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Hackett assumes role of senior relationship manager

BELLOWS FALLS >> TD Bank recently promoted Christopher J. Hackett to Senior Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking, based in Bellows Falls. He is responsible for developing new client relationships and managing existing commercial relationships, serving businesses in Rutland and across southeastern Vermont.

Hackett has 29 years of banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 1987 as an Internal Auditor and later served as a Commercial Credit Analyst before moving to Commercial Banking in 1992, where he most recently served as a Relationship Manager.

A Westminster resident, Hackett serves as Trustee with Kurn Hattin Homes, chairs the Westminster Fire District and is Acting President of the Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation. He is a graduate of Saint Michaels College (1984) and Champlain College (1982) as well as Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Rutland.

Gordon-Macey achieves membership in round table

BRATTLEBORO >> Scott Gordon-Macey, of Baystate Financial, an office of MetLife and a part of the MetLife Premier Client Group, recently achieved membership in the financial services industry's Million Dollar Round Table. Membership must be applied for annually and is open only to those who qualify. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services sector.

Gordon-Macey, CFP, CHFC, CASL, MBA is a financial planner with Baystate Financial. He has 10-plus years of experience in the financial services sector and resides in Brattleboro,. He is a graduate of Babson College, and the University of Massachusetts, and a member MDRT, NAIFAVT, and on the board of the Brattleboro Bous and Girls Club.

For more information, contact Gordon-Macey at 802-254-7756 or

Job fair needs employers

SPRINGFIELD >> Employers with open positions are encouraged to join the 2016 River Valley Employment Fair on Wednesday, April 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Middle School.

The event is aimed at connecting local job seekers with seasonal and permanent jobs in our area and to showcase resources and training programs that will help job seekers obtain employment. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the River Valley Employment Fair. Each year the number of vendors and job seekers has grown to over 40 employers and 200 job seekers have attending.

Tables are still available to employers in the region. Contact the Employment Fair Coordinator, Suzanne Groenewold at 802-885-8310 or at to register. You can also visit the Employment Fair link on and download the registration form.

The fair is a joint effort between the River Valley Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the VT Department of Labor, Creative Workforce Solutions, Springfield Regional Development Corporation, Springfield Medical Care Systems and the River Valley Technical Center.

The Workforce Investment Board's mission is to "link business and education communities to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the one we need tomorrow." The WIB serves the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Landgrove, Londonderry, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Weston, Windsor, Windham and surrounding communities.

Diversification grants available to defense-related industries

MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Department of Economic Development was recently awarded a grant from the US Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. These funds are available to help Vermont's defense-related businesses to diversify away from a reliance on the DoD in light of the recent reductions in DoD spending.

Businesses that have generated at least 10 percent of their sales in transactions where the DoD has been the ultimate purchaser in at least one of the last five years will generally qualify for consideration under the grant. If you feel that your business meets this criteria, VDED is conducting a five question survey until Friday April 15.

For more information, visit, or email or phone 802-461-9353.

Masiello Group hosts annual awards ceremony

BRATTLEBORO >> Better Homes & Gardens The Masiello Group recently held its Annual Awards Reception for 2015 at Labelle Winery in Amherst, N.H.

The top real estate agents from all of Masiello's 32 offices throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine were recognized for their exceptional service representing buyers and sellers this past year.

In Brattleboro, two agents were among those receiving top honors.

Out of 600-plus agents company-wide, Darlene Conca received The President's Circle Award for $6,385,694 in sales volume and 36 closed transactions. Chris Long received The President's Circle Award for $4,740,000 in sales volume and 19 closed transactions. Conca also achieved the honor of No. 1 Agent for dollar volume and No. 1 agent for closed transactions and Long received the honor of No. 2 Agent for dollar volume in the Brattleboro office for 2015.

Better Homes & Gardens The Masiello Group is the largest real estate company in Northern New England with over 7,000 closed transactions in 2015 resulting in over $1.3 billion in sales volume company-wide and over 98 percent customer satisfaction. For more information, stop in the office at 218 Main St. or call 802-257-1111.


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