2016 WSBA Board Members:
BBattin@boltonvalley.com – Brad Battin, Vice President of WSBA, is the Sales Manager and director of Group Sales at Bolton Valley Ski Area and has been a resident of Bolton since 2010. His primary responsibilities include group ski trip generation, account management, tour operator and tourism-based sales generation, bulk ticket sales, season pass sales and the co-management of Bolton Valley’s college season pass sales. Prior to his resort life, Brad was passionately working a career in retail and outdoor education management with companies such as LL Bean and Eastern Mountain Sports. He is avid outdoorsman and this is the main motivation for working in the industries that he has. Brad is an alumnus of Michigan State University (Go Green!) and an avid college sports fan. During the winters, there is little doubt that he can be found on any patch of snow he can find and the summers are spent with his fiancée on some road or trail training for their next marathon.
email@example.com -Angelike Contis, Secretary of WSBA, has been Executive Director for Mt. Mansfield Community Television, the local public access TV station, since 2012. Helping people produce their own videos, working with a top notch staff of professionals, and connecting with the communities of Jericho, Richmond and Underhill make this a fulfilling post. Her previous work includes working as a film critic in Athens, Greece for a decade, working at a Latin American video production company in Boston, producing independent documentaries and writing for publications including Fodor’s travel guides and Greek-American paper The National Herald. She is also on the board of the Vermont Access Network, an association of Vermont’s 26 public access stations. She is happy to be back in Vermont after two decades away.
Nixon (Nick) Alexander deTarnowsky, President of WSBA
Born in new Rochelle, NY, Nick attended Ardsley High School, NY. His trombone took him the Europe with his HS Band, and his tennis racket started his love of sports. College was U of Tampa, where his degree in Psychology helped him in a restaurant career. Nick owned a restaurant in Tampa before he moved to Richmond, in 1994. Nick was banquet manager at the Ramada Inn, catering manager at the Raddison Hotel and F&B manager at Bolton Valley, Catering Manager at Vermont National CC and Top Notch, before he started Blue Sky Weddings and Events. Nick also coaches the MMU Boys Tennis team. Nancy, Nick’s wife of 34 years is an Estate Planning Attorney at Dinse in Burlington.
Cindy Feloney joined the board in 2015
Gabriel Firman Gabriel grew up just north of Chicago in Evanston Illinois. After graduating high school he moved west and lived predominantly in Portland Oregon and the outlying areas for approximately 10 years before moving to Fletcher, Vermont. In 2002, Gabriel and his wife Emily settled in Richmond as it seemed to be a perfect place to raise their three daughters Bella, Sadie and Lucy. Prior to opening Hatchet Tap and Table in Richmond, Gabriel was immersed in the building trades in a variety of roles. Most recently, Gabriel worked with Gristmill Builders in Stowe managing and estimating large scale residential and commercial projects. Their firm handled the Hen of the Wood building in Burlington, Vermont and during the course of that project he became friendly with and was inspired by the owners, William McNeil and Eric Warnstedt, to explore the idea of opening Hatchet. Gabriel is excited by the thoughtful growth that the area has seen in the 14 years he and his family have lived here. He looks forward to ushering in further change to help businesses in the community thrive and prosper.
Jeff Hill , Breezy Hill Marketing joined the board in 2015
Tim Monty Tim grew up in Vermont within a family of outdoor enthusiasts. After high school he attended Clarkson University while running a summertime business providing guided canoe and kayak tours to individuals, families and businesses throughout New England. Tim and his wife Rebecca live in Richmond, are expecting their first child in July, and have two dogs who are brother and sister – Crosby and Daisy. The two enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, paddling, participating in community programs and running a hobby size maple sugaring operation on their property in town.
Tim and his wife operate a financial planning team at Baystate Financial in Colchester. Their plans are to expand to have an office in Richmond in the coming year.
Dave H. Thomas, Treasurer of WSBA. Dave, a Richmond resident, held a variety of positions at IBM Corporation in financial and accounting management and analysis. In addition, he served as a Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust board member for 22 years, most of them as Chair. An active and committed community member, he also served as the Chair of the Elementary School Board in Richmond, Vermont for 14 years; and served as Treasurer of Richmond Housing, Inc. there for 12 years. He has also served on several committees and boards at the Richmond Congregational Church. Dave currently is the chair of the First National Bank of Orwell board of directors. He is the Treasurer of the WSBA, where he was an active member of their board for several years.
Dave and his wife Fran, graduates of the University of Vermont and married for 44 years, have three grown children and a three granddaughters. They love to travel the world, and have visited all 50 state capitals. They enjoy the outdoors, especially walking, biking, hiking, gardening, and a variety of sports. Dave sings and has been a church choir member for 30 years.
Joe Bedard, new WSBA Membership Coordinator, grew up in Hinesburg and graduated from CVU after captaining both the Alpine Skiing and Baseball teams. He moved to California to get a dual major in History and International Relations at Claremont McKenna College. Joe met his wife and soulmate, Meg, in Southern California and moved to Lake Tahoe for four years to start a family. It was in Lake Tahoe where Joe was hired by Morgan Stanley. In 2008, Joe had an opportunity to transfer within the company to Vermont. Joe lives in Huntington with his wife Meg and three kids. Joe loves playing his fender jazz bass, hiking, paddle-boarding and tending the family garden. He looks forward to working with the members of Western Slopes Business Association and helping it grow. For more information you can reach him at Joe@westernslopesvt.org