Dave Mixer

Founder & Chairman

Dave founded Mill Town in the fall of 2016. He is passionate about improving the quality of life in Berkshire County through innovative and impactful action.

Dave has extensive experience in startup investing and entrepreneurial activity across the globe. He has spent the past 30 years as an entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He was a founding partner of Columbia Capital, a Washington D.C. based venture capital and private equity firm focused on media and internet infrastructure technology investments. Dave also led the founding of Point Judith Capital, Middleland Capital, and several international venture capital firms.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dave is a native of Dalton, Massachusetts.

Tim Burke

CEO & Managing Director

Tim joined Mill Town upon the company’s formation in 2016. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm and team. He sources and leads business and real estate investments, and partners with entrepreneurs on concept exploration and company formation. Tim works closely with Mill Town’s operating businesses and portfolio companies. He also works with community organizations to support the firm’s local involvement.

Tim has over a decade of financial, operational, and management experience. Prior to Mill Town, Tim spent seven years in the biotech industry in Cambridge, MA in a variety of finance, planning, and operational roles, most recently with Biogen. Tim began his career in the Financial Leadership Program at United Technologies Corporation.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from Bentley’s Graduate School of Business. He is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Dennis Robinson

COO/President Bousquet Enterprises

Dennis Robinson joined Mill Town as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Bousquet Enterprises in 2021. Dennis is responsible for the management, operations, and financial performance of the company’s operating business portfolio. He will also oversee major capital projects related to these sites.

Dennis brings over three decades of management experience to the team. Following an MBA from Harvard Business School, Dennis spent 9 1/2 years with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the ownership entity of the Meadowlands Sports Complex which consists of the Meadowlands Racetrack, Giants Stadium and the IZOD Center which is home of four professional sports franchises. From 1999-2007, he was the Senior VP of Business Operations for the National Basketball Association in New York. Upon returning to the New Jersey Sports & Expo Authority in 2008, he led facility management of Giants Stadium, Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park Racetrack, IZOD Center along with the Atlantic City and Wildwoods Convention Centers. More recently, Dennis held leadership roles at Formula 1, and was the Chief of Staff and Acting Secretary of State for the State of New Jersey from 2015-2017.

Dennis has an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University where he was a Varsity football player; a Master of Science in Sports Management from UMASS Amherst; and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Caroline Holland

Managing Director

Carrie joined the Mill Town team in 2017. She leads operations, strategy, and project execution for Mill Town across the portfolio of investments with a particular focus on the company’s broad Community Development, Outdoor Sports & Recreation, and Hospitality efforts. Carrie has built extensive partnerships across the business, non-profit, cultural, government, sports, and philanthropy communities in the Berkshires to drive collaboration, synergies, and network connections across high impact projects within the region.

Carrie brings over a decade of experience in international business with a focus on defense, security, and geo-political subject matter. Prior to Mill Town, she spent seven years in the defense industry, leading Strategy & Business Development activities at General Dynamics Mission Systems as well as a range of operational roles at The MASY Group, in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Political Science from University of Richmond, and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from University of Oregon. Carrie is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Kathie Penna

Operations Manager

Kathie joined Mill Town in 2018. She supports the day-to-day operations of Mill Town and Framework, a co-working space founded by Mill Town and based in downtown Pittsfield. Kathie manages a variety of diverse projects for the team. She began her career as an educator before venturing into the sales arena with a local start-up company. Kathie has several leadership roles in community building and nonprofit organizations.

Kathie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Emily Dominik

Controller

Emily joined the team in 2019. She manages Mill Town’s finance and accounting activities. Her responsibilities include reporting, financial planning, accounting, and investment analysis.

Emily brings over seven years of experience in accounting and finance, predominantly in the hedge fund and private equity space. Prior to Mill Town, Emily held roles at global banks Citigroup and State Street in Boston, MA where she ultimately worked as a Financial Reporting Officer. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, and an MBA from Middlesex University of London.

Jon Millburg

Director of Construction

Jon joined Mill Town in 2020. He is responsible for all construction development within Mill Town’s property portfolio and manages the maintenance of Mill Town’s commercial properties.

He has extensive experience in the construction industry. Beginning his career as a carpenter, graduating to foreman, and ultimately site supervisor. In 2007 he shifted to the finance world, working at State Street Bank for 5 years. In 2014 he returned to the construction arena when he began a new career as a project manager in the solar industry for six years. During this time he managed solar installations in the residential, commercial, and utility scale markets.

Jon received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UMASS Amherst in 2003 and his MBA from UMASS Boston in 2014.

Emily Gabriel

Design Director

Emily joined the Mill Town team in 2020. She is primarily responsible for the aesthetic vision and corresponding design decisions tied to various projects including but not limited to hospitality, commercial, and community projects alike. Emily is passionate about creating beautiful and functional spaces that are inviting to all. She hopes that her forward-thinking design concepts will further uplift the community to have spaces to be enjoyed together in the Berkshires for years to come. Emily brings over ten years of design experience. Prior to Mill Town, Emily held five different roles over the course of eight years at The Annie Selke Companies. Most recently as VP of Design + Product Development.

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She is a native of Pittsfield Massachusetts.

Karen Sinopoli

Director of Finance

Karen has over 15 years of experience in the finance industry. Prior to Mill Town, Karen spent over a decade in the banking industry overseeing financial reporting and accounting operations for several Massachusetts banks. She began her career as an auditor for a public accounting firm.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management (Master of Science in Accounting). Karen is also a Certified Public Accountant. She is a native of Pittsfield.

Rick DiGrigoli

Director of Facilities
Rick joined the Milltown team in 2021. He manages the Milltown’s facilities and is project manager for construction.

He has 30+ years of experience in residential and commercial construction from the ground up. Starting in 1988 as a
marketing and sales consultant. In 1992 he moved to the field as carpenter and framing foreman before settling in as construction supervisor in 1998. In 2008 he started to specialize in excavation and underground infrastructure before
finally settling into facilities management in 2013.

Kirsten Rocca

Paralegal
Kirsten joined Mill Town in March of 2021, with over 25 years of extensive paralegal experience. Kirsten is an accomplished, self-motivated professional. She is capable of handling large caseloads and projects, providing legal, administrative, and billing support to assist in delivering the highest quality of legal representation.
Prior to Mill Town, she has worked with Michael E. MacDonald, both in his capacity as Vice President and General Counsel to Unistress Corp., as well as, in his private practice and community endeavors. Born and raised in Lanesborough, Kirsten’s family has resided in Lanesborough for six generations and growing. When she is not working or with Ralph and their six children, she can be found donating her time in the community, antiquing, hiking, kayaking or simply enjoying The Berkshires.

Rebecca Weeks

Director – Blueprint Property Group

Rebecca co-founded and leads Blueprint Property Group, a wholly-owned property management company which oversees all of the firm’s real estate properties. She has experience in managing an extensive and diverse portfolio of properties and overseeing projects large and small. Rebecca supports Mill Town on development projects and capital improvments to our asset portfolio. She joined the team in 2018.

Courtney Buffi

Assistant Property Manager

Courtney joined Blueprint Property Group in 2020. She is responsible for the marketing and leasing of our apartments. Courtney is also responsible for tenant communications, managing apartment turnovers and many other of the day-to-day operations. She began her property management career in 2016. Courtney enjoys watching and participating in the transformations of the properties in or portfolio.

She is a native of Dalton and now resides in Pittsfield.

Steve Carlson

Maintenance Lead

Steve joined Blueprint Property Group in 2019. Steve is responsible for the maintenance in our properties. He has been in property management for 15 years, and previously worked for Crescent Creamery for 19 years.

Steve is a native of Pittsfield.

Food + Beverage

Jeremy Berlin

Executive Chef
Jeremy is joining us after a 4-year run as Executive Chef at Blantyre where he became well-acquainted with the fine dining scene here in the Berkshires. Prior to his arrival in the Berkshires, Jeremy spent time building a diverse and deep breadth of experience in a range of culinary enterprises to include several years with Gordon Ramsey, LA’s Church & State Bistro, and NYC’s Fleur De Sel and Le Bernardin to name a few.

Kayla Rysewyk

Hospitality Program Manager

Kayla joined Mill Town in 2020. She is responsible for overseeing and facilitating all Mill Town Food and Beverage operations. She started her restaurant career at a young age and has worked various positions across all facets of the industry. She took some time away from the hussle and bussle, but found her way back when she moved to the berkshires in 2014. She has managed multiple locations, including spending 2 years as the AGM at The Lobster Place in NYC. Upon her return to the berkshires, she rejoined the local restaurant scene with the ambition to elevate and modernize it while preserving its distinctive Berkshire character. Her passion is joy. Joy through food, or a wonderful drink, or an amazing interaction. She is an avid outdoors person and creative.

Gabriel Love

Beverage Program Manager

Gabe was born in Lenox, in the heart of the Berkshire tourism industry, and his first jobs were in Lenox restaurants. After an extended dalliance in academia, he came home, to the Berkshires and to the hospitality business. He brings a passion for good food and drink, a love of artful innovation built on studied craft, and a commitment to do right by the people who put in the work to make it work in a tough, tough business. He is an avid hiker and birdwatcher and starting to get into foraging and macrophotography. On rainy days, he makes goblins.

Head of Marketing

Mill Town is a community investment group based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshires. We focus on improving our region through impactful business investments, visible real estate projects, and broad community development efforts. Our Mission: To expand and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires. We work collaboratively to improve our community and region by investing in valuable projects, building connections, and empowering entrepreneurs and community organizations.

 

Job Overview:

Mill Town is seeking an experienced Head of Marketing to help establish and oversee our marketing goals. The right candidate will create, implement, and monitor effective marketing strategies that align with Mill Town’s business goals. This position will focus mainly on our recreation, hospitality and leisure operating businesses including a ski resort, health & tennis club, a historic inn, a summer camp, and restaurant operations.

 

Our ideal candidate has an extensive marketing background and experience managing a variety of engagements and projects end-to-end, including digital marketing, PR, events, and paid advertising. The candidate will also oversee direct sales staff for various Bousquet operating entities. The Head of Marketing will report directly to the COO and will oversee internal and external marketing teams and efforts. Ultimately, the candidate will ensure that the marketing department’s activities contribute to our company’s long-term success.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a cohesive marketing plan for each operating unit
  • Set current and long-term goals
  • Create and review the marketing department’s budget with the operating units
  • Oversee multiple websites including maintenance and buildouts with third parties
  • Research new technology and platforms that would establish growth and awareness and are applicable to our various and unique properties and businesses
  • Build relationships with media and stakeholders through creative PR strategies
  • Create compelling marketing content for various marketing channels
  • Monitor all marketing campaigns and adjust as required
  • Prioritize marketing projects and allocate resources accordingly
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations on marketing metrics for Mill Town and operating business leadership teams
  • Conduct market research and analysis to identify challenges and opportunities for growth.
  • Provide guidance and ideas to organize effective marketing events
  • Forecast hiring needs for the marketing department
  • Participate in the quarterly and annual planning of the company’s objectives
  • Track competitors’ activities
  • Utilize marketing technologies & analytics
  • Optimize search and social media
  • Create plans that synergize and drive revenue across lines of business
  • Develop plans to grow direct marketing through email list development

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, or comparable field; graduate degree preferred
  • Proven work experience as a Marketing Director or another senior role
  • Demonstrable experience designing and implementing successful marketing campaigns.
  • Deep knowledge of SEO and web analytics
  • Experience with digital marketing/social media tools (such as MailChimp) and techniques
  • Strong PR & event experience
  • Strong work ethic & leadership skills
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Team oriented and collaborative
  • High level of emotional Intelligence
  • Strong analytical and project management skills; data-driven
  • Strategic mindset, with ability to make difficult decisions
  • A life-time learner
  • Community minded
  • Understanding of the Berkshires leisure market Is preferred

To apply, please send your resume to info@milltowncapital.com or attach your resume on the form below:

President, Bousquet Enterprises

This position offers a unique opportunity to help craft a vision for the design and performance of a growing set of operating businesses. This position will lead the development and management of key iconic assets in the hospitality and recreation sector. This is an entrepreneurial role with an opportunity to shape the future direction of the businesses.

Job Vision: This role is for an entrepreneurial leader who is comfortable with developing new business models. This position will have operations, P&L, and management responsibility for a portfolio of recreational businesses, including Bousquet Mountain, Bousquet Sport (formerly Berkshire West Athletic Club), The Camp by Bousquet, and various food & beverage operations. In addition, this role (and the extended team developed to support it) will be responsible for launching new and innovative recreation, hospitality, culinary, and product concepts in the Berkshires and beyond. There is ample growth opportunity to pursue new acquisitions and business development, along with the geographic expansion of successful business models.

Job Duties: Oversee the operations of a variety of operating businesses Create and evolve business plans and fi nancial targets for the businesses Support the pursuit and analysis of new businesses and product lines to acquire and operate Develop scalable models to expand to other areas Lead a team of on-site managers and operators. Develop staffi ng plans and lead talent to maximize the potential of the operation. Oversee the operation of Bousquet Mountain Ski Area, Bousquet Sport, and The Camp by Bousquet Lead the business plan development of a new base area to include year-round operations Create fi nancial and operational targets, and produce reporting packages measuring results. Develop staffi ng plan for the year-round success of the business, and oversee leadership team and functional expertise Balance providing a detailed knowledge of the operational performance while delegating the day-to-day operating aspects of the business Oversee the operation of food & beverage operations Oversee promotional strategy and drive effective marketing and social media synergies across properties Work with the Design Director to establish innovative design concepts that are recognized broadly Provide data driven performance assessment and analysis across all projects and businesses Help to identify and have management responsibility for new businesses, products, and services Develop expansion plans for successful business models Work closely with the Mill Town functional team (Management, Finance, Property Mgmt., Construction, Design) to leverage internal skill sets to support business development Develop a strategic plan to include staffi ng needs, branding, technology, and opportunities to derive revenue generation through 3rd party management Test concepts through pop-ups or other quick market validation techniques.

Qualifications: An entrepreneurial background with demonstrated success in assessing business models and developing sustainable plans 10-15 years’ experience in recreational operations, hospitality management, food and beverage operations, or other applicable consumer-facing equivalent Extensive P&L management experience, with expertise identifying business drivers and reporting on KPI’s Management experience overseeing large, diverse teams across functions and / or businesses Understanding of business model drivers and key metrics of hospitality operations Bachelor’s Degree MBA or equivalent work experience Key Characteristics: Demonstrated leadership ability and excellent verbal and written communication skills Entrepreneurial mindset while being data-driven Self-starter with an ability to work independently in areas of ambiguity Demonstrated professional integrity Great attitude, fun, team player Not satisfi ed with status-quo – a creative thinker Desire to make an impact.