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CEO/Entrepreneur Speaker Series


Published September 28, 2009 at 9:38 a.m.

October '09 Jam

How did they start-up?

Rich Tarrant Jr. founded MyWebGrocer in 1999. He was an early believer in the viability of the online grocery business and developed the company’s first generation eCommerce Platform. He has an impressive record as an entrepreneur in the retail, real estate and health care industries. Rich is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a Business degree.
  • 12 noon - Adam Alpert, CEO BioTek
Adam L. Alpert is vice president of Lionheart Technologies, Inc. and serves as vice president of its principal subsidiary, BioTek Instruments, Inc. He has served in other management positions within BioTek, including Software Engineering Manager and OEM Marketing Manager for Systems, where he led a team of hardware and software engineers to create the company’s first high-throughput clinical system product for infectious disease diagnostics and screening. Alpert later developed the Company’s OEM blood-typing business, which now has annual revenue of more than $13M. In his present role, Alpert is responsible for business development, including mergers and acquisitions. He also works along with his brother, Briar, as a board member for both Lionheart Technologies, Inc. and BioTek Instruments, Inc. Alpert graduated from the University of Vermont in 1980 with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Steve Arms received his Master’s degree in mechanical engineeringat the University of Vermont in 1983. He has been awarded 30 U.S.patents and has over 10 pending. He has contributed to 18 journalpublications and 44 abstracts/presentations in the areas of advancedinstrumentation, wireless sensing and energy harvesting. Steve isfounder and CEO of MicroStrain, Inc., a Vermont manufacturer ofmicro-displacement sensors, inertial sensing systems and wireless datalogging nodes for recording and transmitting strain, vibration,temperature and orientation data.

Lisa Groeneveld has been a sales professional in the IT Industry since graduating from Northeastern University. She worked with Fortune 500 companies as a WorldCom Global Sales and Account Manager in the U.S. and Europe before starting Logic Supply with her husband Roland Groeneveld. Although the couple successfully launched the company in Boston, prior to that they lived in the Netherlands. They moved Logic Supply from Boston because Lisa, a Vermont native, wanted to return home, and Roland was excited about the state’s wide-open spaces.

Paul Millman is president of employee-owned Chroma Technology Corp. He is board president of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center and serves on the board of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He is also a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He earned a BA from the New School for Social Research and an MEd in elementary school education from Antioch New England. Some have observed that the latter degree prepared him well to function in today’s business world. Chroma Technology Corp. was the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’ 2006 Exporter of the Year and Business Ethics Magazine Living Economy Award Winner in 2004.
  • 4 p.m. - Michael Jager, Creative Director and President, Jager DiPaola Kemp Design (JDK)
For 20 years Michael Jager has directed the multidisciplinary efforts of a studio whose process is informed by emotional, rational, and cultural forces and whose focus centers on the idea that design distinction matters. Working with internal and external partners, Michael has helped to create proprietary processes, experiences and exploratory environments like Living Brand®, the Collaboratory, Exquisite Corpse Artsite, Iskra Print Collective, and Sanctuary Artsite. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle of “make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most important and relevant brands is recognized worldwide by design periodicals, books, competitions, exhibitions, and his peers. Michael lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife and three children.
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