VBM recognizes Vermont’s Rising Stars

first_imgVermont Business Magazine announced today the winners of its Rising Stars recognition award. The list is comprised of winners under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. ‘We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders,’ said VBM Publisher John Boutin. ‘We received many outstanding nominations and the judges had a difficult time getting it down to only 40. The latest census report shows that Vermont is the second oldest state in the US, but these young professionals show that Vermont is not losing its young talent. For these young professionals it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities.’ ‘This is the second year for this award and based on the success of last year’s award, we had an increase of over 25 percent in nominations this year.’ Boutin said. Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on Thursday, November 3rd. The dinner will be held at 5:30 at the Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in a special program in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine. FAST FACTS: Of the 40 honorees, there were 22 men and 18 women. There are 19 from Chittenden County, 6 from Washington County, 6 from Rutland County, four from Bennington county, two from Windsor County, two from Orleans County and 1 from Caledonia County. The average age of the winners is 30 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 10 years old. Click here to Register Now for this event!2011 HONOREES Alec Newcomb – MyWebGrocer – Chief Strategy OfficeAlison Davis – Westaff/Mount Family Group LTD – Branch ManagerAmanda Ibey – Homebuilders & Remodelers Assoc. – Government Affairs DirectorAmy Cunningham – Everybody Wins! VT – Executive DirectorAndrew Savage – AllEarth Renewables, Inc. – Director of Communications and Public AffairsAnise Richey – Draker Laboratories, Inc. – Production ManagerBenjamin Adler – Skinny Pancake – OwnerBradley Holt – Found Line – Co-Founder & Technical DirectorBrian McKenna – D.B. McKenna & Co. – CFPCatherine Wisloski – Lake Champlain Chocolates – Director of Marketing & Brand ManagementChristopher Bernier – Special Olympics of Vermont – Marketing & Development DirectorDavid Metraux – State of Vermont – Information Technology Manager IIDavid Parker – Dealer.com – Senior Director, Corporate DevelopmentDemeny Pollitt – Girlington Garage – OwnerEdward Sanders – The Hampton Inn and Event Center – Director of SalesEli Moulton – Merrit & Merritt & Moulton – PartnerElliot Orton – Vermont Country Store – Chair of the BoardEric Mallette – The Paramount Theater – Programming DirectorGeoffrey Hand – Dunkiel Saunders – PartnerJessica Bridge – Real Estate Vermont – OwnerJohn Lyon – Wilkins Harley Davidson – General ManagerJustin Bourgeois – Community National Bank – Commercial Lending Office: VP/Commercial Lending; Business LenderKate Keough – iTech US, Inc. – Director of OperationsKate Neubauer – Community Sailing Center – Executive DirectorKathryn Vanderminden – Village Roots Catering – Chef/OwnerKent Melville – Kent’s Soda – Co-FounderLeslie Schreiber – Schreiber Training – OwnerLukas Snelling – Energize Vermont – Director of Communications Matthew Cota – Vermont Fuel Dealer Association (VFDA) Executive Director Michael Lannen – Eternity Web Development – President + FounderMichael Coppinger – Downtown Rutland Partnership – Executive DirectorMichelle Fairbrother – Berkshire Bank – Vice President, Vermont Regional ManagerMolly Turner – Ben & Jerry’s – Executive AssistantNicole L’Huillier Fenton – Flavor Communications, LLC – OwnerOliver Levis – Earth Sky Time Community Farm – Farmer/BakerRebecca Gutwin  – the RehabGYM Inc. – CFO Ross Evans – Simon Pearce – Director of Marketing Sky Barsch Gleiner – Vermont Sports Magazine – Owner/PublisherSeth Webb – Town of Killington – Executive Director, Economic Development and TourismTesha Buss – Good Commons – CreatorYael Friedman – Fletcher Allen Foundation – Annual Fund/Major Gift OfficerSource: Vermont Business Magazine. October 6, 2011last_img read more

Honduras Hosts Regional Humanitarian Aid Course

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo June 25, 2018 Central American military officers took part in a regional course in Honduras to enhance their rescue knowledge and standards. For nearly a month, service members of each member country of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, in Spanish) took part in a course to train in aquatic rescue and first aid, among other activities. Some 30 troops from CFAC’s Humanitarian and Rescue Units (UHR, in Spanish) participated in the fourth edition of the Integrated Humanitarian Aid Course. The course took place April 22-May 18, 2018, at the Honduran Armed Forces’ Regional Humanitarian Aid Training Center (CARAH, in Spanish) in Tegucigalpa. The goal of the course was to train officers in providing basic assistance to victims as well as assessing damages, evaluating needs, and supplying materials such as water, medicine, and basic hygiene products to affected communities. The course also consisted of still- and open-water endurance tests, as well as rescue exercises in confined spaces. According to Honduran Army Colonel Mario Alberto Matute Pacheco, commander of UHR-Honduras, the course is advantageous in that it “produces highly qualified personnel with the specialized skills needed to help people in the region in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.” A demanding course “Each CFAC member country is responsible for conducting a rescue training session beforehand,” Col. Matute explained. “That way, they can select the personnel best suited to participate in the course, in accordance with each course’s requirements and demands.” The course, consisting of academic instruction and hands-on practice, was divided into four main modules that included exams and mock situations. Upon graduating from the course, officers proved the high level of preparedness of CFAC’s UHR. The first module focused on basic and psychological first aid. Service members’ objective was to save a victim’s life and prevent the patient or rescuer from suffering physical or mental trauma. “This is basic knowledge that any rescuer who will participate in rescue or psychological support groups should have,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of Public Relations for the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “In some situations, [rescuers] find people who have been dismembered or mutilated, and are traumatized after completing the rescue. Psychological first aid addresses this situation [as well].” The next modules included supplying material, evaluating damage, and analyzing needs. “When the aid is received, how it’s administered and controlled are part of the humanitarian aid process,” said Capt. Meza. The course’s conceptual component focused on post-disaster operations, how to reestablish basic services and perform rescues in confined spaces. The mock situations made use of both lightweight and heavy collapsed structures so participants could practice entering and exiting the structures properly while hauling all of their equipment. Still water and swift water endurance tests and sea rescue drills rounded out the training activities. For this part of the course, participants traveled to La Ceiba in the department of Atlántida on Honduras’s Caribbean coast to train in the rapids of the Cangrejal river, which was followed by an open-sea exercise in the Caribbean. “Each student was trained and made aware that it is up to them to survive and rescue other people,” said Col. Matute. Frequent threats Because of its geographical location, Central America is prone to natural disasters such as tropical storms, flooding rivers, landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. In its 2014 Regional Report on the State of Vulnerability and Disaster Risk in Central America, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction stated that the frequency and intensity of these threats is on the rise. “The UHR of each [CFAC] member country was created in response to our countries’ propensity to natural and man-made disasters,” said Col. Matute. “There was a clear need to train personnel to keep up our operational readiness and standardize our rescue guidelines, bringing them in line with international norms.” The humanitarian aid course is held twice a year, once between April and May and again in August, coinciding with hurricane and rainy seasons. Created in 2014, CARAH trained more than 370 civilians and service members from CFAC militaries, which includes the armed forces of El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. “The humanitarian aid doctrine, knowledge, and human resources that CARAH-Honduras-CFAC produces to respond to natural or man-made disasters are of the highest quality. They protect human life and contribute to the sustainable development of the region,” Capt. Meza concluded. “When officers return to their countries, they create a domino effect because they share what they learned with colleagues in their respective humanitarian and rescue units.”last_img read more

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Port Jefferson, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old homeless man was killed Monday night in Port Jefferson when a car struck him as he was crossing Route 25A, Suffolk County police said. Paul Kearins, who police said was homeless and would occasionally stay in a shelter in Port Jefferson, was crossing Route 25A while pushing a shopping cart at 6:25 p.m. when he was struck by a 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser heading south on Dayton Avenue, police said. The vehicle struck the shopping cart, which then struck Kearins, police said. He was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The 60-year-old driver of the car was not injured. No charges were filed. The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information on the fatal crash is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

Pure governance magic

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Serving as the chairman of your CUNA Board is one of the highlights of my nearly 40-year career. From this perch, I have gained a fuller appreciation for the genius of the cooperative governance system.Please indulge me as I share a few observations.I am joined on the CUNA Board by a group of dedicated and talented directors. This is not an overstatement. Each board member brings a unique perspective to the issues confronting credit unions today.The diversity of ideas, perspectives, and experiences from credit union and league leaders informs the board in making rational decisions. But this isn’t what inspires me the most.Most of you don’t have the opportunity to sit in on a CUNA Board meeting. For this reason, you don’t often see the board at work. continue reading »last_img read more

Islip Terrace Bicyclist Hit by Car Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Oakdale over the weekend has died, Suffolk County police said.Presley Bizzaro, of Islip Terrace, was pronounced dead Saturday at Southside Hospital.The victim was riding his bicycle northbound across Sunrise Highway South Service Road when he was struck by a Toyota Camry making a left turn from Oakdale-Bohemia Road at 9:30 a.m. Friday, police said.The driver was neither injured nor charged.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img read more

First contestant with autism to compete in Miss Florida

first_imgUniversity of South Florida college student Rachel Barcellona is trying to inspire others by going for the Miss Florida crown.The USF junior will make history as the first contestant with autism to compete in the Miss Florida pageant, which is part of the Miss America pageant system.Barcellona, who currently holds the title of Miss Manatee River, is confidently preparing to compete alongside 34 other women in Lakeland from June 24th to 29th.She will advocate for her platform, “Ability Beyond Disability,” to show others that “autism doesn’t hold me back.”Barcellona is also an advocate for autism awareness and is going to the White House in 2020 to lobby for amendments in the proposed Autism CARES Act of 2019.The proposed bill reportedly the primary source of federal funding for autism research, services, training, and monitoring.Ms. Barcellona will be on ‘The Joyce Kaufman Show’ with Karen Curtis on Friday, 6/14 at 10:35 a.m.last_img read more

Bloomfield hopes to avoid injury at trials

first_imgA year ago, Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield had track and field fans talking for a long time after a superb performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, where he became the first schoolboy locally to go sub 45 seconds in the 400m.Bloomfield broke Davian Clarke’s long standing national junior record of 45.21 seconds with an excellent winning time of 44.93 seconds to take the Class 1 event.After winning the Under 20 one-lap event at the Carifta Games his season ended at the Penn Relays, where he had a leg injury, running the second leg of the 4×100 metres for his team.Since then he has not competed despite being listed to do so at several development meets this season. Come today, the lanky sprinter will make his first appearance as he is down to compete at the Carifta Trials as he aims to defend his regional 400m title.”Caution is my main concern when I compete as I just want to finish my event healthy,” said Bloomfield, who stated that he will be competing in the 400m and may possibly do the 200m.”The only thing I am worried about now is getting through the trials injury free and just to give a good performance,” he continued.Asked about his expectation for his first outing this season his reply was “I haven’t set any expectation for myself as I just want to complete my event healthy.””The trials at time tends to be hotter than the competition itself as all I can say there is good competition out there and I just have to bring out my best,” he added.last_img read more