• 2018 Awards Celebration & Annual Meeting

    Silver Maple Construction, Amey Ryan, and Mahaney Center for the Arts Are 2018 Chamber Award Recipients
    Middlebury, Vermont - October 15, 2018 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business, individual, and non-profit organization with awards during its annual meeting held on October 11th at Tourterelle Restaurant, New Haven, Vt. Three awards were presented in front of a crowd which included Chamber members, local business people and community members.
    Silver Maple Construction, located in New Haven, was presented with the 2018 Business of the Year Award which recognizes businesses that have grown, sometimes despite adversity, while providing excellent products or services while doing well by their employees and the community.
    Last year, Silver Maple Construction celebrated 10 years in business building fine homes, renovations and commercial projects of all sizes across the Northeast and opened a new 4,000 square foot woodshop to expand their custom woodworking operations.
    Dave Donahue of Middlebury College presented the award to Sean Flynn and Mike Steele, stating, “The Silver Maple is known to be a fast-growing deciduous tree, commonly reaching a height of 49–82 feet, and it is highly adaptable…my take away – it grows fast, adapts quickly, and reaches great heights, all of which is very fitting for this year’s award recipient.  Award winning designs, a deep commitment to staff, and engagement with the broader community, this is who Silver Maple is and it starts with founders Sean Flynn and Mike Steele.  Lifelong friends, they founded Silver Maple and over the years their personal values have allowed them to create a company where they emphasize respect and responsibility for the project, their customers and the environment.”
    The 2018 Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Amey Ryan, owner of IPJ Real Estate.  Ryan exemplifies the criteria for which the award is given—a history of getting things done to make the community better in a variety of ways, with no intention of personal reward or recognition.
    Benj Deppman, Esq. presented Ryan with her award, sharing, “How does she do it?  By being decent, and hardworking.  By being honest and thorough.  By maintaining her integrity while also having good business sense and an ability to speak with candor, even on difficult issues.
    Amey has been Addison County Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year on three separate occasions.  She has been on the Vermont Realtors Board, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.  She is a Melvin Jones Fellow with the Middlebury Lions Club, and has been a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and President of the Better Middlebury Partnership.  She tirelessly attends meetings and benefits.  As one colleague put it: ‘She is the first to step up, get involved, or support a worthy cause, and inspires others to follow.’ … Amey has worked very hard in business, equally hard for this community, with transparency and total objectivity.”
    The Chamber’s 2018 Community Achievement Award is given to a non-profit organization that provides a significant and sustained contribution to the wellbeing of the area. This year’s award was presented to the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts and accepted by Liza Sacheli, director of the Center.
    The Mahaney Center for the Arts is the largest and busiest visual and performing arts organization in Addison County.  In the 2017-2018 season, they celebrated their 25th anniversary. 
    William Brooks of the Sheldon Museum presented the award, sharing, “Over 300 public events are held at the Center each year, all enhancing our cultural life. They include world-class art exhibits, concerts, dance recitals, and theatrical performances.  Visitors of all ages are welcome.  Especially popular is the annual “Spring into the Arts” festival honoring the work of local students from elementary through high school.  And of course, throughout the year programs at the Center are geared to enhancing the education of Middlebury College students, but also benefitting the thousands of local residents who visit the Center’s offerings each year.”
    Annual Business Meeting
    Annual meeting attendees voted on the board of directors for the 2018-2019 year. New to the board this year, serving one-year terms expiring at the 2019 annual meeting are Marty Kulczyk, Robert Frost Mountain Cabins; Dickie Austin, Black Sheep Bistro and Park Squeeze; Tom Manion, UVM Porter Medical Center, Sean Flynn, Silver Maple Construction, Courtney DeBisschop, IPJ Real Estate and Ben Calvi, Vermont Cider Company. Other board members include:
    *Bethany Dever, Dever Accounting Service, Treasurer
    Karen Duguay, representing Better Middlebury Partnership
    *Judson Hescock, Neuse, Duprey & Putnam, P.C., Chair
    *Shawn Oxford, Bristol Financial Services, Past Chair
    Renny Perry, representing Vergennes Downtown Partnership
    Bill Sayre, A. Johnson Lumber Company, representing Addison County Regional Planning Commission
    Len Schmidt, Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
    Adam Rainville, Maple Landmark, Vice-Chair
    Meaghan McLaughlin, National Bank of Middlebury
    Robert Feuerstein, Kennedy Brothers, shared board member with Addison County Economic Development Corporation 
    * Designates Chamber Officers
    The board of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce thanks Tim Brownell, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Geoff Conrad, formerly with the Middlebury Inn, Don Devost, Maple Trail Financial and Hannah Manley, Homeward Bound, for their service to the board.
    About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
    The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business, non-profits and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com.
    Photo: Dave Donahue, Middlebury College (Past Chair), Amey Ryan, IPJ Real Estate