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Staff Spotlight: Tom Carton

  Staff Spotlight: Tom Carton, Sales Manager, Vermont Convention Bureau Tom Carton was born and raised in Essex Junction, Vermont, instilling in him a love for the outdoors, mountains, and the sport of basketball. His success at Roger Williams University Gabelli School of Business led him to pursue a degree in finance and sustainability. Tom maintains an extensive background in the hospitality industry and is currently working as a Sales Manager with the Vermont Convention Bureau. Prior to being at the VCB, Tom worked at Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Victoria Colarusso

Staff Spotlight: Victoria Colarusso, Communications and Administrative Coordinator Victoria coordinates member communications, supports tourism and Chamber marketing, and manages office administration. She is a native New Yorker and moved to Vermont to pursue a life nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, cycling, and traveling. What three traits define you? Compassionate, Perceptive, Loyal. What is your personal philosophy? Leave it better than you found it. What is one thing you could not live without? My dogs! Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Nicole Belanus

Staff Spotlight: Nicole Belanus, Operations Manager Nicole serves as the Operations Manager. She is responsible for A/R, improving the operational systems and best practices that ensure the Chamber’s efficiency, serves as the Board liaison and more! Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family. What three traits define you? Determined, thoughtful, and quiet What is your personal philosophy? You are never too old to accomplish your dreams What is one thing you could not live without? My children and my animals What is the one thing you Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Matt Borden

Staff Spotlight: Matt Borden, Welcome Center Manager What three traits define you? Sense of humor, compassion and intelligence. What is your personal philosophy? I’m a follower of Dudeism. The overwhelming desire to have a rug that ties the room together. Basically, chill out. What is one thing you could not live without? Baseball. It’s the only thing I’ve ever fully understood. What is the one thing you cannot resist? A quality hot dog, especially at a baseball game. What is your greatest fear? That I Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Susan Smith

Staff Spotlight: Susan Smith, Vice President of Visitor Services Susan is responsible for growing the local economy through the strategic development of driving new business to our hotels and attraction members. She is responsible for developing and executing an annual business development plan working with key members of the VCB Board of Directors and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Susan manages the overall team, assisting with closing, development of new markets, and collaborating with various departments of the Chamber. What three Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Ashten Stringer

Staff Spotlight: Ashten Stringer, Government Affairs Specialist Ashten serves as part of the Chamber’s Government Affairs team monitoring legislative developments in the Vermont State House in Montpelier.  In addition, Ashten supports workforce development programs like LaunchVT and HackVT. Prior to taking on this position, Ashten used his background in community development to serve as the Chamber’s AmeriCorps VISTA member where he coordinated and taught the TIPS program.  In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing soccer.  What three traits define you? Outgoing, adaptable, Continue Reading

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Staff Spotlight: Gail Stevenson

Staff Spotlight: Gail Stevenson, Director, VQEI Gail is in charge of VQEI relations. Gail currently consults for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, was Director of International Programs at Champlain College, was the Director of the American Collegiate Consortium for East-West Exchange at Middlebury College for many years and has numerous significant academic achievements to her name. Gail holds a Ph.D in Economics from American University. She is fluent in Norwegian, has a command of the Russian language, communicates both in writing and speaking in French Continue Reading

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