VBSR Webinar: Power in Partnerships

Event Details:
When: May 22, 2020 1:00 pm – May 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar via Zoom

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $20.00
VBSR Members – Free

Registration is open

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As we rebuild from the economic downfall of COVID-19, working together in new, innovative and creative ways is more important than ever. In this webinar we will explore how Vermont businesses have cultivated new partnerships to build a more resilient, community supported and sustainable economy.


Join VBSR and four member presenters who will share stories of partnerships that are strengthening our communities. We hope to inspire fellow VBSR members to consider “outside the box” thinking in terms of partnerships that serve the community, the environment and/or support employees.


Meet our presenters:


Chad Farrell

Chad Farrell – Founder / CEO, Encore Renewable Energy

Chad Farrell is the Founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy, a leading integrated clean energy services company focusing on commercial-scale solar PV, energy storage systems and 21st century solutions for underutilized property. He is a developer, project manager and environmental engineer with nearly 25 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering, professional project management and renewable energy project development. Encore Renewable Energy LogoAt Encore, Mr. Farrell has led collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 75 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing nearly $100M in total investment value.



Anna Grearson


Anna Grearson – Director of Communications & Community Relations, Union Mutual

Anna is the Director of Communications & Community Relations at Union Mutual, a 7-time Best Place to Work in Vermont. A key piece of the company’s charitable giving is as the lead sponsor of the Special Olympics VT Summer Games,Union Mutual Logo which parlayed into a record-breaking fundraising effort for the Penguin Plunge in 2020. Grearson is the chair of the Company’s robust giving program.



Ryan Chaffin – Director of Marketing and Business Development, Farrell Distributing and Producer, A Spirited Response

Ryan joined Farrell Distributing after 11 years working for the Long Trail Brewing Company in numerous management roles in 2013, last being the State Manager for the brands under the company portfolio. FarrellProud to bring years of experience in business and brand management, content management, digital and social media marketing, major event and field marketing, partnership alignment, and community outreach experience. He enjoys working directly with the brand partners across all segments and helping tell their stories while being out and about visiting the market across the state engaging retailers and consumers.



Jeff Weaber

Jeff Weaber – Founder, Aqua ViTea

After years honing his craft brewing techniques as Head Brewer and Manager at the Lucky Labrador in Portland, OR, Jeff Weaber moved to Vermont and founded Aqua ViTea in 2007.Aqua ViTea Aqua ViTea is the largest Kombucha producer on the east coast and offers three product lines, Aqua ViTea non-alcoholic Kombucha, AfterGlow Hard Kombucha and Aqua ViTea Spirits.




This webinar will be held via Zoom, and registration is required. 

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Details on how to join the webinar at the scheduled time via your computer or by phone will be sent to you via email confirmation upon registering for this webinar.


This webinar is free for VBSR members and $20 for non-members. Join as a member here.


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Learn about other upcoming COVID-19 webinars and resources here.