The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced on October 29, 2014 at their Annual Meeting (sponsored by GE-Aviation) that Ron Cioffi (Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer) at Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is the Chamber’s 2014 Business Person of the Year. Cioffi was presented the award by Congressman Peter Welch, Rutland City Mayor Chris Louras, and Chamber officials.
Tom Donahue (Executive Vice President/CEO) of the Chamber, called Cioffi “a tireless advocate for community health.” In 2013 RAVNAH served 2.589 clients making 92,168 visits to residents in Rutland County. A major employer, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association (RAVNAH) employs 342 people with 287 in Rutland and another 55 in Bennington, due to the recent merger with Bennington’s VNA which on October 1st became part of the larger RAVNAH family.
Immediate Past President Marleen Cenate was also honored for her service.
Donahue gave a brief presentation on the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and upcoming projects including the NRHS annual convention in June 2015 and the Chamber’s new web page to be launched in December.
The Keynote Speaker for the meeting (attended by over 200 people) was motivational speaker Ross Gibson from The Richards Group. Mr. Gibson spoke about Leadership.