Management Team

IMG_5695Leon Berthiaume, General Manager – Leon graduated from the University of Vermont in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a certified Public Accountant who worked for a Vermont accounting firm before joining the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery in 1984 as the controller. He was appointed to General Manager in 1991 and is responsible for overall Cooperative operations and the support and achievement of the Cooperative’s Mission Statement.

 

IMG_5693Tom Gates, Cooperative Relations Manager– Tom graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He grew up on a family owned dairy farm in Vermont and is familiar with the dairy industry and with the importance of quality milk. He has gained valuable supervisory and management experience while working for Quaker Fabric Corporation in Massachusetts. Tom joined the St. Albans Cooperative management team in February of 2006.

 

DSCN0227Rob Hirss,  Operations Manager- Rob graduated from the University of Vermont in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Dairy Technology. He has over 30 years of dairy plant management experience including time with Pollio Dairys, International Cheese, Beatrice Cheese, St. Albans Co-op, Cabot Cheese and Swan Valley Cheese. He rejoined the Coop’s Management Team in June 2015 as the Operations Manager.

 

 

 
IMG_5689Steve Martin, Store Operations Manager – Steve graduated from Plymouth State College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with minors in Economics and Mathematics. Steve has been employed as a manager for Wal-Mart, Ames and F.W. Woolworth company where he acquired a combined total of 12 years retail management experience. In 2002, while working at IBM as a Test Technician, Steve received an Associates degree in Technical Studies from Community College of Vermont. Steve joined the CO-OP in September, 2002.

 

IMG_5691Douglas Lee, Controller – Doug graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting  and from LeMoyne College in 2009 with a Master degree in Business Administration.  Doug is also a licensed CPA in the states of New York and Vermont.  Doug joined the St. Albans Cooperative management team in March of 2013 after moving to Vermont from Central New York where he held management roles at significant manufacturing and retail establishments.