Riders

2017

Cairn Cross

Co-Founder and Managing Director
FreshTracks Capital
Website
"One foot in the pasture, one foot in the future."

John Mandeville

Executive Director
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation
Website
Entrepreneurs are the backbone of job creation in this state as well as the country as a whole. My job is to support them in any and every way I can.

Sas Stewart

Co Founder
Stonecutter Spirits LLC
Website
Always thrilled to be part of Road Pitch!

Debby Pearson

Owner/Demo Rider
Green Mountain Harley-Davidson
Website
Man is the only animal who creates his own cage

David Pearson

Chief, Cook, Bottle Washer
Green Mountain Harley-Davidson
Website
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much room

Tom Myers

Chair and Associate Professor, Stiller School of Business
Champlain College
Website
"We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage." --Theodore Roosevelt

Cabot Orton

Proprietor
The Vermont Country Store
"It was never fast enough for me."

Gwen Pokalo

Director
Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont
Website
You can't go to jail on your thinking alone. Nor can you start something awesome.

Joshua Kenyon

Founder, President
Modular Fitness Solutions Inc.
"If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

Gary Margolis

Founder & CEO
Social Sentinel, Inc.
Website
Hire intelligent and committed people, and then get out of their way so they can do their jobs.

Richard Whitehead

COO
CSL Software Solutions Inc.
Website
Work to ride and ride to work !

Bob LoCicero

Photojournalist
Motorcycle-Vermont
Website
I'd rather be lucky than good.

Robert Bloch

Director, BYOBiz
Champlain College
I am looking forward to another Road Pitch.

Eric Egeland

CEO
Capacity Consulting
Website
Our brand is truth.

Michael Perrault

Owner
ExactBuilt
Website
Sometimes you have to use just one wheel.

Rick Leete

Coordinator
Community College of Vermont
Website
There are no ugly roads in Vermont. Some bad roads, but they're not ugly.

Heidi Clute

Founder, Managing partner
Clute Wealth Management, LLC
Website
Roadpitch is a fun, unique way of connecting entrepreneurs, sharing ideas, & strategies, to foster business growth.

Arrigo Bodda

Associate
Walnut Ventures Group
Website
Like any journey, it's not what you carry but what you leave behind (from the movie Tracks, 2013, AUS)

Chris Sharpe

Manager
AAR Capital
He who risks nothing, gains nothing.

James Hathaway

President & CEO
Make-A-Wish Vermont
Website
Love is the feeling you get when you like someone as much as your motorcycle.” - Hunter S. Thompson

Rebecca Roose

Director of Marketing & Digital Products
Mamava
Website
Ask me about Happy Breasts! Born to be mild.

Dave Despres

Principal
Spruce Creek Partners, LLC
Website
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Norm Laviolette

Founder/CEO
Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston/Asylum Gaming and Esports
Website
"The cowards never started and the weak died along the way. That leaves us"-from Phil Knight's "Shoe Dog"

Don Mayer

CEO
Small Dog Electronics
Website
What kind of company do you want to grow up to be?

Phil Lapp

Co-Managing Partner
Gallagher Flynn and Company
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

James Lockridge

Executive Director
Big Heavy World
Website
Live for something or die for nothing.

Ed O’Boyle

Founder & CEO
FotoBridge
Website
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

Dave Schmidt

Entrepreneur/Consultant/Photographer
45 North, LLC
Website
It's about the journey, not the destination

Steven Mason

COO
NEKTI Consulting
Website
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." (attributed to Teddy Roosevelt-Original Rough Rider)

Colin Owyang

Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary
Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.
Keep life in balance.

Basil Stetson

Serial Entrepreneur
Retired, looking for my next gig.
Such an awesome vehicle to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the State of Vermont.

Sivan Cotel

Co Founder
Stonecutter Spirits LLC
Website
Road Pitch is the best and only way to combine a love of riding in Vermont with a dedication to entrepreneurship!
Peter Pollak on his Harley Davidson

Peter Pollak

CEO
Dynapower
Website
Ride Safe. Invest Smart

Leigh & Chris Cole

Leigh - Attorney/Shareholder/Director at Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, PC Chris - Commisioner of VT Department of Buildings and General Services
Portrait of Charley Ininger posing next to his motorcycle on a sunny day

Charley Ininger

Business Advisor
Vt. Small Business Development Center
"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." ~Steve Jobs

Scott Schermerhorn

CEO
Granite Investment Advisors
Website
Portrait of David Blittersdorf standing next to his motorcycle in a desert landscape

David Blittersdorf

Founder
All Earth Renewables
Website
Portrait of Debra Sachs riding her motorcycle at dusk

Deb Sachs

Co-Founder
Net Zero Vermont Ventures

Julie Perlmutter

Multi faced entrepreneur, Real Estate Property Manager, Thriving Air BNB Business

Earl Katon

Owner
Peppers BBQ
God created BBQ to keep men with chainsaws from clearcutting the earth.

Alan Newman

Serial Entrepreneur and Raconteur Master of Ceremonies, LaunchVT Competition
Ken McCauley on his Harley

Ken McCauley

Co-Founder/Partner
127 Energy LLC
Website

Peter Curless

Chairman of Booom!
Green Mountain Harley-Davidson
Website
when in doubt... burn out...

Nathan Sanel

Owner
National Powersports Distributors
Website
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

Andrew Stickney

CEO
Burlington Bytes
Website
“The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself.” ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Sam Young

State Rep.
House of Representatives
Website
The best roads aren't paved.

Mark Galle

Retired
Vermont State Police
Never give up!

David & Sandra Werner

Founder, President
Third Eye Design, Inc.
Website
Increasing rider visibility, making motorcyclists safer, saving lives!

Tyler Santerre

Product Owner
Inntopia
Website

Gibson LaFountaine

Project Manager
Inntopia
Website
Riding a bike is an art, a thing you do because you feel something inside. - Valentino Rossi

Jim Black

Chair, Business/Economics Department
Johnson State College
Website
Nothing better than riding with good friends and listening to good pitches.

Keith Koehler

Business Development Manager
Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI)
Website
Motorcycling accelerates one’s senses beyond the commonplace. What better platform is there for launching dreams?

Gary Jacobs

Senior Director - Private Equity Operations
Alvarez & Marsal
Website
Some Call it Luck, However, Preparation + Persistence + Opportunity = Success

Stephen Trenholm

Tax Director
Gallagher Flynn & Co. LLP, CPAs
Website
Thrilled to be part of Road Pitch again this year and thanks to my employer Gallagher Flynn for being a sponsor!

Charles Graham

President
Volume8 Creative, Inc
Website
We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Charles Palahniuk

Eli Lesser-Goldsmith

Owner
Healthy Living Market
Website
Let's carve up some VT roads and find some amazing VT businesses!

George Ewins, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Investments
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, Raymond James is not affiliated with Road Pitch
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mike Pelchar

Retired
Keurig Green Mountain
Perseverance