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FEATURES Earthlogic spaces came available.” One of those spaces was in the upper level of a building at Fort Ethan Allen owned by Egan Media. “It was really rough,” Kesler says, “but I opened the door and immediately saw all the pos-sibilities.” Working with Joe Egan, he renovated the space. Comfort and a “homelike atmo-sphere” were key to the design, says Kesler. Exposed brick warms the high-ceiling environment, and each employee has a spacious area defi ned by half walls. A commercial espresso machine, bought from Sacred Grounds Café in Essex when it closed, and a kegorator beer dispenser with a Switchback Ale tap are center-pieces in the stainless steel kitchen area. The company has eight full-and part-time employees, including the Keslers. Kesler is proud of his commitment to measured growth, which has meant he has never had to lay off anyone. Sales have grown every year since the com-pany was founded, even through the economic downturn of 2008. A few “cornerstone clients” such as Vermont Fish and Wildlife and Luceo Corp., a subsidiary of CareerBuilder based in Chicago, help keep things hum-ming. “2012 is going to beat 2011, which beat 2010, which beat 2009, every year since 1998,” he says. Earthlogic clients run the gamut of industries, from local nonprofi ts to large national corporations. Besides pledg-ing 5 percent of its profi ts each year to nonprofi ts, the company commits a percentage of work effort as an in-kind donation to nonprofi t clients. A longtime partnership is the one with First Night Burlington. “Chris has worked with First Night for 12 years, as both a contractor and an individual volunteer,” says Jennifer Crowell, First Night’s executive director. “He served as a board member for seven years, so has taken the commitment to the event to a much higher level than other business partners. He works in one of our box offi ces on the day of — an immense job that includes coming to the offi ce the night before, picking up all our will-call, and processing orders until 11 that night.” Earthlogic is responsible for all of First Night’s creative design — posters, buttons, the look and feel of the website — and beyond that, has developed the Match Your Workforce to Your Work From left: Leslie Germain , Branch Manager; Nichole LaForce , Staffing Specialist; Michael Morgan , Project Manager; and Kaitlyn Bedell , Staffing Specialist. 1795 Williston Road, So. Burlington, VT 05495 • 802-862-5747 bonding and surety requirements minimize tax impacts financial covenants maximize capacity long -term contracts tax planning business forecasting WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE When you need an experienced team to meet your accounting and financial needs in the Construction Industry . Call us today to schedule an appointment. 802.524.9531 14 BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • JANUARY 2013

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