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People in Business for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2019

  • David Rottmayer

  • Kim Bean

  • Susan Ohlson


Saturday, February 09, 2019

David Rottmayer has been named managing director of ValleyNet, the nonprofit that operates the Royalton-based fiber-to-the-home consortium ECFiber that reaches 24 Vermont towns.

He succeeds Carole Monroe, chief executive of ValleyNet, who has guided the organization for the past three years and announced in November her plan to retire in early 2019.

Monroe, who lives in Dublin, N.H., will continue to consult with ValleyNet.

Rottmayer will be tasked with expanding ValleyNet’s mission as it evolves to assist other groups in the Upper Valley that want broadband access to their communities. ValleyNet’s first non-ECFiber contract is to design, build and operate a fiber-to-the-home network on behalf of LymeFiber in Lyme.

Rottmayer comes to ValleyNet from Oklahoma, where he operated his own consulting firm that specialized in advising and building telecommunications infrastructure projects around the world.

ECFiber, launched in 2011, has strung nearly 700 miles of fiber optic cable and now serves more than 3,200 subscribers. The nonprofit is targeting 1,400 miles of cable and 7,000 subscribers by 2020.

Ledyard National Bank in Hanover has recruited Kim Bean to work as a private banking officer within the bank’s Ledyard Financial Advisors group, which provides wealth management services to clients.

Bean, of North Pomfret, recently earned her MBA from the New England College of Business and most recently was a program coordinator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She earlier worked at Mascoma Bank.

Susan Ohlson, compliance monitor at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust at the bank’s regional headquarters in Newport, has been promoted to assistant vice president and compliance analyst.

Ohlson, of Claremont, who joined the bank in 2007 as a commercial lending assistant, in her new role will work with department managers to institute controls to prevent compliance errors and monitor adherence to compliance regulations.

The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, at its recent annual meeting at Simon Pearce in Quechee, elected four new directors and officers: Rich Hoffman, cooperative education coordinator at the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center; Lindsay Obar, manager at Mike’s Store and Deli in Hartland; Mary Davidson Graham, assistant executive director at VINS in Quechee; and Sue Kessler, development manager at Northern Stage in White River Junction.

Directors stepping off the Hartford chamber’s board because their terms expired are Tammy Latvis, Marcos Stafne, Cheryl Linberg, Irene Green and Rick Trahan.

Also at the annual meeting, the chamber honored Mascoma Bank as Chamber Partner of the Year, and Trail Break Taps + Tacos in White River Junction was saluted as Community Business of the Year.

The Hartford chamber, headed by PJ Skehan, organizes the annual Quechee Balloon Festival as well as a business breakfast series and business after hours networking social.

The MNE Group financial adviser Maureen Meehan, of Quechee and Andover, Mass., has received one of Boston magazine’s 2019 Five Star Wealth Manager awards.

Meehan and her partner in the firm, Kristin Nordahl, both were award recipients for the eighth consecutive year. They were nominated through a survey of more than 3,000 registered financial services professionals and financial services firms.

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