At the September 11th board meeting held at Sugarbush Resort, a number of important actions were taken. In addition to the board, another dozen members attended the meeting to hear firsthand the business of the Roundtable and the presentation by guest presenter, Colonel David Smith of the VT Air National Guard.
Chair Seaver acknowledged outgoing Immediate Past Chair Win Smith at his last official board meeting. Win served on the Roundtable’s board from 2012-2017, and as its chair from 2015-2016. Win’s next Big Thing is to serve as Chairman of the National Ski Areas Association beginning next spring. We extend our appreciation, once again, to Win for his strong leadership, responsive, and productive tenure on the board.
Treasurer Bourget Place reported that the Roundtable’s latest statements show a strong financial position, reflecting strong retention and recruitment efforts as well as prudent management of expenses. She and staff are beginning to frame the 2018 budget, which will be presented to the Board in November. Currently, reserves stand at 70 percent of annual operating expenses.
In her remarks, President Ventriss referred to the “busy season” being upon the Roundtable with an important pension policy forum on October 10th, budget building, board planning retreat on 11/16, meetings with legislative leadership throughout the fall, and ongoing implementation of demand/supply side strategies for the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management project throughout December. The VTPM Team will go into retreat later this month to plan for 2018; topics will include sustainable funding, staffing, and the rollout of a Manufacturing Collaborative.
Following the board meeting, members were treated to a presentation on today’s Vermont Air National Guard, by Colonel David Smith, Commander of the 158th Flight Wing. “Smitty” was installed as commander in June 2017 upon the retirement of Colonel Patrick Guinee. In his current capacity, Col. Smith oversees the Fighter Wing Staff and the Manpower and Budget Programs for the Wing and assigned organizations therein. Colonel Smith attended the Academy of Military Science and was commissioned in 1989, and he is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours of military flying. A native of the North East Kingdom, Col. Smith is a graduate of the University of Vermont (1987) and earned his Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College (2010).
At the conclusion of the meeting, as the sun set behind the Lincoln Peak, members and directors gathered for a social hour on the terrace and dinner at Rumble’s Kitchen.