White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors presents the sixth annual Vermont Development Conference on Wednesday, November 6, at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel. 300 development and real estate professionals will come together for a full day of networking, seminars, and workshops.
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Hilton Waterfront Hotel – 60 Battery Street Burlington, Vermont
CEDs: Continuing Education Credits are not offered for this Conference. However, you are welcome to pursue this on your own and White + Burke will sign off on your participation.
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8:00 am Registration Opens
8:30 am Breakfast and Keynote
10:00 am Networking and Exhibits
10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am Networking and Exhibits
12:00 pm Lunch & Presentation
1:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Round 1
1:45 pm Networking and Exhibits
2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions: Round 2
3:00 pm Networking and Exhibits
3:15 pm General Session and Finale
4:00 pm Cocktail Reception
8:00 am Registration Opens
If Persuasion is Your Destination, Take a Shortcut
Bill Drew, Kipling Road
Regardless of what industry we are in, we are all in the same business: the persuasion business. Every day, we are trying to get our teams, co-workers, bosses, clients, vendors, partners, contractors, and prospects to listen to us, understand us, and, ultimately, follow us. And, in many cases, buy from us. Storytelling is the simplest and most direct route to persuasion, yet most of us have little or no training in how to get better at storytelling. The good news is, everyone is a born storyteller. So we start from that spot and build up. Before you know, you’ll be better at persuasion because you will become better at storytelling.
- You will walk away firmly believing that you are a born storyteller. No doubts. No argument. This knowledge will give you the confidence you need to get better at storytelling.
- You will understand the most important parts of memorable business storytelling. Once you understand the parts, you will be able to focus on those elements to get better. You’ll be able to spot a good story when you hear one.
- You will have the knowledge and skills you need to go and find great stories to tell at work. You will have the insights and tips you need to practice business storytelling in a simple and low-risk way.
9:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
Housing Costs Too Much: Why and What Can We Do About It?
Seth Leonard, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Lynn Richards, Congress for the New Urbanism
The session will explore Vermont’s housing cost drivers and review possible solutions. Part One will preview and ask participants to provide feedback on the initial findings of the most recent affordable housing cost study. This will be followed by a preview of the Zoning for Great Neighborhoods project that aims to help cities and towns make incremental changes to outdated zoning codes and become more welcoming to housing development.
- What is driving the cost of affordable rental housing in Vermont?
- Common zoning barriers to housing development in walkable places.
- Opportunities and choices to shift policy to increase the supply of housing.
Investing in Main Street: A Case Study Using an Opportunity Fund
Bob Stevens, M&S Development
Skye Morse, M&S Development
Data shows that the demographic we are looking to attract to Vermont relies on us having vibrant downtowns where most needs—goods, services, entertainment, social gatherings, etc.—are within walking distance from home. Activating our Main Streets by making use of our historic buildings, especially the upper stories with attractive housing options, is an essential ingredient to growing our stagnant and aging population. But the costs to do so just don’t pencil out. This Case Study of The Putnam Redevelopment Project provides lessons learned and successes achieved, and how an Opportunity Fund supported the revitalization of downtown Bennington.
- Why typical downtown developments do not pencil out.
- Creative ownership structures and ways to de-risk projects that will make them viable.
- Unique strategies to raising funds, finding tenants, and closing the financing gap.
Permitting and Case Law: A Year in Review
Jim Langan, Dinse PC
This is a review of Vermont permitting decisions of note from the last year, with an emphasis on their practical implications going forward.
- An awareness of recent changes and clarifications to Vermont permitting rules and laws
- Knowledge of how these changes impact development in Vermont.
- Insight into what future changes may be on the horizon.
Two Property Owners. Two Contamination Sources. Who is Left Holding the Bag? A Play in Three Acts.
Tom Broido, ATC Group Services LLC
Geoff Hand, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand PLLC
Miles Waite, Waite-Heindel Environmental Management
Richard Spiese, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
This session will use a hypothetical scenario to role-play a situation, which has occurred many times in Vermont.
ACT I: The scene opens inside a building where contaminated soil has affected the air quality. Two environmental consultants will walk through their investigation. An attorney will then present the legal liabilities at play such as: CERCLA (Superfund) liability; responsibility for investigation and cleanup costs; property damage and personal injury claims.
ACT II: A State regulator will then present the State’s perspective on Responsible Parties and outcomes. Conflict ensues with each property owner claiming that the other is responsible. A meeting with State Regulators will be followed by litigation and an attempted mediation session. Mediation questions will be accepted from the audience.
ACT III: The case will be resolved and the consequences to the parties will be presented.
The audience will be voting at various points along the way providing input regarding who they view as the Responsible Party.
- An understanding of the technical complexity involved with multiple contamination sources affecting multiple building owners.
- Knowledge of the legal liabilities arising from these situations.
- Insight into how the State regulators view these matters and make decisions regarding responsibility for cleanup.
11:45 am Networking and Exhibits
12:00 pm Lunch and Presentation
Lunch Bites: #trending
The Buzz Around Pollinator Friendly Development
Samantha Alger, VHB
Rebuilding Opportunities for Young Professionals
Erin Bombard, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Austin Davis, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Expanding the Cube: Coworking and Working Remote Is Changing Our View
Missa Aloisi, Blank Slate Coworking and Hinge
In the Pecha Kucha presentation style, three presentations will review trending topics as they relate to the commercial real estate development industry. This will be a fast-paced presentation style that keeps the presenters on their toes. Try to keep up as each speaker scrolls through 20 slides, with only 20 seconds allotted per slide. You will learn everything you need to know to stay current and trendy in less than seven minutes.
1:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Round 1
Off Limits for Development? What You Need to Know About the Regulation of Forest Connectivity Blocks
Brian Sullivan, MSK Attorneys
Eric Sorenson, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has designated a large percentage of the rural lands of Vermont to be “Highest Priority” Forest Connectivity Blocks. According to the ANR, these blocks allow animals to move freely with wide range, and to find suitable habitats as climate and land uses evolve and change. Development in these blocks may cause fragmentation of the habitat and be detrimental to the processes described above. But how much of the Vermont countryside will be off limits to development as a result of efforts by ANR and private groups to compel adherence to those block designations? What is the appropriate balance between development and conservation in these areas? Who is best suited to determine how that balance will be struck?
- Understand what Forest Connectivity Blocks are and why they are important.
- Understand how the ANR exercises its authority to protect those blocks.
- Understand the current state of the law regarding ANR’s exercise of authority.
Building SMART: Developing For the Future is Now
Scott Sullivan, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Andrew Krenning, Siemens Industry, Inc.
With the technology market rapidly changing the way we design, use, and leverage our buildings, partners that know how to navigate the industry are imperative to the success of your new development. You will learn how to leverage technology to create additional revenue streams, and how the right technology partners can help build SMART yet cost effective buildings. Scott and Andrew will illustrate how methodologies such as the use of digital amenities and “Future Proofing” have already been adopted successfully throughout the country.
- How and when to engage technology partners.
- Where the industry is moving regarding technology.
- How developers can leverage technology to generate continuous revenue streams.
Development of Investment Tax Credit Eligible Projects
Scott Rowland, Gravel & Shea, PC
Brent Lanoue, Gravel & Shea, PC
This session provides useful information on securities regulations and entity structuring relevant to investors and developers interested in developing investment tax credit eligible projects. In recognition of Vermont’s current need for affordable housing, this conversation will be framed around an example project utilizing the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) program. As such, this session will provide a roadmap to the fascinating and complex requirements for applying, and receiving, an LIHTC allocation. This session will also discuss on going LIHTC compliance requirements and the investor-exit strategies.
- Understand securities regulations governing the marketing and sale of equity interests.
- Learn typical organizational techniques that facilitate the flow of tax credits generated by a project to its equity investors.
- Discover the mechanics of the LIHTC allocation process and ongoing compliance requirements.
Speed Networking: Connecting With Fellow Professionals (session limited to 45 people)
Back by popular demand, attendees will have a designated session just for networking! This session will offer short, one-on-one meetings with other attendees for an opportunity to share a quick introduction. Join us for this unique chance to test your communication skills and grow your network.
1:45 pm Networking and Exhibits
2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions: Round 2
Mass Timber as Market Distinction: Products, Projects, and Design
Ricky McLain, Woodworks-Wood Product Council
The need for greater energy efficiency and a lighter carbon footprint is a growing need, especially in the construction and real estate industries. Advancements in engineered wood products, and the technologies used to create them, are resulting in higher levels of precision, prefabrication, envelope efficiency, and MEP service integration. This fast-moving session will discuss reasons for mass timber selection, challenges and solutions associated with its implementation, and unique lessons learned throughout the design and construction processes. Ricky will illustrate why designers, developers, and contractors are looking to integrate mass timber methodologies, and how they too can be part of the positive change.
- Identify mass timber products available in North America and consider how they can be used under current building codes and standards.
- Review completed mass timber projects that demonstrate a range of applications and system configurations, focusing on market distinction.
- The benefits of using mass timber products, including structural versatility, prefabrication, lighter carbon footprint, and reduced labor costs.
Making Your Job Easier With Online Maps
Tim Terway, Vermont Center for Geographic Information
John E. Adams, Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Who owns that property? For how much is it assessed? How much developable land does it have? What existing permits are on the property? Does it qualify for any state incentives? Accessing this information is now easier than ever, thanks to newly available data and web mapping applications readily available at your fingertips. From grand list-joined parcel data, high-resolution land cover, 1’ contours, and building footprints, to ANR permits, designation program boundaries, and floodplains. Learn how to access public data to kick start the planning, design and development process. This session will demonstrate how to find and use public data, provide example applications, and show you how to quickly answer questions about a property.
- What development-related geographic information is now freely available statewide in Vermont.
- How to easily access and use this information.
- Example development-related uses (e.g. property ownership research, land use analysis, site design and development, municipal and regional planning, economic geography assessment).
This Stinks – What To Know When Leasing Space To Cannabis Growers
Morgan Hood, Efficiency Vermont
Lauren Morlino, Efficiency Vermont
Join Morgan and Lauren to learn the unique energy, ventilation, and building shell concerns of the indoor agriculture tenant and the property owner. This presentation will draw upon what Efficiency Vermont is learning as the number of cannabis growers in Vermont increase, as well as what we are learning from our peers in areas of the country where recreational marijuana use has been legalized.
- Indoor growing is a very energy intensive process.
- Proper air sealing, insulation and ventilation are vital, as failing to do this can lead to pest and mildew issues for the tenant and odor issues for the owner.
- How to tap into the resources available (both technical and financial) as you prepare your commercial space to accommodate cannabis growing.
Top Ten Updates, Pitfalls, and Pointers Relating to Opportunity Zone Development Projects
Shannon Lenzini, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Drew Kervick, Dunkiel Saunders Elliot Raubvogel & Hand PLLC
You have heard the buzz about the Opportunity Zone program, the community development tool introduced in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, but is the program living up to the hype? The clock is ticking and the Treasury Department continues to release new proposed regulations. But, there is still time for investors and developers alike to utilize this powerful tool. This session will highlight some of the most important changes implemented by the new regulations and will dispel the most frequently shared misconceptions and misunderstandings associated with the program.
- A deeper understanding of important aspects of the new regulations.
- Pitfalls to avoid and common misconceptions to be aware of when structuring Opportunity Zone funded projects.
- Practical tips for implementing Opportunity Zone funds into development projects.
3:00 pm Networking and Exhibits
3:15 pm General Session and Finale
Musings From A Cloudy Crystal Ball: The Vermont Economy in 2019
Kevin Stapleton, State of Vermont, Vermont Department of Labor
In this annual favorite, economist Kevin Stapleton will review the status of the economy, both in Vermont and nationally, with special emphasis on business cycle trends and demographic changes. Join local Legislators and Representatives for this engaging session. Bring your questions and join the group discussion.
Network with peers, sample a Vermont-made spirit, and (hopefully) win a great raffle prize!
Thank you to the Vermont Development Conference Planning Committee:
Brian Beaudoin, Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.
Adam Davis, J. Graham Goldsmith Architects
John Grenier, Grenier Engineering
Morgan Hood, Efficiency Vermont
Art Klugo, PC Construction
Tim Sampson, Downs Rachlin Martin
Tim Smith, FDIDC
Heidi Stumpff, People’s United Bank
JOHN E. ADAMS, AICP | Director | Vermont Center for Geographic Information
John is a professional planner who previously served as Planning and Policy Manager at the Department of Housing and Community Development. He is the primary author of Vermont’s Planning Manual and has worked on a variety of statewide initiatives related to housing and land use. John has served as a lecturer at the University of Vermont, teaching Land Use Policy and Economics, and has worked as a municipal planner and zoning administrator in Chittenden County. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and a BA in Environment and Development from McGill University. John lives in Montpelier where he volunteers on the City’s Planning Commission.
SAMANTHA ALGER | Environmental Scientist/Pollinator Specialist | VHB
Samantha brings a decade of experience in applied ecological science, incorporating research, education, and outreach to improve the health of managed and wild bees. In addition to her role at VHB, Samantha is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont where she conducts research on bee disease and teaches a beekeeping course for undergraduate students. Samantha manages the USDA-APHIS National Honey Bee Survey for Vermont, which is a nationwide effort to gather baseline data on bee disease, and serves as Scientific Advisor on the board of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. She received her PhD from the University of Vermont in 2018.
MISSA ALOISI | Architect and Coworking Space Manager | Blank Slate Coworking and Hinge
Missa has worked in the field of architecture for two decades. Five years ago, she opened her own architectural firm, Hinge, alongside her coworking space, Blank Slate, in Burlington. Missa wanted to create an environment where like-minded professionals could share space and amenities while having the opportunity to collaborate together. Missa is a dedicated professional who regularly volunteers for community projects and teaches design thinking and architectural skills. She thrives on challenges that allow her to keep exploring the many facets of sustainability in the built environment, including the constant changes and challenges in our work environments.
ERIN BOMBARD | Director of Burlington Young Professionals | Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Erin manages LCRCC’s networking events and annual fundraisers as well as implements their tourism marketing efforts and relocation services. In her role as Director of BYP, Erin supports Vermont’s emerging workforce through innovative programming and initiatives. Erin holds a BA in English Literature and Political Science from Plattsburgh State and is proud to call Vermont her home for the past five years.
TOM BROIDO | Branch Manager and Principal Scientist | ATC Group Services, LLC
Tom’s current work for ATC includes providing overall branch management and technical expertise for environmental assessments, IAQ investigations, and litigation assistance for related cases. He received a BS in Forest Biology from the State University of New York at Syracuse and a MS in Natural Resources Planning from the University of Vermont. Tom is active in the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and the Vermont Environmental Consortium (VEC). He has presented technical sessions at numerous national and regional conferences. He has served as a member of the EIA Board of Directors and as its President. Tom is on the VEC Board of Directors and serves as the VEC Treasurer. Tom has lectured at technical training courses for ATC, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Tufts University Center for Environmental Management.
AUSTIN DAVIS | Government Affairs Manager | Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
In his current role, Austin engages with policymakers to represent the needs of Vermont businesses and their employees. Prior to joining the Chamber, Austin handled communications and operations at Renewable Energy Vermont. He is a life-long resident of the Champlain Valley and received a BS in Community & International Development from the University of Vermont. When Austin is not working, he can be found skiing, mountain biking, or climbing around Vermont.
BILL DREW | Storyteller | Kipling Road
As an accomplished and award-winning storyteller, Bill believes that we are all in the same business: the persuasion business. Storytelling is a shortcut to persuasion. For nearly 30 years, Bill has been helping businesses across the state and the country tell their stories. As a Copywriter and Creative Director, Bill has started and lead agencies to create better and more meaningful work. From Shark Communications and Kelliher Samets Volk, to Cottage 10 and HMC, his work stands the test of time for many of Vermont’s most trusted and respected brands. As the Founder and Chief Storyteller at Kipling Road, Bill helps businesses tap into the power of storytelling to move people. He delivers Storytelling Workshops across the country and partners with a variety of companies, working with teams to harness the persuasive power of storytelling. Bill is the middle of seven kids, born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. He moved to Vermont in 1993 and hasn’t looked back since. Bill lives in Hinesburg and is happily outnumbered by X Chromosomes at home.
GEOFF HAND | Partner | Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC
Geoff is an experienced litigator and advisor who helps his clients navigate complex legal and regulatory challenges with thoughtful, cost-effective counsel. He is a partner at Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, where his practice focuses primarily on land use and real estate development issues, environmental law, and energy regulation. Geoff regularly represents land owners, developers, utilities, non-profits, and municipalities in all aspects of land development, permitting, and environmental compliance issues. He also works with environmental consultants and companies in litigation related to the services they provide. He regularly appears before local and state regulatory bodies, and represents clients in state and federal court. Geoff received his BA in biology and neuroscience from Wesleyan University, and his JD and Master’s in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. He lives in Burlington, where he currently serves on the Development Review Board.
MORGAN HOOD | Senior Customer Engagement Manager | Efficiency Vermont
Morgan has created and managed relationships involving deep energy improvements in hundreds of commercial buildings. Operating from the nation’s oldest statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, she has also mentored several cohorts of other energy efficiency experts at the start-up DC Sustainable Energy Utility. For those new staff, she helped establish that utility’s consultative sales approach, combining mentoring with training in cultivating supply chain partnerships in a market dominated by small, medium, and large-sized commercial enterprises. Morgan has particular expertise in energy efficiency incentive programs for commercial building retrofits. She holds Maine Housing Authority Weatherization Certification and is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers. Morgan is a graduate of Smith College.
DREW KERVICK | Partner | Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC
Drew is a commercial real estate and business law attorney, practicing in Burlington at the mission-driven law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, where he collaborates with his clients to advance their goals in an efficient and timely manner. Drew particularly enjoys working with community developers and non-profits on historic downtown redevelopment projects financed with federal tax credits and incentives. Drew holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a JD from Boston College. He resides in the Middlebury area.
ANDREW KRENNING | Solutions Director – Intelligent Infrastructure | Siemens Industry Inc.
Over the last six years, Andrew has been working with owners, architects, engineers, and contractors on several projects doing pre-construction and pre-design services. During this time, he has been involved in a number of different types of buildings, including residential, commercial office space, core and shell spec, higher education, and critical environments. Before this experience, he was an Operations Manager running the New England Engineering Team for the building automation and controls group. Andrew has a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a minor in Business from Northeastern University.
JIM LANGAN | Attorney | Dinse, PC
Jim is a commercial real estate, land use, and business attorney and counsels businesses, landowners, and institutional clients in real estate transactions and compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Jim grew up in Vermont and started his legal career working in the real estate and environmental law department of a large Boston law firm. Jim is a member of the South Burlington Development Review Board and holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a JD from William and Mary Law School.
BRENT LANOUE | Associate | Gravel & Shea, PC
Brent’s practice focuses on corporate law, executive compensation, employment law, and securities law. Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Brent worked for several years at a large law firm in Boston, where he provided advice on executive compensation, labor and employment, and employee benefits issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. He also drafted and negotiated employment agreements and prepared equity arrangements for C-level employees, and counseled employers on compliance issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. Previously, Brent clerked for the Honorable Brian L. Burgess at the Vermont Supreme Court.
SETH LEONARD | Managing Director of Community Development | Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Seth oversees the agency’s rental housing development and management activities. He supports the Executive Director in government and community relations as well as the development of new initiatives. He joined VHFA from the USDA Office of Rural Development, where he served as Housing Program Director for Vermont and New Hampshire. Prior to that, Seth worked at VHFA for four years as Homeownership Outreach Coordinator. Until recently, he also served as Mayor of the city of Winooski for four years. During his tenure, Seth was a strong advocate for affordable housing. Winooski saw many reforms to encourage new development, including revising the Winooski Municipal Master Plan and zoning codes.
SHANNON LENZINI | Attorney | Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC
Shannon is a business law attorney and collaborates with DRM’s tax-credit financing team to help clients achieve their business goals. In addition to driving effective tax-credit financing deals that help clients grow and expand their businesses, Shannon regularly advises clients in a variety of corporate matters, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and asset, stock and venture capital-based transactions. Before earning her law degree, Shannon spent six years working at an international boarding school in Salzburg, Austria, where she taught math and English, administered the athletic and residence life programs, skied the Alps, and traveled to 14 European capitals. Shannon holds a BA from Purdue University and a JD from Vermont Law School.
RICKY MCLAIN, PE, SE | Senior Technical Director-Tall Wood | WoodWorks
Ricky is WoodWorks’ in-house expert on tall wood buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics related to tall mass timber projects. He supports the AEC community both directly and collaboratively with WoodWorks Regional Directors, and guides the development of education and resources related to tall wood buildings in the U.S. Prior to this emphasis, Ricky’s role encompassed all building types and wood systems. He also has extensive experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management, and construction administration. Ricky is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and a member of numerous committees and councils related to building design.
LAUREN MORLINO | Emerging Technologies and Services Manager | Efficiency Vermont
Lauren researches and prototypes exciting, innovative, and efficient technologies and services for Vermont ratepayers. During her last six years at Efficiency Vermont, Lauren has researched and designed initiatives for lighting, controls, and consumer electronics. She is an external advisor on lighting program design, and has been published on lighting and non-lighting topics. Lauren has presented at national conferences including ACEEE, DesignLights Consortium, and Esource. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish from University of Vermont.
SKYE MORSE | Investment Director Principal | M&S Development
In his current role, Skye leads debt and equity fundraising efforts for the organization. Before joining M&S, Skye managed a 356 MW portfolio of solar energy generating assets for D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, part of D. E. Shaw’s U.S. Private Equity group. In this role, he oversaw more than $700 million in new solar construction, while providing hands-on leadership of both the tax equity and term debt funding processes. Skye also held P&L responsibility for nearly $1 billion in assets and managed all day-to-day operations, including performance monitoring and compliance reporting. Prior to this, he held various positions at Ogin, Inc., DNV GL, Goldman Sachs, and Wellington Management Company.
LYNN RICHARDS | President and CEO | Congress for the New Urbanism
As head of CNU, Lynn has launched the organization’s Project for Code Reform, which helps meet local governments where they are on their code reform process. Additionally, under her leadership, the organization has released two editions of Freeways without Futures, 25 Great Ideas of New Urbanism and Building Local Strength: Emerging Strategies for Inclusive Development. An internationally recognized speaker and leader on New Urbanism, Lynn has presented on a range of topics, including economic development, highway removal and transformation, suburban retrofit, green infrastructure, and New Urbanism trends.
SCOTT ROWLAND | Associate | Gravel & Shea, PC
Scott’s practice focuses on real estate development, energy and utility matters, and business transactions. Prior to joining Gravel & Shea, Scott worked for a renewable energy firm developing and managing a portfolio of commercial energy projects throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. Scott has also served as a legal intern for Vermont’s Department of Public Service where he worked on a range of regulatory issues involving telecommunications, energy system permitting, and utility acquisitions. Scott grew up in Shelburne, Vermont and is an avid skier and cyclist.
ERIC SORENSON | Ecologist | Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Eric is responsible for the study and classification of Vermont’s natural communities, and is a co-author of a book on this subject Wetland, Woodland, Wildland. He also works on conservation planning for Vermont and reviews the impacts of development projects through Act 250, Section 248, and the Vermont Wetland Rules. Eric loves to hike, garden, run, collect firewood, and travel. He lives in Calais with his wife Cathy.
RICHARD SPIESE | Environmental Analyst VII | Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division
Richard has a BS from The Pennsylvania State University in Geological Sciences. He has been in his current position since 1987. He has taken numerous Master’s level environmental engineering course at the University of Vermont. His job duties include overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites in the Sites Management Section, responding to spills on the Waste Management Division’s Spill Team, and responding to hazardous materials emergencies as part of the Public Safety Division’s Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team. Richard has been in the EPA Region I Regional Response Team as the governor’s designee since 1992 and on the State Emergency Response Commission since 1994. He has been on the ASTSWMO Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Task Force 1994 to 2008, and was the co-chair from 1996-2010. Richard joined the Interstate Technology Regulatory Commission Board in 2016 as the State At Large Member. In 2017, he became the Team Leader Liaison to the Board and then the co-chair in 2018, a position he currently has. Richard is the writing section lead for aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) for the ITRC per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Technical Document Team. In February of 2016, he began investigation into PFAS contamination in Bennington, Vermont, which continues today.
KEVIN STAPLETON | Economic & Labor Market Information Assistant Chief | Vermont Department of Labor
In his current role, Kevin oversees a variety of labor market data programs, analyzes economic trends, and travels the state to discuss the Vermont economy. In addition to his work with VDoL, he holds faculty positions at The University of Vermont and Community College of Vermont where he teaches economics and international development. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Vermont. When he’s not working you can find Kevin riding his bike, playing in the woods, or watching his seven-year-old daughter do cartwheels. Kevin’s penchant for economics started in the fifth grade when he forgot his lunch money.
BRIAN SULLIVAN | Attorney and Founding Member | MSK Attorneys
Brian focuses his practice on Vermont land use, zoning and regulatory matters and resulting appellate litigation, and immigration law. He has been practicing land use and development law since just after his arrival in Vermont in 1989. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School and spent two years with Sidley & Austin in Chicago. Brian has significant experience representing telecommunications providers and developers of infrastructure in all parts of Vermont. He litigated one of the leading cases in the area of wildlife migratory corridors and forest connectivity blocks.
BOB STEVENS, PE, CNU, LEED AP | Co-founder | M&S Development
As a principal for M&S, Bob directs a team of professionals to organize and guide business leaders, institutions, and communities to redevelop and revitalize Main Streets and downtowns. In addition to his development projects, Bob is a professional engineer and owner of Stevens & Associates with over 28 years of experience designing projects, planning, urban design, public bond campaigns, and project finance and development. By integrating his experience of design and engineering with his knowledge of new markets tax credits, historical tax credits, grants, equity, and debt, Bob successfully identifies project needs and develops viable solutions for transforming economically challenged downtowns. As a result of his deep connections with many communities, state and national funders, investors, regulators, and policy makers in the region, Bob has been instrumental in deal structuring, loan sourcing and capital raising for over $80 million in NMTC projects since 2011.
SCOTT SULLIVAN | Account Executive | Siemens Industry, Inc.
Over the last four years, Scott has worked out of the Albany, NY office, servicing customers across the state of Vermont. Scott works to bring his expertise in building automation and SMART buildings to local customers. His core customer verticals are healthcare, commercial real estate, and higher education. Prior to joining Siemens, Scott attended Clarkson University attaining a BA in Global Supply Chain Management with a minor in Human Resource Management and Project Management.
TIM TERWAY, PhD | Knowledge Architect and Community Ambassador | Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Tim is the primary point of contact for users and creators of geospatial information in Vermont. He is responsible for education, outreach, and knowledge sharing activities, as well as for advancing the design and use of VCGI’s data products and services. Tim comes to VCGI as a geographer and GIS professional with a background as a practicing urban designer, landscape architect, social scientist, and educator. Tim holds professional degrees in city planning from MIT and landscape architecture from Penn State, and a PhD from Yale University. He lives in Barre City with his wife Amber, and is often found in the hills on a bicycle.
MILES WAITE. PhD, PD | Owner | Waite-Heindel Environmental Management
Miles has been working in the environmental consulting industry for nearly 30 years. He is a registered professional geologist in the states of New Hampshire and New York. He is the owner of Waite-Heindel Environmental Management and oversees all company operations. A portion of his workload includes clean water hydrogeology, where his areas of expertise include hydrogeologic investigations, water supply siting and permitting, wastewater system design and permitting, stormwater flow and drainage studies, land development (Act 250) permitting, and geothermal planning. Miles is frequently involved in contaminant projects where he conducts environmental site assessments, Brownfields site assessments and contaminated site redevelopment, contaminated soil and groundwater management, remediation system design and installation, and soil vapor and air quality evaluations.