Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thank you for attending Ignite Burlington 2013!

Another incredible Ignite Burlington in the books. Stay tuned – we’ll be releasing video of the speakers over the next few weeks!

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A huge thank you to our incredible 2013 Ignite Burlington speakers:

  • Ann Zuccardy, CEO of AZ Communications
    Click here for Ann’s speaker spotlight.
  • Tom Murphy, Co-Founder & Presenter of Sweethearts & Heroes
    Click here for Tom’s speaker spotlight.
  • David Hill, Realtor & Owner of Hill Team Associates at Keller Williams Realty
  • Aaron Fastman, Owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK in Vermont
  • Ela Wojtowicz | 
    Click here for Ela’s speaker spotlight.
  • Adam Hergenrother, CEO of Hergenrother Industries
  • Kevin Pearce, Kevin Pearce Holdings, LLC
    Click here for Kevin’s speaker spotlight.
  • Nathalie Kelly, Writer & Inspirational Speaker
    Click here for Nathalie’s speaker spotlight.
  • Hannah Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Vermont America 2013, Recovery Advocate & Inspirational Speaker
    Click here for Hannah’s speaker spotlight.
  • Janet Smith, Transcendental Meditation Teacher
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Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – Hannah Kirkpatrick

Speaker Spotlight - Hannah Kirkpatrick


Presentation:  Recovery ROCKS!  Hope & Joy on the Flip Side of Addiction…and How Anyone Can Have It!

Disregarding social expectations to “keep up appearances”, Mrs. Vermont America 2013 Hannah Kirkpatrick is a fearless and vulnerable storyteller, willing to expose her journey through the deepest caverns of depression and addictive substances & behaviors, and her close-call victory over some of the same struggles that haunt millions of Americans.

Through her story of devastating loss and second chances, Hannah paints audiences a vivid picture of the light at the end of the long tunnel of addiction, affirming that immeasurable laughter, meaning, and hope await on the other side.  She brings levity and humor to an often heavy subject, easily delighting audiences into recognizing and embracing their weaknesses, challenging them to support others through dark times, and above all, passionately supporting listeners to take the steps of courage required to ask for help in whatever area they may be struggling.

Hannah is an acclaimed speaker and mentor, traversing New England and beyond to inspire students, parents, and general adult populations toward the promises of hope & joy in recovery.  As a capstone to her year of service as Mrs. Vermont America 2013, she made history as the first Vermonter to ever place in the Top 15 at the Mrs. America competition!  She credits the irony of telling an “ugly story in a beautiful dress” as her ticket to success.

Hannah also coaches women in Africa to economic freedom through entrepreneurism, and offers a personal development & leadership curriculum to individuals and companies looking to incorporate vintage values into their personal lives, families and businesses in a new way.  Hannah is incredibly grateful to have her husband, Chris Kirkpatrick, still by her side, and they are delighted to have a “very two” year old daughter named Knightley.



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Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – David Hill

Speaker Spotlight - David Hill


Presentation: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles | “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”- Albert Einstein

David Hill is a Keller Williams Realtor, CEO of The Hill Team, and Owner of PreferredAgent.  David began his career in the Real Estate  in 2002. In 2005 he started the Hill Team.   The Hill Team has consistently averaged 90 sides per year since 2008, and in 2012 is currently the #1 Team in volume in all offices for Worcester MA.

David has been a member of Gary Keller’s (Chairman of the Board of Keller Williams Realty) private Masterminds since 2010, and was featured on stage with Gary at Mega Camp in 2010.  David is one of about 60 Keller Williams Realty approved national trainers, and owns a national prospecting and referral company called PreferredAgent.  David is passionate about personal growth, loves teaching, and lives by the philosophy from Zig Ziglar: “Help enough people get what they want and you end up with whatever you want.”


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Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – Janet Smith

Speaker Spotlight - Janet Smith


Presentation:  Transcending – The Key to Higher Consciousness, Fulfillment, Peace

Janet Smith is the Director of Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center. She has been practicing and teaching the TM technique for over 40 years and leading and participating in peace projects since 1979.

Janet learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1972. She participated in the first World Peace Assembly in the US, at Amherst, MA, in 1979  and then helped establish a permanent group to create peace and coherence for the USA in Fairfield, Iowa. She has been involved full time with the TM organization since then, including 3 years teaching at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, helping establish the Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, and teaching the TM technique throughout the US for over 20 years.

She has an Elementary Teaching Certificate, MA in Science of Creative Intelligence, and an Honorary PhD for her work participating in and leading World Peace Assemblies in the US, Europe, and India.

Janet enjoys Maharishi Ayurveda cooking, exploring nature, and traveling. She and her husband were delighted to move to Vermont in 2011 to be close to family.


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Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – Aaron Fastman

Speaker Spotlight - Aaron Fastman


Presentation: Cancer, Humor, and Entrepreneurship

Aaron Fastman is a small business entrepreneur in Burlington.  He received his under graduate degree from The University of New Mexico in 2002.  Aaron owns and operate four businesses  in Vermont and New York – 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, The Fastman Group, which invests in real estate, a law funding business in NY, and iLyte iPhone Case Co.  Aaron is a single father and stays busy enjoying everything Vermont has to offer, including mountain biking and snowboarding.

Call:  802.236.9485

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Ignite Burlington 2013 | Speaker Spotlight – Adam Hergenrother

Speaker Spotlight - Adam Hergenrother

Presentation: Life Without Limits

Adam Hergenrother and Hergenrother Industries empower the leaders of today to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Defined by vision, inspiration, leadership, opportunities, and growth, Adam has built seven companies in under five years. Hergenrother Industries is a powerhouse connector – matching talent with opportunities, the community with resources, clients with Realtors, investors with entrepreneurs, and goals with training and education. Through strategic business consulting, consistent accountability, and personal development, Adam is developing leaders and businesses worldwide.

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