Vermont PBS Senior Staff
Interim President & CEO
President & CEO Charlie Smith has had a long and distinguished business career, having served as a regional president for KeyBank and filling several key cabinet posts for the state of Vermont. After leaving state government, Charlie served as president of the Snelling Center for Government, a public policy think tank. In addition to his current role with Vermont PBS, Charlie also maintains a private management consulting firm and serves on several boards around the state.
Director of Finance and Administration
Rob has held several positions in the business office at Vermont PBS since 1996. He is responsible for the administrative functions of the station including accounting and finance, legal, benefits, payroll, and human resources. Rob holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and in Business Management from Champlain College.
Chief Development Officer
George leads the department responsible for raising funds from individual and corporate contributors, who are the source of most of Vermont PBS's operating revenue. Before coming to us in 2010, he had 28 years' experience raising funds for public broadcasting stations, most recently at WILL/Illinois Public Media. In 2009, he and his staff received two PBS Development Awards, including the PBS Overall Excellence in Development Award, the highest development award given by PBS. For two decades before joining WILL, he held development positions at WGBH Boston.
Since joining Vermont PBS, George has guided the network through fundraising campaigns, partnerships with local banks to help Vermont Foodbank and local disaster relief agencies. Development presents special events throughout the region, including British comedy events, Family Days and the first Murder Mystery Weekend. He is a graduate of Boston College.
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Senior Executive Producer
Dedicated to public broadcasting, Joe has done just about everything at Vermont PBS in production and management – production technician, staff director, producer, and executive producer. He’s produced magazine-style programs, sports, news and public affairs, and documentaries for both Vermont PBS and national distribution, as well as those important staples of public television – pledge events and live TV auctions. He’s been nominated for multiple EMMY awards, and was a contributing producer on Vermont PBS productions that have won EMMYs in numerous categories.