Fast Track: Blantyre appoints GM, food/beverage director



Blantyre appoints GM; food/beverage director

Stephen Benson has been appointed general manager and Alan Champney food and beverage director/sommelier at Blantyre.

As general manager, Benson will oversee the entire operations of the 24-room property. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, and most recently had served as regional hotel director for American Cruise Lines.

He also has served as the resort manager at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Ariz., and held general manager positions at resorts in Phoenix and Jackson Hole, Wyo.He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire.

In his role, Champney will oversee Blantyre's extensive culinary operations. Champney most recently served as a fine wine consultant for the Masciarelli Wine Co., and owned and managed L'Alouette Bistro in Harwich Port for over 10 years.

He also has held restaurant and sommelier roles at a variety of dining establishments throughout Massachusetts, including Fin Restaurant, Nauset Beach Club and Abbicci.


Architect named state adviser to registration boards

Kerry Bartini, principal architect at Berkshire Design Inc. of Pittsfield, recently was appointed to be the American Institute of Architects' Massachusetts licensing adviser to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. She has been a licensing adviser since 2016.

In her new role, Bartini will continue to work directly with architectural licensing candidates, but will have more direct contact with AIA branches, firms and schools across the commonwealth, as well as the licensing board. Licensing advisers work with NCARB, and are part of a community that helps foster licensing and certification.

Bartini joined Berkshire Design in 2018, as principal and architect with more than 16 years of architectural design experience. Her experience encompasses all phases of design.

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She was appointed to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's Think Tank in 2016, served as Think Tank chair from 2018 to 2019, and is an executive board member of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the AIA. Bartini is an alumni ambassador for Roger Williams University, a 2019 graduate of 1Berkshire's Berkshire Leadership Program, and serves on the 1Berkshire Leadership Program Steering Committee.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, founded in 1919 and based in Washington, is a nonprofit corporation made up of the legally constituted architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as its members.


Real estate agency adds partner

Realtor Lori Rose has been named a partner in Stone House Properties LLC.

Rose, a licensed real estate broker in New York and Massachusetts, has been a Realtor with Stone House since 2001.

She holds several advanced certifications through the National Association of Realtors and recently completed training as a mediator through the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority's Dispute Resolution Center.

Rose has held several positions with the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and continues to be actively involved in serving her local West Stockbridge community as a longtime Conservation Commission member and recently appointed board member of the Historical Society.


Plastic surgeon joins SVMC

Doctor Gerald "Jerry" A. Drabyn, a plastic surgeon, has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. He will see patients at the SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester and at SVMC General Surgery in Bennington.

Drabyn is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than 35 years of experience. He holds a doctor of medicine degree from the Indiana University Medical School, and completed an internship and his general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and his plastic surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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