Welcoming Susie Therrien and Dave Speidel to the team

Susie Therrien

All of us here at the paper are excited to announce that Susie Therrien has joined us as our new advertising manager. For the past couple of weeks, Susie has been working with Christy Hagios, our outgoing ad manager, meeting our advertisers and getting acquainted with her new computer.

Susie has lived in Charlotte with her family since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Allied Health Sciences. Susie worked in the medical field of oncology as a radiation therapist at Dana Farber and Shields Healthcare before making the decision to take a break from her career to focus on raising her two children Tate and Chance. In 2017 Susie began providing independent home health care support to community members in Charlotte and Shelburne. In her spare time, Susie enjoys Mt. Philo with many friends and her dog Aika, reading, the occasional pickleball match and the company of friends and family.

With her children now at college, Susie had started to look for part-time work when she heard about the ad manager position at the paper. Although she has not worked in marketing or sales, Susie feels that her communication and people skills provide her with a solid basis for sustaining relationships with our current advertisers and for reaching out to other businesses and organizations in Charlotte and neighboring towns. Susie views her new position as an opportunity to help The Charlotte News build on the accomplishments of Christy and the advertising managers who proceeded her, to further strengthen the paper and to support local businesses.

She writes, “I am thankful for this opportunity and excited for this new venture that has come to fruition. l look forward to learning and growing in sales and marketing with the wonderful team here at The Charlotte News.”

Advertising in The Charlotte News is not just a way to attract new customers for your business; it is also a way to show that you value and support the paper that has kept this community connected and informed for 65 years. If you’ve been thinking about advertising in the paper, Susie would be happy to talk with you. She can be reached via email or by calling 802-233-4316.

In a recent unanimous vote, Dave Speidel was elected to the board of directors of The Charlotte News. We look forward to working with Dave in the months ahead and know that his skills and experience will extend the capacity of the board to meet the news and information needs of this community we call home.

Dave Speidel

Dave recently retired after 21 years as a partner at Place Creative Co. and almost 40 years in the brand development field. These days, he is looking forward to having more time to spend with his wife Karen, his married daughters and new grandson — and plans on being creative in other ways.

His design career began at agencies in Philadelphia and Boston with clients ranging from Hershey Foods to MIT. After moving to Vermont, he founded Brick House and produced distinctive work for clients like Anichini, IBM and Rossignol Ski Co. during a 15-year period. After selling Brick House in 1999, Dave joined Jager DiPaola Kemp Design where he helped lead major branding projects.

In 2001, Dave joined forces with Place Creative Co. working with many consumer product brands like Darn Tough and Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Lake Champlain Chocolates, as well as nonprofits and state programs doing good things for the world.

He has supported several nonprofits with volunteer work and board membership, such as the Vermont Clean Water Network, the Charlotte Trails Committee, Lewis Creek Association, Charlotte Congregational Church, Shelburne Craft School, Inclusive Arts Vermont and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Vermont.

Dave has been reading The Charlotte News ever since moving to town in 1984 and has always appreciated the thorough and original writing informing us on town hall happenings, local sports and recreation. He even reads all the ads for our area businesses. You never know when you’ll need a plumber or are looking for a good breakfast sandwich.

As a board member, Dave expects to focus his efforts in the areas of business, website and digital development. Welcome aboard, Dave.