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People in Business for July 15, 2018


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A trio of longtime executives at GW Plastics all have won promotions as the Bethel advanced manufacturer is on track to record its ninth straight year of increasing revenue in 2018.

Cathy Tempesta, who has been director of human resources for the past 15 years, is now vice president of human relations, the company said in a news release.

Tom Johansen, a 26-year veteran of the company who had been vice president and chief financial officer, has been promoted to executive vice president.

Art Bennert, who has been with GW Plastics for 24 years, has been promoted to executive vice president. He was previously vice president and chief operations officer.

The three executives earned their promotions because they “have been instrumental to our success in transforming GW Plastics from a regional injection molding company into a leading global plastics contract manufacturer,” Brenan Riehl, GW Plastics chief executive, said in a statement.

Both Johansen and Bennert retain their CFO and COO duties, respectively, with their new titles.

William J. Thomas III, senior vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors, has added the duties of branch manager with overseeing both day-to-day operations and the firm’s four financial advisors at Well Fargo’s office at Center Resource Park in Lebanon.

Thomas takes over responsibilities from the Burlington interim manager who had been overseeing the Lebanon branch.

Doug Stewart, a veteran human resources manager, has joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Newport as senior vice President of human resources operations and total rewards.

Stewart most recently had been assistant vice chancellor HR Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. Prior to that, he was manager of employee benefits at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass.

Relocating from Rhode Island to Newport, Stewart will oversee employee data management, payroll, reporting, analytics and employee compensation, benefits and equity programs.

Physical therapist Rebecca Swope with Cioffredi & Associates in Lebanon has attained advanced certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist.

The certification, which requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of professional experience and the passing of a written examination, is awarded annually by the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists.

Only about 5 percent of physical therapists in the U.S. are board certified in orthopedics and only three physical therapists in New Hampshire passed the exam last year, Cioffredi said in a news release.

Chris Henry, a journeyman plumber, has joined Lyme Green Heat to help the Lyme company expand its plumbing and heating services division. Henry, of East Corinth, Vt., is a licensed plumber in both New Hampshire and Vermont, and graduated from Vermont Technical College’s plumbing apprenticeship program.

Post Mill’s Vanessa Riegler, director of Ohana Camp at the Aloha Foundation in Fairlee, is one of 22 graduates of the Snelling Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute’s 2018 class.

The Vermont Leadership Institute, in its 23rd year, offers intense seminars and educational programs focusing on critical issues facing Vermont to rising leaders around the state.

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