Ray has been focused on architecture as far back as high school when he enrolled in a computer aid design class at North Country High School in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Instead of attending college immediately after high school, Ray was in search of practical construction experience before enrolling in an architecture program. He applied for a carpentry position with Vermont Vernacular Designs (VVD) and was able to start on a project that was just beginning. Once complete, it afforded him a greater understanding of the overall construction process before attending Vermont Technical College’s architectural engineering program. Vermont Tech provided Ray with a solid base knowledge of drafting skills, building detail, and material and methods of the building industry, graduating in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering. That fall, Ray enrolled at Roger Williams University to pursue a professional degree in architecture, helping form Ray into the focused, creative designer he is today. After graduating from Roger Williams in 2008 with a professional degree in architecture, Ray spent some time raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, LA. Upon arrival, he was offered an intern position at C. Spencer Smith Architects and worked there from 2008 to 2010. While at
C. Spencer Smith Architects, Ray’s profound abilities and work ethic helped him to quickly advance.
He designed two residential homes under the supervision of Dodie Smith, owner of C. Spencer Smith Architects. Ultimately, Ray’s passion for New England architecture brought him back to Vermont where he became the lead designer, and then co-owner of Vermont Vernacular Designs. VVD’s prestigious reputation as design/build firm throughout Vermont and New England has contributed to Ray’s extensive experience in historic design and traditional construction methods. We are delighted to have his wealth of knowledge on the Connor Mill-Built Homes’ team.
Tabby has fond memories of taking family vacations to places like Sturbridge Village and Deerfield, sitting on the floor next to her mom’s drawing board and creating “floor plans” - which consisted of a lot of hallways and stairs - and of getting to spend days with her dad, driving around to job sites in the pickup truck. She’s always taken an interest in the family business and as a teenager helped research the family tree to name many of the houses.
After college, Tabby married and settled in New York City and put her plans to work for the family on hold while working as a Vice President in the Strategic Investments Group at New York City Economic Development. There she put her appreciation for small businesses and entrepreneurs to work in a different way, assisting companies access financial assistance through the New York City Industrial Development Agency, not-for-profit bond financing, the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and other tax incentives.
Today, Tabby is excited to be able to combine her love of new-old homes with experience in small business finance and real estate development for Connor Mill-Built Homes. She is ramping up her involvement with the company as she balances life with two little boys and a lot of home improvement projects on her 1922 Sears kit Home! Tabby has a degree in Political Science from Middlebury College and a Masters degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Haskell (as he prefers to be called) comes to CMBH with over 2 decades of media production & design experience. From publishing and layout, to audio, video, and web design, his career path has enabled him to be proficient in all marketing media implementation, concept prototyping, and execution of print, web and multimedia projects. In his spare time he modifies guitars and dabbles in solar powered gadget construction, and loves to garden. He is also an avid photographer and musician and is borderline fanatical about his love for his 4 cats.
Service has always been at the center of Tracey’s path, but you’d probably call her a ‘late bloomer’ to the building industry. Having a natural affinity for the beauty of traditional homes her whole life and after renovating 2 homes; one new old and one old old-she serendipitously had a chance meeting several years ago with the then VP of Sales for Mike Connor. After learning that she could actually have a career working for a company talking to folks about exactly what captured her spirit she practically ran through the door begging for a job in sales. Tracey knows first- hand why building a new old home is way better than renovating and old old home!
Tracey hails from a small town outside of Boston and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Hospitality. Her innate ability to help others and do what it takes to make sure everyone is taken care of lead her to the hotel industry and eventually led her to Vermont, by way of Hilton Head Island. In Vermont, Tracey embraced the outdoor lifestyle and became an avid skier, cyclist and ultra-runner. Leaving the hotel industry behind she continued to get her Bachelor’s degree in Advocacy and a Certificate in Mediation along the way from Woodbury College.
These skills have proven useful and valuable in the emotional world of home building. Tracey knows the value in working together and maintaining communication to help guide folks back on the path to seeing the beauty in the design and integrity of the build that all clients get when they purchase a Connor Mill-Built Home.
In Tracey’s free time she is navigating her world with her husband and daughter and an old blind Jack Russell. Tracey loves to mountain bike with her family and runs long distances in the woods navigating roots, rocks, bears, and moose; contemplating whether she loves Greek Revival millwork more than Federal.
Kim brings with her a wealth of experience in client relations spanning from years in the Banking & Commercial Insurance Industry to nearly 10 years as a Domestic Infant Adoption Coordinator. Being able to share the enthusiasm of our clients who love historical architecture and design as much as she does make coming to work fun, everyday!
In her spare time she can be found gardening, kayaking, hiking, being a football mom and getting her hands into a spontaneous home project in her 1881 home! She and her husband have raised their two sons to enjoy all that this beautiful, four-season state has to offer.
Jaime Parmelee Home Sales Consultant Executive Administrator
Chris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the various roles he carries within Connor Mill-Built Homes. Chris is one of a three-member shop production management team that oversees all aspects of the production of Connor Mill-Built Homes.
Chris oversees the milling of Connor Mill-Built Homes rough lumber before it’s sent over to the trim or cabinet shops and assist with the collabortation of scheduling production and staffing needs.
As Safety Officer, Chris is responsible for the safety of all employees and visitors. These responsibilities include adhering to VOSHA and OSHA compliance and certifications, filing accident reports, forklift training, and scheduling regular CPR training certifications. He has implemented several safety programs, one being the new employee orientation. This program informs new hires of the safety policies and resources. He also compiled the Employee Safety Manual.
From a young age, he was intent on having a career, and–it had to be one that he looked forward to coming to every day. When he was in high school, Chris spent all four years in the woodshop in addition to growing up working alongside his carpenter father; a trade he immediately realized he was passionate about. It allowed him to learn all aspects of construction, from framing to finish details.
With a consistently positive personality and a reliability others count on, Chris is a valuable asset to the Connor Mill-Built team. When asked about what he most loves about working for Connor Mill-Built Homes, Chris says, “There isn’t a day that I don’t like coming here, even on the bad days. I love the atmosphere, the people, and the product.”
Like many Vermonters, Chris volunteers in his community. Following in his father footsteps (a Middlebury Fire Department volunteer for over 25-years), he serves as First Assistant Chief for the Bridport Fire Department–a Firefighter One–a nationally recognized certification.
Residing with his family in Bridport since 2004, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife Tricia, 17-year-old daughter Tajah and 14-year-old son Levi, their two dogs, three cats, and two horses. He enjoys all Vermont’s seasons–riding his motorcycle, enduro bike, ATV, hunting and just plain old tinkering around.
Duke Whitney Frame and Mill Shop Production Manager
Duke has been a member of the Connor Mill-Built staff for 11 years now. As a young man he spent a lot of time working with a close family friend in his small wood shop milling small projects and building additions and making improvements on various structures. It was here that he fell in love with the carpentry field and continued to dabble till graduation. Out of high school he started his career at a local filament manufacturer here in Middlebury on the 3-11 shift. He worked his way up the ladder to become shop supervisor acquiring numerous skills that have carried over to our current production facility including “Lean Manufacturing Principles” and Leadership schooling. During his first career he longed to return to his first passion, carpentry, and an opportunity arose to do just that. He spent his mornings framing houses for a local contractor and then his evenings working at the filament manufacturer. With a growing number of children, he was worried about missing out on their activities and it just happened he learned about Connor Homes from a friend. After just one visit he fell in love for the classical design of the houses and was offered a position with the company. “I remember my first day here, how excited I was and how excited I still am every day to come to work for Connors. I truly love my job, the houses we design, and the family atmosphere our company has.”
Duke was raised in Salisbury Vermont, the next town south of Middlebury. It was here he grew up hunting, fishing and being outdoors. “My roots are in Salisbury its my family’s home and a place I hold very dear in my heart.” You see, Dukes Great, great, great, great, great, grandfather Daniel Whitney was one of the first settlers in Salisbury in 1793. He came from Westford Massachusetts after serving in the American revolution in battles from Bunker Hill to White Plains and lastly in Rhode Island. “He came here for an opportunity to prosper as a farmer on the rich soil Addison county had to offer.” Daniel spent all his life in Salisbury on “Whitney Hill” and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the property. “This cemetery is very important to me, nine generations father to son are buried there. My grandfather is there, I have a son buried there and some day I will be there as well.” It is very fitting that he carries his passion for the town into his role as President of the Salisbury Historical Society.
Duke resides in Brandon Vermont with his wife Sarah, sons Greg, Daniel, Caleb, Isaac, Lucas, Levi, and daughter Amelia. Yes Duke and Sarah have had eight children. All the family enjoys the outdoors and various sports. He created the Brandon youth football program giving all children first thru sixth grade an opportunity to play football in an organized league. He coaches first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth, and the middle school teams. He also finds time to help-out at on the varsity level as well. In the winter he coaches youth wrestling and loves to ice fish, and in the spring its on to coaching baseball his favorite sport.
In Duke's current role as Frame Production/ Shipping Manager, he is responsible for reviewing all production drawings, overseeing the framing process while doing some of the framing as well. He is also responsible for organizing the trucking, deliveries and the loading of the frame packages. “We have a great team here, a superior product and a company wide passion for what we do!”