New Board of Director leadership
The Lake Champlain Chamber is pleased to announce that Greg Maguire, General Counsel and Director of Business Strategy at Liquid Measurement Systems, will serve as Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for the next year and Ashley Wainer, Vice President, Customers & Energy Innovation at VGS will serve as Vice Chair.
Greg Maguire, General Counsel and Director of Business Strategy, Liquid Measurement Systems
Greg is currently the General Counsel and Director of Business Strategy for Liquid Measurement Systems, located in Georgia, Vermont. LMS was founded in Vermont and it develops, manufactures and supplies fuel quantity measurement systems for aircraft.
Prior to working at LMS, Greg served as the Director of Legal and Government Affairs for Revision Military, in Essex Junction, Vermont. His work at Revision followed service in Vermont State Government, including the Director of the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Director of Rail, Air and Public Transit at VTrans, and General Counsel of the Agency of Commerce and Community Affairs.
He has two children who were born and raised in Vermont. He serves on the VMEC Advisory Board, the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, the Vermont Continuing Legal Education Board, and has served on the Executive Board of the Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America.
Ashley Wainer, Vice President, Customers & Energy Innovation, VGS
Ashley Wainer serves as the Vice President of Customers & Energy Innovation. She is responsible for the customer facing interactions of the business, including the Energy Efficiency Utility (“EEU”), customer service, field services, sales & marketing as well as new product development and technology solutions. Her focus includes business development, specifically related to product and service offerings.
Before her current role, she served as the Vice President of Finance from 2016 – 2021. She was responsible for all financial functions of the Company as well as risk management, information technology, human resources, and customer service. She has been with VGS since 2010 and has also held a position in regulatory affairs for several years.
Prior to VGS, Ashley worked in public accounting at KPMG, as part of its audit practice, exploring and contributing to a variety of industries, but was most drawn to the complexity and innovation of the utility space.
Ashley’s educational background includes a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Business from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, a M.B.A from Champlain College as well as Graduate Certificate in Advanced Management.
Currently, Ashley serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber (“LCC”) as well as part of the Executive Committee of the LCC Board. She is also an associate member of the Vermont Business Roundtable and serves as Treasurer of Northern New England Energy Corporation (“NNEEC”).
When she is not in the throes of her day job, she holds her most important role as mother to her two toddlers. They keep Ashley and her husband, Jonathan busy with plenty of playtime, outdoor activities and providing regular practice in negotiations.
A new member of the Board of Directors
The Lake Champlain Chamber is also pleased to announce that Ben Traverse, Associate at Downs Rachlin Martin has joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Ben Traverse, Associate, Downs Rachlin Martin
Ben Traverse familiarizes himself with the ins and outs of his clients’ diverse workplaces. He remains approachable and always ready to serve as a dedicated advocate, particularly when clients are faced with uniquely difficult circumstances. Ben has extensive experience practicing before federal, state, and administrative tribunals. His litigation practice has largely focused on successfully defending against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
In the year before joining Downs Rachlin Martin, Ben served as a judicial law clerk for the Vermont Superior Court. In that position, he worked on a number of employment-related matters pursued under Vermont’s civil rights statutes.
Before moving to Vermont with his young family, Ben spent three years as an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department. There, Ben represented various municipal agencies, including the New York City Police, Fire and Education departments.
Ben now works and lives in Burlington. He volunteers his time to neighborhood and community organization, plays hockey, and spends time with friends over Vermont craft brews.