Wall, Bullard receive SBA honors

first_imgNews Release span.heading4{ text-align: left}p{ margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px}body{ font-family: “Times New Roman”, serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal}Wall, Bullard receive SBA honorsJohn Wall, President, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc, Northfield, Vermont, has been named theU.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2006 Vermont Small Business Person ofthe Year. Nominated by Richard Angney, Executive Vice President, Central VermontEconomic Development Corporation, Wall was selected for outstanding leadership relatedto his company’s staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity,response to adversity and contributions to the community.Wall/Goldfinger designs and manufactures high-end board and conference room furniturefor Fortune 500 corporations and leading financial and academic institutions including theFederal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the New York StockExchange, CBS, Bank of America and Pfizer. Many of the important decisions of our timeare made around Wall/Goldfinger boardroom tables equipped with state-of-the-artcommunication technology.John Wall’s leadership is a model of innovation, integrity and sustainability,” said KennethA. Silvia, SBA Vermont District Director. “When his company came to a virtual standstillduring the aftermath of September 11, John managed to retain his employees and,working with them as a team, made an outstanding come-back during the recoveryperiod.”Wall/Goldfinger began with four employees in 1976 and by 2006, the number had grown to40. The original shop, a rudimentary 2,000 square ft. facility, had expanded into a 52,000sq. foot factory accommodating state-of-the-art finish applications, computer-controlledrouting and sophisticated wood machining and sanding systems. With the help of an SBA-guaranteed loan through Northfield Savings Bank, John Wall purchased MichaelGoldfinger’s share of the company in 1993 and led the company to nearly $7 million insales in 2005. Since its inception in 1976, the company’s resilience has been tested a number of timesbut never to the degree produced by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.Immediately following the attacks, corporate business in Manhattan and Washington, DCcame to a standstill. In 2002, U.S. contract furniture industry sales dropped from $12billion to $8 billion. While much of the business world gradually returned to normal, thecustom furniture industry suffered a second and even more dramatic setback. Theplanning cycle for new business had been seriously disrupted by the 9/11 attacks. With anaverage gestation period of two years for new projects, an even more dire business “hole”emerged in 2003. Wall/Goldfinger found itself at a critical crossroads. The company faced huge losses thatcould be mitigated by a reduction in manpower. However, Wall and the management teamconsidered the company’s skilled work force its only trump card. Losing employees wouldhave provided instant relief, but at what cost to the company’s long-range success? Walland the management team decided to retain the work force as long as financially possible.In many cases, employees were put on non-revenue producing tasks. Sales dropped 8%in 2001, rebounded 35% in 2002, and dropped again by 26% in 2003. The cost was greatto Wall/Goldfinger’s bottom line, capital resources and Wall’s personal net worth. However, the company concentrated on product development and marketing anddeveloped an interactive relationship with their top 100 architectural clients. The gambleproved successful as the market turned around in early 2004. With an experienced workforce in place, the company was well-positioned to seize new opportunities, and seizethem it did. Wall/Goldfinger experienced record sales in 2004 (up 43%) and by 2005,sales topped out at nearly $7 million. Wall/Goldfinger, Inc. offers numerous employee benefits including matching 401kcontributions, payment of over 95% of the total health insurance premiums, one-on-oneconsultations with a financial planner and continued development of employee skillsthrough the Vermont Training Program. The company has made cash donations to morethan 80 local organizations and, over the last six years, donated over 10% of its profitsback to the community. Environmental responsibility is another Wall/Goldfinger strength. For their work inredesigning a new finishing facility, the company received the Vermont Governor’s Awardfor Pollution Prevention in 2001. Later in 2006, the company invested in a recyclingsystem that reduces both pollution and the cost of heating fuel. The system pulls dust andwood shavings away from employees and stores the waste outdoors to be recycled into areturning stream of clean, heated air. As Vermont’s Small Business Person of the Year, John Wall will compete for the nationaltitle at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., April 12-13. Mr.Wall will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at aceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine, June 7th at Burlington’s WaterfrontPark, 4:00-7:00 p.m. SBA also salutes winners of the 2006 Vermont Small Business Champion Awards,including National Winner Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women: Janet BullardVermont Commission on Women, MontpelierState, New England Regional and National Women in Business ChampionJim KeyesCitizens Bank, BurlingtonFinancial Services Champion of the YearRobert JohnsonOmega Optical, Inc., BrattleboroSmall Business Exporter of the YearMark JohnsonWDEV Radio, WaterburySmall Business Journalist of the YearLaurie HammondTriple Loop Skate and Dance, ColchesterVermont Microenterprise AwardJohn B.Durfee and Lang DurfeeBethel Mills, BethelFamily-Owned Business of the YearMargaret FergusonMicro Business Development Program,Central VT Community Action Council, BarreHome-Based Business Champion of the YearSteve BrochuVermont Department of Labor, St. JohnsburyVeteran Small Business Champion of the Year# # #last_img read more

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Freeman French Freeman Wins Interior Design Award

first_imgThe American Institute of Architectures Vermont chapter honored Freeman French Freeman (FFF) with an Interior Architecture award for the Burlington International Airport expansion project. This award was one of eight given by the local AIA chapter and is the firms third consecutive award for its work at the airport.The jury, a panel of architects from the Connecticut chapter of AIA, was impressed by the interesting use of modernist materials and also praised the bringing of art to architecture in a place where people spend a lot of time.Michael Hoffman, Professor of Architecture at Norwich University, said the jury was taken by the interiors sense of whimsy. Four circular skylights with conical wells penetrate through a deep ceiling cavity to direct and frame glimpses of passing clouds, birds, and aircraft, said designer Alex Halpern of FFF. The skylight composition punctuates the entire space with dynamic fields of light and shadow projecting onto walls and floor below.last_img read more

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Tigers charged by FA

first_img “The allegation relates to an incident which occurred in or around the 68th minute of their fixture against Leicester City on 14 March 2015. “The club has until 6pm on 23 March 2015 to respond to the charge.” The incident came in the middle of a highly-charged period as Michael Dawson had been booked two minutes earlier for a challenge on Jamie Vardy, and Tom Huddlestone was dismissed for the visitors just four minutes after, earning his second booking for a foul on Vardy. The issue of players applying pressure to referees came to the fore last week with Chelsea being accused of being over-zealous during their Champions League clash again Paris St Germain. And following the match at the King Power Stadium, Tigers boss Steve Bruce launched a thinly-veiled attack on the Leicester players for their behaviour towards the officials. “I’ve got no problem with Huddlestone’s two yellow cards, but is every challenge now a yellow if you mis-time it?” he said. “It got a bit angry towards the end, but for me the referee booked my two centre-backs for (fair) challenges. “There’s a raging debate about Chelsea in midweek and if we’re not careful…I saw everyone surround Alex for a red card for his challenge. Hull have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players in Saturday’s goalless Premier League clash against Leicester. The charge appears to relate to an incident where a number of Tigers players reacted furiously to Alex Bruce being booked by referee Jon Ross for a robust but ultimately fair challenge on Riyad Mahrez. An FA statement read: “Hull City have been charged by The FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. “There wasn’t a nasty challenge in the game yet we’ve had five yellow cards and a sending off. I never saw that coming. “The reason we enjoy the Premier League is its honesty and integrity and if we’re going to go down the route of every other league – jumping around and whinging and trying to get people yellow and red cards – for me that’s not right.” Foxes manager Nigel Pearson strongly disagreed, and when asked for a response to Bruce’s statement said: “How many times have you seen us play this year? “You’re not in a position to judge my players on that. You’re asking me and I’ve told you, ‘No, I don’t think it’s a fair assessment’. Full stop.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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