Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announces annual business and community Awards


Nov. 12, 2012

Catherine Z. Davis
Director of Government & Media Relations
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
60 Main Street, Suite 100
Burlington, VT 05401
[email protected]
Office: (802) 863-3489 x206
Cell: (802) 922-0521

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 102nd Annual Dinner and awards, PMG Public Relations, Gardener’s Supply business awards and Jason Williams and David Provost individual awards.

BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Annual Business and Community Awards at 102nd Annual Dinner

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 102nd annual dinner on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in South Burlington. As the leading business organization in Vermont, the Chamber advocates for a thriving private sector economy and assists our members and our community in strengthening their collective prosperity. Chamber President, Tom Torti, remarked that “our annual dinner is an opportunity to recognize the businesses and individuals who, on a daily basis, make our region an even better place to live, work and do business.”

Five awards were presented to:
Business of the Year: Dealer. Com
Each year the Chamber recognizes a business that contributes to our economic vitality through their steady growth and who is guided by the principles of community service and philanthropy. With more than 615 employees in Vermont, has had a significant impact on our region’s economy. Their commitment to our community shows in everything from their LEED certified headquarters to their support for programs that create opportunities for children to nourish their minds, bodies and souls. David Parker accepted the award for

Community Excellence Award: David Provost, Champlain College
This award recognizes an individual’s unique service to our community. It is awarded to a person whose job does not require them to engage with the community but rather they choose to do so because of their passion to make a difference. David Provost has volunteered his time on behalf of numerous organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Burlington Telecom and Wake Robin. He continually rises to meet the challenges in our community, leading the way with both common sense and good humor.

Rising Star Award: Jason Williams, Fletcher Allen Health Care
The Rising Star Award is an opportunity to recognize an up and coming leader whose efforts reflect a strong sense of community. The Chamber was pleased to present this award to Jason Williams this year. Jason’s commitment to his home state is clear. In addition to serving as Vice- Chair of the Chamber’s Leadership Champlain program, Jason has also served on the Next Generation Commission and Burlington’s Parallel Justice Commission.

A Wayne Roberts Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: PMG Public Relations
Named after Wayne Roberts who served as the Chamber’s President for more than 20 years, this award is presented each year to a business that was started in Vermont and whose future looks bright. PMG Public Relations has grown from a two-person consultancy to a dedicated public relations and strategic communications firm with ten employees and plans to open a second office in Boston. Nicole Ravlin and Ken Liatsos accepted the award.

Creative Edge Award: Gardener’s Supply
The Chamber and Free Press Media developed the Creative Edge Award to recognize businesses whose innovation makes Vermont a great place to grow 21st century jobs. As the inaugural winner of this award, Gardener’s Supply succeeds through their mission to provide innovative gardening solutions, improving the world through gardening and being a partner in their customers’ gardening success.
For more information please contact Catherine Davis, Director of Government & Media Relations at (802) 863-3489 ext. 206 or [email protected]

The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The mission of Chamber of Commerce is to promote commerce and economic growth guided by the principles of community engagement, environmental responsibility, and issue-centric advocacy. To accomplish this goal, the Lake Champlain Chamber provides its nearly 2,500 members with quality services that are responsive to their needs and that will enhance their ability to succeed. To learn more about the Chamber, visit

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