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Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn and Vermont State Police Director Colonel Matthew T.

Wilkins Harley-Davidson took home the New England Harley-Davidson Dealer Association (NEHDDA) Walk-Around Competition Championship for the second year in a row.

North Star Leasing has hired Tim Hughes as a member of its Business Development team. Tim comes to the company with over 10 years of experience in the equipment finance industry.

The Board of Directors of NBT Bancorp Inc. (NBT) (NASDAQ: NBTB) elected President and CEO Martin A. Dietrich to the position of chairman on May 3, 2016, following the retirement of Daryl R. Forsythe. Dietrich also announced his intention to retire from active employment in December 2016.

Shawn Leene has joined Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs as an Associate Accountant.  Shawn recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an accounting focus. Shawn’s prior experience includes accounting and bookkeeping services for a Vermont-based family business.

Element Real Estate VT has opened its inaugural office at 139 Bank Street, Burlington.  Linda Letourneau of V/T Commercial represented the landlord, First Baptist Church of Burlington, in the lease.  Element Real Estate specializes in the sale of residential real estate throughout the Greater Burlington Area.  

Darn Tough Vermont, the American manufacturer of the fastest growing collection of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, has announced that Mark Yardley has joined the brand as Vice President of Sales. Yardley joins Darn Tough from W.L Gore & Associates where he was tasked with strategic business development for 15 years. 

Alan DeForest ’75 has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich University.

DeForest has served on the board since 2000. He replaces former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, who joined the board in 1995, served as chairman since 2003 and stepped down at last week’s board meeting.

SW Cole Engineering, Inc. (SW COLE) welcomes Matthew T. Taylor, PG, back to the firm as a senior geologist. Taylor, who previously worked for SW COLE as a project manager from 1998 until 2007, returns in a senior position as the firm looks to strengthen its geoenvironmental capabilities.

Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Diane E. Smith, MD. With this appointment, Smith also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. 

Renewable Energy Vermont’s Board of Directors has announced that after an extensive nationwide search, Olivia Campbell Andersen will lead the diverse and growing, clean energy organization as its new Executive Director.

The 189th annual meeting of Vermont Mutual Insurance Group® was held on April 20, 2016, where current President & CEO, Daniel C. Bridge, was also elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.