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Employees

Vermont Hardwoods is as much like a family as a company. Our employees mean a lot to us and each other. Many friendships have formed, and you can count on someone to pitch in and help out in times of need.

While there are many things needed to make a company successful, none of them are any good without employees, especially good employees; we consider ourselves fortunate to have a great bunch. Here you can briefly meet each one, but you are more than welcome to visit us and meet them in person.

If you think you might fit into our family, check out our employment page.

David Waldmann

David Waldmann

Owner / President

1982

David has been involved with Vermont Hardwoods since he graduated from high school in 1982. He started as an employee in customer service, and purchased the company in 1988. David has been married to Rebecca since 1987 and they have two children: Bethany and Jonathan, who is a police officer. David is actively involved in a local church as an elder, and considers it a privilege to serve a living God. When not studying the Bible, David spends his spare time reading and making his own beer and wine. He loves to travel, especially to Europe, where his father's family still lives. Then there is an interest in cars...

Jason Stearns

Jason Stearns

Moulder Technician

1992

If there ever was a "key man" at VFH, Jason fills the bill. Since he's been here since the old days of "before moulder", Jason has done practically every job there is to do around the shop. Jason enjoys his family with his wife Patty.

Rebecca Waldmann

Rebecca Waldmann

Owner / Vice President

1998

Rebecca has 2 great kids (young adults actually) who bring a lot of joy into her life. When she's not spending time with them or her husband David, she enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, entertaining, card-making, painting pottery, and having fun with her friends. Rebecca is a big supporter of the US troops and is proud to say she's an American!

Bryan Stearns

Bryan Stearns

Shop Foreman

2002

Bryan's outgoing nature makes him well suited as shop foreman and retail lumber salesman. As a former logger he gained insight into the bigger wood picture, as well as a great love for the outdoors. He and his wife Jen built their own house/barn where they stable their two draft horses, and they get their hay the hard way − cutting, tedding and baling it. Bryan doesn't think a fall would be complete without making a batch of (hard) cider and spending a week at the family deer camp.

Kevin Day

Kevin Day

Special Projects

2003

A woodworker through and through, Kevin just can't breathe enough sawdust. His hobby is furniture building in his home shop, where he makes everything from cradles to gun cabinets, and so is the logical go-to guy for the more unique projects that come into our shop. But his first love is his family, from his wife all the way down to his grandson for whom he has made his own "stay at Grandpa's" room. It has a floor made from specially picked boards over the course of a couple years and furniture not only rugged enough to withstand the rigors of a growing boy, but (a favorite Kevin expression) as heavy as a covered bridge.

Pete Carson

Pete Carson

Volunteer

2003

Like a rare gem, Pete can always be counted on to brighten your day. An "actual employee" for several years, when Pete had to stop working because of health issues he found couldn't really leave. At least once a week he comes in (sometime bearing a crock pot full of chili, jars of home grown pickles, horseradish or who knows what) and sweeps the warehouse. As an immigrant from Slovenia, Pete doesn't know the meaning of retirement. His house "in the Dungeon" (a local road and old hamlet called Popple Dungeon) is never lacking activity; whether his garden in the summer or a batch of home made wine or cider in the fall or winter, Pete doesn't know what it is to slow down and take a break. And all this in spite of problems with his feet and legs that make it a chore to stand, let alone walk. What an example!

Alan Thayer

Alan Thayer

Head Finisher

2003

Anyone who has ever done a wood project knows that the finishing, while it may seem to be "just the last thing you do", is one of the biggest parts of the project; and if the finish doesn't come out right you ruin the whole piece. Alan's patience and persistence serves him well for this job. Maybe that's because he learned to serve our country as a machinery technician for 20 years in the Coast Guard. And no doubt that same patience is a great asset for his devotion to rescuing dogs. Alan and his wife Mamie are a part of Just A Touch Rescue, which focuses on rescuing dogs that are abused, neglected, have special needs, or come from puppy mills, as well as Above & Beyond English Setter Rescue, which organizes volunteers to transport rescued dogs across the country.

Michael Batchelder

Michael Batchelder

Framing Department Manager

2005

Michael started helping out in the shipping department while he was still in school. After a brief stint away, he's back as our framing manager. Michael enjoys: taking things apart and sometimes putting them back together; working with electronics; automobiles and making them go fast; computers and gadgets; and spending time with his family.

Dave Mix

Dave Mix

Production Inspector

2006

Dave has been married to Gina for 27 years, and has sons Chris and Dylan. Dave can usually be found outdoors when he's not at work; in the winter he maintains an ice shanty on one of the setbacks of the Connecticut River, while in the summer you will often see a kayak in the back of his truck (it's not just for decoration!). Fall is deer camp time, and though we all rib him about it, it's really ok that he's from the wrong side of the river (New Hampshire).

Mary DiCaro

Mary DiCaro

Office Assistant

2006

The "face" of Vermont Hardwoods, and one we are very proud of, Mary provides a warm welcome to all who call or visit. Mary likes to keep busy with projects and spend a lot of time with family, especially on weekends. Her grandchildren are the loves of her life!

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Finishing Assistant

2008

Though a young man and "assistant" by title, his knowledge, great work ethic and willingness to help with whatever's needed make Sean a very great asset to Vermont Hardwoods. Sean and his wife Kayla's lives are very busy right now with their new daughter Anna, but as an avid baseball player and coach he at least manages to keep up with what's happening with the Red Sox.

Richard Ragone

Richard Ragone

Flooring Sales

2010

Richard started his career as a teacher and gymnastic coach. However, his passion was to build log homes so he followed his instincts and began a 32-year career building Handcrafted Log Homes. Soon realizing that beautiful homes require beautiful floors, Rich began selling and installing Traditional New England Wide Plank Flooring nationwide in 1989. He has the experience and knowledge to provide our flooring customers with all the information they may need to complete a properly installed floor that may last for centuries!

Besides building and taking care of his own log home and property, Rich enjoys telemark skiing in the winter and driving his classic cars in the summer. He always looks forward to spending his vacations camping with his family while visiting the National Parks and monuments of the great American west.

Bethany Waldmann

Bethany Waldmann

Information Technology

2010

Bethany recently graduated college and is enjoying the freedom of no homework! She likes to read, do crafts, hang out with friends, play volleyball, and bake. In the way of crafts, Bethany particularly enjoys making cards, scrapbooking, and painting pottery.