by Paul Bousquet, Business Matters
Simon Pearce Raises Over $91K For Red Cross Of Vermont
Just days after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed his production facility in Quechee, Simon Pearce called together his administrative team to determine how best to help others who were devastated by the storm even more than their own business. The idea of creating a limited edition Commemorative Barre Tealight was conceived to help raise needed funds for flood relief. A goal was set of selling 2,500 tealights in the succeeding six week period with half its $40 retail value earmarked for the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley.
The six teams (12 artisans) of glassblowers displaced by the storm damage in Quechee were temporarily relocated to the shop in Windsor with the job of creating the limited-edition tealights.
According to marketing director Ross Evans, Simon Pearce sold nearly 2,500 tealights it retailed through its eight locations and its website the very first week the commemorative tealight was introduced.
In total, nearly 4,600 tealights were sold in the 6 week period raising $91,320 to assist with Red Cross flood relief and create a model of community sheltering to the region to help meet future disaster needs.
“So many of our neighbors were forced to rebuild their homes and livelihoods in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, that we wanted to offer this opportunity to support Vermont recovery,” said Simon Pearce. “The tealight is a symbol of strength and rebirth – all characteristics that have shined through in Vermonters in the aftermath of this natural disaster. We appreciate the support of our loyal customers who helped us raise the funds for this donation.”
In accepting this major gift, Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the American Red Cross of Vermont and New Hampshire Valley said, “This gift shows incredible compassion for those impacted by Irene and the foresight to know that there are additional steps that can be taken to prepare for future disasters,” said Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley.
The anchor location of Simon Pearce in Quechee is rebuilding its glassblowing operations with a target completion date of early 2012. Meanwhile, its restaurant and retail shop are open with their regularly scheduled hours of operation.
In preparing this story, Ross Evans was asked about Simon’s son Kevin Pearce who was injured in a snowboarding accident in 2009. Ross indicated that Kevin continues to make steady progress towards full recovery. To that end, he recently had eye surgery at a facility in California resulting in for the first time since his accident, Kevin no longer has double vision.
Green Mountain Digital Appoints New President And CEO
Brendan Cahill has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Digital (GMD) as President and CEO of the Woodstock based digital publisher of nature and wildlife apps. The appointment is effective as of January 1. Current Chairman, President and CEO, David Roberts will retain the position of Chairman and remain active in pursuing strategic opportunities. Cahill has had extensive experience in the field of publishing, most recently as Vice President and Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media based in New York City. There he was credited with leading in the acquisition of over 1,500 ebook titles. Previously, he was a strategy consultant for Boston Consultants and spent a decade as an editor with several publishers like the Penguin Group USA. In making the announcement David Roberts said, “Cahill’s appointment as president and CEO is testimony to his extraordinary record of achievement, He understands the potential of our company and what actions need to be taken every day to achieve those goals.” Roberts concluded, “The board and I are very excited that he will be totally dedicated to focusing on strong performance on behalf of our employees, our customers and our investors.”
Veteran publisher and founder of GMD, Andrew Stewart said, “The rapidly changing publishing world requires leadership with relevant experience and a keen understanding of digital publishing, content and its potential.” Stewart is proud of what has thus far been accomplished by GMD as North America’s leading digital publisher of nature and wildlife apps. He further stated, “I am tremendously enthusiastic about our future under Brendan’s leadership.”
Cahill said, “I believe that Green Mountain Digital’s innovative transmedia products are key to bringing new digital experiences to anyone who loves the outdoors.”
For more information, log onto greenmountaindigital.com or audubonguides.com.
Woodstock Farmers’ Market (WFM) Gearing Up to Full Operations
Since reopening WFM on November 19, Patrick Crowl and his dedicated team have been making steady progress toward full operations offering a broad range of perishable and non-perishable products, food preparation, bakery delicacies, as well as mail order business. According to Patrick, WFM will complete the restoration of his business after it was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene by mid-December.
Sabra Field Opens Exhibit At Vermont Tech
Critically acclaimed printmaker, Sabra Field has opened an art exhibit of her work featuring Cosmic Geometry Suite at Vermont Tech’s Hartness Library.
In announcing this exhibit, Dr. Philip Conroy, President of Vermont Technical College in Randolph said, “We are pleased to have such a prominent Vermont artist present an exhibit at the college. Sabra’s technique blends a textured combination of creative art and new technologies – also an integral component of Vermont Tech’s mission.” He continued, “We invite the broader Vermont community to visit the exhibit through December and January and look forward to further engaging Hartness Library for all.”
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. If you have news of a business nature, you may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-457-9256.
This article first appeared in the December 1st edition of the Vermont Standard.