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  • 1. SMART Holdings USA Issue # 5, Winter, December, 2012 NANTUCKET DREAMINGIsland of Ideas for SMARTvt Your Issue SMARTvt Creates Nantucket Property Works Contents SMARTvt’s Robin Halik, Gabrielle Meunier, Michael Kipp, Mark Renkert Create Nantucket Property Works page 1 - 4 Suzanne Johnson Joins American Red Cross as Development Officer Page 2 Changing Faces Michael Hussey Joins Buffalo, NY Dessicant Manufacturer, nearly complete Norwich University MBA Page 4 Alex Goetz Joins Dominion Tech’s ITNantucket Harbor – Home of Oceanside Caretaking Certification Program, Norwich Robin Halik and herthe former owner of Woodstock husband Clifford University MBA Program,Cookie Company, Robin Halik moved from Vermontwho enrolled in SMARTvts to Nantucket after Page 5Economic Development selling Woodstock Cookie Company. HerProgram and Started Nantucket husband moved hisProperty Works – Meeting The historic preservation,Needs of Island Property new construction and renovationOwners – all year long. business to the Island. And Robin wondered what to do. …..Nantucket….. ……See story next page 3… Vermont’s Power Center for Business Idea Creation consultancy  offering  sustainable  socially  responsible  applications  such  as  Hands-­‐SMARTvt.org  –  SMART  Holdings  USA   on  Engineering,  Accounting,  Finance,  Marketing,  New  Product  Development,  John  Mayer,  Mark  Renkert,  Michael  Kipp,  Michael  Hussey,  Gabrielle  Meunier   Research,  Medical  Devices  and  Technology,  Pharmaceuticals,  Telephony,  E-­‐drive  SMART  Holdings  USA  economic  Development  Engine  Creating  US   enterprise,  IT  /  IS  implementation  -­‐  service,  Merger  &  Acquisition,  LBO,  Business  Companies  and  Jobs  .    SMARTvt  created  a  task  force  that  provides  resources,   Valuation,  Forensic  Accounting,   SEC  Compliance,  education,  training,  financing  solutions  to  business  startups  for  approved  plans.   Petrochemical  Extraction,   Defense  Systems,  and  About  SMARTvt.org.      Vermonts  largest  solution  provider  featuring  teams  of   global  manufacturing   enterprises. 
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  • 2. SMART Holdings USA Issue # 5, Winter, December, 2012 SMARTvt’s Suzanne Johnson recently joined the American Red Cross Disaster Services Division as their Development Officer. Johnson is dedicating this next portion of her career to securing resources to help the thousands of Vermonters in need each year. On a recently snowy afternoon, the alarm bells rang and Johnson’s unit was called to a very large fire in Grand Isle Vermont. Upon arrival fire fighters from around the region were waging a war against time with a four alarm blaze. The residents were safe but the family dog was killed in the blaze and Johnson and the ARC team was there to provide comfort, clothing, shelter, food, and resources to help this Vermont family get back on track. Johnson will function as a Development Officer soliciting Vermonters and reminding them that supporting the ARC means they are supporting a neighbor, family, a business and a community. Johnson who is the previous owner of Tilley’s Restaurant in Burlington said she always knew she would one day serve Vermonters in need and she met her calling in joining the American Red Cross. American Red Cross The ARC Disaster Services Division responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the Director of Development United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes Suzanne Johnson that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Vermont’s Most Powerful Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response Crisis Resource for Saving when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that Lives, Properties, and provide services to disaster victims. Restoring Normalcy After The ARC in Vermont was a major force supporting the recovery of Hurricane Irene which a Tragedy. damaged thousands of miles of roads and nearly 500 bridges. Multisorb and SMARTvt’s Mike Hussey Former US Marine Captain Michael Hussey joined Buffalo-based Multisorp, a moisture management technology innovator. Hussey completed their Management Training Intensive and now is a front line Supervisor saying that his time as a US Marine Officer has certainly paid off. He also credits his successful onboarding with the unique transition services provided by SMARTvt’s Veterans Services Unit. Hussey is enjoying Buffalo, NY. He has a five minute commute to work and is able to enjoy the many outdoor adventure sports and especially cycling. Hussey is also on-track to complete his MBA / Finance Program at Norwich University near the top of his class. About Multisorb Technologies Multisorb Technologies has been an innovator in sorbent technology for over 50 years. Founded in 1961 by John S. Cullen to meet the needs for electronics markets in protecting against the damaging effects of moisture. The World Leader in Active Packaging Technology™ Active packaging technology is designed to provide superior protection against moisture, odor, oxygen, and other gases. A Technology Innovator 2
  • 3. SMART Holdings USA Issue # 5, Winter, December, 2012 SMARTvt Launches New Island Business, by Mark Renkert, Mcsl Pomerleau Real Estate. Oversight was provided by SMARTvt Vermont’s the origin of some amazing entrepreneurs. These are leader, Michael J. Kipp, CPA. business professionals that propagate the values espoused in the Vermont seal of quality. Early last fall entrepreneur and former Woodstock Cookie Company owner, Robin Halik approached the Enterprise Creation division of SMART Holdings USA and seeking counsel on solidifying and launching a business she envisioned providing a universal property care solution for absentee land owners living on weather-damage prone Nantucket Island. Halik first envisioned Oceanside Caretaking in the early 90’s while visiting the family’s vacation property on the Island. Vermont’s the origin of some amazing entrepreneurs. These are business professionals that propagate the values espoused in the Vermont seal of quality. SMARTvt Chair, Mark Renkert, used island contacts to reach into the Small Business Administration and Cape Cod Five Early last fall entrepreneur and former Woodstock Cookie Company Cent Bank so that Halik could obtain need financing. owner, Robin Halik approached the Enterprise Creation division of SMART Holdings USA and seeking counsel on solidifying and Bench Members, Mark Renkert, Chair, and Gabrielle Meunier, launching a business she envisioned providing a universal property CFO directly telephoned the island chamber of commerce and care solution for absentee land owners living on weather-damage got a solid lead for an eager lender. prone Nantucket Island. Early last fall entrepreneur and former Woodstock Cookie Company owner, Robin Halik approached the Enterprise Creation division of SMART Holdings USA and seeking counsel on solidifying and launching a new business Halik CFO Gabrielle Meunier – Investment Banker / Treasury Liason for SMARTvt Mergers / Acquisitions envisioned providing a universal property care solution for absentee “We knew the project was viable,” says Renkert, adding, land owners living on weather-damage prone Nantucket Island. “Kipp’s mentorship of the team was seamless and Meunier as magnificent working out the Financial Models, Cash Flow Halik first envisioned Oceanside Caretaking in the early 90’s while Forecast, and financier interface.” visiting the family’s vacation property on the Island. Kipp said that the acquisitions alone netted predictable cash Halik first envisioned Oceanside Caretaking in the early 90’s while flow and economy of scale market prominence. visiting the family’s vacation property on the Island. Halik said there were moments when things grew complex and She later adopted a few small landowner accounts and the business she was happy to have the negotiation power of SMARTvt. grew. “Gabrielle’s expertise is incredible,” said Halik, adding, “she She developed main categories of business from needs of Absentee power-negotiated the channels of the Small Administration Property Owners: Caretaking, Cleaning, Maintenance, Security, with finesse. I could not have done it without her.” Concierge, Landscaping, Administration. Through acquisition Halik adds Historic Renovation, Earthmoving, Construction and extends her “She provided a depth and range of Investment Banker level reach into Commericial Work. The name of the finished product is strategic advice that was key to this project’s success,” said called Nantucket Property Works and features a four season Halik reflecting on the process. employment for staff and expected to generate at least 50 jobs. Driving the business model was Halik’s knowing Nantucket The business plan was first started with Halik and SMARTvt’s John History and safe property worries Islanders and Off-Islanders. Mayer and the Financial Modeling, Permitting and Financing plan was developed and launched by Gabrielle Meunire, formerly the CFO for 3
  • 4. SMART Holdings USA Issue # 5, Winter, December, 2012 Nantucket’s many storms have a knack for making property owners apprehensive. The lesson was hard learned by many landowners in December 2010. The island received a icing of wet snow at the start of the storm on Sunday, but turned to icing rain and black-ice overnight, as high winds swept over Nantucket, bringing down tree limbs and cutting power to various areas of the island. Huge waves pounded the shoreline causing severe damage and total destruction to some island properties. As of Monday afternoon, heavy winds continued to pound Nantucket, setting off security alarms across the island, with snow blowing sideways. A coastal flood advisory alert from the National Weather Service sent islanders inland and to high ground. Winds of 60 mph were knocking down trees and tearing off roofs and sand-blasting sident A high-powered winter storm blasted Nantucket Sunday and and started the major property damage and potential loss of life. Monday with snow and gale-force winds canceling boat and plane service, knocking out power to parts of the island and All boat services on both the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line beaching the former ocean-going fishing vessel Miss China on Cruises were canceled Monday, except for the 6 a.m. SSA freight Brant Point. boat, which ferried a number of empty cars to Nantucket. Planes were flying to and from Nantucket sporadically throughout the day, with the frequency of flights increasing as darkness fell on a near lightless very dark night. In addition to the foundering of the Miss China, a large yahct beached on Francis Street beach, another larger salvage vessel was sunk near Childrens Beach, and several other boats were dashed to bits, according to harbormaster Dave Fronzuto. Easy Street was closed with barricades Monday morning, and the Dreamland Theater lot looked like a massive swimming pool, as the “We knew something big was coming when all the sea birds hole for the foundation of the building was completely flooded. enmasse flew inland the day after Christmas,” said Sea Captain Blair Perkins who knew he had better prepare his ship for the Sustained winds were in the 30-40 mph range overnight and into worst. Monday afternoon, gusting to damagingly upwards. At the peak of the storm Sunday night, National Grid reported power was out for about 80% of customers on the island. The near-derelict fishing vessel Miss China, owned and lived on by islander Joe Dooley and unable to move under its own power from its mooring in Nantucket Harbor, broke loose during the storm Sunday night and washed ashore on Brant Point. The Coast Guard stated Monday that the boat was aground on soft sand, and was anchored to the rocks and the foundation of the lighthouse. 4
  • 5. SMART Holdings USA Issue # 5, Winter, December, 2012 US Army Chemical Officer, Captain Alex Goetz graduates SMARTvt’s Veteran’s Transition Course and joins an IT / IS Training Program sponsored by Brian Curtis, and Dominion Technologies. Curtis is providing Help Desk Technical Training for Goetz after his SMARTvtGoing down with the ship, stoically Dooley and his dogs refused toleave the Miss China Sunday, and remained on the boat as ofMonday morning as a large crowd gathered to view the spectacle.Dooley stubbornly refused several offers of assistance from theMarine Department and Coast Guard, according to Fronzuto andCoast Guard Station Brant Point senior chief T.J. Malvesti. Captain transition team discovered that Biology Jobs paying what heDooley and his dogs were eventually relieved and there was no loss earned as an Army Officer were nearly impossible to find.of life. Goetz discovered he had a natural affinity toward IT and isDuring the storm some aircraft left Hyannis Monday morning, air quickly working toward certifications where he’ll likely findtraffic was suspended around 9:30 a.m and hundreds were stranded. good wages. Dominion Tech is a leader in the Managed Services IT Field andAt the end of this storm, the weather broke and the port opened again is a proud supporter of returning veterans.and with that opening began the reparations of which Halikparticipated. “Life always returns to normal for Islanders,” Halik Goetz is also working toward his MBA fromsays, they are tough and resilient like Vermonters proud of the Norwich University. He is also a Cross Fitheritage and accustomed to perils of the deep dark sea. Instructor and competes in Cross Fit Programs.“We’re ready for anything now,” says Halik deep in thought. DominionTech was founded in 2001 to provide IT services“Now,” she says, “ We could tow the Ms. China to a new mooring if targeting clients with mixed network environments to VT areait were to happen again.” businesses. The company provided seamless integration with Mac and PC users and focused on increased efficiency using technology as the back bone.“The island homes and properties are fragile and Mother Nature canbe a mean Master. Our clients love their properties and Nantucket In 2004 the demand for managed IT services boomed andProperty Works will be there with them especially when the chips are DominionTech opened it’s first repair depot.down,” said Halik with a smile. The location focused on fast service and boasted service authorizations for Apple, Lenovo and many others. In 2006 DominionTech upgraded their facility which gave them Nantucket Property Works the capacity to increase the IT team. We are there when you can’t be 5