White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors presents the fourth annual Vermont Development Conference on Tuesday, November 14, at the Hilton Waterfront hotel. More than 275 development and real estate professionals will come together for a full day of networking, seminars, and workshops.
When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote
9:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
10:30 a.m. Morning Session
11:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Presentation
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Power Sessions #1
2:00 p.m. Networking and Exhibits
2:15 p.m. Afternoon Power Sessions #2
3:00 p.m. Networking and Exhibits
3:15 p.m. Pecha Kucha
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Keynote
Master Responders and Reformed Reactors: Mental Fitness in a Time of Chaos
Amy Magyar, From Within Coaching
Today’s world is one of 24/7 chaos. In our lives, our careers, and at home, at any given moment, we are always in one form of action: Response or Reaction. Between the two lies a massive gulf of difference. We’ve all been in situations where someone or something irritates us, makes us angry, or adds stress to our lives. Since it’s rarely beneficial to your career to run screaming from the office, responding rather than reacting may be the difference between being simply a manager and being a manager who brings out the best in her/his people.
9:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
10:30 a.m. Morning Sessions
Act 250 – The Next 50 Years
Ernie Pomerleau, Pomerleau Real Estate
Paul Gillies, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson
Jim Dumont, Counselor at Law
Diane Snelling, Chair, Natural Resources Board/Act 250, State of Vermont
A VDC first, this debate will be a lively discussion of some of the more controversial ideas for Act 250 that are being considered by the Act 47 process. Act 47 takes a comprehensive look at Act 250, and asks how it can best serve Vermonters for the future. All aspects of Act 250 are considered; jurisdiction, criteria, appeals, structure, and process. There will be provocative questions for the panel and stimulating Q&A with the audience.
Adam Crary, VHB
Derek Moretz, Encore Renewable Energy
Olivia Campbell-Anderson, Renewable Energy Vermont
Will Dodge, Downs Rachlin Martin
This session will feature an interactive discussion and presentation covering the landscape of solar development, current issues facing additional development, perceptions on market trends, and the intersection of often competing goals in Vermont. The session will be led by four leaders in the Vermont solar development community, representing the policy, regulatory/legal, environmental, and developer perspectives. The session will bring you up to date with the past, developing trends, issues, challenges, and opportunity. You will leave with an understanding of what you can do to support Vermont’s renewable energy goals.
The New Environment of Development: Recent Regulatory Changes Present New Opportunities – click here to view the presentation
Joseph Hayes, ATC
Kurt Muller, The Johnson Company
Daniel Voisin, Stone Environmental, Inc.
Lynda Provencher, State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management & Prevention Division, Sites Management Section
The Vermont development community knows all too well the environmental challenges that arise while completing projects in our downtowns. With the recently promulgated Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Properties Rule (IRule), options are now available to developers for managing contaminated properties that have not been previously offered. This session will present a summary of the changes from the new I-Rule, such as those related to the management of urban soil, vapor intrusion, emerging contaminants, and site management through institutional controls using an interactive analysis of two hypothetical project scenarios.
US v. THEM: Building Bridges to Yes (Limit 45) – click here to view the presentation
Kelly Devine, Burlington Business Association
Peter Straube, Champlain College
Fran Stoddard, Communications Consultant
Getting projects done involves a lot of conversation, especially here in Vermont where we place high value on public involvement. Many times the public process of getting a project approved can feel like an “US v. THEM” situation. You may often experience difficult conversations. You may be directly confronted or harassed. Building on the conversation and best practices explored at the BBA Winter Summit of January 2017, we will take you through a series of exercises to get you thinking about new ways to “Build Bridges to Yes.” We will offer new communication strategies to use when the conversation gets tough and the environment becomes hostile. And we let you try them out. In this interactive session, we will get you thinking about how to shift the dynamic from a confrontation to a productive conversation that helps get your project to “YES.”
11:45 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Presentation
Great Things Come in Small Packages: Exploring the Tiny House Movement
Tracey Powell, Simply Tiny
Tiny Houses: Everything you’ve been wondering, but afraid to ask! Hear first-hand from someone who’s lived “tiny” most of her life. Learn why so many people are minimizing their homes in order to maximize their lives. Discover what they won’t tell you on TV about codes, legality, parking, and more. Plus, tips for “trying it tiny” yourself!
1:15 p.m. Afternoon Power Sessions #1
Economic Outlook: From Global to Local – click here to view the presentation
Kevin Stapleton, Vermont Department of Labor
Taking a wide view of the current global economy and narrowing into the current state of the Vermont economy, this session will cover several trends critical to economic development. Topics include population demographics, changes in the labor market, and factors influencing future growth.
Vermont Ski Areas Update: What Might the Future Hold? – click here to view the presentation
Tim Sampson, Downs Rachlin Martin
Sam Gaines, Spruce Peak Realty
Steve Selbo, SP Land
Listen in on this panel discussion among Vermont Ski Area representatives addressing current trends in the industry, with a focus on recent transactions and development projects. In connection with other themes of the Conference, the discussion will explore the effect of Act 250 on Vermont’s Ski Areas as economic engines in the State.
Brian Leet, Freeman French Freeman
Participants in this session will gain an understanding of the green building certification options available and how to choose the one to best suit your project, goals, and team. Brian will navigate attendees through pros, cons, and owner tips for the most widely used certifications. Attend this session and you will leave with a list of resources and glossary of major terms discussed.
Writing the Next Chapter of Smart Growth in Vermont (Limit 45) – click here for the presentation
Kate McCarthy, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP-VT
Vermont has made considerable progress with smart growth – development in our compact villages and downtowns that uses land and infrastructure efficiently and provides transportation options – over the last 20 years. But, it’s no secret that despite demand for in-town living, it’s still challenging to produce this type of development in a cost-effective manner. In this interactive session, presenters will share important trends shaping our landscape, the key takeaways and outcomes from the recent statewide Smart Growth Summit sponsored by AARP and VNRC, and then solicit your ideas and solutions for achieving more smart growth development.
2:00 p.m. Networking and Exhibits
2:15 p.m. Afternoon Power Sessions #2
Permitting & Case Law – Click here to view the presentation
Christopher D. Roy, Downs Rachlin Martin
This session includes a fast-paced review of Vermont permitting decisions of note from the last year, with an emphasis on their practical implications going forward.
Public-Private Partnerships: It’s More Than Just the “Deal” – click here to view the presentation
Stephen B. Friedman, SB Friedman Development Advisors
In this workshop, we will explore ways to assemble a public-private partnership that go beyond the typical financial tools. How can we – for-profit entities, not-for-profit, and governmental partners – collaborate to create shared vision, eliminate hurdles, facilitate co-investment, and leverage incentives to make great projects possible…and profitable?
Attending this session? Be sure to read this material, which will be discussed in the session: Successful Public-Private-Partnerships and Constructing Effective Public-Private Partnerships
Vermont Futures: Demographic Trends, Collective Actions, Economic Survival – click here to view the presentation
Jonathan Slason, RSG
Betsy Bishop, Vermont Futures Project Board member
What does our workforce look like over the next 20 to 30 years? How are we able to replace the aging workforce and maintain the quality of life that we have enjoyed here in Vermont? The Vermont Futures Project and RSG jointly present a picture of Vermont demographic trends and forecasts and what the cost of living means for our economy and way of life. Join us for an interactive discussion and live-polling during the session, to gather real-world insight and takeaway action items for all of us.
Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A Summit Recap and Roundtable (Limit 45)
Paul Costello, Vermont Council on Rural Development
Building off of the national Climate Economy Summit hosted in Vermont in September, this session will be recap the themes and takeaways from this landmark event and will look to generate new ideas in a roundtable discussion. The VT Climate Economy Action Team is formulating and promoting ways to boost economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. This is your chance to be a part of this initiative and to offer guidance from the development perspective.
3:00 p.m. Networking and Exhibits
3:15 p.m. Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced presentation style that keeps presenters on their toes. Try to keep up as each speaker scrolls through 20 slides, with only 20 seconds allotted per slide. Four presenters will deliver need-to-know info on hot topics in the industry.
The line up includes…
Crowd(fund)ed House: Using Community Support to Finance Your Development Project
Drew Kervick, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC
Jon Anderson, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
Why Historic Preservation Matters
James Duggan, State of Vermont, Dept. Housing & Community Development, Division for Historic Preservation
The Transformational Power of Tax Increment Financing
Dominic Cloud, St. Albans, VT
4:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Network with peers, sample a Vermont-made spirit, and (hopefully) win a great raffle prize!
Thank you to the Vermont Development Conference Planning Committee:
Tom Broido, ATC Group Services
Tim Sampson, Downs Rachlin Martin
Bob Stevens, Stevens & Associates and M&S Development
Morgan Hood, Efficiency Vermont
Heidi Stumpff, People’s United Bank
Tim Smith, FDIDC
Jamie Wagner, Freeman French Freeman
Blair Enman, Enman Kesselring Consulting Engineers
JON ANDERSON, Lawyer, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
Jon is an AV-rated lawyer who has received much recognition for his work in the areas of environmental law, land use, zoning, and real estate. Jon graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975 with a degree in chemical engineering awarded with highest distinction. He practices in several areas in which he uses his engineering background to serve clients, including superfund, utility regulation, environmental enforcement actions, solid waste disposal, Act 250, zoning, and real estate. Jon received his JD degree from Yale Law School in 1978. He served as a member of the Montpelier City Council for eight years and as a member of the Montpelier Planning Commission for more than six years. Jon also served as Vice Chair and then as Chair of the Vermont Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. Jon worked with a number of stakeholders to develop and then author what became the Permit Process Reform Bill, adopted in 2004. He served as a member of the Vermont Legislature from 2005-2007 where he was a member of the Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources Committee.
OLIVIA CAMPBELL-ANDERSON, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)
In 2016, Olivia assumed her role as Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), whose mission is to advance the deployment of renewable energy throughout the state. She previously served as Senior Policy Director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Assistant Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, advising the Governor on environmental, sustainability, energy, budget, and transportation issues. Prior to her service with the State of Maryland, she worked for Congressman Steny H. Hoyer during his time as Majority Leader. Olivia’s career also includes time with the National Wildlife Federation, during which she worked to reduce mercury and carbon pollution through federal and state regulatory and legislative action, notably authoring and leading the advocacy campaign to enact Maryland’s Healthy Air Act. Olivia holds degrees from Vermont Law School and Gettysburg College.
BETSY BISHOP, Vermont Futures Project Board member
Betsy Bishop serves on the Board of the Vermont Futures Project and is also the President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide business organization in Vermont. During her tenure, she has grown the organization’s membership and revenue with a renewed focus on economic growth.
DOMINIC CLOUD, City Manager, City of St. Albans, Vermont
Over the last seven years, Dominic has directed the comprehensive redevelopment of St. Albans. Under his tenure, the City has demonstrated the power of tax increment financing to advance economic development projects. This approach has attracted over $50 million of investment into downtown St. Albans. Dominic previously served as Director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Assistance Center where he worked as a consultant on management, personnel, and conflict resolution matters and as a lobbyist in the Statehouse. Dominic received an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a BA in Government from St. John’s University. He lives in Essex, Vermont with his wife and two kids.
PAUL COSTELLO, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development
Paul has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) since 2000. VCRD runs an annual Rural Summit and conducts “Community Visits” that help rural communities build priorities, set action plans, and build connections to resources. It also provides customized facilitation on rural development policy at the local, regional, and state level. Paul is a native Vermonter who attended UVM before earning a PhD in intellectual history at McGill University. He is currently committed to co-chairing the Governor’s Commission on Climate Action and the boards of Vermont Rural Ventures, the Center for an Agricultural Economy, and Partners for Rural America.
ADAM CRARY, Senior Ecologist, PWS, PWD, VHB
Adam is the ecological services team leader in VHB’s Vermont Office and manages the majority of VHB’s solar projects. He is an experienced wetland science and policy, botany, and general ecological assessments practitioner. Adam has performed ecological services in 12 states and one U.S. territory on both large- and small-scale public and private projects. He has worked on remote and urban sites and multi-state linear utility projects, as well as county-wide assessment initiatives. At VHB, Adam is responsible for managing projects focused on ecological resource inventory, design planning, or involving federal or state environmental permitting, as well as managing wetland and ecological services and technical staff and providing expert natural resources testimony for energy projects primarily in Vermont and the Northeast. Adam is active working with energy developers, federal and state natural resource regulators, and land use attorneys in developing practices and policy related to solar energy development in Vermont. Adam earned his BS in Natural Resources from the University of Maine and, since 2009, has completed or managed natural resources assessment, permitting, and project design/planning for over 125 solar project sites in Vermont that represent approximately 133-megawatts (AC) of renewable power.
KELLY DEVINE, Executive Director, Burlington Business Association
Kelly has served as Executive Director for the Burlington Business Association (BBA) since 2007. During that time she has worked to support the needs and interests of the business community and advocate for change at the city level. A recognized community leader, Kelly is an effective communicator who leads initiatives in the public and private sectors to successful outcomes.
WILL DODGE, Attorney / Chair of Environment, Energy, and Telecommunications Group, Downs Rachlin Martin
Will chairs the Regulated Entities Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, supervising professionals in energy, telecommunications, and environmental permitting law, as well as government affairs. Will works with wireless telecommunications infrastructure providers, energy utilities, renewable energy generators, and real estate clients in Vermont and New Hampshire on complex permitting matters ranging from Section 246 / 248 / 248a and Act 250 approvals to right-of-way acquisition and eminent domain, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and local/state environmental approvals. He was recognized for real estate and permitting law in Chambers from 2012-2017, and was recently named to Best Lawyers. He serves as the chair of the Energy Committee for Essex, Vermont, and enjoys time as a director on the Northeastern Wireless Association and on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. He moved to Vermont in 2000 for the aesthetics, skiing, proximity to Montreal, vibrant street life, civic engagement, and environmentally-sensitive infrastructure.
JAMES DUGGAN, Senior Historic Preservation Review Coordinator, State of Vermont, Dept. Housing & Community Development, Division for Historic Preservation
Jamie supervises the Project Review Team for the Division for Historic Preservation. Prior to working for the State, Jamie was a Historic Preservation Contractor and Consultant with over 20 years’ experience working on landmark buildings across the state and beyond.
JAMES A. DUMONT, Esq., James A. Dumont Law
Jim graduated from Harvard College and Columbia University School of Law, and then clerked for the Hon. James. S. Holden, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the District of Vermont. He has been a trial lawyer in Vermont since 1979. He has represented environmental, public interest, consumer, Native American, and civil rights plaintiffs in a wide variety of matters in the courts and before administrative agencies. Jim served as the Reporter for the Vermont Supreme Court’s Advisory Committees on Rules of Civil Procedure, Evidence, Appellate Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Probate Procedure, and Family Court Rules for many years. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. Jim formerly taught the Environmental Litigation course at Vermont Law School, and often lectures on civil procedure. Jim served on the Board and was Chairman of the Open Door Clinic, a free medical clinic in Addison County, for more than 20 years. He is currently on the Board of the federally qualified health care center in Bristol, and is Vice-President of the Northeast Wilderness Trust.
STEPHEN B. FRIEDMAN, President, SB Friedman Development Advisors
Steve leads a 22 person consulting firm based in Chicago that provides a broad range of services focused on Public Private Partnerships for development. The firm’s work with such tools as tax increment financing and New Markets Tax Credits has contributed to development of 4,000 units of affordable housing and $2.3 billion of public funds as part of more than $7.3 billion of public-private development projects over the past 10 years. In 2013, he received the James Felt Creative Counseling Award of the Counselors of Real Estate for his development advisory role on The Shops and Residences of Uptown Park Ridge, IL. Steve recently edited the ULI publication “Successful Public Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practices.” He holds a MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a BA from Goddard College in Vermont. He is registered with the SEC and MSRB as a Municipal Advisor. He splits his time between Chicago and Stowe.
SAM GAINES, Managing Director, AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp and President, Spruce Peak Realty
Sam is responsible for operating one of AIG Global Real Estate’s portfolio companies, Spruce Peak Realty, which owns lodging properties, a real estate development company, private clubs, and golf courses in Stowe, Vermont. The company recently completed and sold out the $100 million Spruce Peak Village Center and is now finishing the Village Townhomes residential project. Since arriving in Stowe in 2011, Sam has overseen more than $150 million in mixed-use development activity and $125 million in real estate sales. In 2017, Sam led the sale of Stowe Mountain Resort (mountain operations) for AIG to Vail Resorts for $50 million. Sam serves on the Recreation Development Council at the Urban Land Institute and he holds a BA from Pomona College and a MS from the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. He lives in Stowe with his wife Molly, son Theodore, and daughter Lois.
PAUL GILLIES, Partner, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson, LLP
Paul wrote a history of Act 250 for its 40th anniversary in 2009 titled, “The Evolution of Act 250: From Birth to Middle Age.” He writes a regular column on Vermont legal history in the Vermont Bar Journal and is the author of “Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History” (2013). He has finished work on a history of the Vermont courts, which is awaiting editing at the Vermont Historical Society.
JOSEPH HAYES, CPG, PG Branch Manager and Principal Scientist, ATC Group Services, LLC
Joe is a professional geologist and is on ATC’s emerging contaminant team currently focusing on investigation and treatment of perfluorinated compounds, primarily Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Joe has a BS in Geology from Castleton University and a MS in Geology from Stephen F. Austin University. He has nearly 30 years of environmental consulting experience focusing on the assessment, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated properties for private and public sector clients throughout the northeastern United States. Joe has also served as an expert witness and provided technical support on environmental litigation cases.
DREW KERVICK, Attorney, Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC
Drew is a commercial real estate, business, and health law attorney, practicing in Burlington at the mission-driven law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC. Drew has a particular interest in historic downtown redevelopment and affordable housing projects financed with federal tax credits.
BRIAN LEET, AIA, CSI, LEED-AP, Freeman French Freeman
Brian has 20 years of architectural design and project management experience in Vermont and Pennsylvania. With more than a dozen LEED projects to his credit, he has a passion for sustainable design and leads Freeman French Freeman’s efforts in building science and sustainability.
AMY MAGYAR, Executive Coach & Professional Development Specialist, From Within Coaching
Amy is the creator of From Within Coaching, a strategic partner for individuals, teams, and organizations looking to escape the “cult of average.” She’s devoted to developing organizations and the people in them through planned change. Achieving the certification of Professional Certified Coach, a distinct honor from the International Coach Federation, she is now focused on bringing her experience of change management and leadership support to her clients and the they work for organizations, including Nike, Coca-Cola, Burton Snowboards, Patagonia, Salomon, and Specialized Bikes, as well as the State of Vermont, University of Vermont, City Market, SunCommon, Seventh Generation, Champlain College, and Middlebury College. Her education and training includes being a University of Vermont Master’s candidate and holding an International Professional Certification as well as an undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC. Her life is based in Burlington, Vermont where she is a firm believer in “getting outside and playing.”
KATE MCCARTHY, Sustainable Communities Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is an environmental nonprofit that’s been working for over 50 years to keep Vermont’s environment and communities vibrant. Kate’s work at VNRC focuses on building sustainable, compact communities with the goal of providing residents with housing, transportation, and employment options, while also supporting open space, working lands, and wildlife habitat. She does this by helping towns with planning and zoning, collaborating on research projects, and getting involved in policy at the State House. Prior to working at VNRC, Kate worked as a regional planner for the Windham Regional Commission in Brattleboro where she focused on town technical assistance, supported the brownfields program, and oversaw the Commission’s energy program. Kate holds a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and lives in downtown Montpelier.
DEREK MORETZ, Chief Development Officer, Encore Renewable Energy
Derek has more than a decade of renewable energy development experience. Prior to joining Encore in 2012 to lead the company’s development activities, Derek was responsible for the end-to-end development and construction of over 400MW of large scale wind energy projects in the west while with NaturEner, a global renewable energy development firm. Derek began his clean energy development career with Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, the leading wind energy provider in Central America. Derek received his MBA from the Jenkins School of Management at North Carolina State University and earned a BS in Construction Management from Appalachian State University.
KURT MULLER, P.E., Senior Engineer/Manager, The Johnson Company
Kurt is a Vermont licensed Professional Engineer with 13 years of consulting experience in the private sector. He is responsible for directing the firm’s brownfield environmental consulting program and managing large soil remediation projects. His expertise includes project management, environmental site assessment, remediation design, clean-up oversight, public relations, and completion reporting. Kurt collaborates with local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders to develop remediation plans that are compliant and able to be implemented during construction. Since 2014, he has worked directly with regulators, attorneys, municipalities, developers, and planners to reevaluate Vermont’s soil management rules and contributed to the 2015 soil legislation – Act 52 (“The Dirty Dirt Bill”) and the 2017 VTDEC Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Properties Rule (IRule). Kurt holds a BS in Environmental Engineering and a BA in Biology with a minor in chemistry, both of which were earned at the University of Vermont.
ERNIE POMERLEAU, President/CEO, Pomerleau Real Estate
Ernie’s experience spans more than 30 years in all aspects of real estate. As a licensed real estate broker and member of ICSC, he leads the Commercial Development, Investment Brokerage, and Property Management Divisions. Ernie presently serves on the Board of Directors for Shelburne Farms, Federal Reserve Bank New England Advisory Board, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, and Cynosure. He is the Government Affairs Director of Vermont (ICSC Board for Eastern Division), Chaired the Governor’s Panel on Climate Change, is the Honorary Consul of France to Vermont, and is engaged in multiple other community functions.
TRACEY POWELL, Speaker
Tracey has worked in the design and construction industry for over two decades. She designed and built her own luxury tiny house, in collaboration with over 30 engineers and building experts. Her high-end, high-tech home has been featured on TV multiple times and toured by over 50,000 people. Tracey’s passion has become a mission: to inspire others to live simply, safely, and sustainably.
LYNDA PROVENCHER, Hazardous Sites Manager & Brownfields Program, State of Vermont, Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management & Prevention Division, Sites Management Section
Lynda has worked in the Sites Management Section for close to 25 years providing regulatory oversight for the investigation and cleanup of properties on the state Hazardous Sites List. For the past 5 or so years, Lynda has also worked with the Brownfields Program on properties entering the State Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Act (BRELLA) Program. Most recently, Lynda was on the Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Properties (IRule) team which took the former remediation and cleanup Procedures and turned them into Rule through the legislative process.
CHRISTOPHER D. ROY, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Chris has been a commercial litigator with DRM’s Burlington office for 27 years. His law practice focuses on permit appeals and property-related litigation, representing individual and business clients across the state. A native Vermonter, Chris currently serves as Chair of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. He formerly served on the Williston Select Board, the Vermont Environmental Board, the Vermont Quadricentennial Commission, and the Burlington Planning Commission. Chris holds an AB from Harvard College, a JD from Cornell Law School, enjoys coaching youth sports, and resides in Williston with his wife and three sons.
TIM SAMPSON, Real Estate Development and Transactions Lawyer, Downs Rachlin Martin
Tim’s practice engages both the Vermont and Northern Virginia markets. His work touches all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions and sales, ground leases, building leases, regulatory permitting, development agreements, real estate finance and security, planned community and condominiums, easements, covenants, and title. Recently, Tim represented the AIG affiliates in the 2017 sale of Stowe Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts, and he continues to represent Spruce Peak Realty in the development of Spruce Peak Village in Stowe and SP Land Company in Killington. In Northern Virginia, Tim represents Inova Health System in connection with several major projects, including a $1 billion investment the system is making in the acquisition, repurposing, and redevelopment of a former corporate headquarters of ExxonMobil Corporation.
STEVEN SELBO, President, SP Land Company
Steve joined SP Land in 2004 to oversee the company’s investment in real estate acquired from American Skiing Company. Since that time, he has taken on the responsibility for the planning and permitting of Six Peaks Killington, which includes a master plan consisting of approximately 2,000 residential units, retail areas, and a new skier service lodge. A Vermont Land Use Permit was recently received for Phase I of the development, including 250 residential units, 30,000 square feet of retail area, and the new skier service lodge. His previous career was as a banking officer with Fleet Bank in Atlanta, GA, providing banking services to commercial, residential, and resort real estate companies throughout the United States. He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a BBA with a concentration in real estate and finance. Steve and his wife have three sons and currently reside in Bridgewater, Vermont.
JONATHAN SLASON, P.E, Senior Engineer, Resource Systems Group
Jonathan brings a background in engineering and economics to help organizations understand their strengths and identify their future path. He has worked with organizations, municipalities, states, and other government jurisdictions to assess the transportation impacts of development and land use changes while encouraging economic strength, diversity, and sustainability. His experience has been focused on delivering traffic and transportation schemes in a wide variety of settings, from initial strategies and business plans to final design and construction review. Jonathan’s primary role has been lead transportation engineer responsible for the delivery of numerous road, bike, and public transportation projects through investigation/planning and design. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with dual degrees in civil engineering and economics. The combined focus enabled him to leverage both disciplines to implement methods of sustainable development focusing on the importance of transportation as it interacts with industry, local economic development, social equity, housing, and community resilience.
DIANE SNELLING, Chair, Chair, Natural Resources Board/Act 250
Diane grew up in Shelburne and has lived in Hinesburg for more than 30 years. She was elected seven times to the State Senate and served for 15 years. She has built a reputation for working towards fair, non-partisan solutions. Diane currently serves in Governor Scott’s administration as the Chair of the Natural Resources Board that is responsible for the administration of Act 250.
KEVIN STAPLETON, Economic & Labor Market Information Assistant Chief, Vermont Department of Labor (VDoL)
In addition to his work with VDoL, Kevin holds faculty positions at the Community College of Vermont and the University of Vermont, where he teaches economics and international development. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a MS in Applied Economics from the University of Vermont. Kevin’s penchant for economics started in fifth grade when he forgot his lunch money.
FRAN STODDARD, Communications Consultant
Fran has been involved in communications strategy, education, public relations, and media production for decades. A national award-winning producer/director of video programs, Fran has served locally as producer/host of a Vermont PBS programs and VPR interview programs. Fran developed and ran the media communications program at Champlain College in the 90’s. Recent work in facilitation and community development led her to become a member of Champlain’s Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s Council of Practice.
KELLY STODDARD POOR, Associate State Director, AARP-VT
Kelly joined the AARP Vermont team in 2013. Kelly’s background is in public policy and community organizing with a strong commitment to social justice. She leads the livable community work for AARP VT, establishing a vision and action steps for Vermont communities to meet the needs of its aging population. Kelly works directly with communities in Vermont to provide features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for older residents to participate in community life. She is responsible for developing AARP Vermont’s social impact campaigns that improve the quality of life for all Vermonters as they age. Prior to AARP, Kelly spent eight years at the American Cancer Society where she was the Director of Health and Advocacy Initiatives. She managed the state’s cancer control programs and advocacy campaigns focused on the implementation of the Society’s overall business plan and legislative agenda to reduce tobacco use, increase screening rates, and enhance access to health care. She earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and completed a Master’s degree in sustainable development at the School for International Training in Vermont. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
PETER STRAUBE, Strategic Events Producer, Champlain College
In his current position, Peter coordinates the development and execution of events that showcase unique aspects of the College and build relationships with community partners. Peter has also served as an Associate Professor in the Stiller School of Business for more than 20 years.
DANIEL VOISIN, Director of Environmental Assessment and Remediation Services, Stone Environmental, Inc.
Dan is a senior geologist and director of environmental assessment and remediation services at Stone Environmental in Montpelier, Vermont where he is also on the board of directors. He has 17 years’ experience in conducting environmental site assessments and remediation to the support the variety of issues faced by those undertaking brownfield redevelopment projects. Voisin holds a B.S. in Geology from Bates College and an M.S. in Earth Science, Geochemical Systems from the University of New Hampshire.