Ritchie Berger, Austin Hart, and Molly Langan.

Jeffrey T. Moreau, MPA, director of development for Northwestern Medical Center, was reappointed a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International. Moreau has over 25 years’ experience in the fundraising profession.

June 2017

Efficiency Vermont received a 2017 Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery award from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The 97 Sustained Excellence winners across the country “have demonstrated continued leadership over several years in the ENERGY STAR program and in achieving environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.”

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced its 2017 Hospitality Awards. Named Chef of the Year was Ian Huizenga of the Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co. in Vergennes for having “a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy using local food and products.” Restaurateur of the Year went to Holmes and Beal Jacobs and Megan Brady, owners of the Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury for continuing to “demonstrate excellence in restaurant operations and management.” The Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year was presented to Gary Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The award honors continued demonstration of excellence in the operation and management of a Vermont bed and breakfast, inn, hotel, or resort. Laurie Callahan of Cabot Creamery was named the 2017 Tourism Partner of the Year for her leadership in supporting and promoting the hospitality industry in Vermont.

Brian Walker, vice president of PC Construction’s water treatment business segment, was named a 2017 Top Young Professional by Engineering News Record. Walker is one of only nine construction professionals under age 40 in New England so honored.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development joined with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to announce that the town of Pownal was selected as the first to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The goal is to transform Pownal into a “climate-smart” community by “implementing comprehensive efficiency efforts, transportation system improvements, renewable energy generation, entrepreneurship, and business incubation to spur economic progress.”

The Green Electronics Council, managers of the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) ecolabel, honored the State Electronics Challenge, a Brattleboro program of the Northeast Recycling Council, with its 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award. The State Electronics Challenge enables state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other entities, to purchase and manage IT products in an environmentally sound manner.

The Union of Concerned Scientists ranked Vermont second in the nation for Clean Energy Momentum, highlighting the state’s success in developing a clean-energy economy. Only California ranked higher. States were scored on 12 metrics in three broader areas of technical progress, direct visible effects on daily lives, and policies to build momentum for the future. Vermont earned top-five scores in energy savings, electric vehicle adoption, and energy-efficiency policy, and 10 top-10 appearances, the most of any state.

The Vermont Green Building Network announced the winners of the 2016 Greenest Building Awards competition. The Dinnan/Webster residence in Charlotte, designed and built by Fiddlehead Construction, was named Vermont’s Greenest Residential Building. The single-family home consumes only 16 percent of the average energy used by a New England home. The Hartford Town Hall renovation, designed and built by Bread Loaf Corp., was named Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building. It was originally built as a school in 1895, and converted to a town office in 1956. The net-zero ready building consumes only 24 percent of the energy used by the average commercial building in New England. The Vermont’s Greener Residential Building award was presented to Mills 21st Century Farmhouse, designed by a Boston firm. A super-insulated, passive solar Greek Revival farmhouse consumes only 27 percent of the average consumption of a New England home. Pleasants Home, a high-performance modular home designed and built by VERMOD, was named Vermont’s Going Green Residential Building, and uses about 44 percent of the average consumption of a New England home. It was also awarded the 2016 People’s Choice Award.

David and Jenny Stoner received the Vermont Woodlands Association’s 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award. The Stoners’ 361-acre Certified Tree Farm in Greensboro was nominated for the Stoners’ “commitment to their woodlot and woodlands, and for the stewardship ethic they embody.”

Morgan Stanley announced that Lucinda M. Bain, a senior vice president and wealth advisor in its wealth management office in the greater Burlington area, was named to the firm’s Century Club, an elite group composed of the firm’s top financial advisors. The appointment recognizes Bain’s “consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to her clients.”

The KidSafe Collaborative announced it annual Outstanding Service awards for 2017: Holly Morehouse of Vermont Afterschool, Outstanding Professional; Kelsey Francis-Fath of Lund, Outstanding Promising Professional; Tracey Wagner of The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, the Gregory Packan Esq. Award for Outstanding Children’s Advocacy; Ridmi Coe of VT Youth Development Program & FosterClub, Outstanding Volunteer; Chittenden County Children’s Integrated Services intake team, Outstanding Collaboration; and Don Wright of Very Merry Theatre, Lifetime Achievement.

Of the 33 types of law listed in the 2017 “Women of Influence” listings by The Best Lawyers in America, female attorneys at Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP were named in 14 categories, more than 42 percent of the total. And of the 53 individual listings, Langrock women occupied 20 spots, or more than 37 percent of the total. The six women are Alison J. Bell, Ellen Mercer Fallon, Emily J. Joselson, Susan M. Murray, Lisa B. Shelkrot, and Sarah Gentry Tischler. Shelkrot was also named the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Construction Litigation. The law firm also announced that it was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms offering clients convenient access to quality legal expertise around the globe. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only.

Sterling Ridge Log Cabins in Jeffersonville was named Best Rustic Retreat in the Best of New England Editors’ Choice 2017 awards by Yankee magazine in its May/June issue. The magazine highlights nearly 200 of the editors’ favorite places for dining, lodging, and visiting throughout the New England states. The resort is owned by Scott and Sue Peterson.

Winooski Insurance was recognized by Ohio Mutual Insurance Group’s President and CEO Mark C. Russell as one of the company’s top 10 agencies for Outstanding Profitable Growth in 2016. Jeff Mongeon received the recognition on behalf of the agency at a recent company event in Maine.

Population Media Center’s book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot was named Outstanding Book of the Year at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Weighing in at over seven pounds, the book features more than 150 heart-wrenching images of the earth’s beauty and destruction. It depicts the realities of today’s inequality, ranging from income to gender to race.

May 2017

World Architecture News announced that LineSync Architecture has won its 2016 Small Spaces–Temporary award. Called Wheel Pad, it is a 200-square-foot accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to an existing home. It is an affordable, eco-friendly, non-toxic, immediately available living space that offers privacy and supports the independence of individuals with mobility issues. This is the first international award for architect Joseph Cincotta and LineSync.

Kevin Macy, the owner of Finest Image Photography, received the National Award from the Vermont Professional Photographers Association. The award is offered by the Professional Photographers of America to state, regional, national, and international affiliated organizations annually. It recognizes persons who have “generously contributed their time and talents to the service of their profession, their affiliated organizations, and their fellow photographers.”

Kids VT took home the top writing prize at the Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition, the sixth consecutive year to be so honored. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design. Kids VT won the following awards in its size category: Gold, Overall Writing; Gold, Personal Essay; Gold, News Feature; Gold, Front Cover Illustration; Silver, General Excellence; and Bronze, Overall Design.

Rutland Regional Medical Center named James F. Cromie, M.D., FACS, of Rutland General Surgery the 2017 Physician of the Year, and Bethany Stack, PA-C, of Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, PA of the Year. Cromie, a general surgeon, was named “the physician who personifies the hospital’s core values and patient-centered model of care.” Stack was nominated for “her excellence in patient care, high degree of professionalism, and clinical expertise.”

Jay Fayette, senior vice president of PC Construction, was inducted into the Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame and honored with a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented to individuals “whose accomplishments are a reflection of the ideals of their college and the VSC system; who have provided exemplary service to Vermont; and whose accomplishments have made a significant, positive impact on their professions and communities.”

James D. Cohen of the Vermont General Office of New York Life received the office’s Agent of the Year award, which recognizes the “agent who has achieved the top production commissions among all agents at the company’s Vermont General Office within a calendar year.” Cohen has been a New York Life agent since 2002 and is affiliated with the Hadley Financial Group.

Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, was named 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was recognized for the company’s employment growth, financial success, expansion, and community involvement.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center earned the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award highlighting efforts to promote employee health. The award recognizes Vermont employers who have made healthy behaviors a priority. CVMC was also named one of the nation’s Top Rural Community Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association.

Otter Creek Awnings received First Place in Dealer Sales in 2016 from KE Durasol Awning Co., the supplier for Otter Creek.

Penrose Jackson, president of the UVM Alumni Association, received the Association for Community Health Improvements’ first Spirit of the Community Leadership Champion Award recognizing an individual in a leadership position “who has championed policies that have elevated the organization’s community health practices to benefit at-risk populations.”

The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced that Steven A. Bredice of the law firm Powell & Bredice PLC achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate.

The Nate Malley Team at Keller Williams Vermont announced that Elise Polli was named the 2016 Top Buyer’s Agent for KW VT for the second consecutive year. The Malley team was ranked second in total closed volume in 2016.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s industry-first All Suites portfolio, recognized John Cammarano at Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington as General Manager of the Year, and Homewood Suites Burlington as the Connie Pride Merit Award winner for its outstanding achievements in the last year.

Rich Gardner, co-owner of RE/MAX North Professionals, was presented the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring highly successful agents who have reached a certain number of sales. Jill Richardson of RE/MAX North received the Hall of Fame Award, which honors agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions in their careers. RE/MAX North recognized 22 associates for their sales achievements in 2016: Diamond Club, Rich Gardner; Platinum Club, Debbi Burton and Kathie Desautels; 100% Club: John Abry, Jim Cross, Bill Desautels, Patricia Desautels, Charlotte Gardner, Bonnie Gridley, Matt Hurlburt, Jill Richardson, Linda St. Amour, and Dorothy Vigil; Executive Club: Matt Bouffard, Lauren Cohen, Suzanne Johnson, Jackie Marino, Donna Mathieu, Jay McCormack, Ryan Miller, David Porteous, and Mikail Stein. Teams recognized were: Diamond Club, The Gardner Group; Platinum Club, The Condo Guy Team, Debbi Burton & Company, Team Desautels, and The Gridley Group; and 100% Club, The Matt Hurlburt Group. The following individuals and teams were named Top Producers on a State Level: Linda St. Amour, #1 individual by transaction sides and gross commission; Jill Richardson, #2 individual by transaction sides and gross commission; The Gridley Group, #1 team by transaction sides and #3 team by gross commission; Team Desautels #1 team by gross commission and #3 team by transaction sides; and Debbi Burton & Company #2 team by transaction sides and gross commission.

Gov. Phil Scott presented the most prestigious recognition awarded by the American Red Cross, the Certificate of Merit National Lifesaving Award, to Burlington resident Andrea Racek. The award is the organization’s highest award for people who have used the skills they learned in Red Cross courses to help save or sustain life. Racek’s certificate was initiated last year and signed by then-sitting President Barack Obama and American Red Cross Chair Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

The New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross and Co-operative Insurance Companies honored the following Vermonters who personify the Red Cross mission of service in local communities with Everyday Heroes Awards: Summer Stoutes, Tinmouth; Gregg Laber, St. Albans; Tess Kennedy, Montpelier; Richard Bernstein, Jericho; and Stephen Bova, Winooski.

Dutton Smith of HomeSmith Services LLC, an Addison County company that conducts pre-purchase home inspections, has been accepted as an ASHI Inspector by the American Society of Home Inspectors. ASHI is one of the oldest professional organizations of independent home inspectors in North America. Smith met rigorous professional and technical requirements and performed the required 75 fee-paid home inspections that met or exceeded the ASHI Standards of Practice.

Sarah Klein, human resource manager at Vermont Federal Credit Union, accepted the 2016 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award at the 2017 Worksite Wellness Conference. The awards highlight worksites around the state and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees. Klein and HR specialist Amanda Reid were recognized as outstanding individuals who played a crucial role in the credit union’s 2016 wellness program.

LandWorks received an Honor Award for its work in the development of South Burlington’s planned Dumont Park, which will provide a publicly accessible passive recreation space serving the city’s envisioned City Center downtown and surrounding areas. Other members of the multi-disciplinary team led by LandWorks include Engineering Ventures, North Woods Ecological Consulting, and ecological artist/designer Jackie Brookner. The park is planned for the lands surrounded by Iby Street, Market Street, and Dorset Street. It will serve people of all ages who seek the benefits of passive recreation in a wooded environment. With boardwalks and bridges over wetland areas, interpretive opportunities throughout the site, and an accessible path system oriented around a central space consisting of an outdoor classroom and natural play area, the park will present a range of nature-based education opportunities.

City Market was one of five stores in the nation to win a GreenChill award for Superior Goal Achievement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 2016. The program, in partnership with grocery stores across the country, works to reduce refrigeration emissions and improve their environmental impact.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center named Jane Hartzell, RN, its first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recipient. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. Hartzell, a nurse with Central Vermont Urology on the CVMC campus, was nominated for her skill and compassion in caring for a patient who’d recently lost his beloved wife. She was nominated by the patient’s daughter, Karen Safford.

April 2017

Seven Days announced that journalist Candace Page was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame. Formerly of the Burlington Free Press, the Seven Days editor was recognized at the annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She was nominated by Paula Routley, publisher and co-editor, who spoke on her behalf at the dinner. Four others supported Page’s nomination: Angelo Lynn, publisher of the Addison County Independent; Terri Hallenbeck, Seven Days Statehouse reporter; Bill Howland, former Lake Champlain Basin Program director; and Mike Kilian, a former Free Press editor who is now news director at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seven Days won 10 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition, including General Excellence and top honors for crimes and court reporting, video journalism, design, and human interest feature story. Staff writer Kymelya Sari was named Rookie of the Year for weekly newspapers in the six-state region. The publication’s 10 awards included: first place for General Excellence; first place, weekly newspaper Rookie of the Year; first place, Overall Design and Presentation; first place for Best Overall Website; two first-place awards for senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger’s weekly Web video series Stuck in Vermont — News Video for “Trumpnado Hits Burlington” and Entertainment Video for “Hanksville Mud Bog”; first place in Crimes and Courts Reporting to Mark Davis, who also won first place for his Human Interest Feature Story “Right in Rutland: Will Mayor Chris Louras Fall on his Sword for 100 Syrians?”; first place to Kymela Sari for Racial or Ethnic Issue Coverage for a story on hate-crime victim Fatuma Bulle; and first place for Right to Know to Terri Hallenbeck and Paul Heintz about the publication’s decision to contest subpoenas received as a result of the investigation of Sen. Norm McAllister.

Tim Carney, president of Vermont Wealth & Retirement LLC, earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation from the American College of Financial Services. Candidates must complete a minimum of three college-level courses and pass a series of two-hour proctored exams. They must also have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements, and participate in the college’s continuing education program.

The University of Vermont Health Network–Central Vermont Medical Center was named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont presented its Best Builders Award for Outstanding Quality of Work and Effort for building new Net Zero Ready town offices in Middlebury. It is one of the first Net Zero Ready municipal buildings in the country, and is a modern structure that reflects the 19th-century architectural context of Middlebury’s historic village. It marks the primary entrance to the downtown from the west and provides attractive, day-lit spaces including the public lobby, public meeting rooms, and municipal offices.

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing announced that Vicky Tebbetts was elected chair of the Vermont Travel & Recreation Council. The council advises the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development on matters relating to state travel and recreation policy, travel and recreation promotion programs, and other programs overseen by the Department of Tourism and Marketing.

Vermont’s Supported Employment Program was named an Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment, Work, and Vocational Education and Training by the Zero Project, an initiative of the Austrian Essl Foundation organized jointly with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre, which focuses on the rights of people with disabilities. Vermont’s delegation receiving the award in Vienna were Elizabeth Sightler, executive director of Champlain Community Services; Lisa Culbertson, director of supported employment services at Upper Valley Service; and Bryan Dague, research associate at UVM’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion.

Dale Winslow, vice president of Magee Office Products in Randolph, announced that the company received the Savin Service of Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. The company, in business for over 60 years, has been recognized for its customer and technical service and has become a Pros Elite 100 Dealer.

Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank’s First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The council includes members from all the New England states and meets twice a year to advise the bank on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues.

The Best of New England wine competition announced the results of its first contest. Shelburne Vineyard and Stowe Cider each garnered top awards. Shelburne Vineyard’s 2015 LaCrescent earned the title of Best White Wine.

The 2017 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects elevated 178 AIA members to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Two of this year’s are Vermonters. William Maclay, FAIA, LEED AP, of Maclay Architects in Waitsfield, was named based on Category 2: “Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, or practice.” David Sellers, FAIA, of Sellers & Co. in Waitsfield, was named based on Category 1: “Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession.”

PC Construction received an Alliant Build America Award in the construction management renovation category, one of the highest honors from the Associated General Contractors of America. The award is for PC Construction’s work to rebuild the Waterbury State Office Complex. This is the third Alliant Build America Award the company has received.

Capstone Community Action announced that Mary Niebling, director of community economic development, was appointed to the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. Capstone’s community economic development programs assist with the economic vitality of individuals and families through more than financial literacy coaching. They include volunteer income tax assistance, micro business development, a child care food program, and the Community Kitchen Academy in Barre.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging accepted Debra Gaylord, director of case management at Age Well, into its Leadership Institute. Age Well, the agency on aging serving northwestern Vermont, is an acclaimed program that provides skill building and guidance to professionals in the field of aging. This is the first in Age Well’s history that an individual has been accepted into the institute.

March 2017

Jay Peak Resort was fifth on Liftopia’s 2016-17 Best in Snow Awards. Voters specifically touted Jay’s “tremendous amount of back country” with “New England–style skiing at its best.” To compile the awards, Liftopia surveyed its audience of skiers and snowboarders, the largest online, to measure their enthusiasm on specific aspects of their favorite resorts.

The Love Light Compassion Foundation was one of three nonprofits prominently featured at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Tracy Appleton Tarrang, its founder and president, made the announcement. The foundation’s goal is to provide emergency financial assistance to patients and their families during a major medical crisis in the local and global communities.

The Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn & Conference Center received the Best Western Chairman’s Award, the chain’s highest honor for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes the top 5 percent of more than 2,100 North American hotels and resorts for cleanliness and maintenance.

Burlington City Arts announced that Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher was presented the $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize. The award recognizes artists who produce significant work in the areas of visual arts, music, writing, drama, dance, film, and fine woodworking while also having a beneficent influence on the Vermont community. BCA also announced the 2017 winner of the Barbara Smail Award: artist Elise Whittemore. Whittemore is a painter/printmaker who makes a living as an editorial designer of books and magazines. She was awarded a $1,500 cash stipend and $1,000 worth of class registration and/or usage of the BCA Center’s studio facilities for one year.

Eight Vermont businesses received national Good Food Awards, chosen from 2,059 entrants and 291 finalists: Big Picture Farm for its Farmstead Chocolate Covered Caramels; Fat Toad Farm for Vanilla Bean Goats’ Milk Caramel Sauce; Grafton Village Cheese for Bear Hill Cheese; Green Jam Man for Honey Sage Pear Jam; Spring Brook Farm for Reading Cheese; Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont for Farm to Bar Tart Cherry Rich Simple Syrup; Vermont Amber Organic Toffee for Fennel Seed Toffee; and Vermont Creamery for Bonne Bouche, aged 100 percent goat’s milk cheese.

Lisa Ventriss, president and CEO of the Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of Mercy Connections’ Catherine McAuley Award. The award honors a person “who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.” The award will be presented at a May luncheon chaired by Dawn Ellinwood, vice president for student affairs at St. Michael’s College.

Sterling College has been confirmed as the Top College in the United States that serves food on campus that is local, sustainable, humane, and fair trade. This is the third consecutive year the college has been named. The classification comes from the Real Food Challenge, which surveyed over 200 colleges and universities throughout the country. This year’s survey found that 65 percent of its food met the qualification for production methods. The survey also revealed that 53 percent of Sterling’s food comes from farms within a 150-mile radius of the college, which includes the 35 percent that comes from its own on-campus farm. The college has also received a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, ranking first in sustainability performance in Vermont and fourth in North America.

The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce honored former Sen. William Doyle at its first St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. National Life Group and Capstone Community Action are the sponsors of the event. Speakers were former Gov. James Douglas, Vermont historian Howard Coffin, Sen. Janette White, and former Sen. Vince Illuzzi.

Competitive Computing (C2) has earned Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency. The award pertains to the firm’s work with Microsoft’s Office 365 line of products and will allow C2 to access the latest Microsoft technology to help its customers run their businesses. To achieve the expert level, C2 had to demonstrate proficiency with customer implementations, including customer references, along with several technical certifications.

Vermont dairy farmers were recognized for producing high-quality milk at the Dairy Farmers’ Association banquet, hosted by the Vermont Dairy Industry Association. The overall highest quality milk award went to David Houde of St. Johnsbury; Walter Morse Jr. and Joseph Mahr of Wells River were first runner-up; and Ralph and Ann Lewis of Middletown Springs, second runner-up. Ninety-one dairies were nominated for quality awards. Lamphear Farm was named the 2016 Dairy Farm of the Year. Roger Albee, former Vermont secretary of agriculture, was presented The Finley Award, recognizing a “person whose character, dedication to Vermont agriculture and education, and accomplishments most closely resemble those goals, ideals, and achievements that were so important to John Finley, former deputy commissioner of agriculture.”

White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors announced that Gail Henderson-King received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. The certification is a professional credential given to individuals who complete NDC’s economic development finance training series. Henderson-King is a senior project manager at the firm.

Kinney Pike Insurance announced its top producers for 2016. Nicole Cattabriga, based in the White River Junction office, won the 2016 Barwood Sales Achievement Award for personal lines insurance. Peter Werner, based in Rutland, received the Dorsey Award, given to the commercial insurance account executive producing top sales.

Robbi Handy-Holmes, sales affiliate with Century 21 Jack Associates, earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award for her 2016 sales success. The award honors sales affiliates who earn $242,000 in production or 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year. Handy-Holmes is a Certified Residential Specialist and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative.

The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association honored James Maas, the owner of Birds in Wood in East Ryegate, with its 2016 Woodworker of the Year Award. Maas’s carvings, mostly of birds, are lifelike images of birds that have garnered numerous awards, including the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition. VWMA also recognized the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock as the 2016 VWMA Friend of the Industry. A new award honoring the VWMA Emerging Woodworker of the Year, given to a business that has been in the industry for under five years and is doing something innovative or interesting in the sector, was given to John Monks of Vermont Tree Goods in Bristol. Vermont Tree Goods mills planks and creates furniture from recycled heirloom trees that have reached the end of their growing years.

February 2017

The Vermont Association of Broadcasters presented Distinguished Service Awards to WCAX senior news photographer Bob Davis and radio personality and salesperson Bob Sherman. Davis has covered news for WCAX for over 30 years and has received numerous Edward R. Morrow awards, a Peabody award, and a Dupont award. Sherman was a manager, announcer, and salesperson at WTSL-AM from 1978 to 1985, when he joined WVMT-AM. He returned to WTSL and its sister stations in 1990 and is a senior account executive for Great Eastern Radio. WFFF-TV/WVNY-TV was presented with the 2016 Alan Noyes Community Service Award for volunteer efforts to beautify Little River State Park in Waterbury. The organization’s Snyder-Teffner Award for excellence behind the scenes was presented to Kim Meisinger, owner of Prescott Tower of Rutland. The company has built and maintained broadcast towers throughout the region for over 40 years.

A blog focusing on traumatic brain injury written by Robert Luce, an attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, was named one of Healthline’s eight Best Traumatic Brain Injury Blogs of 2016. The editors selected winners based on the their “reach to educate, inspire, and empower readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced that Carol Egan, vice president and chief nursing officer, is the hospital’s first recipient of the Daisy Nurse Leader Award from the DAISY Foundation. Others at the hospital have been recognized by the foundation, but this is the first time a leader has been so honored. The award celebrates Egan’s “compassionate leadership, commitment to exemplary practice, and nursing excellence.”

Adam Hergenrother, the CEO of Hergenrother Enterprises, and Hallie Warner, his chief of staff, were invited to present at the national conference Behind Every Leader in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Hosted by Executive Assistants Organization, Behind Every Leader is a day of workshops and panel discussions focused on empowering executive assistants, developing their leadership skills, and strengthening their strategic partnerships with executives.

White + Burke announced that Stephanie T. Hainley earned the designation of Commercial Real Estate Professional (CCIM), the fourth person — and first woman — to earn the designation in Vermont. Hainley is chief operating officer and a senior project manager at the firm.

Six lawyers at Langrock Sperry & Wool were named to the New England Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys in Vermont for 2016. Alison J. Bell was recognized in the employment and labor field; Christopher L. Davis in family law; John L. Kellner, personal injury/plaintiffs; Lisa B. Shelkrot, criminal defense; and Mitchell L. Pearl, civil rights. Fewer than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are chosen for Super Lawyers. Attorney Erin Miller Heins was named, for the sixth consecutive year, to the New England Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming business litigation attorneys in the state, one of only 02.5 percent of lawyers in the state so designated.

Brennan Mangan and Dragan Lazarevic, employees of The Converse Home, received outstanding service awards from the Vermont Health Care Association: Mangan named Resident Care Assistant of the Year, and Lazarevic, Dining Supervisor of the Year.

KeyBank received its ninth perfect score for satisfying all criteria on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Five hundred seventeen major U.S. businesses earned top marks last year.

Brian K. Haas of VIS Construction Consultants earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Constructor from the American Hospital Association. He is one of seven so certified in Vermont. Haas has over 30 years’ experience managing complex construction projects in health care and education environments.

Edward Coates, senior vice president and regional agricultural banking manager at NBT Bank, was elected vice chair of the American Bankers Association’s agricultural and rural bankers committee for the 2016-17 association year. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Urban Rhino video production company was honored with Best in Show, Gold, and Silver awards from the annual Davey Awards competition. The Davey Awards competition is for smaller creative agencies that “derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets.” Urban Rhino’s “Day One” commercial for Vermont nonprofit Let’s Grow Kids was chosen one of only 11 Best in Show videos. Selections are made by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts from the pool of Gold winners. Another video for Let’s Grow Kids called “Tough Choices” also earned Gold, as did an animated piece for Drive Electric Vermont called “Plug In Vermont.” Awarded Silver were the Fears campaign for Community College of Vermont and the Charlie Rose Oscar Opening.

St. Michael’s College was named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the “Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.” Schools making the list “embody exceptional academic quality and affordability.” St. Michael’s was also named to the list last year.

Alison Krompf, quality manager at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, received the Total Clinical Outcomes Management Award from the John Praed Foundation, an academic research center through the University of Chicago Chapin Hall for her “passion and leadership in spreading the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment and outcomes management in Vermont.

BNI Vermont announced the addition of three ambassadors to its leadership team: Roger Schmidt, owner of Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy LLC; Sam Orfanidis, owner of Spectac Health Fitness and Performance; and Laura Cooper, owner of Streamline with Style LLC.

Burke Mountain has been named a High Performance Training Center for the U.S. Ski Team. The partnership will bring some of the nation’s most talented athletes and trainers to Vermont for up to 40 days a year, according to Gov. Phil Scott.

Armistead Senior Care announced that Karey Young of Essex Junction was named its Vermont 2016 Caregiver of the Year. Young has been with Armistead for seven years, and a caregiver for nine.

Union Bank was honored with two awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration: Highest Volume Growth and Third-Highest Loan Volume. Union Bank had the highest loan volume increase of all Vermont lenders in the fiscal year October 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016.

Magic Mountain won a 2016-17 Best in Snow Award, recognizing it as one of the overall best in snow, most challenging, least crowded, and best value ski areas in the Northeast. The awards are powered by Liftopia, using details from a consumer survey and its proprietary data.

January 2017

Rutland Regional Medical Center earned an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Healthgrades, an online resource that helps consumers find doctors, hospitals, and medical care, gave RRMC Five Stars in both total knee replacement and gallbladder removal surgery from Healthgrades.

Mary Niebling, director of community economic development at Capstone Community Action, was appointed to the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. The commission was established by the Vermont Legislature in 2015 to “measurably improve the financial literacy and financial capability of Vermont’s citizens.”

Franklin County Home Health Agency recognized the family of Stanley and Madeline McDermott with its 2016 Oren J. Lane Community Service Award. The award recognizes an individual or an organization who “exemplifies the spirit of Home Health — someone who has gone above and beyond to serve others, to give from the heart, and to whom the community is more than just a place to live and work.” The agency also presented Linda Tracy, a longtime hospice volunteer, the Ed Eaton Make a Difference Award for her many contributions.

The Roost at Topnotch Resort was ranked third among the top 10 locations for Elevated Aprés Ski in the United States, and Number One in Stowe, by Freeskier magazine.

Vermont Farm Bureau recognized Bruce Shields with its most distinguished honor, The Wallace Award, which honors recipients for their “distinguished lifetime service to agriculture.” Shields, past president of Lamoille County Farm Bureau, is a board member. Ed and Kelly Meacham were named Farm Family of the Year. The Meachams milk 100 registered Holsteins and raise 90 young stock. The Meachams, their son, Jon, and his wife, Calista, share the dairy chores. The Century Farm Award went to David and Petty Ainsworth. The farm has been in the family since 1867; David took it over in 1984. Kerry Gawalt of Cedar Mountain Farm was named Farm Woman of the Year. An active 4-H leader and vice president of the Windsor County Farm Bureau, Gawalt has operated her dairy and vegetable farm with her husband, Stephen, since she was 24 years old. Stuart Farnham of The Frazer Agency received the Nationwide Top Farm Premium and the Most Farm Bureau Memberships Enrolled awards. Roy Folsom of the Jaimes L. Fewer Insurance Agency was a close runner-up. Tim Buskey accepted the Packard Award for Addison County for the Best Annual County Meeting. And Bonnie Sogoloff was given the Cornwall Award for Chittenden County for Best Overall Program.

Sterling College was named to the 2017 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. This is the second year Sterling has earned the designation. Sterling College’s Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems was ranked the top college farm in Vermont and the 11th college farm in the nation by OnlineCollegePlan.com. The organic farm of Green Mountain College’s organic farm at Cerridwen Farm was 12th, and The University of Vermont and Middlebury College were also on the list of 60 college farms.

Wake Robin won the 2016 Green Award from the International Council on Active Aging for its energy use and consumption plan. Cited were endeavors such as a switch from bleach to environmentally friendlier ozone as a disinfectant, deodorizer, bleaching agent, and cleaning tool for its laundry and aquatic center; a hot water reduction effort that saved 316,090 gallons and over $24,000 in one year; the release of 100,000 ladybugs on the gardens and landscape to reduce damage from aphids and scale bugs; the sourcing of local food whenever possible; year-round commercial composting; and the use of solar energy, which reduced on-site energy costs by 24 percent.

Armistead Senior Care announced that four of its Vermont managers completed the requirements of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and earned the designation Certified Dementia Practitioners. They are Annmarie Plant, RN, BA, CCM, CDP, president; Samantha Wendel, CSA, CMC, CDP, director of care management; Heather Barss, CMC, CDP, care manager; and Dana Smith, HCA, CDP, assistant care manager.

Elliot Gray, chartered retirement planning counselor and wealth management associate at Morgan Stanley in Colchester, was recognized by Morgan Stanley Foundation’s Volunteer Incentive program for serving on the board of Give Way to Freedom, a foundation dedicated to the advocacy, care and empowerment of trafficked persons.

Elliott Greenblott was named the 2016 winner of the AARP Andrus Community Service Award, as “an example of the difference that volunteering can make in the lives of individuals and in the well-being and vitality of a community.” Greenblott heads the AARP Vermont’s Fraud Fighter program and, since his appointment, has personally delivered consumer fraud and ID theft prevention presentations reaching more than 750 Vermonters.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce named Greg Cox of Boardman Hill Farm, Vermont Farmers Food Center, and Vermont Farmers Market as its 2016 Business Person of the Year. A farmer for 40 years, he is one of the visionaries behind the Food Center and mentors farmers at his farm, free of charge, to help them learn how to produce food. Outgoing board members Sherri Birkheimer Rooker, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont; Marleen Cenate, Heritage Family Credit Union; and Dom Serino, retired, Rutland Health Foundation, were honored for their service to the Chamber and the community.

The following businesses took honors at the 39th Annual Better Homes Awards:


  • Multifamily: larger buildings
  • Snyder Homes for Finney Crossing condominium
  • Multifamily: single-family attached
  • Sterling Construction for Lot 40-1 South Village
  • Multifamily: single-family detached
  • Leach Construction


  • Multifamily: single-family attached
  • Snyder Homes, Ascutney, Finney Crossing
  • Multifamily/Commercial: larger buildings
  • Peregrine Design/Build for a Colchester professional office
  • New Kitchen: 150 square feet and under
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New Kitchen: 151 square feet and over
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $174/square foot and under
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $175/square foot to $275/square foot
  • BlackRock Construction
  • New single-family home $276/square foot and over
  • Roundtree Construction


  • Bath remodel 100 square feet and under
  • Turtle Creek Builders
  • Single-family home remodel $174/square foot and under
  • Peregrine Design/Build
  • Single-family home remodel $175/square foot to $275/square foot
  • Peregrine Design/Build
  • Single-family home remodel $276/square foot and over
  • Turtle Creek Builders


  • Design feature:
  • Peregrine Design/Build for College & Battery condo
  • Landscape:
  • Roundtree Construction, Lake Champlain landscape
  • Landshapes for contemporary terrace

The Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. presented Tyler McNandy, the owner of Filabot in Barre, its Small Business of the Year award. Filabot provides support products for the 3-D printer industry. American Flatbread’s CEO and founder George Schenk received the Leo C. Laferriere Community Service Award recognizing a regional company for its contributions to the economy and quality of life. The President’s Award was presented to Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon in recognition of his commitment to the economic vitality of the region and his service to the city of Barre. Ric Cabot, CEO of Darn Tough Socks, was given the Directors’ Award, given to a company that has shown its ability to grow and invest in the region. And National Life Group was named Member of the Year, an inaugural award to be given to a member that has over time provided a significant positive impact in the region.

Inntopia was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work by Outside magazine. Also recognized was Ryan Solutions, which was recently acquired by Inntopia. Each of the newly merged teams also won the award in 2015.

The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, part of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, was named to the Top 100 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, developed by ABILITY Network to recognize the top performing home health agencies in the United States.

Eleven attorneys at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew were chosen for inclusion on the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list: Ritchie Berger and Karen McAndrew, business litigation; Jeffrey McMahan, Brian Murphy, Afi Ahmadi, and David Gurtman, business/corporate law; Jeffrey Nolan, employment and labor law; Mark Langan, estate planning and probate; Linda Cohen, health care law; and Molly Langan and Austin Hart, real estate law. Andy MacIlwaine, construction litigation, was named to the New England Rising Stars list.

Five Vermont cheesemakers were nominated for the Good Food Awards: Grafton Village Cheese Co. for two of its artisan, hand-crafted cheeses — Bear Hill and Queen of Quality Clothbound Cheddar; Farms for City Kids Foundation/Springbrook Farm for Reading; Parish Hill Creamery for Kashar; Shelburne Farms for its Clothbound Cheddar; and Vermont Creamery for Bonne Bouche. Six longtime artisan food exhibitors were also honored: Big Picture Farm for Farmstead Chocolate-covered Goat’s Milk Caramels and Farmstead Caramels; Fat Toad Farm for Vanilla Bean Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce and Spicy Dark Chocolate Caramel Sauce; Vermont Amber Organic Toffee for Fennel Seed Toffee; Tonewood Maple for its Maple Cream; Blake Hill Preserves for its Gooseberry and Elderflower Preserves; Green Jam Man for Honey Sage Pear Jam; Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont for Farm to Bar Tart Cherry Rich Simple Syrup; and Stonecutter Spirits for its Single Barrel Gin.

A house built by Silver Maple Construction is featured in the December 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. MB Architecture and Design was the architect. The eight-page article is titled “Christmas in the Country.”

The Northeast Recycling Council, based in Vermont, won the 2016 National Food Recovery Challenge Endorser Award for its food recovery outreach and technical assistance efforts to New England businesses. It was one of 13 organizations honored by the EPA for their work in keeping wasted food out of landfills and incinerators. The EPA also issued a Regional Endorser Award to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for its “creative partnerships and outreach to continue building awareness in Vermont residents, businesses, institutions, and K-12 schools on the value of food.” The collaboration between the agency and the Vermont Foodbank increased food rescue in 2016 by 40 percent while reducing the amount of wholesome food headed for disposal.

Special Olympics Vermont elected five new members to its board of directors: Bob Corran, former athletic director at The University of Vermont; Melinda Moulton, Main Street Landing; Julie Atwood, Seventh Generation; Kendra Kenney, Donahue & Associates; and Bobby Torney, Raymond James & Associates. Jim Godfrey, a CPA and partner with Tyler, Simms & St. Sauver P.C., was appointed chair.

The Grossman School of Business honored three family businesses for excellence in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation at the UVM Family Business Awards. Honored were The RehabGYM, 1st Generation Family Enterprise Award; Schlesinger Associates, Multi-Generational Global Family Enterprise Award; and The Addison Independent, Vermont Legacy Family Enterprise Award.

The New England PGA and the Vermont Chapter of the New England PGA honored PGA professional staffers at the Vermont National Country Club. Zack Wyman, PGA general manager, was named NEPGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to a PGA Professional in the New England Section. Brian Gara, PGA head golf professional, received the VTPGA Horton Smith Award, and Sean Toof, PGA assistant golf professional, took the Junior Golf Leader Award. Vermont National was named VTPGA Club Champions for the 2016 season for the most team points accumulated during the Pro-Am season.

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification for the sixth consecutive year, one of nine commercial sites in the state so certified in 2016.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility honored Rep. Helen Head, (D)-South Burlington, chair of the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee, for her role in passing Earned Paid Leave and Ban the Box legislation in 2016, two major VBSR legislative issues. •