by Lisa Ventriss, President
With the January 10th Annual Meeting, we will give three cheers to Chair Steve Voigt, CEO, King Arthur Flour, who has faithfully discharged his chairmanship duties for the past two years across our state, throughout New England, and into our nation’s capital. Steve has served as gracious host over numerous important meetings, some of which included pizza and beer; been our key witness at legislative committee hearings; served as elder statesman at regional policy meetings; offered insights and humor to national audiences about Vermont’s successes in early childhood care and education; and as a denizen of Norwich, has (re-)introduced the brain trust of southeastern Vermont to many members and helped to energize the Roundtable’s presence in his neck of the woods. Steve’s intellectual, social and market prowess have benefited every level of Roundtable practices, policies and programs. The entire membership is grateful for your leadership and vision.
We extend a warm welcome to incoming officers and directors of the Roundtable, beginning with our first woman chair, Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power Corporation. Though Mary’s leadership is sought by many worthy organizations, she eagerly accepted the opportunity to step into the Chair’s role at this important time; her transformational and visionary leadership will have a natural home in the Roundtable. Other officers of the Roundtable include: Win Smith, Sugarbush Resort, Vice-chair; Ken Perine, National Bank of Middlebury, Treasurer; Rob Simpson, Brattleboro Retreat, Secretary; and Steve Voigt, King Arthur Flour, Immediate Past Chair.
The Roundtable board is proud to add the following incoming directors who will be ratified at the Annual Meeting, including: Renee Bourget-Place, KPMG; Christopher Dutton, VELCO; Pierre LeBlanc, Engelberth Construction; Leslee MacKenzie, Coldwell Banker H&B Realty; Paul Millman, Chroma Technology; Nicole Ravlin, PMG; and Michael Seaver, Peoples United Bank.
We offer our deep appreciation for the work that you will do on behalf of all Roundtable members. Congratulations!