Vermont Business Magazine I want to welcome VBM readers to the 12th annual Rising Stars special section. The Rising Stars was established by Vermont Business Magazine in 2010 to highlight the accomplishments and contributions made by our young people in Vermont.
Including the Class of 2021, we have honored 481 individuals over the past twelve years who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.
Below is a synopsis of each of the Rising Stars Class of 2021. These write-ups contain their career and community highlights. We asked them each a few questions, such as, Where is your favorite Vermont escape (our lakes and mountains received the most comments), Person you would most like to share a Vermont beverage with (family members, Senator Sanders and Aiken) and How has your community service changed since the pandemic, (more virtual volunteering).
Because of this once in 100-year pandemic, many of our honorees faced challenges both professionally, and in their communities, but they rose above these challenges. This is just a sampling of questions and answers, so please read each synopsis to learn more.
The judges, listed below, put in countless hours reading the nominations, resumes and community service documentation before meeting to pick the top 40. I want to thank the judges for the time they took to review all the applications and to come up with this final list.
Of the 40 honorees, there are 24 women and 16 men. There are 15 from Chittenden County, 7 from Windham County, 6 from Washington County, 4 from Rutland County, 3 from Addison County, 2 from Bennington County, 1 from Caledonia County, 1 from Orange County and 1 from Orleans County. The average age of the honorees is 33 years old. The oldest is 39 and the youngest is 24 years old.
We cannot forget to thank the great companies that our Rising Stars work at. Because of these companies, our Rising Stars are given the opportunity to participate in community activities and devote some of their time to their communities.
I would like to thank our sponsors, MVP Health Care, our dinner sponsor Junapr and the awards sponsor Vermont Awards & Engraving. Thank you all for supporting this special Rising Stars event.
Vermont Business Magazine
2021 Rising Stars Judges
Rising Stars Class of 2021
Rising Stars Class of 2021
Aislyn Allen - Kinney Insurance Agency - Milton
Seth Bowden - Vermont Business Rountable - South Burlington
Justin Brown - Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C. - Burlington
Mark Browning - Stone & Browning Property Management - East Montpelier
Alexis Burrall - Union Mutual - Waterbury
Juliette Carr - Old Ways Herbal & Riversong Farm - South Newfane
Brian Carroll - Dos Gatos Filmworks @& Media - Corinth
Sarah Chadburn - Community National Bank - Newport
Monica Chapman - CMD, LLC/PuroClean Managed Services - Burlington
Hilary DelRoss - Vermont Department of Economic Development - Waterbury
Samba Diallo - AIDS Project of Southern Vermon - Brattleboro
Eric Durocher - Town of Dover - East Dover
Susan Evans McClure - Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - Hinesburg
Erin Evarts - Lyric Theatre - Colchester
Alex Farrell - VT Dept of Housing and Community Development - Burlington
Conor Floyd - VT Agency of Education - Bellows Falls
Maribeth Fonda - Windham Southeast Supervisory Union - Brattleboro
Thomas Franco - Center on Rural Innovation - Rutland
Gregory Hewitt - Deep Analytics - Northfield
Adam Lamson - United Association - Waterbury Center
Katherine Levasseur - Vermont State Colleges - Hinesburg
Mikaela Lewis - Southwestern VT Chamber of Commerce - Shaftsbury
Laura Mack - lu.lu ice cream | espresso bar - Vergennes
John Miller - Vermont Law School - Waterbury
Devon Neary - Rutland Regional Planning Commission - Rutland
Heather Neuwirth Lovejoy - Middlebury College - Weybridge
Cassidy Petit - Hula - Burlington
Alison Powers - Vermont Attonrney General’s Office - Hinesburg
Vanessa Robertson - Facey Goss & McPhee P.C. - West Rutland
Zach Rounds - Rescue Inc/Town of Vernon - Vernon
Brittany Schmidt - River Bend Chiropractic - Brattleboro
Gillian Sewake - St Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce - Peacham
Kayla Silver - Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar - Essex Junction
Jennifer Sullivan - McSoley McCoy & Co - Bridport
Frances Sun - Rutland Regional Medical Center - Rutland
Marie Teme - Green Vision Cleansing, LLC - Burlington
Will Towne - Spectrum Youth and Family Services - Williston
Bethany Wallace - United Children’s Services - North Bennington
Morgan Webster - Common Good - Essex Junction
Blair Wolston - VSECU - Williston