Jim Barnes | Founder and President
Jim Barnes was the Chairman of FM Facility Maintenance, a $500mm sales organization, as a recognized expert in facilities maintenance management for clients with multi-site retail locations.
Mr. Barnes also founded OAKLEAF Waste Management, North America’s fastest growing waste logistics provider in 1995. In 2007, he sold the company in a transaction valued at $655 million and OAKLEAF investors received a return of seven times their invested capital. Mr. Barnes has received national recognition for reengineering an industry and for his many accomplishments at OAKLEAF. His industry expertise, business ingenuity, and finely honed business model have led to recognition on Inc. magazine’s 5000 List and their Inner City 100 list a total of ten times since 2001. As a noted expert in the field of waste logistics, Mr. Barnes has been featured in national publications including Fortune, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Chain Store Age.
Mr. Barnes served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Science Center as well as Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture. He is the Secretary of the Board at Marist College and is a trustee of the Watch Hill Conservancy. In 2008, Jim was the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Services category and since 2009 Jim has served as a National Judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Services and Emerging category. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College.
Overall, Jim’s former and present companies have annual sales of over $1 billion and employ over one thousand people today.
Dan Solaz, CPA | Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Solaz is a seasoned executive with a proven record of achieving success in every organizational size from the multinational organization to the entrepreneurial startup company. Dan’s experience encompasses providing guidance on both Accounting and Operational “Best Practices” methodologies related to the disciplines of accounting, treasury, IT, and third party vendor management. Mr. Solaz’s C-Level experience includes management positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Bridges Group, and most recently as Principal of Middle Earth Development. Dan has financed in excess of $300 million of financing and developed more than 600,000 square feet of commercial and residential development throughout the United States.
Mr. Solaz holds a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University.
Bob Rubin | Vice President, Construction & Development
Bob Rubin has always had a passion for the home building/development business. Upon graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota in Business Administration in 1981, he moved to Dallas, Texas and began working for US Home. There he supervised the construction of homes in 14 different subdivisions across the United States. In 1984 Rubin moved to Vermont to manage the construction of vacation ski homes at Greenspring, a luxury town home development located in West Dover, Vermont. His team built 171 town homes and permitted 21 large home sites through 2002.
In 1990 Rubin married and had 2 beautiful girls, Rachel and Sarah. Rachel is a senior and the University of Vermont studying business, and Sarah is a sophomore at Drexel University in Philadelphia studying interior design.
Beginning in 2002, as President at Kingswood of Vermont, Inc. he has supervised the building of 161 town homes, and as recent President/Owner of Hybrid Construction, has built several new homes in the area.
During his 25 years in West Dover, he has also served as Chairman of the Selectboard, Chairman of the Prudential Committee, and Trustee of the West Dover Congressional Church. He loves to stay in shape by running, lifting weights, and participating in most any kind of outdoor sports. The girls and him love to boat on Lake Whitingham, ski at Haystack, and go snowmobiling.
Dale Ribaudo | Senior Vice President, Sales
Dale Ribaudo is an accomplished senior executive with a broad base of public and private company experience in all aspects of business management including capital raising, strategic planning, treasury and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, operations and corporate development. Before joining The Hermitage Club, Ribaudo was Senior Vice President and CFO of FM Facility Maintenance, a $500 million facility maintenance company where he played a key role in creation of this industry leading company. Prior to that position he was Senior Vice President and CFO of FamilyMeds Inc., a publically traded retail pharmacy company. Ribaudo was also a member of the management team of The Dexter Corporation, a multi-national publically traded specialty materials manufacturer with sales of $1.1 billion where he held various leadership positions including Treasurer and Controller. Ribaudo began his career with Price Waterhouse.
Ribaudo graduated from Bentley University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds a master degree in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has completed the Executive Management Program at Williams College. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2010 Ribaudo was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as CFO of the Year Honoree for mega privately held companies. Ribaudo has also been involved as a board member and volunteer with Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation for over 20 years.
Rees Pinney | Vice President, Membership Development
Rees Pinney is an experienced sales and marketing executive with over 15 years of strategic account development and management. Before joining The Hermitage Club, Rees was Vice President of Worksite Pharmacy and Strategic Account Management for Walgreens, a Fortune 100 pharmacy company based in Deerfield, IL. At Walgreens, Rees was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with large employers, health systems and health insurance companies. Prior to that position he was Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing of Familymeds Inc., a publicly traded retail pharmacy company based in Farmington, CT.
Rees graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford, with degrees in English and Communications. He was recognized by Hartford Business Weekly as one of their Top 40 Under 40 businesspeople in 2004. He has been the President of The Advertising Club of Connecticut and served on numerous boards, including the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford and the Bushnell Park Carousel Society.
Lauren Roth | Vice President, Special Events and Group Sales
Lauren Roth has been bringing award-winning innovation to the special events field for more than 20 years. She founded her own firm, Impact Productions, in 1993 and previously coordinated the International Toy Fair for Mattel Inc. Her hands-on management style and limitless creativity have helped build a reputation of special event success.
With social and corporate clients spanning nearly every industry, Lauren has been responsible for meetings and events ranging from intimate to enormous. Her events have included benefit concerts with Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello and Taylor Swift, the 100th birthday of Dr. Seuss, and fireworks at the Statue of Liberty. She has been featured on The Food Network and was a recipient of the prestigious Five Star Vendor award by Goldman Sachs. Roth’s work spans five continents and includes a Fortune 100 client list.
In order to produce each unforgettable experience, Roth works closely with clients to tailor the ideal individual approach. Each project includes an innovative strategy toward essential elements of event management, including audio-visual production, guest communications, transportation, décor, entertainment, food and beverage, security, hospitality, layouts, premiums, publicity, media and technology integration.
A certified meeting planner, Lauren earned her bachelor’s in economics and psychology at Emory University. She understands that each event provides one moment in time to make an impression and looks forward to leading our special events team and creating those memorable experiences for clients and members at our mountain.
James Lazor | Director of Snowsports Development and Alpine Racing
James Lazor comes to The Hermitage Club with over two decades of sports marketing and business skills and ski industry management experience. Lazor will set and oversee the strategic direction, development and coordination of the Snowsports programs at the Hermitage Club which will include the ski and snowboard school as well as the alpine ski racing program from grass roots to elite.
Lazor grew up as a ski racer, winning his local club, Hunt Hollow championships before moving on to USSA and high school racing in Western New York State. Lazor went on to become a ski instructor at Mt. Mansfield (Stowe) Vermont. Lazor has lived and worked in New Zealand and Canada, has also been a long-time volunteer and financial contributor to the sport of ski racing.
With a background in business and sports management. Lazor served as Director of Operations for the USA Grand Prix, overseeing the staging of the Formula 1 event in Phoenix, Arizona. He was also President of ACATS, Inc., a full service aviation company based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Lazor’s duties in alpine ski racing management have included the development and implementation of annual business plans and budgets, providing effective financial management, tracking and evaluation across all performance activities, developing sponsorship/partnership opportunities and engaging with Race Organizing Committees for effective delivery of ski racing programs nationally and internationally. Lazor was the Alpine Director of Snow Sports New Zealand and for the past two years served as the Executive Director for Alpine Ontario Alpin, the Provincial Sporting Organization for Alpine skiing and ski cross in the Province of Ontario.
Lazor’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Vermont, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, in Arizona. Also, Lazor is a professionally trained chef and enjoys sailing, F1 and is married with two young daughters.