VBM recognizes Rising Stars: Vermont's outstanding young leaders

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VBM recognizes Rising Stars: Vermont's outstanding young leaders

Mon, 10/04/2010 - 10:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) has announced the winners of its inaugural Rising Stars Award. The list is comprised of 40 winners 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.
‘We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders,’ said VBM Publisher John Boutin. ‘We received many outstanding nominations and the judges had a difficult time getting it down to only 40. Those who believe Vermont is losing its young talent need only look at these incredible individuals. It’s not just about business. It’s also about them making a difference in their communities.’
‘I was very impressed with the level of enthusiasm evident within the applications for each nominee,’ said Brigitte Ritchie, Vice President, Community Relations, Citizens Bank.  ‘With over seventy applicants it clearly shows the quality of young talent in Vermont.’ Ritchie served as a judge for Rising Stars Award.
Attended by Governor Douglas and Governor-elect Shumlin, VBM honored Vermont's most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars Award dinner on Thursday, November 4. The dinner was held at the Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The honorees are also be featured in a special insert in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine. SEE FULL LIST BELOW.
‘Based on the success of this first effort and the buzz it’s generated, I’m sure the number of nominees will only grow from across the state in the coming years,’ Boutin said.
QUICK FACTS: Of the 40 honorees, there were 20 men and 20 women. There were 21 from Chittenden County, 10 from Washington County, four from Lamoille, three from Caledonia, and one each from Rutland and Windham counties. The average age of the winners is 29.

Media Contacts:
Nicole L’Huillier Fenton | 802-238-6809 | Nicole@FlavorCom.com
John Boutin | Vermont Business Magazine | 802.863.8038 | info@vermontbiz.com

Michael Adams, Owner, Green Mountain Mustard - Eddies Energy Bars, Richmond
Kelly Ault, Community Organizer, KIDS ARE PRIORITY ONE COALITION, Middlesex
Lee Bouyea, Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital, Shelburne
Jennifer Butson, Director of Public Affairs, Vermont Ski Areas Association, Montpelier
Kristin Carlson, Senior Reporter/Anchor, WCAX-TV, South Burlington
Rachel Carter, Principal/Owner, Rachel Carter PR, Charlotte
Heather Cruickshank, Vice President - Market Manager, Merchants Bank, Burlington
Rachel Cummings, Founder and Consultant, Armistead Caregiver Services, Armistead Caregiver Services, Shelburne
William J. Dodge, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Burlington
Tom Gilbert, Director, Highfields Center for Composting, Hardwick
Mark Hall, Senior Marketing Strategist, New Breed Marketing, Winooski
Laura Hubbell, Program Manager for the CVMC VT Blueprint for Health Integrated Pilot and the CVMC Care Management Department, Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin
Trisha Hunt, Radiation Oncology Manager, Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin
Dan Jackson, Vice President of Account Management, Dealer.com, Burlington
Peter Johnson, Owner, Pete's Greens, Craftsbury
Erika Keith, Volunteer Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Williston
Amy Kirschner, Director VBSR Marketplace, VBSR, Burlington
Hannah Manley, Director of Alumni Relatioins & Development, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville
Meredith Martin Davis, General Manager and Partner, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Wolcott
Peter McDougall, Attorney, Paul Frank + Collins P.C., Burlington
Megan McIntosh Frenzen, Assistant Professor, Champlain College, Burlington
Aaron Melville, Attorney, Aaron Melville Attorney at Law, St. Johnsbury
Owen Milne, Director of Development, VBSR, Burlington
Kevin O'Hara, Finance Director, Green Mountain Council, BSA, Waterbury
Antonia Opitz, Director of Events, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier
Jenna Pugliese, Permits and Planning Manager, Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain
Nicole Ravlin, Partner/Co-Founder, PMG Public Relations, Burlington
Cathy Resmer, Associate Publisher/Online Editor, Seven Days, Burlington
David Rubel, Area Business Advisor, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Montpelier
Edward Shepard, Vice President of Marketing, Small Dog Electronics, Waitsfield
Joe Sinagra, Executive Officer, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of VT, Williston
Brett Smith, Partner, Fuse, Burlington
Dan Smith, Strategic Consultant, The Arno Group, LLC, Stowe
Heidi St. Peter, Assoc. Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry for Community Services, St. Michael's College, Colchester
Kate Stephenson, Executive Director, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren
Joshua Terenzini, Sales Manager, Formula Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., Rutland
Alexandra Tursi, Senior Public Relations Associate, Kelliher Samets Volk, Burlington
Jake Whitcomb, New Programs and Communications Balladeer, 1% for the Planet, Waitsfield
Bob Whittaker, Dean of Institutional Advancement, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville
Kevin Worden, P.E., Vice President, Engineering Ventures, PC, Burlington
Source: South Burlington’October 4, 2010’Vermont Business Magazine