Archive for July, 2008

Do You Want to Trade Your Commute?

July 25, 2008

In yesterday’s Burlington Free Press there was an article written about Vermont’s NRG System’s and their solution to urban sprawl.  And when I say urban I mean small scale urban for all of you city slickers… it’s ok, I was once one too!  However, this idea could work anywhere.

Interesting stuff.  NRG is still in the early stages of planning, however the gist is that they have bought enough land to create a community including housing for employees.  This would alleviate commutes for many of their employees, and thus save both the environment and employees money in one fell swoop. 

Great idea, right?  The only hesitation that you may have is that you don’t want to live next door to your boss… or chatty (read: gossipy) Sally from accounting.

Ken and I were with the super cool people at Olivia’s Croutons yesterday and discussed this and other ideas on sustainable communities.  After all, there is a huge amount of time by the media being spent on education of the US population on supporting the local farmer (farmers markets and CSAs are all the rage, and rightfully so!), and buying local first.


Stowe, Vermont circ 1875

Stowe, Vermont circ 1875

When you really sit down to think about it though, this is how most towns in the US were created.  There was a business and the people that worked there and those who serviced the business all lived very close by – thus creating more opportunity for stores, gas stations, etc.  And creating a true community.


Perhaps we are coming full circle in some ways in our now global community.




Very Exciting News!

July 23, 2008


Chef Doug Barg

Chef Doug Barg

We are pleased to announce our new Consulting Executive Chef, Doug Barg!

Why would a PR firm need a chef, you ask?  Well,  we work with food clients.  Sometimes we need some advice, insight, and expertise to draw on.  We are all avid home cooks here, but none of us have been classically trained and we certainly don’t develop recipes that should be allowed outside of our own houses!

Enter Chef Barg!  I have worked with him previously during my tenure at Topnotch Resort in Stowe.  His resume is impressive, boasting top level chef positions at Ritz Carlton properties, The Hotel Washington, The Bay Tower Room and Serendipity.  Currently you can feast on Chef Barg’s nightly creations at Edson Hill Mannor in Stowe.

He is extremely talented, and in a state that boasts a lot of great chefs (thanks in part to the lifestyle and New England Culinary Institute!), Chef Barg stands apart.  His ideas are innovative and fresh, and most importantly in his role with us, Chef Barg is creative.

As our Consulting Executive Chef, Doug will assist clients with taste tests, recipe development (perhaps incorporating their products into menus), and work as a consultant at PMG on all things food.

We’re happy to be “making good” with Executive Chef Doug Barg!


Calm & Sense

July 21, 2008

Here we go, hang on rodeo riders! its going to get damn good really fast, so fasten your seatbelts and take your Dramamine! (Yea, I mixed the metaphors just to make you seasick so you’d get into the mood).

So, a few blogs ago, I hypothesized about the wonderful greatness that awaits our economy in 2009 as the energy revolution comes to pass. My POV: stop worrying about the sky falling, and get ready for the next new thing.

One word: T. Boone Pickens. OK, might be two words and an initial, but its one concept. Huge energy change that will be vertigo inducing.  If you don’t now what I’m taking about now, you will soon. Pay attention!!

So glad that finally, the time has come again to let American ingenuity out of the starting gate.

So, I look into my crystal ball, and Swami PR Ken predicts that, in the next few months, you’ll see the media going nuts over stories about the incoming MBA crop frothing about green energy startups. Check your biz pages, folks.

I’ll take any bets against this. I figure free lunches for a year?

Ken Liatsos

Mea Culpa. I Repent. Sorry Costco.

July 20, 2008

OK, I get it.  Took me a little while, but I’ve seen Costco doing great things for local businesses in the markets they serve. And I’ve spoken with small businesses that have had enjoyed tremendous breaks thanks to Costco providing them with an opportunity to get in front of a huge market.

So, I’m tempering my earlier blog rant: between their dedication to offering local suppliers a huge market opportunity, and the generous way they take care of their employees, Costco may be big, but they’re a big socially responsible business. They truly are people making good.

Bonus to my revelation: I get to shop there guilt-free again!


Fancy Foods!

July 7, 2008

We left Burlington last week for New York City and the NSAFT Fancy Food Show. 

Who knew trade shows could actually be fun?!  We had a great time working with our exhibiting clients, Bove’s of Vermont and Vermont Smoke and Cure.  We also had a great time wandering the tradeshow floor, meeting with new clients, checking out the competition, and tasting things we did not know existed!

We debuted our USB Press Kits for our clients at the show and they were WILDLY popular.  We could not keep up with the demand!  Press people that we chatted with all loved them and other vendors and PR peeps were taking notes. 

As nice as it was to go to NYC, it is always a pleasure to return to Vermont… and not a moment to soon as we gear up for a busy week!

Hoping you and yours had a great Fourth of July,