Ten Years Later

by Edna Tenney, Editor, Business People

A look at the businesses making news in the March 1989 issue of Business Digest

The March 1989 issue of Business Digest featured L. Hershberg Inc., a Colchester food supply firm founded in 1912 by Louis Hershberg that was purchased in 1974 by Bill Moore and Joe Pierce. The partners were neighbors in Fairfield, Conn., who hatched the idea of purchasing the Vermont business over a bridge game after Moore saw it advertised in The New York Times. To update this story presented a bit of a challenge theres no longer an L. Hershberg Inc. in the phone book or a Bill Moore or Joe Pierce, for that matter. Thats because the business was sold to Jordan Foods out of Maine a couple of years after the article appeared. A call to Jordan Foods (which was answered Jordan SYSCO) reached Carol Hathaway, who coincidentally was reading about Cornell Trading in last months issue of Business Digest. I used to work with Mark Davitt at Nordica, she says. Hathaway has been with the firm for only a year, so she couldnt fill in the last 10 years without some research, but she did explain the phone greeting. At the end of May 1998 SYSCO Corp. bought Jordans. After checking, she was able to complete the picture. In 1991 Chet Jordan of Jordans Foods, a Maine food service and meat company, purchased L. Hershberg and operated it as the Hershberg Division of Jordan Foods until last May when SYSCO Food Services of Northern New England acquired only the food service division. It has operations in Westbrook, Maine; Laconia, N.H.; and Colchester. This location, which distributes all over Vermont and into Plattsburgh and northern Massachusetts, has 75 employees. About half that number, she found out, have been with the company since its days as L. Hershberg. The general manager is Robert Campolungo. As for the former owners, Joe Pierce is living in Florida and Bill Moore has been living in Arizona, but, she was told, he is planning a move back to Vermont.

Changing faces: Dave Reville and Paula Cope

Dave Reville and Paula Cope were named assistant vice presidents at Howard Bank in this issue. It was easy to find Dave Reville, hes now with Banknorth Group, parent company of Howard Bank, the result of a merger between Howard Bancorp and Banknorth Group that occurred a few months after Reville was promoted. After only being able to reach his voice-mail, a check of the Banknorth website revealed that he is now the director of corporate communications for the entire Banknorth Group. It consists of seven banks in three states Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire; a mortgage company; and The Stratevest Group, an asset and investment management company. Dave Reville

Dave Reville

Later, an early-morning call reached Reville at his desk for an in-person recap. Make that eight banks in four states they need a website update! The Evergreen Bank in New York, with 28 branches between Albany and Plattsburgh, became a part of Banknorth at the end of 1998. Evergreen is like the other banks in our group, Reville says, old-line community banks that have deep roots in their communities. Although Reville seems to have stayed in the same seat for 10 years, that seat has been constantly moving he started in P.R. for one bank, at the time of the merger it became five banks, and has now grown to eight. His responsibilities and the scope of the banking industry have grown as well. Banking is constantly changing, he says. The technology, the competition, and probably most of all, customer sophistication. He is looking forward to another change in late spring the administrative offices of Banknorth Group will be consolidated into two floors of the groups recent purchase, 100 Bank St., now being renovated. Paula & Tim Cope

Paula and Tim Cope live in Shelburne with their children, Collin, Evan and Lindsey. Inset: Paula in 1989.

(Color photo: Adam Pike-Riesner) Paula Cope spent two more years with the bank after that press release appeared I loved the job, she says before becoming the mother of twins. That event led her to establish a consulting business from her loft office at home. Cope & Associates, now in its eighth year, provides organizational development, strategic planning and project management consulting. After the twins were born, I started getting calls asking if I was available to consult or give seminars, she says, which made for an easy transition to self-employment. An informal network with other area consultants allows her to take on extended projects. Along with parenting, consulting and teaching courses in communications and time management, Cope serves as president of Temple Sinai in Burlington and was recently named to the northeast regional board for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Im the first representative from Temple Sinai in its 35-year history, she notes proudly. Husband Tim is beginning his 20th year in insurance, selling employee benefit programs and a new product, long-term care planning. Just more than a year ago Cope Insurance Agency merged with Fleischer Jacobs in South Burlington.

Gary Nelson, UVM and CALLIOPE

Under the title Political Pundit Builds Business to Fund it, the March 89 issue included a profile of Gary (Garrison) Nelson, a UVM political science professor since 1969, who founded an on-line congressional information service in 1982 called CALLIOPE (Computer Assisted Legislative Liaison: Interactive On-line Political Evaluation). Nelson was an early entrant into the on-line computer services market where he experienced most of the hardships that accompany pioneering in any new field, and he was very candid about the business lessons he learned. Gary Nelson

Gary Nelson, a UVM political science professor since 1969, was an early entrant into the on-line service industry with his congressional information service CALLIOPE. Nelson was written up in the March 89 issue of Business Digest, which included this photo.

For those of us trained in other realms, such as political science, the things we dont know about business is staggering, he admitted early in the article. Starting a small business, he continued careens between bonanza and disaster. Its not the best idea for the faint of heart or the thin of wallet. Keep in mind, this article was written in 89, thats pre-World Wide Web. Nelsons precocious product, a constantly up-dated record and analysis of the votes of all the members of Congress, which was searchable and printable, was on-line from 1982 until 1985 when his funds and energy became depleted. At that time, he regrouped, got some financial backing and scaled back to a service that mailed monthly tapes or diskettes of the information. Subscribers have included businesses like Shell Oil and Lockheed Aircraft, universities and The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress. For an update, the only source was Nelsons UVM website, which explained why he was so hard to reach hes on leave for the 98-99 school year. But the website confirmed that CALLIOPE is still running and Nelson continues to enjoy keeping abreast of Congressional and Vermont politics. Whats new? According to the website, among many other things he was an invited lecturer at the Kennedy School at Harvard, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and cited as one of four Best Professors at UVM in a recent guide to American colleges and universities.

Boves

The March 89 story of the Bove family and their indefatigable Burlington restaurant, is a great re-read. It begins: In the 1930s, Sunday was laundry and pasta day in the Bove home on Champlain Street. Vittoria Falco Bove, mother of nine, first made the beds with freshly washed, crisp, white sheets. Then she would spread the homemade pasta for the family out on the sheets to dry. For Richard Bove, the baby of the family and owner of Boves Restaurant on Pearl Street, the smell of freshly laundered sheets and spaghetti are forever linked. The license for the restaurant was approved by the board of aldermen on Dec. 7, 1941; spaghetti sold for 35 cents a plate; the cooler purchased when the restaurant opened was still cooling beer bottles in 1989. The third generation of Boves, Dick Boves sons Mark and Rick, had recently joined the management of the restaurant and were planning ways to maintain the restaurants old-world appeal as well as bringing in some new ideas marketing the trademark pasta sauce commercially was mentioned. Mark Bove

Mark Bove, then 22, manning the phones at Boves in Burlington a decade ago.

Ten years later Boves sauce is not only on grocery shelves in Vermont, but starting to spread out along the east coast, according to Mark Bove. We now have distributors out of Chicago, Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and East Brunswick, N.J., he says. Commercial distribution of the pasta sauce got off the ground in the summer of 1996 and has been growing very nicely since. I wouldnt have believed wed be this far along in just two years, the youngest Bove says. The distribution and sales of the sauce is Marks primary focus, while his brother, Rick, concentrates on their real estate interests developing self-service laundries and college-student housing. Dick Bove is, in Marks words, the ultimate one at the restaurant, but Rick and I are also there. The restaurant has changed little in 10 years, which was precisely their plan. One thing My dad brought up the 1956 Seabird jukebox out of the cellar, Mark says. It plays 78s, a nickel a song. And the cooler his grandfather bought in 1941? Its still working.

Mister Ups

Ten years ago Mister Ups was a popular Middlebury restaurant owned and operated by Marty and Marcia Schuppert it still is. The article chronicles Martys experience in the restaurant business, which has been uninterrupted since beginning as a busboy when he was 14. Marcia, too, grew up in the hospitality business her parents owned the Waybury Inn of Newhart fame. Their story unfolds as almost a primer on running a restaurant well, including how to stay open even when the electricity goes out for the entire evening, and other trying experiences. Marty Schuppert

Ten years ago Mister Ups was a popular Middlebury restaurant owned and operated by Marty and Marcia Schuppert. It still is. Photo: Marty as he appeared in the March 1989 Business Digest.

Marcia Schuppert provided a quick, concise recap of the intervening decade, starting with the purchase of the Waybury Inn in July 1990. There had been four other owners since my parents owned it, she says. The next few years included redecorating the interior and major landscaping work on the three-acre grounds of the inn, as well as on-going changes to the dinning rooms decor and menus. And, its the same for Mister Ups, she says, you have to constantly pump up the balloon in any business keep the menus up-to-date, change the decor. And rather than take credit for recent increased business, Marcia adds, Its not that we changed dramatically in the last year, I just think the general economy has improved.

New business: Vermont Record Storage

This Essex Junction business opened in early 1989 providing pickup, storage and retrieval of business records in its huge Morse Drive facility. According to owner Peter Morse, the firm still deals with huge amounts of paper records in banker boxes so much that it has added another facility. But services now include storage of computerized records and file management consulting. Peter Morse

Peter Morse

Morse gets animated taking about his computer media vault, thats what its called, he says. Its an area with strict parameters for climate control and equipped with a gas fire-suppression system. The system uses Inergin, he explains, an environmentally friendly gas, instead of water to put out fires. The gas wont harm files or people, he emphasizes. Next on his list, using his storage and file management systems to help local businesses deal with Y2K problems. © 1996-2004 Mill Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Please read this notice.
Last updated: 10/05/99
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Business Digest
March 1989