Tom Torti named new chamber chief

first_imgLake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceAnnounces New President to Replace A. Wayne RobertsTom Torti has been selected by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber ofCommerce Board of Directors as the new President of the Chamber toreplace A. Wayne Roberts, who will be retiring at the end of the year. “The Board is very pleased to announce that Tom Torti will be the nextPresident of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, followinga thorough and national search process, noted Karen Marshall, LCRCCBoard Chair. “Tom’s solid background in leading and managing complexorganizations, and his experience in policy and state governmentoperations, will provide a solid foundation for his leadership of ourorganization. Tom will be a strong voice for the business community andprovide a seamless transition as we begin new chapters for the Chamberwith the retirement of A. Wayne Roberts.” Mr. Torti will remain in his position as Secretary of the Agency ofNatural Resources (ANR) until after the General Election in November of2006. In a statement issued by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Mr.Torti stated: “I am excited to be the next President of the LakeChamplain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Although Wayne leaves big shoesto fill, he has pointed the organization in the right direction and Iam eager to work with a vibrant, diverse and growing membership as wellas a solid team of highly respected Chamber staff.”Mr. Torti has been the ANR Secretary since January of 2005. He wasappointed by the Governor to this position after having served as theCommissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services foreight years. Mr. Torti worked under both Democratic and RepublicanAdministrations, an important attribute for the Chamber’s Board whostrive to be non-partisan in their interactions with the GeneralAssembly and the executive branch of state government. John Dwyer, a member of the Chamber’s Executive Search Committeedescribed the national six-month search process as an intensive, butinteresting exercise in which the committee found a wealth of dynamic,highly qualified list of final candidates to choose from.  “It was adifficult choice, in that each of the candidates possessed exemplaryskills and background. However, Mr. Torti’s ability to work with avariety of stakeholders and people, his financial acumen in overseeingmulti-million dollar budgets and his collaborative manner inestablishing a vision for an organization and then seeing it through inhis work at the state level, is exactly what we are looking for in ournext President.”Mr. Torti has an extensive career in state government and has servedthe local community in various ways including the Essex Selectboard andPlanning Commission, Chittenden County Metropolitan PlanningOrganization, Chittenden County Transportation Authority and variousEssex sports leagues. The Lake Champlain Regional Chamberof Commerce is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote andsupport the healthy environment and quality of life that makes the LakeChamplain Region of Vermont the ideal place to live, work and dobusiness. You have received this message because you authorized theLake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce to e-mail you.To change your or your company’s e-mail contact information, pleasecall 863-3489 or e-mail vermont@vermont.org(link sends e-mail). Toreply directly to the sender of this e-mail, please hit “Reply.”last_img read more

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Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam -Nikkei

first_imgJapan plans to sign an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to export defense equipment and technology to the country, part of a move to strengthen defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Wednesday.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday told his ruling Liberal Democratic Party that he will visit Vietnam and Indonesia next week, the newspaper said, adding he was expected to sign the Vietnam deal during the trip.Japan ended a decades-old ban on overseas arms sales in 2014 to help beef up the nation’s military and lower the unit cost of home-built military equipment but has so far struggled to strike export deals for finished products. Japan’s only export deal for a finished product has been one signed with the Philippines in August for the export of a warning and control radar system developed by Mitsubishi Electric, the Nikkei said.Tokyo is also negotiating with Indonesia and Thailand to sign an agreement regarding defence equipment transfers as it seeks to draw on Southeast Asian demand, it added.Suga’s visit to the two countries would be his first overseas trip since taking office last month following Shinzo Abe’s resignation due to ill health.Topics :last_img read more

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Brad Paisley Launches Fundraising Campaign For West Virginia Flood Victims And Donates

first_imgGoFundMe, the world’s largest online fundraising platform, is pleased to announce that country music superstar Brad Paisley has launched a GoFundMe campaign and made a $100,000 donation to help the victims of the West Virginia floods that killed 23 and left thousands homeless.To view Brad Paisley’s GoFundMe Campaign, click here.To raise awareness for the fundraising campaign, Brad Paisley hosted a Facebook Live event yesterday at 2pm CT. To watch the event, visit this page.“Now that the waters are receding it’s time to pitch in and help in any way we can. One of the best ways I have found that hopefully will raise the largest amount of money the quickest and get it to the people in need the fastest is through GoFundMe. I have set a goal of $1 million — this is doable and only a small portion of what is needed. Join me as we help West Virginians together,” says Paisley.“We couldn’t be more pleased that Brad Paisley is working with the GoFundMe community to help victims of the recent devastating floods in West Virginia,” said CEO Rob Solomon. “We hope the online community rallies around Brad’s campaign to give comfort and relief to West Virginians in need.”The GoFundMe community has a history of coming together in the aftermath of natural disasters. Donors raised over $1 million for those impacted by the Fort McMurray fires in Canada. Over $1 million dollars was raised for the victims and their families of the earthquakes in Ecuador in April, and $7 million was raised on GoFundMe in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes.last_img read more

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