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first_imgVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will present Mr. Ted Castle, owner and president of Rhino Foods, the 2009 Terry Ehrich Award for Socially Responsible Business Practices at its annual awards dinner scheduled for May 4th. Rhino Foods of Burlington started in the 1980s as a small frozen custard stand in the Champlain Mill in Winooski. Now with sales over $20 million and over 100 employees, Rhino makes cookie dough for most major brands in the ice cream industry along with its ice cream cookie sandwich the Chesster and co-packing for numerous national and international companies. Steadfast in exemplifying Rhino s Purpose, to impact the manner business is done, Ted created an innovative Employee Exchange Program as an alternative to layoffs nine years ago. He has also been an advocate and leader in the business community to support the hiring and retention of refugees. In a time of tightening budgets and reduced benefits, Ted also developed a Wellness and Health Awareness Team, and is piloting a program with the United Way called HELP (Helping Employees Live Productively). An environmental steward, he has created an environmental coordinator position at Rhino to manage the company s waste reduction and facility efficiency efforts. Rhino adopted open book management 20 years ago in order to engage employees by providing financial information and share company priorities.Outside of his business, Ted works with many local organizations and has been an active board member with The United Way since 2004.  He is heavily involved with Prevent Child Abuse, Shelburne Farms, and VT Special Olympics, and coaching local sports teams. An All-American UVM hockey player in the 1970s, Ted has coached in Vermont and Maine, and played professionally in Italy and Sweden. Ted is an excellent example for someone who lives and works his values every day, said VBSR executive director Will Patten. His tireless advocacy of the worker, the poor, and our community s youth embodies Rhino s community principle that recognizes the ripple effect of our actions and is dedicated to improving social and environmental conditions.The Terry Ehrich Award for Social Responsibility in Business is given annually to an individual who for a sustained period demonstrates exceptional socially responsible business principles in the workplace, political, social and natural environments. The Terry Ehrich Award, created in memory of the late Terry Ehrich, owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation, and VBSR Board Member, honors Terry s lifetime commitment to the environment, workplace and community.VBSR is a non-profit, statewide business organization. Its members manage to a multiple bottom line by protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state s citizens while remaining profitable. The oldest and largest regional association of values-led businesses in the country, VBSR members represent all sectors of the Vermont economy. Additional information on the Terry Ehrich award and VBSR s 2009 Annual Conference can be found at www.vbsr.org(link is external).last_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2011 Geographically unique, Chile is more than 2,700 miles north to south yet only 150 miles east to west at its widest point. Chile’s military is tasked with defending more than 4,000 miles of border with the sea along South America’s western coast. Expanding their capability to face this challenge, Chilean military officials welcomed a group of American special operations sailors during a four-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) that took place in Viña del Mar, Chile, during the month of September. This JCET was the first formal training event between U.S. Navy Special Boat Team trainers assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit Four, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and members from the Chilean Comando de Fuerzas Especiales, known as the COMFUES. Within the Chilean military, the COMFUES is considered a top-notch element of the nation’s security forces. Chilean Marine Major César Aguirre Rivera, who serves as the chief of training for the COMFUES, said the command and its personnel always look for ways to improve their skills. “We asked for this training in order to create a Special Boat Team in the command,” he said. “This has been a great experience for us, and we hope to continue this great communication with our U.S. partners.” The JCET is part of Special Operations Command South’s Theater Security Cooperation program that enables partner nations to better protect their borders and increase their capacity to conduct special operations. SOCSOUTH is responsible for all U.S. Special Operations activities in the Caribbean, Central and South America and serves as a component for U.S. Southern Command. Throughout the JCET, members of the Special Boat Team trained with their Chilean partners on skills and tactics such as Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS), a maritime boarding action designed to capture hostile vessels and high value target there may be onboard. Boat inserts and extraction techniques, live-fire water-board training and boat handling maneuvers on small tactical boats were also covered during the training. Members of the COMFUES view this JCET as a great opportunity to learn from some very experienced U.S. Special Operations Forces. “Working with our American partners has been great because they have so much knowledge and skill,” said Chilean Marine Lieutenant Patricio Arriagada. Established in 2005, the COMFUES is an operational level command comprised of 10 Special Operations Units – six Marine Commandos Regiments and four Combat Driver elements. The COMFUES’s mission is similar to its U.S. Special Operations Forces counterparts as it can perform direct action, surveillance and other tasks such as humanitarian relief. The COMFUES already participated in several high-profiled events including humanitarian relief operations in Haiti following the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 and assisting their own nation just weeks later, when a 8.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Chile leaving hundreds dead and millions displaced. The JCET ended with a closing ceremony where each Chilean participant received a certificate of training from their American counterparts. “Their motivation and dedication is outstanding, and I would fight side by side with these guys any day,” said the Special Boat Team Chief in charge of the JCET. Major Aguirre Rivera uttered those same sentiments and hopes this is just the first of many exchanges between the two nations.last_img read more