Governor appoints Senecal to Commission on Women

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Lisa Senecal to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women, the state’s nonpartisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. “Lisa’s background and commitment to raising awareness for issues of importance to women, and leadership in advocating to advance opportunities for women, will be a tremendous asset on the commission and for its important mission,” said Scott. Senecal is a marketing and communications professional and small-business entrepreneur. A fourth-generation Vermonter, she attended Norwich University as a civilian student. She has launched and run three successful small businesses, including an award-winning children’s entertainment company and a New Media issue advocacy consulting firm.

Jim Madej joins VEIC as chief executive officer

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation Board of Directors has named Jim Madej chief executive officer. Madej comes to VEIC with decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience in delivering energy efficiency programs and services to customers in his role as chief customer officer at National Grid USA. “Jim’s deep energy industry expertise and his proven track record of customer-focused leadership made him the ideal choice to lead VEIC in building on the success it has achieved in Vermont, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and beyond in helping customers spend less on energy,” said Richard Cowart, vice president of the board. “I’m excited to join VEIC and lead this great team to deliver innovations to everyone, regardless of income and geography. All market participants need to work together to deliver the clean energy revolution our customers are asking for,” said Madej.

Not investing carries risk

You’ve no doubt heard about the risks associated with investing. “This investment carries this type of risk, while that investment carries another one.” And it is certainly true that all investments do involve some form of risk. But what about not investing? Isn’t there some risk associated with that, too? In fact, by staying on the investment sidelines or at least by avoiding long-term, growth-oriented investments, you may incur several risks.

Grace Cottage Hospital CEO announces his retirement

TOWNSHEND— Roger Allbee, CEO of Grace Cottage Board of Trustees, announced he is retiring as administrator of Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital in Townshend as soon as the board finds a suitable replacement. Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital is a health care provider for the West River Valley and beyond. The board of trustees acknowledged Allbee’s more than three years of dedicated service. Stephan Morse said, “Without Roger’s dedicated service, Grace Cottage would be a very different facility today. The West River Valley is grateful for his devotion to Grace Cottage Hospital.”
Parties interested in further information on the position should contact Martha Gardiner Dale at Mdale242@gmail.com.

Pollard to manage Barre branch of Westaff Workforce

Keisha Pollard has been promoted from personnel supervisor to branch manager of the Barre location of Westaff, according to the Mount Family Group, the Williston-based franchisee of Westaff Workforce Solutions and Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Pollard joined the company in August 2015 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Barre branch. In her new position, Pollard is responsible for recruiting, client relations, branch management and growth in the Central Vermont market, which ranges from Morrisville to Bethel. She was born and raised in Vermont and enjoys spending her free time with her son and two cats. Westaff Workforce Solutions is a provider of temporary staffing and employment services in the U.S.

Young central Vermont professionals get connected

BARRE — The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Central Vermont Young Professionals Group — a coalition of people under the age of 40 who want to share their entrepreneurial energy and ideas
The group started as a Facebook entity under the auspices of Mark Browning and Reuben Stone from Stone and Browning, a property management company in Barre. Browning and Stone were aware of robust young professionals groups in Rutland and Burlington, but no similar organization existed for central Vermont. Rutland Young Professionals, for instance, was founded in 2013, charges a minimal yearly fee of $25 to belong and is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an active membership and a brick-and-mortar address on Cottage Street. With old fashioned commitment and hard work, the Central Vermont Young Professionals Group looks forward to a similar vibrant future. Earlier this year they formed a steering committee to gauge interest in a potential network geared to smaller businesses, microbusinesses and new startups.

Don’t let your investments take a ‘vacation’

It’s summer again. Time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same — in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions:
— Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments.

Residential home changes name to Gary Residence

MONTPELIER — In an effort to provide clarity to its mission and level of care, the board of trustees of OM Fisher Home, a local nonprofit charitable organization, approved changing the name of the Gary Home to the Gary Residence. The name change became effective on April 1, 2017. The structure, located at 149 Main St. in Montpelier, was built in 1941, providing lifetime skilled nursing care. Over the years, and with new state regulations in play, the Gary Residence became a licensed Level III Residential Care Home.

C2’s Bruce Thomas promoted to vice president

C2 (Competitive Computing), a Vermont-based technology consulting firm specializing in ebusiness and enterprise technology infrastructure, announced the promotion of Bruce Thomas to vice president of finance and operations. Thomas has been with the company since 1999, serving in roles including IT manager and operations manager, and was formerly with Digital Equipment Corp. Thomas lives in Shelburne and works at C2 headquarters in Colchester.

Aspiring farmers and UVM Extension staff learn from the owners of Darby Farm in Alburgh in July 2013. They study agriculture and money management in the yearlong, hands-on program. Photo: UVM Extension

Program gives aspiring farmers a leg up

In order for the next generation of farmers to be successful, young farmers must be trained in both agriculture and business. The Youth Agriculture Individual Development Account Program is a UVM Extension program that offers just this type of training, as well as a leg up on saving money. Individuals ages 14 to 21 with at least one year of experience managing income from a farm or food business are eligible for the year-long experience. “It’s about financial education, forming a cohort of young farmers, connecting the farmers with technical resources: people, or funding, or information,” said Liz Kenton, Youth Agriculture Project coordinator at UVM Extension. Originally funded by a USDA grant when it began in 2012, the program, which can accept eight to 20 participants from Vermont, is now supported by many Vermont businesses and families.