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DON Eggert 

Don EggertCareer Highlights:
At Seven Days I was responsible for successfully managing our transition from a long tabloid format in two sections to the non-folding magazine-style format in 2009. This change resulted in a better designed, more colorful and usable product for readers and advertisers. In 2010, I project managed the launch of Vermont Restaurant Week combining my interests in food, event planning, charity and design. The week reinforced Seven Days' dominance in food and restaurant coverage, aligned our corporate sponsors with Vermont Foodbank, drove traffic to restaurants during a low performing time and provided our readers with a chance to go out and experience the local food scene at a discount. I love bringing everyone together for a good cause. 

Community Involvement: 
Chair of Outright Vermont and Co-founder of RU12? Community Center

Favorite part of job? The media industry is constant flux right now and I get to be a part of the transformation. It's exciting to use my business and creative skills to develop new products for our readers. There's never a dull moment!

Who is your living hero? Betty White. Although, I hope I'm not working as hard as she is when I'm her age.

Favorite downtime activity? As the owner of a Winooski duplex built in 1875, my partner Shawn and I have embraced the wonderful world of home improvement. After endless YouTube videos, calls to our dads and trips to Lowe's, I can safely say that we know a thing or two about installing crown moulding, replacing a toilet and wiring an outlet or two. It's fun to work with your hands after sitting in front of a computer monitors for hours on end.

Favorite Vermont Escape? The Champlain Islands. It's an entirely different landscape and so close to home. I'm always shocked when my friends admit that they've never been.

Favorite social network? Instagram. It does all the work me look great. What more could I ask for?

Favorite website? It's essentially a shopping website, but it features beautiful, unique products that I would never see all in one place. It really inspires me creatively.

Vermont Business Person you would most want to network with? Jess Bridge. She has a hand in everything from bars and tattoo parlors to farmers markets and real estate. Talk about a renaissance woman! If she has an idea, she goes for it. I can't wait to see what she'll do next. 

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