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About BADC

The Barre Area Development, Inc. (BADC) is a non-profit development organization that promotes economic development in Barre Town and Barre City. It is governed by a 15-member board made up of business leaders in the two communities. The BADC coordinates many activities that help maintain and improve civic pride and the economic, social and cultural quality of life in Barre Town and Barre City. These activities support opportunities for economic development and employment, strengthening the tax base and increasing private and municipal investment.

BADC was organized in 1961 under Vermont Statutes as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation. The organization focuses primarily on industrial, commercial and retail development by providing information and support to potential new and existing businesses.  BADC is funded annually by the City and Town equally and also works on behalf of each municipality to assist their municipal officials in developing public infrastructure that supports community and economic development

BADC is responsible for the development of the Wilson Industrial Park and the Malden Mills building in Barre Town as well as the Allen Street Light Industrial Park and the Beck and Beck Building in Barre City.

BADC collaborates with the Barre Partnership, the City's Downtown Main Street Program, and many other organizations in Barre.   BADC has always depended solely on the efforts of its volunteer board members to be a successful economic development force for the Barre area. Since 2008, however, the BADC has bolstered its provision of services through the hiring of  a full-time Executive Director to help bring additional focus to business assistance, recruitment and retention.

Executive Director

Joel Schwartz  jschwartz@badc.com
802-476-0660

6 North Main
PO Box 265
Barre, Vt 05641

Barre Area Development is served by some of the most respected business owners and dedicated community participants in the Barre Area:

Barre Area Development Officers & Board Members

Karl Rinker

Karl was born in Barre and is a graduate of Spaulding High School. Following high school, he attended Vermont Technical College studying mechanical engineering.

His business interests are varied. He is president of Rinker’s, Inc., doing business as Rinkers Communications in Barre, Vt. Rinkers Communications used to be a paging company offering paging services from Boston to Montreal, a telephone answering service and two-way radio shop. After selling those divisions recently, now it is a communications consulting business for  towers and other communication systems serving Vermont and New Hampshire.

In March, 2014 he ended a 47 year career as a Mobil Oil dealer by selling his Mobil station. His interests, in addition to enjoying life with family, include boating, skiing, snowmobiling, photography, and community service.

He is a current board member and a past president of the Barre Rotary Club and the Barre Bi-Centennial Commission. Other previous affiliations include serving as a board member for the Barre Heritage Festival, the New Hampshire/Vermont Gasoline Dealers Association, the Barre Universalists Church, ECA, Inc. and The Granite Hills Credit Union.

Karl presently serves Barre Area Development, Inc. as its Immediate Past President and as a member of its Executive Committee.

Karl and his wife, Charlene, reside in East Barre.

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Sarah Field

Sarah was born in Lakewood, Ohio and, from 1959 to 1975, was raised and educated in Montpelier, VT. After attending college at UVM and graduating from Vermont Law School in 1986, she was admitted to practice in the State of Vermont in February 1987, and also admitted to practice in Federal District Court.

Sarah has been in private practice in central Vermont since 1987, which included practicing law with her father, Andrew R. Field, until his retirement in 2011.
She is currently sole shareholder and President of the law firm of Field & Field, P.C., with offices currently located at 59 North Main Street, Barre.

She concentrates her practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions, sales and secured loan and lease transactions, bank financing and closings, business formations, operations and compliance, acquisitions, and dissolutions, title examinations and title insurance and state and local land use regulation issues, including permits and permitting. Her practice also includes general civil matters such as, business representations involving construction contracts, representation of contractors and developers and homeowners involved in residential and commercial construction and real estate development, commercial and residential leasing transactions; estate and probate matters.
Sarah is the  President of the Barre Area Development Corporation. In addition, she is an active member of the following professional organizations: Vermont Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation (Secretary and member of the Board), and Vermont Title Standards Committee. Sarah also serves as a Trustee of the Aldrich Public Library and is Secretary of that Board. She is also a member of the Barre Landlord Association.

Her hobbies and interests include equestrian activities, classical piano, hiking, gardening, cooking, and travel.

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Jonathan Shea

Jon was born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Business Administration. After residing in Rhode Island and Colorado briefly, he returned to Vermont. In late 1981, Jon joined Paige & Campbell, Inc., a firm founded by his great grandfather and successively owned and managed by his grandfather and father. He earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1990 and was named Vice President in 1993. Paige & Campbell, Inc. is a general insurance agency with its main office in Barre and branch offices in Bristol and Waitsfield and operates as the Taylor Palmer agency in Bradford. The firm is principally owned and managed by Jon and his brother, Steve. Jon served as President of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association in 1999-2000 and previously on the Vermont Insurance Council and Treasurer of the Associated Risk Managers of Vermont. Currently he is the secretary for the Barre Area Development Corporation.

Jon has resided in Fayston for the past 25 years and has been the Chair of the Fayston Development Review Board since it’s inception in 2007 and the Chair of the ZBA previous to that. He is married to Barbara Morrison and they have two daughters. Jon enjoys telemark skiing, bicycling, hiking, cooking and reading.

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Al Flory

Al was born and raised in Rutland, Vermont and is a 1980 graduate of Bentley College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Following graduation he worked at First Vermont Bank & Trust Co. and Proctor Bank as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Since 1992, he has been at Northfield Savings Bank as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Commercial Services Team Leader and currently as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.  He is also a member of the bank’s Executive Management Group.

He has been active in a range of civic organizations such as the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Barre Tournament Committee. He is a past president of the Barre Partnership.

Al has been with the Barre Area Development Corporation since 1985, is a BADC past President, and presently serves as its Treasurer. He is also a member of its Executive Committee.

Al and his two sons reside in Barre.

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Burnie Allen

Burnie was born in Barre and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1970 and Champlain College in 1975.  He is a co-owner of Allen Lumber and Lumbercore Computer Systems  along with his 4 brothers. 

He has served 25 years on the Town of Barre’s Recreation Board,  15 years on County Club of Barre Board, Lumbermans Merchandising Committee Board ,  past member of Rotary Club and Kiwanis Clubs.  Burnie is an avid sports fan coached Little League BYSA basketball, enjoys walking , snow shoeing,  and is  crew member with #17 late model team at Thunder Road .

Burnie and wife Debbie (41 years ) live in Barre Town and  have children, Lance, Todd, and Gregg  and 4 grandchildren.

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Robert Hutchins

Bob was born in Natick, Ma. and his family moved to the Barre area when he was two years old. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1977 and attended Paul Smiths College, located in the hamlet of Paul Smiths, N.Y., northwest of Saranac Lake, N.Y. He graduated from Paul Smiths with a degree in Applied Sciences.

He is president of Lajeunesse Interiors, Inc., a business founded in 1980 by his wife Ann. Lajeunesse Interiors, Inc. became incorporated in 1984

Bob is a past president of Barre Area Development, Inc. and, in addition to currently being a director, is a member of its executive committee. In addition, he is a director and three time past president of Barre Kiwanis and former director and past treasurer of Barre Jaycees.

His interest include skiing, flyfishing, varied water activities, and spending time with his wife Ann at their summer camp located on Lake Carmi.  The Hutchins currently reside in East Barre and have three grown children, Isaac, Jason, and Stephanie

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Robert Lord, Jr.

Bob, Jr. was born in Barre and grew up in East Barre. He graduated from Spaulding High School and furthered his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt., graduating with a degree in Architecture.

Bob is currently president of E.F.Wall & Associates, Inc., a family owned construction company started by his father in 1969. He manages the business with his two brothers. The company is based in Barre and provides construction services throughout Vermont and western New Hampshire, employing a staff of +/- 90 employees. In addition, Bob and his family own commercial property in and around the Barre area.  Bob Jr. is a second generation director of Barre Area Development, Inc. (BADC). His father, Bob Sr., was a founding member of BADC.

In addition to being a director, Bob Jr. is a member of BADC’s executive committee and the current Vice President of BADC. He is a past president of the Association of General Contractors of Vermont and a past president of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former Barre Town Selectman.
Bob is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys working on his property and land, shooting skeet, and spending time with family and friends.

Bob and his wife, Kim, live in Barre Town, have 4 children and, as of 2014, have 6 grandchildren.

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Walter "Skip" Poczobut

“Skip” Poczobut, a native Vermonter residing in Barre returned to the Green Mountain State 40 years ago where he has been with People’s United Bank (PUB) since 1975. As a Senior Vice President in Commercial Banking, he is responsible for covering the Central Vermont area as a commercial loan officer while expanding PUB’s services to the business community bringing in the bank’s experts for payroll and lockbox plus an array of Treasury Management and investment services. He works closely to build strong relationships with his customers as partners that include contractors, manufacturers and retailers, the service industry, insurance, medical and education sectors.

“Skip” currently serves on the board of Barre Area Development (BADC) and the Vermont Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Over the recent past he was a board member of Central Vermont Economic Development, past President of BADC, past State Chair for ESGR, past Campaign Chair for Green Mountain United Way and the Major Gift Chair for Central Vermont Medical Center’s $20 million dollar expansion and renovation.

Skip and his wife Sue reside in Barre.

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Brent Sleeper

Brent was born and raised in Vershire. He is married to Karen, and his sons, Dillon and Cody are the 8th generation of Sleepers born in Vermont.  Brent is an avid golfer and loves outdoor activities including four-wheeling and snowmobiling, which he enjoys with his family.

Brent has been a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor since 1986, and holds several licenses. He has been providing financial services in Vermont for businesses and individuals since 1988, specializing in retirement planning. He co-founded Sleeper, LaPrade Financial Services in 1989 and in 2003 he invited William E. Patno II to join his practice in Barre, and today they do business as Granite Financial Group. 

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Rusty Valsangiacomo

Rusty is a trial attorney of the Barre law firm of  Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten, P.C.

He attended St. Michaels College (B.A. 1967) and Creighton University where he earned his J.D. Degree in 1972. He served with the United States Army from 1967 to 1970, including a tour in the Republic of Viet Nam.

He is a people-person and enjoys assisting his clients through difficult situations. Now his main emphasis is representing plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, professional licensing and general civil litigation cases. He has been named in numerous editions of the Best Lawyers of America and cited in Vermont Business Magazine's Top 100 Lawyers.

Rusty is a member of the Vermont and Washington County Bar Associations. He is admitted to the Bar in Vermont and the U.S. District Court of Vermont. In addition, he was Chairperson of the Vermont Lottery Commission and a past member of the Barre City Elementary and Spaulding High School Boards.

Rusty is a native Vermonter. He and his wife Peggy reside in Barre and have two grown children and are experiencing the joys of grandchildren. He enjoys many outdoor activities and especially enjoys his mountainside cabin with his friends and partners. He is also active in coaching youth basketball and on civic and church committees.

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Francis “Topper” McFaun
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Marcus Browning

Mark Browning was born and raised in Barre Vermont. He attended Spaulding High School before
heading off to college. Mark graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Business
Administration and minors in Public Relations and Communications. During the final semester of his
college career he began Stone & Browning Property Management LLC with business partner Reuben
Stone. Upon returning to Vermont he hit the ground running. S&B handles the day to day headaches of
owning rental property by helping streamline the process. Services include, leasing, rent collection,
bookkeeping, budget creation, and much more. Their expertise and knowledge of real estate benefits
their clients by maximizing the return on their investment.
Mark is an active member in his community. He recently started a spin off business called The
Office Block, a collaborative office space located in Downtown Barre.
-Mark is a member of the Barre Economic Development Committee, President of networking group, Crossroads BNI, member of Vermont Apartment Owners Association, and Member of National Apartment Owners Association

Stone & Browning currently manages just under 100 units in the Central Vermont area.

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Michael Calcagni

Mike was born and raised in Barre Vermont, and graduated form the University of Vermont with a BA in
Psychology. He was a buyer at Lord and Taylor for several years, and was hired by Macy’s to source and produce a
private label collection of apparel with the brand name of Jennifer Moore. He has traveled extensively
throughout the Far East: Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, building relationships with factories to
produce the garments designed by the New York Team. He helped build The Forgotten Woman into a chain of 26 stores across
the country. He began producing private label merchandise for retailers as varied as Bergdorf Goodman and Cache.
Family needs necessitated my return to Vermont, and after working in Member services at VSECU, I got
my Real Estate license, sponsored by Tim Heney at Heney Realtors, and currently work with Tim in the
Montpelier office. 

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Christine Conti

Chris has been a Barre Town resident for the past 30 years.She was elected to the Barre Middle & Elementary School Board, served on and chaired various board committees, including policy, facility, finance, and the Barre Supervisory Union Board. She also served on the Spaulding High School/Barre Technical Center School Board, again serving on and chairing the board and committees. Since 2007, she has owned and operated Simply Delicious. She currently resides in Barre with her husband of 30 years, Marc Conti..

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Edmond "Eddie" Rouse

Eddie is a self-employed career agent with National Life Group since 1991. 
He is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Montpelier, President of the Spaulding
High School Foundation, and is a member of the Spaulding High School Board, currently
serving his 2nd year of a 3 year term. Ed is also on the Act 46 Study Committee which is
required by the State of Vermont to consider consolidating school boards (Barre City
Elementary & Middle School, Barre Town Elementary School, and Spaulding High
School)
He resides in Barre with his wife Sandy and their 13 year old daughter, Olivia, and Shitzu
dog, Max.

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Kevin Copeland

Kevin is a native Vermonter with over 30 years of combined experience and service in business, corporate management, and real estate. He graduated with a business degree from Champlain College. 

His extensive experience in communications, customer service, technology integration, project management, contract negotiation, budgets, and accounting make him an asset to both buyers and sellers. His tremendous knowledge of the region's communities and neighborhoods, as well as his trustworthiness and loyalty, have earned him devoted clients and wide respect among his peers. 

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys boating, fishing ATVing, and basketball.He currently lives in Plainfield with his wife and son.

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