VMEC ELECTS THREE NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD

first_imgRandolph Center, VTDecember 16, 2004The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) announced the addition of three new members to their Advisory Board. Monica Greene, Gerald Brown, and Gary Rabidoux have been elected to the 14-member VMEC Board that is comprised of Vermont manufacturers representing a broad cross section of industries and other leaders who strongly support manufacturing. Greene is President and CFO of Vermont Precision Tools, Inc., Brown is the President and Board Chairman of the Vermont Council for Quality, and Rabidoux is Senior Director, Value Net Integration at General Dynamics Armament & Technology Products (GDATP).Monica Greene is a graduate of Champlain College and has been with Vermont Precision Tools (formerly Vermont Gage) since 1982.She has been a Partner since 1996. The company manufacturers high speed steel tooling and fixed limit gaging. Monica has also served on the Boards of Directors for the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp., Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce, and the Alburg Industrial Park and is the Chair of the Alburg Steering Committee.Gerald Brown was President of Vermont Heating and Ventilating Co. from 1956 to 2000 when he retired. His dedication to training and education led to his involvement in the Vermont Construction Training Council and Human Resource Investment Council. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Private Industry Council, is a past Chair of the National Association of State Workforce Investment Policy Council Chairs, served on the board of the US Department of Labors Workforce Excellence Network and was the first Interim Chair for the National Leadership Institute.Gary Rabidoux has 38 years of experience in operations, materials and Value Net Integration management. He has served as Director of Operations for multiple ATP manufacturing sites throughout the country. Gary is the GDATP lead for Lean Manufacturing for all ATP manufacturing sites and is a representative on the General Dynamics Corporate Lean Subcommittee.According to VMEC Director/CEO Bob Zider, We are very pleased to have these experienced manufacturers serve on the VMEC Board. I am confident that their ongoing input and counsel will only strengthen the outreach and quality of assistance that VMEC is able to provide to Vermonts approximately 2,000 manufacturers.###About VMECVMEC’s Mission is “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Increased competitiveness means greater stability in the state’s work force, improved efficiencies. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

Hogan named chairman of Trustees at Vermont College of Fine Arts

first_imgMT Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart also join boardVermont College of Fine Arts, a graduate school for visual art and writing based in Montpelier, Vermont, today announced that Cornelius ( Con ) Hogan has been named chairman of its Board of Trustees.Hogan, a well-known figure in Vermont, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2007. He is currently a senior fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and he is recognized nationally for his work in public and human service, including engagements with the Annie E. Casey and Robert Wood Johnson foundations and the National Center for Children in Poverty.   Hogan has been a director of Fletcher Allen Health Care and secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services.  We are so honored as a community that Con has agreed to chair this board, said Thomas Christopher Greene, president of Vermont College of Fine Arts. He brings tremendous wisdom, leadership and experience to this task, and I look forward to working closely with him to realize our vision of a national center of fine arts in Montpelier.In addition, four other renowned individuals have joined the VCFA Board of Trustees: M.T. Anderson, Chris Graff, Governor Madeline Kunin and Bill Schubart.M. T. (Tobin) Anderson is a New York Times bestselling writer of young adult novels. Anderson taught in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program from 2001 to 2006, and he served as chair of the program for four years. His book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party (2006), the first in a two-part novel, won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, as well as a Printz Honor in 2007. His latest book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, was just awarded the Printz Honor for literary excellence in young adult literature. Anderson lives in Boston.Chris Graff is vice president of National Life Group, a financial services company based in Montpelier, Vermont. Graff is a former journalist with The Associated Press and is the author of Dateline Vermont, a memoir of his 30 years in journalism. For 15 years, Chris hosted Vermont This Week, a public affairs program on Vermont Public Television. He is a contributing editor of Vermont Business Magazine and a member of the Council on the Future of Vermont. Graff resides in Montpelier, Vermont.Madeleine Kunin is the first female Governor of Vermont, 1985 1991, and the fourth female governor elected in the U.S. In the Clinton administration, she was Deputy Secretary of Education, 1993 96, and Ambassador to Switzerland, 1996 99. In 1991 she founded The Institute for Sustainable Communities and is a Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Pearls, Politics and Power, How Women Can Win and Lead (2008), Living a Political Life (1994), and The Big Green Book (1975). Kunin s commentaries can be heard on Vermont Public Radio and she has a blog on the Huffington Post. Kunin lives in Burlington, Vermont.Bill Schubart, a writer who cofounded Philo Records and Resolution, Inc.,  recently published a book of stories called Lamoille Stories. Schubart writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and is currently a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Schubart has previously chaired the boards of the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont Board of Libraries, Vermont Bicentennial Commission, Circus Smirkus, Vermont Public Radio, and Fletcher Allen Health Care. Schubart lives in Hinesburg, Vermont.In addition to the above five directors, the VCFA Board of Directors includes:Robert H. Atwell (Sarasota, FL and Stowe, VT), former President of the American Council on Education and former president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California.Tami Lewis Brown (Washington, DC), an 06 graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, a published novelist, and an attorney.Dr. Letitia Chambers (Lighthouse Point, FL), Managing Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc., and former chair of the New Mexico higher education system. Kathleen Dolan (Woodstock, VT), a 95 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, founder and director of Purple Crayon Productions, and member of the Dolan Family Foundation. Gail Gregg (New York, NY), a 98 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program, and a New York City artist, writer, and arts educator.Joan Grubin (New York, NY), a practicing artist and 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program.   Mary Hooper (Montpelier, VT), the mayor of Montpelier and a Vermont State Representative.  Sydney Lea (Newbury, VT), a Pulitzer prize nominated poet who taught at VCFA s MFA in Writing program.Susan M. Newbold (Fairfield, CT), an artist and educator who graduated in 00 from the MFA in Visual Art program. Katherine Paterson (Barre, VT), author of more than 30 books, including Bridge to Terabithia and 14 other novels for young people. Peter Richardson (Charlotte, VT), president of Housing Strategies, Inc.Richard H. Saudek (Montpelier, VT), a distinguished Vermont attorney and principal in the law firm of Cheney, Brock & Saudek.  Peter Smith (Lighthouse Pt., FL), a former congressman from Vermont who founded two colleges: the Community College of Vermont, and the University of California at Monterey Bay.Linda Stillman (New York), an 03 graduate of the MFA in Visual Art program and an artist in New York City.  Trustee Emeritus:Harry Groome (Villanova, PA), an 00 graduate of the MFA in Writing program, and retired chairman of SmithKline Beecham Consumer HealthCare.   About VCFAA nationally recognized graduate school for the arts based in Montpelier, Vermont, VCFA has three low-residency MFA programs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Visual Art. Founded in 2008, Vermont College of Fine Arts is the first new independent college formed in Vermont in 23 years, and the only institution of its kind a low-residency graduate school devoted exclusively to fine arts education. For more information, visit www.vermontcollege.edu(link is external).last_img read more

Vermonter to head FairPoint’s northern operation after organizational shakeup

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.last_img read more

delSECUR to purchase the intellectual property assets of the corporation

first_imgdelSECUR CORPORATION, a Nevada Corporation based in South Burlington, Vermont (Pink Sheets: DLSC) announced today that its Board of Directors has accepted, subject to the approval of the majority of the shareholders entitled to vote, an agreement to purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of delSECUR CORPORATION. The consideration for such purchase will be in the form of a 49% interest in the shares of common stock of Q Tech Systems, Inc., an Ontario, Canada Corporation.The primary asset to be acquired by Q Tech is the del-ID technology, a patented device and system of authenticating individuals through biometric means invented by Pierre de Lanauze, the former President & CEO of delSECUR. Q Tech, which also develops and markets technologies to enhance security and identification processes, plans to incorporate the del-ID technology with its proprietary technology. “Q Tech will be immediately focusing on the invention of Pierre de Lanauze’s analog technology and believes it can make this combined technology commercially viable and bring it to the marketplace,” said Randall McCormick, delSECUR’s current CEO.Mr. McCormick further stated, “We believe this is a great opportunity for the advancement of the del-ID technology and puts our business plan and mission statement immediately into action without further delay.It is time to bring the del-Id technology to the next level and to test its capabilities. With this new alliance we are much closer to that goal.”delSECUR, a public company (Pink Sheets: DLSC) with its head office in S. Burlington, VT., is a technology development company of a unique authentication process based on abstract images of biological data collected from the fingers of living persons.This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and other similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements relating to anticipated future earnings, margins, and other operating results, future growth, construction plans and anticipated capacities, production schedules and entry into expanded markets are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements and are subject to the risks normally associated with the completions of a corporate transaction. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. We assume no obligation to update the information contained in this press release, except as required under applicable law. SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more