Business Notes: June 14, 2015

Business Notes: June 14, 2015

White River Junction — Leadership Upper Valley, a program of Vital Communities, graduated 21 last week. The graduation was held June 10 at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor.

The leadership training program runs from September through June. It includes 10 day-long sessions focused on key aspects of community life in the region, such as economic development, education, government and politics, arts and the creative economy, communication, health and human services, environment, transportation, and justice.

“In contemplating the extent of all we have learned, I am left with one overarching word that describes this year: empowerment,” said Havah Armstrong Walther, the class speaker for the ceremony. “Yes, we have met a hundred new and amazing leaders in our community, learned things we never knew before, and traveled to new places. However, we have also grown as citizens and as leaders ourselves.”

This year’s graduates include: Brandy Blackinton, of Claremont Savings Bank; Bill Blaiklock, of Mascoma Savings Bank; Shawn Courtemanche, of Kendal at Hanover; Samantha Estes, of Co-op Food Stores; Nik Fiore, of Engineering Ventures; Karen Ganey, of Henderson Tree Service and Creative Lives; Shanon Hounshell, of Green Mountain Economic Development Corp.; Kathy Labbe, of Harvest Hill Assisted Living; Jim Larrick, of Mascoma Savings Bank; Paula Maville, of the city of Lebanon; Duncan McCutchan, of Jarvis Hill Farm; Theresa Minelli, of Lake Sunapee Bank; Deborah Mozden, of Turning Points Network; Miranda Pizinger, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Heather W. Prebish, of Recover Together; Jed Putney, of Mascoma Savings Bank; Laurie Sepulveda, of Opera North; Robert Starkey, of Hypertherm; Alijah Swasey, of Kendal at Hanover; Teresa Thurston, of The Lyme School; and Walther, of Hartford Area Career and Technology Center.

More than 175 people have graduated from Leadership Upper Valley since its founding in 2007. For more information, go to

Company News

Claremont-based Red River , which provides the federal government with information technology services, was ranked 46th on the Washington Technology 2015 Top 100 list. The company was ranked 68th on the 2014 list.

The annual list, published by the Public Sector Media Group, ranks the largest government contractors by their prime contract dollars in information technology, systems integrations, telecommunications, engineering and professional services.

“Red River is experiencing exponential growth even as federal IT budgets shrink,” said Jeff Sessions, vice president of corporate strategy for Red River.

Dayco Inc., of Sharon, has been approved as an “elite-level” roofing contractor for installation of Sika Sarnafil roofing systems. To earn the designation, Dayco had to complete a rigorous training and evaluation program in which each contractor is evaluated and rated annually on technical and business criteria. “Elite-level roofing contractors are the best in the business, having demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to quality and the roofing industry,” said Brian Whelan, senior vice president of Sika Sarnafil, in a news release. Canton, Mass.-based Sika Sarnafil provides thermoplastic, single-ply membranes for roofing and plaza deck waterproofing applications. The company is a division of Sika Corp.

Upcoming Event

Upper Valley chapter of SCORE is offering a workshop on Marketing through Social Media on Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., at 20 West Park St., Lebanon, Suite 316, in the Citizens Bank Building. The workshop will be co-presented by Gary Horsman head of marketing at A Global Reach, a business development and Internet Marketing Company in Woodstock, and Vasilios Georgitsis, president of and co-owner of NHVT Computer Services, both in Lebanon. Cost is $30, two for $45. Veterans free. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit or call 603-448-3491.

Items of interest to the local business community are published every Sunday. Submissions may be mailed to: Business Notes, c/o Sunday Valley News, P.O. Box 877, White River Junction, Vt. 05001. You may also send your items by fax to 603-298-0212, or by e-mail to All items are subject to editing for clarity or space.

Author: Staff Reports

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