COLCHESTER - South Burlington resident Lawrence J. Blanford, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury, joined the Saint Michael's College board of trustees and attended meetings on campus last month.
"I felt very privileged to be asked to join the Saint Michael's board," Blanford said, explaining that he had become familiar with the college by attending Mass in the college's Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel since moving to Vermont. Blanford and his family came to the area 18 months ago.
"We've been thrilled with the masses at Saint Michael's," he said. "The Edmundite priests are wonderful speakers and it's a beautiful mass with five, six or even seven priests-I look forward to it every week."
Blanford came to know SMC President Jack Neuhauser at Mass and through that relationship was invited to join the college's board. Having just finished a term on the board of Clark-Atlanta University, he had the time and "was thrilled to become a part of Saint Michael's College."
Blanford has a history of leading companies. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2007, he was CEO of Royal Group Technologies, Toronto, Canada, from 2005 to 2006; president and CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, Atlanta, from 2001 to 2003; president of Maytag Appliances, Newton, Iowa, 1998 to 2000; and had previously held management positions with Johns Manville, Denver; PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; and Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Blanford and his wife Lynn, residents of South Burlington, have two children, Amanda, a sophomore in college in Ohio, and John a student at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.