MONTPELIER — For 40 years, the Vermont Land Trust has been singularly focused on protecting the state’s farm and forestland, helping to preserve nearly 2,000 parcels of property and 700,000 acres. Starting next month, the Vermont Land Trust will entrust its mission to Nick Richardson, who replaces Gil Livingston as president of the 3,000-member organization. It shouldn’t take the 39-year-old Richardson long to get up to speed on his new job. For the past five years, he was the Land Trust’s vice president of finance and enterprise. Don’t look for Richardson to shake up the organization.
KILLINGTON — With an expected draw of more than 30,000 spectators to the area over the course of the two-day event, Killington Ski Resort and the surrounding area prepare to host the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup races that will be held Thanksgiving weekend: Friday, Nov. 24, to Sun., Nov. 26. “The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Killington Resort submitted a proposal to the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) two years ago at the FIS Congress to host this event,” said Kristel Fillmore, communications, public relations and social media manager for the resort. “The FIS officially awarded Killington the event in the spring of 2016 at the FIS Conference in Cancun, Mexico.” Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Ski Resort, has said the race raises the profile of skiing in the Northeast and at Killington.
CABOT — Amy Levine, director of marketing at Cabot Creamery Co-operative, was named a 2017 B Corp Champion at the annual International B Corp Retreat in Toronto. Certified B Corporations are committed to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, according to a news release. In 2016, Levine spearheaded a steering committee with other certified B Corp businesses, all volunteering time and resources to develop a campaign to improve consumer awareness of what B Corp certification means. The campaign, which launches in 2018, aims to make people aware of the many B Corps all around them, including companies in consumer goods, retail and services.
MONTPELIER — Vermont farms this week continued efforts to recover from the monster wind storm that left nearly one out of three Vermonters without power last week. State officials said they’ve yet to calculate the full extent of the damage from the Oct. 29 storm, or its impact on Vermont agriculture and maple sugar production. “Certainly, it was a doozy (of a storm) — no doubt about it,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in Montpelier. “One plus is it was warm enough to deal with.” Tebbetts said about three dozen farms last week reported damage to buildings and equipment or crippling power outages, and “we know there are many more.” “We have a tremendous amount of farmers that are using generators to power their farms and feed their (livestock),” he said.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Shannon Vera has been named regional manager for Help at Home, Visiting Nurse for Vermont and New Hampshire’s private-duty service. Vera has over six years of experience in business development and marketing for long-term-care rehabilitation facilities and hospice agencies. “I am very excited to be a part of the Help at Home team,” said Vera. “It is an honor to work with a company that provides such individualized care and outstanding support to people in the community.”
She will be responsible for staff management and operations, including fiscal management, talent acquisition and performance management, marketing and business development. She will oversee quality and the appropriateness of services, and ensure regulatory compliance and client excellence.
MONTPELIER — Mary N. Peterson, former commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, has joined the tax practice group of Rath, Young and Pignatelli’s Montpelier office. Her practice will focus on state and local tax, energy and other regulated industries, administrative practice and public policy. Peterson has experience in state and local matters, as well as utility regulation, commercial contracts, lender liability, bankruptcy and securities. She will be working out of the new Montpelier office at 26 State St., Suite 9.
The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — If Greek business needed a role model, Stathis Stasinopoulos would make an ideal candidate. An athlete, engineer and entrepreneur, he invented an easy-folding bicycle design and began building them himself and created a small company. The project was shortlisted for a national startup award in 2014 and, the following year, he peddled onto the stage to applause to give a motivational speech. Today, he has some advice for young Greeks with a good idea: “Get your passport and leave.” In July, Stasinopoulos took his family and dream of a self-made business and moved them from Athens to bicycle-friendly Bremen, a city in northwest Germany. Years of effort had been crushed by high taxes and outdated bureaucracy.
BARTON — As any successful farmer or gardener knows, trying to plant in soil starved of nutrients and moisture almost guarantees failure. Working with soil treated with carbon “biochar,” however, is like working with dirt on natural steroids. Biochar is a powerful soil-builder that improves soil fertility and water retention. It reduces the need for chemicals and fertilizers and holds onto nutrients and water like a paper towel. Even better, biochar persists in the soil for hundreds of years, proving its value as a “sustainable” resource in food production.
MONTPELIER — Vesta Bovair, an insurance industry veteran, has joined National Life Group as executive vice president and head of the company’s operations division. Bovair is in charge of National Life’s Customer Innovation Group, which includes processing policies, paying claims and answering agent and client questions, among many other responsibilities, for the company’s life insurance and annuity policy businesses. Bovair came to National Life from Swiss Re Group, where she was managing director for global business solutions, leading strategy and delivery in 10 countries. Bovair holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA from Brown University. She and her husband, Greg, have two children and have settled in Vermont.
The Associated Press NEW YORK — For many freelancers and owners of small businesses, signing up clients and completing projects is just one part of the work. Trying to get paid can be almost as time-consuming. Sandy Sloane needed 11 months of persistence before one client paid in full for her publicity and event-planning work. The client was having cash flow problems, but said he was paying other vendors. He put off paying Sloane although their $4,000 contract stipulated he would pay within 30 days.