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Burlington, VT—  Past Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award recipient, Winthrop Smith Jr., owner of the Sugarbush Resort, will talk about his new book about at his 28-years at Merrill Lynch on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Champlain College's Alumni Auditorium. He will also be available for book signing after the talk.

The self-published book "Catching Lightning in a Bottle," marks the 100th anniversary of Smith's former employer, Merrill Lynch, where he served as Executive Vice President until 2001.

The book serves as a history of the company, the background of the Smith family, as well as details about its values and advice for getting through the tough of financial situations.
Smith is a member of Champlain College's Bring Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Executive Advisory Board, is the Chairman of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of several other boards including the Vermont Ski Areas Association, the Vermont Business Roundtable, and the National Ski Areas Association.

Smith's past philanthropic activities include serving on the boards of the United Nations Association of the USA, Outward Bound, the New York City Ballet, Cancer Research Institute, The Japan Society, and the Winthrop H. Smith Memorial Foundation. Smith is currently a director of Eaton Vance Corporation in Boston as well as AGF Management Limited and Richardson GMP in Toronto and Richardson Financial Group in Winnipeg, Canada.

Smith and his wife, Lili Ruane, live in Warren, Vt. He received the Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award in 2012.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit