first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Chamber is pleased to announce that Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, will serve as Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for the next year and Lisa Kingsbury, Interim Co-Director/Planning Relations Manager for Campus Planning Services, University of Vermont will serve as Vice Chair.Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley TelecomKurt joined Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) in 1996. At WCVT, he is responsible for all facets of marketing, customer service, public relations, strategic planning, and new product and business development. Kurt holds an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelor of Science from S.U.N.Y. Plattsburgh. He is a past Board member of the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as past president of the Chamber’s Valley Economic Development Committee. Kurt currently serves on the Marketing and Public Relations Committee of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association where he served as committee chairman and is past chairman of the Marketing Committee for the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO).  This past year, Kurt testified on behalf of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee On Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection as part of their “Disrupter Series: Smart Communities.” Kurt resides in Shelburne with his wife Suzanne and their 16-year-old twins.Lisa Kingsbury, Interim Co-Director/Planning Relations Manager for Campus Planning Services, University of VermontLisa Kingsbury is the Interim Co-Director/Planning Relations Manager for Campus Planning Services at the University of Vermont. In this role, Lisa oversees the land use planning and regulatory functions for UVM as well as serving as UVM’s liaison with community and institutional groups and municipalities specific to land use. Prior to joining the staff at UVM, Lisa was the Director/Public Relations at Paul Kaza Associates in South Burlington and Director of Marketing for Forest City Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the immediate past chair of the Leadership Champlain Board and has served on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and the Executive Committee of the Board for the past two years. She is also a member of the Burlington Business Association, the Vermont Planners Association and the Society for College and University Planning. She has enjoyed volunteering her time for the past two years as the Head Coach of the Girls on the Run program at Shelburne Community School. Lisa lives in Shelburne with her husband and two daughters.The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to announce that the following individuals have joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors.Michelle Buswell, Vice President, Relationship Manager, People’s United BankMichelle Buswell works in Wealth Management as a Vice President, Relationship Manager at People’s United Bank in Burlington, Vermont. There she manages all aspects of her client relationships utilizing her broad knowledge of investments, financial planning, operations, fiduciary advisement and private banking to consult with clients and develop long term wealth management plans. In Michelle’s prior role as Vice President, Portfolio Manager, she managed investment accounts across the bank’s footprint. She also was a member of the firm’s Solutions committee which is responsible for the firm’s investment products, research and selection. Michelle started at People’s United as a Wealth Management Associate in March of 2016.  Prior to working at People’s, she taught college students at New England Culinary Institute, was a chocolatier in the Napa Valley and worked in finance at Columbia Management as a Senior Performance Analyst. Michelle is a graduate of Leadership Champlain Class of 2018. She is a Programs Committee member with the Burlington Business Association and serves on the Leadership Team for the Burlington/Williston chapter of People’s Women in Leadership. Michelle loves gardening, podcasts, Middle Eastern food, live music and taking classes. She lives in Burlington’s New North End with her husband, two young children and Jack Russell, Masoni. Peter Engard, General Manager, Hilton Burlington Lake ChamplainPeter “Pete” Engard is the General Manager of the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain. In addition to serving on the Vermont Business Roundtable, Pete also serves on the Hello Burlington board as Chairperson and formerly on the board of the Equinox Preservation Trust while he resided in Manchester at the Equinox Resort. Pete’s 25+ year hospitality career began when he joined Hilton while studying for his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. The industry brought him to Seattle, White Plains, Manhattan, Manchester and now Burlington. Pete resides in Essex with his wife and two children.Alex Halpern AIA, NCARB, Vice President, Freeman French Freeman, Inc. – ArchitectsAlex is an experienced architect, designer, project manager, and small business owner of Freeman French Freeman Architects in Burlington. His portfolio includes work in both public and private sectors with a focus on education, technology, and recreation/community projects. As a team leader and vice president for over 20 years, Alex is passionate about helping clients throughout Vermont and New England realize their architectural goals. In addition to Alex’s areas of focus, the firm’s design services also include interiors, commercial, healthcare, hospitality, and historic preservation. Halpern’s recent work includes Burlington’s new YMCA, the UVM STEM science facility, UVM Rescue, the Dion Student Center & Quad Commons at Saint Michael’s College, the Moran FRAME project, and plans for a new South Burlington Recreation Center. Other notable works include UVM’s James Jeffords Hall, the Dartmouth College Burnham Field Soccer Facility, and multiple expansions at the Burlington International Airport. Alex is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Champlain, a former board member for the South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA), and a member of the Burlington Business Association. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from UVM and a Master of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo. Alex is a Burlington resident who loves Vermont and the great outdoors, spending as much time as possible enjoying it with his family and friends.Michael Posternak, Assistant Vice President, NBT BankMichael grew up in Brattleboro and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1999. He began his career in banking as a summer intern at Vermont National Bank, and then went on to work for Chittenden Bank as the manager of its offices in St. Albans from 2001-2003, and Wilmington from 2003-2006. In 2009, Michael moved to Canada and spent nine years working in the banking industry, where he managed retail branch offices in Lancaster, ON and Ottawa, ON. He returned home last summer to manage the 150 Bank Street office of NBT Bank in Burlington. Over the past twenty years he has had the privilege of working in diverse communities on both sides of the border, and has been actively involved with numerous non-profit and community service organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce in St. Albans from 2001-2003, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Snow Region Chamber of Commerce in Wilmington from 2003-2006. In Ottawa, he was vice-chair of the West Ottawa Board of Trade from 2016-2018 and a Career Mentor for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with his family, and helping to make a positive impact in the community.Heather Ross, Principal, Sheehey, Furlong & BehmHeather Ross is a director and shareholder at Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., where she practices commercial litigation with a focus on labor and employment law. For over twenty years, Ms. Ross has been advising clients on compliance issues, conducting investigations, and representing clients in all phases of litigation. Prior to joining the firm in December 2016, Ms. Ross spent more than a decade at the U.S Attorney’s Office in Vermont, where, as a federal prosecutor, she tried multiple cases, including financial crimes and labor and sex trafficking cases.  Ms. Ross came to Vermont in 1995 to serve as a federal judicial clerk to the Honorable William K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Vermont. Thereafter, she enjoyed private practice at a regional law firm before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors for KidSafe Collaborative and Give Way to Freedom. Heather lives in Shelburne, Vermont with her husband and two children.Tinotenda (Tino) Charles Rutanhira, Product Manager, Dealer.comTino was born in Harare, but spent most of his childhood in Mutare, the jewel of Zimbabwe. He attended university in South Africa, and lived in Johannesburg afterward before immigrating to the United States where, this time, another jewel found him … Vermont! Tino is currently employed at Dealer.com as a Product Manager, and was previously employed at MyWebGrocer and People’s Bank. In his spare time, Tino is a producer and host of his own podcast called “On The Shoulders of Giants”, which aims to learn how inspirational Vermont luminaries have achieved success in their field and in their communities. He also owns and operates Best In VT Tours & Charters, a party bus for corporate events, brewery tours, weddings, private parties, etc. Most importantly, he is a single parent of a beautiful, amazing, (insert glowing adjective here …) 14-year-old girl. Tino is honored to be seated on one of Vermont’s most influential & respected Boards and representing the Leadership Champlain Class of 2019. His goal is to grow and learn from the Board Members, but also as a young professional, a person of color, and an immigrant, he hopes to provide a different perspective that may be missing from how the board and the Chamber operates.Rick Vincent, Senior Vice President and CFO, University of Vermont Medical CenterRick Vincent is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Vermont Medical Center. He started his career with the organization in 1994 as a staff accountant, and in the 25 years since has held several finance and operational roles, such as administrative director positions in Orthopedics, Cancer, Pathology, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Director of Finance, and Vice President of Finance for the UVM Medical Group. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Vermont, and his master’s degree in administration and management from St. Michael’s College. He lives with his wife Danielle and three children in Charlotte, Vermont.Brad Worthen, Commercial and Business Broker, Pomerleau Real EstateBrad Worthen is a 4th generation Vermonter. He was raised in South Burlington by two loving parents and picked up just enough education to be confident. He set out to conquer the world but didn’t quite make it that far but just far enough. Today Brad resides in Richmond, VT with his partner Chris. Brad is a Commercial Realtor with Pomerleau Real Estate. His favorite pastime is piloting his Mooney around the Northeast. He enjoys the summer days at his family cottage off the coast of Maine and traveling around the globe.Janine (Jan) Wright, Deputy Chief of Administration, Burlington Police DepartmentJannine (Jan) Wright is currently the Deputy Chief of Administration for the Burlington Police Department. She was promoted to this role in January 2014 by former Chief Michael Schirling. Jan has served the City as Acting Police Chief three times since 2014. She supervises a number of divisions including the Burlington Police Detective Bureau(s) which includes the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations (CUSI), General and Major Crimes and the Narcotics Unit. She also supervises Communications, Records Division, Parking Enforcement, Training and Recruitment and Facilities.Jan graduated from the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Champlain program class of 2010. She joined the Leadership Champlain Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as the Chair. She is also the co-chair of Hope Works, an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through healing, outreach, prevention and Empowerment and serves on the CUSI Policy Board. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2001, Jan was a Deputy Sheriff and Detective with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa for fifteen years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from the Hawkeye Institute of Technology where she also served as an Advisory Board Member and as a member of Student Senate. In her spare time, she served on a number of Boards that address conservation issues locally and nationally and worked ten years with the United States Marshal Service transporting and guarding federal inmates.  The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The Chamber puts everything into place to help our members grow their businesses: providing innovative member services and programs, promoting our region and making it an even better place to do business. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.vermont.org(link is external)/chamber. Source: Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Burlington 10.15.2019last_img read more

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first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’RACE OF CHAMPIONS 40th Milo Marathon nat’l finals invades Iloilo today’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By RHICK LARS VLADIMER ALBAY AND ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Led by reigning champions Rafael Poliquit and Mary Joy Tabal, some 18,000 runners are set to join the National Milo Marathon Finals today, as Iloilo hosts the prestigious finale for the first time in the national competition’s 40-year history.“Iloilo City will be at center stage of [the biggest] marathon in the country,” shared city sports development officer Rommel Castro. “The best local and international runners will be running our streets. Most will be first timers [in the city] while others might have already fallen in love with Iloilo.”Poliquit and Tabal, who recently competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, are both raring to go head-to-head with runners from all over the Philippines to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.The event features five race categories (42K, 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K), all set to kick-off at the Iloilo Business Park and end at the Iloilo Convention Center. Their routes will feature major sites and landmarks in the city – among them the Iloilo River Esplanade and Megaworld Boulevard.Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, for his part, welcomed all participants and said Ilonggos will surely show their support for the national Milo finals.“We are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country. We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National Milo Marathon’s 40th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have prepared for them,” said Mabilog.The 40th Milo Marathon had 13 elimination legs nationwide, starting in Dagupan in July 17 and culminating in Iloilo today for the national finals.“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors,” said Milo sports marketing manager Andrew Neri.“We hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life”Earlier in November, Milo donated 200 tennis shoes to be distributed to underprivileged athletes in five public elementary schools in the city, under their “Help Give Shoes” initiative.The National Milo Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide through their “Help Give Shoes” advocacy in partnership with the Department of Education.Iloilo has produced its share of champion runners led by former Milo marathon kings Jimmy de la Torre, Edwardo Buenavista and Herman Suizo. /PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Friday Night Lights are upon us. All across the Rio Grande Valley, the skyline can be seen dotted with pockets of bright white glows emanating from powerful stadium lights. The piercing sound of whistles travels along the breeze while the ‘thump, thump, thump’ of bass drums resonates through the ground.The cheers, chants and yells of the crowds can also be heard from a fair distance away each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night as gridiron battles rage on. Being an avid and vocal fan is just as much a part of the game as the offense and defense, or the cheerleaders or the band marching at halftime. It’s an honored tradition to heckle —in a friendly manner — when you think a referee has blown a call. Even a little armchair quarterbacking from the stands isn’t such a bad thing. I, myself, may have made suggestions to pass versus throw, or to urge the defense to hold the line from time to time.Football games are about more than just the back and forth chess match between two head coaches, two offenses and two defenses. Football games are about the entire experience, but one thing that can get lost in the fervor of the fans is remembering that these games of ours are played by children.While coaches and referees are adults — paid professionals with years of experience working their craft — our players are students. By and large, they play for the love of the game. And if the sounds of a game can be heard clearly from several blocks away, you can be sure that criticisms and taunts can be heard with crystal clarity between the hash marks.Our players are students in the classroom, but beyond that, they’re also still students on the field. All season long they are continually learning new schemes, new routes and new defenses. The fact that they’re still learning means they might make mistakes. Even if they don’t, a perfect play can still go awry from factors outside their control.A wide receiver may find the perfect seam to run through, but the opposing team’s defense may have a safety who’s just that much faster and able to close the gap. Things happen. The thrill of a play breaking down, or alternately, suddenly succeeding in the face of imminent failure, is part of the excitement of the game.One other part of the game that’s just as vital is the mental game. You can ask any head coach how important mental toughness is and they’ll tell you it ranks right up there at the top. What they won’t tell you is that we, the audience, are players in that part of the game. If we support our kids, it helps. If we don’t, it can show on the field.So yes, cheer loudly when you’re elated by the game. Cheer loudly when you’re surprised with disappointment, too, but cheer respectfully. Our kids are still learning, and they can hear everything we say.The football experience is about the total package, from the top of the bleachers to the center of the 50 yard line. We’re all a part of it, so let’s do our best to make the games as positive an experience as they can be.And don’t forget, after the game, you can always catch us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedNational Night Out thrice the funBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The “thump, thump, thump” sound of rotors beating the air grew louder and what began as a dim speck against the clouds soon grew into the vivid orange of a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter flying low over the Sutherland’s parking lot in…October 6, 2017In “News”Tarpons handle ‘Hounds, 44-21By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons shifted their vaunted running game into high gear last Friday night as they outscored a feisty Brownsville St. Joseph’s team, 44-21, at Tarpon Stadium. It was a game of two halves for Port Isabel. The Tarpons scored the first…October 2, 2014In “Sports”Tarpons crush Ants, 39-0 to make playoffsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons shut out Progreso, 39-0, at Tarpon Stadium Friday night, and in the process punched their ticket for the 2011 football playoffs. With one game remaining, the Tarpons would at least tie for the district championship with a win over…October 31, 2011In “Sports”last_img read more

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first_imgStill hoping for another chance to play in the NFL, former Ravens running back Ray Rice is venturing into coaching this week as part of the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.Rice is coaching the running backs along with fellow Ravens running back Priest Holmes for Mike Martz’s National Team. The all-star game for draft-eligible college players will take place in Carson, Calif. on Saturday afternoon.Turning 29 later this week, Rice hasn’t played since his contract was terminated by the Ravens and he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Sept. 8, 2014, the same day a video was released of him striking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City casino earlier that year. Since Rice had already been suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, his indefinite suspension was overturned in late November of that year, but no team has reportedly given Rice even as much as a tryout the last two seasons.In various interviews, Rice has expressed a desire to mentor and advise younger players in hopes that they’ll avoid the same mistakes he made, and this appears to be a forum in which he can do that for NFL hopefuls.last_img read more

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