As an owner since 1996, Dave Laforce is the creative champion and driver of the vision for Built by Newport. His passion for building long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is the heartbeat of the company. His story is one that is deeply rooted in the history of the company and therefore provides a wealth of experience and expertise in the wood industry.
Julie Laforce comes to BBN with an intentional focus on the advancement and support of our team members as we aspire to be the best place to work in our beautiful, little piece of Vermont. Her role is a collaborative effort with key leaders in ensuring that BBN offers an engaging and meaningful work experience in an environment that supports the well being of our valued team members.
For over 15 years at Built by Newport, David Legacy has had a vital role in new product development initiatives. His ability to capture the essence of the customer’s vision for a product and to bring those designs to life so they become a manufacturing reality is second to none. Partnering with our customers, Dave’s talent for designing beautiful furniture is simply what makes him tick!
With over 40 years of experience at Built by Newport, Paul Gariepy is a seasoned teacher of all things involving the production and flow of products. Nothing brings more excitement to his day than the opportunity to invite others to learn the tricks of the trade that he has learned and grown in over the years. His mantra – “safe, on-time, and on-quality”and we love him for it!
With an extensive background in logistics and supply chain management, both while serving in the US Army and later in manufacturing, Matt Coltart joined the BBN family with a clear focus on improving systems, maximizing output, and a dedication to supporting the growth and development of our talented team members. His sense of humor and creative thinking combine to bring the out-of-the-box thinking that we thrive on to provide the very best service to our customers.
As the Supervisor of Product Implementation, Taylor's passion for taking products from initial concept to real life is evident to all. Whether processing an initial sample or attending to the final details of a new product as it enters into full production, Taylor’s care and dedication to our customers’ needs is bar none.
As a member of our Product Implementation Team, Dena develops programs for a variety of equipment to effectively and efficiently produce the parts we need. Bringing her gift for attention to detail, she is well acquainted with what it takes to bring a beautiful design to life on the production floor. Collaboration is key and Dena has both the creativity and the experience that we treasure.
With over 20 years of experience at BBN, Nancy’s role is an integral step to guaranteeing the best in quality and on time results for our customers. She works hand in hand with all our vendor partners, all of whom are a critical part of our success. We are so grateful for her attention to detail and dedication to our vendor relationships.
Having been with our team since 1992, Tony’s knowledge of all areas in production translates perfectly to his role as our Quality Assurance Coordinator. There is only one area in our entire factory in which Tony has not worked. As a result, he thrives at ensuring that our products are the best in quality and in training the next generation of wood workers at BBN.
As a company dedicated to continuous improvement with significant investments in highly automated equipment, the importance of a world class maintenance program is clear. As the leader of that program, Josiah has the experience and passion for root cause analysis, project implementation, and overall efficiency gains that translate to ensuring our production team members have a safe, clean, and effective work environment in which to succeed in making the very best in quality products.
As a part time member of our team, Deb serves in a supportive role regarding our financial affairs. Her expertise comes with her many years of experience working as an independent finance agent for a number of organizations in our community.