A Middlesex woman with an extensive background in marketing and brand management will be the new chief marketing officer for the State of Vermont. Kathy Murphy, currently the director of marketing for the Vermont Ski Areas Association, will join the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development this month as the new chief marketing officer. Murphy will assist various state agencies with marketing campaigns and oversee the process of updating the Vermont Brand. ‘Kathy brings 25 years of marketing experience and a comprehensive understanding of the Vermont Brand,’ said Agency of Commerce of Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller. ‘As the public and private sector work together to explore new ways to market Vermont, Kathy will provide valuable insight, guidance and leadership.’ Prior to her role at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Murphy was the brand director and general manager of Tubbs Snowshoes for 18 years. Prior to that, she worked at Jager DiPaola Kemp Design, Paul Kaza Associates and Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘The economic, agricultural and cultural transformation of Vermont continues, and a vision of a mutually reinforcing relationship between tradition and progress is more critical than ever,’ Murphy said. ‘It’s my belief that a fresh, free-thinking, collaborative and consistent approach is necessary to meeting the challenges and opportunities of marketing Vermont today and in the future.’ Murphy replaces Christine Werneke, who has taken a position with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (June 25) – Brendon Gemmill turned in a dominant performance to capture his first 20-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win of the year during Saturday’s H&H Roofing Night atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.Gemmill started the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature event from the front row outside and led throughout to capture the win by nearly a straightaway.After a pair of incidents eliminated one-third of the 21-car field before a lap was completed, Gemmill gunned into the lead and was a straightaway ahead of Tracy Link and Ryan Heger when the caution flew after eight laps.While his lead was erased, Gemmill wasted little time reestablishing his advantage and held it to the line. In his wake, Heger raced into second and held the spot the rest of the way with Link, Tom Beavers and William Nusser rounding out the top five.In the 12-lap IMCA SportMod main event, Jeff Kaup took over at the midway point and raced on to his third victory of the year.While three-time and reigning champ Kaup worked forward from fifth, Alex Wiens paced the opening handful of laps before running afoul of an infield tire. Kaup assumed the point and led the rest of the way to take the checkered flag ahead of Kevin Tabor and Jeremy Sigler.Michael Pepper kept his roll going in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars with a late move around Marlin Hogie to win the 12-lapper.Hogie led the opening nine rounds before the defending champion raced by on the high side with just over two laps remaining to capture his fifth win of the season and third in a row ahead of Hogie and Brett Copeland.In IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock action, Bryan Habiger broke a DCRP victory lane dry spell by winning his first 12-lap feature in several years.Habiger battled past David Berger on the third lap and raced the rest of the way to the checkered flag unabated ahead of Duane Wahrman and Reagan Sellard.