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Realtor® Ivy Knipes recently joined Geri Reilly Real Estate as Buyer’s Agent and Closing Coordinator. Geri Reilly and her husband, Michael Simoneau opened their own agency in August 2010 and now employ three full‐time real estate agents and two assistants. Ivy is a native Vermonter and has been a licensed Realtor® since 2006.

Johnson - Richard Simays, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Mapping System Supervisor, retired on June 3, 2011 after 46 years of employment at the Coop. Richard began his career at VEC during the summer of 1962 when he was hired as a part-time employee. In 1965, he became a full- time Groundman and worked his way through a variety of positions.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHLB) has appointed J. Williar Dunlaevy and Barton D. Raser as Directors of the Berkshire Hills Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary Berkshire Bank. Additionally, Corydon L. Thurston, who has served as a Director of the Berkshire Hills Bancorp since its formation in 2001 and as a Director of Berkshire Bank since 1988, has retired from their Boards.

Sugar River Bank is pleased to announce that Debra Davis Timberlake has recently joined its Business Banking Center as Vice President of Commercial Lending. Debra has over 27 years of management and commercial lending experience.

DuBois & King, Inc., consulting engineers, announces that Wilbur H. Horton, Jr., P.E., has joined the firm as a Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Manager. Mr. Horton’s 24 years of experience includes electrical engineering for wastewater treatment, commercial, healthcare, and educational facilities. Mr.

Jack McKernon, founder of The McKernon Group Inc., is retiring from his long time position as owner/CEO of the Brandon-based business. The McKernon Group is an environmentally responsible design/build company that specializes in a wide variety of construction.

Rutland Regional Medical Center is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Ethan Flynn, MD, who joins the outstanding group of physicians and other staff members in the hospital’s Pathology Lab.

The Vermont Consultants Network (VCN) announces the election of the following members to its Executive Committee for the 2011-2012 fiscal year:
President – Bob Uerz
Treasurer – Terry Stone
Members-at-large – Michael Gadue, Maggie Grow, and Connie Livingston

Rick Milliken, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington has announced that Sarah Salomon has been promoted to Front Office Manager. She oversees all Front Desk operations including maintaining a high quality of guest service and standards, scheduling and training of staff, monitoring room reservations, rate, and availability of rooms, and preparation of departmental reports.

The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC), a national nonprofit that promotes biomass for efficient community-scale energy applications, is pleased to announce that it has named Brenda Quiroz Maday as its new executive director.

Keller Williams Realty is pleased to announce that Jim Chamberlin owner of Chamberlin Real Estate has merged with Keller Williams Realty Green Mountain Properties as an agent partner. Jim closed 44 transactions in 2010 and brings with him over $9,000,000.00 in active listings.

Heritage Aviation announced that Mr. Rheal Gagnon has been promoted to Vice President of FBO Services. The announcement was made by Mr. Christopher Hill, President of Heritage Aviation.