VBM recognizes Vermont’s Rising Stars Class of 2016

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VBM recognizes Vermont’s Rising Stars Class of 2016

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:18am -- tim

Outstanding young leaders chosen for contributions to the Vermont economy and their community. Photo from Class of 2015 celebration.

Vermont Business Magazine today announced the winners of its Rising Stars recognition 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. Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont's most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on November 10th. The dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.

“We are thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders,” said VBM Publisher John Boutin. “We received over 140 outstanding nominations this year. The judges had a difficult time picking the top 40. These young professionals have chosen to make Vermont home.  For these young professionals it’s not just about business. It’s about them making a difference in their communities,” Boutin said.

FAST FACTS: Of the 40 honorees, there are 20 men and 20 women. There are 17 from Chittenden County, 9 from Rutland County, 6 from Washington County, 3 from Franklin County, 2 from Windham County, 1 from Caledonia County, 1 from Addison County and 1 from Bennington County. The largest county increase was Chittenden County, up 4 from 2015. The average age of the winners is 33 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 22 years old.


Rising Stars Class of 2016

Rising Star, Employer, Home Town

Sarah Andriano - Champlain College-Charlotte

Kaitlyn Armstrong - Vermont State Police-Rutland

Karen Bartlett - O'Brien Shortle Reynolds & Sabotka, PC-Rutland

Mohamed Basha - TLC HOMECARE & Nursing-South Burlington

Nathan Beaman - Urban Rhino-Shelburne

Matt Birong - 3 Squares Cafe-Vergennes

Kristen Blaker - The Friends of Hiland Hall Garden-North Bennington

Danielle Bombardier - IBEW Local 300-So Burlington

Damon Cawley - Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium-St Johnsbury

Ryan Chaffin - Farrell Distributing-Essex

Jennifer Costa - Mt. Mansfield TV-Colchester

Lindsay DesLauriers - Main Street Alliance-Huntington

Stephanie Dion - University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences-Burlington

Jessica Edgerly Walsh - SunCommon-Montpelier

Russ Elek - Vermont Business for Social Responsibility-Burlington

Collin Fingon - Cetera Advisors-Rutland

Sarah Fortier - Mount St. Joseph High School-Rutland

Ashley Michelle Fowler - Mercy Connections-Winooski

Tess Gauthier - UVM Medical Center-Burlington

Zak Hayward - Butternut Mountain Farm-North Middlesex

Elizabeth Ide Bloomer - Green Mountain Power-Rutland

Katie Kittell - Vermont Business Magazine-St Albans

James Lambert - College of St. Joseph-Rutland

Chelsea Lewis - Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets-Waterbury Center

Shana Louiselle - VELCO-Pittsford

Michael Ly - Reconciled It-Burlington

Michael McCarthy - SunCommon-St Albans

Eva McKend - WCAX-Burlington

Tyler McNaney - Filabot-Barre

Katie Miller - VSA Vermont-Winooski

Jason Mosel - Comcast - Western New England Region-Barre

Stirling Peebles - University of Vermont-Montpelier

Michael Pieciak - Department of Financial Regulation-Winooski

Wendy Rice - Vermont Works for Women-Burlington

Nick Richardson - Vermont Land Trust-Jericho

Charles Romeo - City of Rutland-Rutland

Luke Stafford - Mondo Mediaworks, Inc. -Brattleboro

James Valente - Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C. -Brattleboro

Brian Walker - PC Construction-Fairfax

Reed Wilcox - Edward Jones-Pittsfield