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Passumpsic Bank has promoted Brandyn Bassett to branch manager of its Berlin office. For the past four years, Bassett has worked primarily as a universal banker at the Berlin branch.

The Vermont State Housing Authority has appointed Christopher Trombly as managing director of community development and promoted Elizabeth Whitmore to director of housing services.

Connor Greenbaum, former senior probate consultant and team lead at Trust & Will in San Diego, has joined the Burlington-based online shopping platform Myti as finance and business operations manager.

Gravel & Shea recently welcomed E. Kendall Enersen-Watts as an associate in the firm’s real estate department, where she assists real estate clients in acquisition, financing, permitting, development, management, leasing, and sale of commercial, residential and industrial properties.

DEW Construction, one of the largest construction managers in the region, recently welcomed new employees Thomas Leach and Rick Gagner, superintendents; Aimee Plotczyk, administrative assistant; and Brad Roy, estimator.

Vermont Electric Power Co. has promoted two highly experienced professionals, Mike Fiske and Brian Connaughton, to key leadership positions. Fiske, of Rutland, was named chief operating officer, and Connaughton, of Pittsford, was elevated to vice president of transmission services and asset maintenance.

Amey Ryan, owner of IPJ Real Estate in Middlebury, has been named 2023 Good Neighbor by the Vermont Association of Realtors. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made “an extraordinary impact” on her community through volunteer work.

Judy Fiumano, Matt Kline and Kelly Ramos-Arango have been named inaugural recipients of the Catherine Simonson Educational Advancement Scholarship Awards, a prize established by the Howard Center in Burlington to help its employees reach educational goals so they can continue their careers in social services and related professions.

Photo: 2023 awardees gather together to conclude the 21st Annual VBSR Awards Ceremony and Dinner at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.

Christine Baldwin, founder of Redhead Media, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her media planning and buying agency in November with the launch of a new website.

Robert Franklin, former assistant vice president at Kestra Financial in Austin, Texas, has been appointed chief compliance officer at National Life Group’s Equity Services Inc. in Montpelier. In his new role, Franklin is responsible for all of ESI's compliance functions.

David Hall, former attorney in the Vermont Office of Legislative Counsel, has been appointed director of corporations in the Office of the Vermont Secretary of State.