Vermont Business Magazine, 41 winners and nearly 200 guests celebrated the Rising Stars recognition award Thursday night at the Comfort Suites in South Burlington. The list is comprised of young professionals under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. SEE MORE PHOTOS BELOW or LINK TO FACEBOOK‘This is the second year we’ve honored a group of young Vermonters. Among their professional accomplishments, the judges looked very hard at how they’ve given back to their communities,” said VBM Publisher John Boutin. “All of these winners are outstanding members of their communities and have given a lot of themselves to help others.’ Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott gave the keynote address and noted how, in the wake of two major floods in the state in just the last six months, that truly, “We are Vermont strong.”Bob Guydos of Choice Strategies said that this group of younger Vermonters will lead the state into the future and will demand a new way of using technology to accomplish the goals of a modern society. For instance, he said, consider employee benefits. He said that it would be cheaper today for an employer to pay the average worker’s mortgage than to cover his health care. This, he said, must and will change.Choice Strategies, of Waterbury Center, was among a select group of sponsors for the Rising Stars event, which included PMG Public Relations of Burlington, NBT Bank of Burlington, Simon Pearce of Quechee, Lake Champlain Chocolates of Burlington and the Vermont Country Store of Manchester Center.‘We received many outstanding nominations and the judges had a difficult time getting it down to only 41,” Boutin said. “The latest census report shows that Vermont is the second oldest state in the US, but these young professionals show that Vermont is not losing its young talent. For these young professionals it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities.’ Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on Thursday, November 3rd. The dinner will be held at 5:30 at the Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in a special program in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine. FAST FACTS: Of the 41 honorees, there were 23 men and 18 women. There are 19 from Chittenden County, 7 from Washington County, 6 from Rutland County, 4 from Bennington county, 2 from Windsor County, 2 from Orleans County and 1 from Caledonia County. The average age of the winners is 30 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 10 years old. 2011 HONOREES Alec Newcomb – MyWebGrocer – Chief Strategy OfficeAlison Davis – Westaff/Mount Family Group LTD – Branch ManagerAmanda Ibey – Homebuilders & Remodelers Assoc. – Government Affairs DirectorAmy Cunningham – Everybody Wins! VT – Executive DirectorAndrew Savage – AllEarth Renewables, Inc. – Director of Communications and Public AffairsAnise Richey – Draker Laboratories, Inc. – Production ManagerBenjamin Adler – Skinny Pancake – OwnerBradley Holt – Found Line – Co-Founder & Technical DirectorBrian McKenna – D.B. McKenna & Co. – CFPCatherine Wisloski – Lake Champlain Chocolates – Director of Marketing & Brand ManagementChristopher Bernier – Special Olympics of Vermont – Marketing & Development DirectorDavid Metraux – State of Vermont – Information Technology Manager IIDavid Parker – Dealer.com – Senior Director, Corporate DevelopmentDemeny Pollitt – Girlington Garage – OwnerEdward Sanders – The Hampton Inn and Event Center – Director of SalesEli Moulton – Merrit & Merritt & Moulton – PartnerElliot Orton – Vermont Country Store – Chair of the BoardEric Mallette – The Paramount Theater – Programming DirectorGeoffrey Hand – Dunkiel Saunders – PartnerJessica Bridge – Real Estate Vermont – OwnerJohn Lyon – Wilkins Harley Davidson – General ManagerJustin Bourgeois – Community National Bank – Commercial Lending Office: VP/Commercial Lending; Business LenderKate Keough – iTech US, Inc. – Director of OperationsKate Neubauer – Community Sailing Center – Executive DirectorKathryn Vanderminden – Village Roots Catering – Chef/OwnerKent Melville – Kent’s Soda – Co-FounderLeslie Schreiber – Schreiber Training – OwnerLukas Snelling – Energize Vermont – Director of Communications Matthew Cota – Vermont Fuel Dealer Association (VFDA) Executive Director Michael Lannen – Eternity Web Development – President + FounderMichael Coppinger – Downtown Rutland Partnership – Executive DirectorMichelle Fairbrother – Berkshire Bank – Vice President, Vermont Regional ManagerMolly Turner – Ben & Jerry’s – Executive AssistantNicole L’Huillier Fenton – Flavor Communications, LLC – OwnerOliver Levis – Earth Sky Time Community Farm – Farmer/BakerRebecca Gutwin – the RehabGYM Inc. – CFO Ross Evans – Simon Pearce – Director of Marketing Sky Barsch Gleiner – Vermont Sports Magazine – Owner/PublisherSeth Webb – Town of Killington – Executive Director, Economic Development and TourismTesha Buss – Good Commons – CreatorYael Friedman – Fletcher Allen Foundation – Annual Fund/Major Gift OfficerSource: Vermont Business Magazine. November 3, 2011
At 3, Manchester United travel to Aston Villa looking to register their seventh straight win. West Ham start the day in fourth and welcome Leicester to Upton Park. Elsewhere, Everton travel to a Southampton side in freefall, Hull take on Swansea, QPR face West Brom and Tottenham play host to Burnley. The reigning champions welcome struggling Crystal Palace to the Etihad in the lunchtime kick-off with the ink not yet dry on keeper Joe Hart’s new 3-year contract. At the other end of the pitch, City is in trouble with Sergio Aguero, Stefan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko all out injured. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident they can still score without them.