Chittenden Corp announces new directors for Chittenden BankLawrence W. DeShaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chittenden Bank, announced recently the appointment of a new Board of Directors for Chittenden Bank, to reflect the separation of the bank board from the Corporate board.The Chittenden Bank Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders, professionals and business executives throughout Vermont. These individuals will direct and advise the Bank on business activities, implementation of strategies, acquisition of prospects and evaluation of performance. They will provide local governance for Chittenden’s Vermont franchise.Chittenden Bank’s Board of Directors will consist of three current members of what is now the Corporate board; Frederic H. Bertrand, David M. Boardman and Paul J. Carrara. The six new members are Thomas H. MacLeay, Peter D. Van Oot, Robert H. Young, Lisa M. Ventriss, Glen A. Wright and Lawrence W. DeShaw. Mr. Bertrand will Chair the Chittenden Bank Board.Thomas H. MacLeay is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the National Life Group. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of National Life from 1996 until his brief retirement in 2001, and returned to the company to fill the top executive positions, first on an interim and subsequently on a permanent basis. He joined National Life in 1976 and served in several investment management, corporate planning and financial roles before being appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1991. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996 and was elected to the Board of Directors.Mr. MacLeay currently serves on the Board e-Nable Corporation and Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Air Force Aid Society.Peter D. Van Oot is a Director and member of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is also a member of the Management Committee, Chair of the Regulated Entities Practice Group and former Chair of the Business Law Practice Group. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Van Oot worked for Fine & Ambrogne in Environmental, Commercial and Corporate Law in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1981 to 1985, he was Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy. Mr. Van Oot is on the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet, a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, a Visiting Professor of Environmental Law at Williams College, a former member of the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors, a member of the Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of World Learning, Inc. Mr. Van Oot is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science in 1978.Robert H. Young is President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Central Vermont Public Service. Mr. Young joined Central Vermont Public Service as Vice President of Finance and Administration in 1987. Mr. Young is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catamount Energy Corp and serves as Chairman of the Board of The Home Service Store. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp., and is a director of Vermont Electric Power Corporation. In June 1997, Mr. Young was elected to the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute, and in January of 2003, Governor James Douglas reappointed him to the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont. Mr. Young is also a director of the Associated Industries of Vermont, a trustee of the Weston Playhouse, and in 2003 became a trustee of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. Mr. Young earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Beloit College and received his MBA in finance and general management from Stanford University.Lisa M. Ventriss is President of Vermont Business Roundtable. From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Ventriss was President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association, and from 1991 to 1997 was Director of Government Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Ventriss is currently a Director of the Maine Mutual Group in Presque Isle, Maine and a Director of Champlain College, President of the Board of Trustees of the Lund Family Center and Chairman of the United Way of Chittenden County. She is a member of the University of Vermont Regional Board of Advisors and a Director of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. Ms. Ventriss earned a Master of Public Administration degree (1991) and a B.A. in Political Science (1977) from the University of Vermont, and was a Fellow of Higher Education Resource Services at Wellesley College (1989).Glen A. Wright was the Office Managing Partner at KPMG LLP from 1993 to 2002. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Wright was the Partner-In-Charge of Quality Assurance and Operational Support of the U.S. Tax Practice at KPMG LLP in Washington, D.C. From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Wright was the Partner-In-Charge of the Tax Department of KPMG and from 1971 to 1987 he was a Tax Partner with P.F. Jurgs & Company. Mr. Wright currently serves as a board member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council and is Vice-Chairman of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. He is a Board Member of Cynosure, Inc. and Chairman of The Town of South Hero Select Board. He formerly served on the boards of the Flynn Theatre for the Performing Arts, Vermont Business Roundtable and the Burlington YMCA. Mr. Wright graduated from Bentley College in 1971 with a B.S. in Accounting.Chittenden is a full-service, Vermont-headquartered and managed bank providing a wide range of financial services and products to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. As the largest Vermont-based bank in the state, Chittenden offers 51 locations throughout Vermont. To find out more about Chittenden, visit our website at www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call your local branch. read more
DALE CARNEGIE TRAINING ANNOUNCES LAUNCHESSEX, VT (January 31, 2005) — The local Dale Carnegie Training® office, Vermont Training Solutions, Inc., announces the launch of their newest workplace series Get Down to Business. Consisting of 6 bi-monthly sessions, these free 90-minute workshops focus on topics and tools to increase communication and productivity in the workplace.The series begins with “Personalities: Capitalizing on Our Differences”, to be held on Thursday February 10, 2005 at The Best Western Windjammer Conference Center. Sessions run from 8am to 9:30am, with the next topic to be announced soon. Participants may attend as many or as few of the six sessions as they would like. Registrations accepted via phone (879-7219) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)).Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training® has more than 6 million graduates in thousands of companies around the world. Dale Carnegie Training® is represented in all 50 U.S. states and in over 70 countries worldwide. From leadership training to relationship selling, from presentation skills to teamwork development, Dale Carnegie Training® designs and delivers programs that provide a practical approach for business success in a competitive environment. The literature has been translated into 20 languages and the book that launched the organization, How to Win Friends and Influence People, remains one of the best sellers of all time and was selected as the most influential business book of the century by Business Life magazine.Vermont Training Solutions, Inc. (VTS) is the local franchise for Dale Carnegie Training®. VTS offers public classes, customized on-site solutions, and consulting services throughout Vermont, Western New Hampshire and Northeastern New York. With dynamic and proven content and delivery VTS can accommodate nearly any training challenge and circumstance. As the only licensed Dale Carnegie Training® organization in the area, VTS provides public classes for individual development opportunities that are time-tested and have guaranteed results. VTS also provides customized on-site programs specifically created and presented in flexible formats to meet the specific needs of the participants.As a Vermont business VTS has been providing training and consulting services continuously for the past 10 years to businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. They pride themselves on building local partnerships that bring the global depth of Dale Carnegie Trainings resources to every organization they work with, and are honored to have partnered with organizations such as: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Pizzagalli Construction, Ben & Jerrys Homemade, Woodstock Soapstone Stove Company, and Systems & Software, Inc. read more
Vermont Receives National Grant to Host Governor’s Summit on Poverty and Economic OpportunityWaterbury, VT-The National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices has announced that Vermont and nine other states have been awarded $12,000 each to host a Governor’s Summit on Poverty and Economic Opportunity.According to the NGA, the purpose of the grants is to “galvaniz[e] state and local leadership to advance a comprehensive policy agenda to reduce poverty among children and families.” The grant money can be used to fund planning directly related to Vermont’s summit, and for customized technical assistance before, during and after the event.”My administration is dedicated to ensuring all Vermonters are on the path to prosperity, and through the Agency of Human Services, we are committed to assisting our state’s most vulnerable gain access to comprehensive, compassionate supports which will enable them to become truly self-sufficient,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “During difficult fiscal times, it is even more important to ensure we are doing all we can to support low-income families. This summit will be a valuable tool to bring together state and community partners around our mission to eradicate poverty in Vermont and to ensure we emerge from this economic downturn stronger than ever.”State selection for the awards was made through a competitive application process to the NGA Center for Best Practices, and awardees were chosen by an advisory committee that included subject matter experts representing national and state perspectives. Funding for the $12,000 grants is provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and an anonymous donor-advised foundation.Vermont’s application noted that a Governor’s Summit will build on the significant work the state has undertaken recently in terms of research and data acquisition to better understand the root causes of poverty in Vermont. “The convergence of two significant reports, ten-year plans from both the Vermont Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Vermont Child Poverty Council, offers us a unique opportunity to use a Governor’s Summit to assess recommendations, prioritize action steps, and create a single, overarching and comprehensive plan that addresses the entirety of the issue across the state.””We are extremely pleased that the NGA has recognized Vermont’s deep commitment to empowering vulnerable individuals and families; helping them recognize and build upon their strengths and supporting them to achieve the best possible life for themselves,” stated Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. “The Agency looks forward to working with the Governor’s office, the legislature and community leaders to bring together our collective resources in the fight against poverty during this important summit.”Vermont’s Governor’s Summit on Poverty and Economic Opportunity is tentatively planned to be held at the Vermont State House in April 2009.##### read more
Gifford Healthcare,Gifford Medical Center in Randolph has received two national honors.The Randolph medical center has been honored for excellence in marketing with a 2010 Aster Award and named among the nation s 100 Best Places to Work in Health Care by Becker s ASC Review/Becker s Hospital Review.Aster AwardThe Aster Award came for Gifford s 2009 Annual Report. The report, reflecting on the Randolph hospital s decade of financial growth, was a bronze winner in the category for hospitals with fewer than 75 beds.The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognizes outstanding health care professionals for excellence in their marketing efforts for the calendar year 2009.The 2010 Aster Awards received approximately 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as Canada and South America, including 45 in Gifford s category. Entries must score at least in the top 85 percent to receive an award. Judging criteria includes creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal. It was an honor to have Gifford Medical Center participate in the 2010 Aster Awards Competition. It placed in the top 16 percent of the nation. The quality of this year s entries went well beyond the judges expectations, said Melinda R. Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator.Gifford is a 25-bed critical access hospital. Its annual report was written and designed in-house on a conservative budget. It s such a privilege to be recognized, said Gifford marketing specialist, Tammy Hooker, who designed the report. Gifford s Annual Reports have historically been of high-quality. Competing in the Aster Awards was something we decided to try for the first time this year. It was exciting to compete against hospitals up to three times our size and certainly thrilling to be among the winners.All winners are posted on the Aster Awards Web site, www.AsterAwards.com(link is external), as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today, a national health care marketing magazine. Gifford s report is also available online at www.giffordmed.org(link is external) or by calling (802) 728-2284.100 best places to workGifford has additionally been named among the nation s 100 Best Places to Work in Health Care by Becker s, bimonthly publications reaching the nation s hospital CEOs, medical directors, surgeons and others.Recognized among such major institutions as Brigham and Women s Hospital and Duke University Hospital, Gifford was honored for its wide range of employee benefits, including its Gifford Gift Certificates. Each year prior to the Christmas holiday, Gifford employees are given Gifford Gift Certificates good at local businesses a program that both supports employees and encourages local spending. In 2009, the program invested approximately $40,000 in the community.Employees are also awarded holiday turkeys or fruit they can keep or donate to food shelves. The hospital also has a policy that allows employees to donate earned vacation hours to disabled employees so they can continue to receive pay as though they were still full-time rather than waiting for disability pay, Becker s noted.Unbeknownst to the hospital, a physician s spouse, Gary DeMara, nominated Gifford for the award following his wife s battle with breast cancer. My wife, Dr. Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, ¦ was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Because of this policy, she was able to receive her regular salary for the entire six-month waiting period before her (long-term) disability policy took over, a grateful DeMara told Becker s.Hospital Chief Executive Officer and President Joseph Woodin thanked DeMara for nominating Gifford and called the surprise recognition an honor. I m surprised and very touched that someone would take it upon themselves to do this for Gifford, Woodin said. Part of the culture at Gifford is providing quality care by encouraging and supporting a quality workforce. Creatively rewarding employees, while also supporting the economic vitality of the area, is part of that unique, family culture, Woodin said. I thank Becker s for recognizing Gifford as a quality workplace.Source: Gifford Medical Center. 5.13.2010 read more
Stratton Mountain Resort saw its first snow covering this morning after flurries last night stuck to some of its trails for the first time this season. Source: Stratton 10.15.2010 www.Stratton.com(link is external).
Heritage Aviation, Inc.,Heritage announced today the addition of a 2010 Bombardier Global 5000 to its charter fleet. This ultra long range jet is the 100th Global 5000 produced by Bombardier. After taking delivery at a Bombardier celebration in Montreal yesterday, the aircraft returned to Heritage Aviation’s KBTV headquarters this afternoon. It is now available for worldwide charter.‘Heritage Aviation is delighted to receive this beautiful new aircraft into our fleet. Its arrival expands our heavy jet offering and places us firmly in the ultra long range, intercontinental charter market. Our ten aircraft, all turbine fleet is more capable now than ever. This is a nice milestone for us,’ said Christopher Hill, Heritage Aviation President.The super large Global 5000 jet combines superior transatlantic speed with the largest cabin in its market segment. It features high-speed Internet connectivity, a heads-up flight display system, and one of the largest field-of-view of any business aircraft. It flies passengers faster than any competing super-large business jet at Mach 0.89. The Bombardier Global 5000 can carry thirteen passengers and three crew members. From continental Europe to the Central U.S., its 5,200 nautical-mile range delivering easy, efficient access to the world and many of its shorter, more challenging airfields.Heritage Aviation’s charter fleet now consists of one Bombardier Global 5000, one Bombardier Challenger 604, one Citation XLS+, two Citation Excels, one Citation Encore, and four Beechcraft King Air C90Bs.For more information, please contact our Charter Sales department at email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or visit our website at www.flyheritage.com(link is external).About Heritage AviationHeritage Aviation is a Burlington, VT based diversified aviation services company that provides FBO, maintenance, avionics, charter, and aircraft management services. For twenty-five years their Diamond Award winning FAA-certified repair station has provided aircraft maintenance and avionics services to the general aviation community. The FBO division provides ground handling, fueling, and related aviation support services 24/7 to transient and locally based domestic and international aircraft. Their location is ideally situated for inbound and outbound international traffic with on-site US Customs. The company’s charter division, Heritage Flight, operates aircraft globally and is one of the nation’s premier aircraft charter and management companies. Heritage Aviation’s LEED® Gold certified general aviation facility utilizes wind, solar, green roof, and rain water harvesting technologies as part of their commitment to environmental sustainability. More information about the company can be found onwww.FlyHeritage.com(link is external).March 31st, 2011 – Burlington, VT – Heritage read more
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today closed its Dummerston Region Incident Command Center, the last of three temporary headquarters established following Tropical Storm Irene to coordinate emergency road and bridge repairs.The Dummerston command center, which covered 56 towns in the state’s southeast region, was critical to restoring mobility along Vermont’s storm-damaged state highway network. Leadership for all remaining Irene-related roadwork has been transitioned to VTrans’ main office in Montpelier. ‘It is impossible to put into words how much the Dummerston team has done for Vermont,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘The vast majority of the state highway system has been repaired and is now ready for winter in large part due to the dedication and sacrifice of the many public and private employees who were stationed in Dummerston.’ For more than two months, the Dummerston ICC was home base to more than 200 VTrans employees as well as hundreds of National Guard members and contract employees. In total, more than 1,000 highway-recovery personnel were mobilized through the command center to help rebuild bridges and roads as far north as Roxbury and as far south as Brattleboro.Immediately following Irene, VTrans assembled three incident command centers: one located in Dummerston to oversee all activity in Vermont’s southeast region, one in Rutland to oversee southwest Vermont, and one in Berlin to command all Irene-related activity to the north. The Berlin and Rutland ICCs both closed in October. The Dummerston ICC was charged with repairing some of Irene’s worst roadway and bridge damage. Significant accomplishments include reconnecting all isolated communities within just days following the storm, and then reestablishing heavily damaged, critical travel corridors like Route 4 through Woodstock, Route 30 through Jamaica, Route 131 through Cavendish and many sections of Route 100, including erecting a temporary bridge over the White River reconnecting Route 73 to Route 100. ‘Everyone associated with the Dummerston ICC took part in the challenge and experience of a lifetime,’ said Joe Flynn, Dummerston’s incident commander. ‘Road and bridge repairs initially believed to need months were accomplished in just weeks because of the unwavering determination by all who were involved in what became a very tight-knit group of extremely dedicated professionals who worked incredibly long hours to get the job done as quickly as possible.’ Closing the Dummerston ICC signals Vermont’s initial Irene emergency response is almost complete but full recovery will take years in some instances. While challenges still remain along Route 12A in Roxbury, Route 73 in Rochester, Route 106 in Weathersfield, and along Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge, repairs in these locations are far enough along that their command functions can be seamlessly transferred to VTrans’ main office in Montpelier. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but 18 miles of state roadway are open to public travel. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 11.9.2011 read more