Champlain College named winner of research challenge

BURLINGTON — CFA Society Vermont is proud to announce that Champlain College has won the first CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont and now advances to the Americas Regional in Seattle, WA on April 6 and 7 where it will compete against universities from the United States, Canada and Latin America. The Champlain College team consists of Zhomart Dairov, Shawn Leary, Victoria Morelli, Kyle Sherman and Adam Vernali. Teams from Champlain College, Lyndon State College, Norwich University, and Saint Michael’s College competed at the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont local finals at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology on February 8, 2017. The Universities sent teams of three to five students to participate in the local challenge. At the local final students presented their analysis and buy/sell/hold investment recommendations on Casella Waste Systems to a panel of esteemed judges.

Woodstock Area Chamber recognizes businesses, volunteer of the year

At the annual meeting of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce, Board President Gary Thulander presented Woodstock Pizza Chef Woodstock Area Business of the year in recognition of their outstanding spirit and contribution to the Woodstock Area Community. Woodstock Pizza Chef came to Woodstock in the late 1980’2 and has been a regular meeting place ever since. Owned and operated by Alex Tsouknakis and his family, this family- friendly business with great food and affordable prices has continuously supported the Woodstock Rotary, the Woodstock Pistol and Gun Club, Woodstock Union High School and Elementary School and virtually every team and club associated with our schools, as well as, fire departments and public safety professionals. His personal time and support of local events and organizations is deeply appreciated. In addition, the Chamber awarded the 2017 New Business of the Year to Andrew Pearce Bowls New and creative business is critical to the growth and sustainability of our small regional towns.

NPI completes technical project for Local Motion

SOUTH BURLINGTON — NPI Technology Management is pleased to announce the conclusion of a technical project for Local Motion, a statewide nonprofit walk-bike advocacy organization. NPI donated the technical expertise needed to prepare and install a server. Marion Rose, IT Manager for Local Motion, said “thank you so much to the whole crew at NPI for the generous donation! Technician Drew Larsen was really wonderful and representative of the whole organization. His knowledge, patience and respect were reassuring and much appreciated.” NPI co-owner Eric Hart added “as Local Motion board president I am happy to give technical time to this worthy organization.”
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CFA Society Vermont to host research challenge

BURLINGTON – CFA Society Vermont is pleased to announce they will be
holding their first annual Local Research Challenge which will be held in Burlington on February 8. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university stu- dents with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyze a publicly traded company. Each team writes a research report on their assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation and may be asked to present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals. The Vermont Research Challenge has five teams participating from four local colleges: Champlain College, Lyndon State College, Norwich University, and St.

Henderson-King earns certification

BURLINGTON — White + Burke is proud to announce that Gail Henderson-King received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC) in November 2016. EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development with instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs.

Gail is a Senior Project Manager at White + Burke. She has managed such projects as the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building, the downtown St. Albans State Office Building and parking garage redevelopment, and landscaping re-design for the Shelburne Road and Williston branches of Northfield Savings Bank.

Washington County Mental Health Services CEO Mary Moulton receives advocacy award

MONTPELIER — Hundreds of Vermonters came together at the State House for Mental Health Advocacy Day on Tuesday, January 31st, with the theme being “Caring for Vermonters – Investing in Mental Health”. Many wonderful stories were shared, a training session was provided on advocacy, legislators addressed and were addressed by audience members, and the Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Mary Moulton, Washington County Mental Health Services CEO. The Mental Health Advocate Award was presented to Mary by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont), Vermont Care Partners (VCP) and the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR). Mary was recognized for her years of service working in mental health in Vermont as a tireless advocate to make people’s lives better, both those who experience mental health challenges and those who work in the mental health field. Mary is a consummate professional, who has served in many roles both at Washington County Mental Health and in state government.

Barre Granite Association appoints new executive director

BARRE — The Barre Granite Association ( announced today that Douglas Grahn has been appointed to manage their strategic marketing initiatives. This includes increasing awareness nationally of the products and services of its members, and assisting in the promotion of the Vermont Granite Museum ( Doug brings a wealth of marketing experience to the BGA, having spent many years as the National Marketing Director at Smith, Bell & Thompson, Inc. in Burlington; and additionally following corporate mergers, the Hilb Rogal & Hobbs and Willis of North America operations in Hartford and Shelton, CT, Syracuse, NY and Denver, CO. For the past six years, Doug worked closely with a wide array of for-profit and nonprofit clients, as owner of Radial Marketing, LLC, a locally-based marketing consulting firm. BGA Board President Mark Gherardi said, “The BGA Board has been searching for a dynamic leader with extensive marketing background for some time now and I am happy to report that Doug fits these requirements in every way.

Exhibitors sought for Earth Fair

POULTNEY — Join one decade of celebrating the environment. This year’s 10th Annual Poultney Earth Fair will be on Wednesday, April 12th from 2-5 pm at Poultney High School. The event is free and open to the public! The PHS 8th graders will host this year’s Earth Fair, and we invite the public to collaborate by reserving an exhibition booth today. Together, we will provide education, empowerment, and a voice for those trying to address some of the biggest issues faced in our history including poverty, hunger, and climate change.

Vermont Flower Show begins March 3

ESSEX JUNCTION — Join us in “Neverland” where dreams come alive from March 3rd through the 5th at the
Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont for the 2017 Vermont Flower Show! The Vermont Flower Show is an event where attendees spend the entire day and take
advantage of the numerous activities offered as part of the admission fee. Highlights include:
The Grand Garden Display, over 100 vendors related to the horticultural and gardening
industry, 35+seminars and workshops, a Family Room with hands-on activities and
entertainment, a local bookstore, food/flora/fresh demonstrations, the St. Albans Garden
Club and VT Railway Society displays, and VT Certified Horticulturists and Green Works
members on hand to answer any gardening and landscaping questions. The show is open to the public on Friday, March 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday,
March 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday March 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The
daily cost of admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), $5 for children (ages 3-17),
and free for children under the age of 3.

Mercy Connections to honor Lisa Ventriss at annual May luncheon

BURLINGTON —  Mercy Connections is pleased to share that Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of Vermont Business Roundtable, will be this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley award. The award will be bestowed at Mercy Connections Annual May Luncheon on May 4, 2017. Each year the Board of Directors selects a person who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. This year, the board will honor Lisa Ventriss with the Catherine McAuley award. “It has been one of my personal and professional privileges to be associated with this important organization, to see the real and transformational change that happens through the works of the Mercy community, and to support them in their mission,” Ventriss said.