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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Women of Troy travel to Gonzaga

first_imgWhen the USC women’s basketball team faces Gonzaga (1-1) on Thursday in Spokane, Wash., it will mark a couple of firsts for the team.The game will be the first road contest of the season for the Women of Troy (1-1), who are coming off a 68-63 victory over Fresno State. And it will be the first meeting between the two schools in history.Up to task · Guard Ashley Corral’s matchup with Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot will renew a rivalry that goes back to high school. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanIt will not, however, be the first time sophomore guard Ashley Corral matches up against Bulldogs star Courtney Vandersloot, the reigning WCC Newcomer of the Year.Corral, a native of Washington, and Vandersloot were rivals in high school and now take that rivalry to the collegiate stage.“I know she’s a great defensive player and offensive player,” Corral said. “It’s going to take a lot for us to handle her, but I’m used to her game and I think I can [contain] her.”Corral is not the only person excited to play her old rival. USC coach Michael Cooper said he looked forward to seeing the two lead guards face each other.“It’s a good test for Ashley at this point and time in the season,” Cooper said. “You’ve got a player who may not be as deft at scoring as you are, but a very good point guard who runs her team extremely well.”Vandersloot ranked third nationally last season with nearly eight assists per game, and has been performing just as well this season. The main beneficiaries of her passing have been seniors Tiffanie Shives and Heather Bowman, who each average more than 15 points per game.USC will have to turn in a strong defensive performance if it wants to beat the high-scoring Bulldogs, who return four starters from last season’s 27-win team. Cooper credited his team for playing solid defense through its first two games and said that trend would have to continue.“We’ve been hanging our hats on [defense] all season,” he said. “Defense can definitely win you some games on the road, and that’s the approach that we’re going to take.”Briana Gilbreath will be called upon to answer Gonzaga’s high- scoring offense. Gilbreath scored 17 points in USC’s win over Fresno St.Slowing down the Bulldogs would be difficult enough without having to deal with a hostile crowd, but the Women of Troy will have to face that challenge in Spokane. The Bulldogs enjoy one of the best home court advantages in the country and went 14-3 at home last season.Still, Cooper does not expect his team to be fazed by the noise or successful home record.“We’ve been practicing for situations like that where we’re going to treat it as our home court,” he said. “Yes, it’s going to be a little difficult, but nothing we can’t handle.”It will be incumbent on Corral to settle her team down in front of a hostile crowd where, as one player put it, the opposing team is down 10 points before the game starts.“It’s a tough environment to play in,” Corral said. “I have to get the team calm and settled, execute the offense and let the game come to me.”Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.last_img read more

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