Stuart Close, President
Stuart is a co-owner of Blaktop and Twin State Sand & Gravel. He is the second generation of his family to be involved in the business, and his responsibilities include operations, strategic direction, business development, bidding on commercial and municipal contracts, human resources, and customer relationship management. Stuart has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He lives in Norwich, Vermont with his wife, son, and daughter.
Tim Cramer, Littleton Sales
Tim is celebrating his 27th year of employment with Blaktop. He began as a construction foreman and is now responsible for paving services sales from Blaktop’s Littleton office, where they service the north country of New Hampshire and Vermont. Tim lives in Fairlee, Vermont with his wife Ellen, where they operate a 5000-tap maple sugaring operation.
Bennet Laderoute, Upper Valley Sales
Bennett Lateroute joined our sales team in 2016. He is a native of Rutland, VT and has ten years experience in heavy site work and utilities construction. Bennett has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Castleton University where he played varsity soccer and helped win two NAC championships. Bennett currently lives in South Royalton, VT. He enjoys the outdoors and continues his sports interests playing men’s league soccer and golf.
Rick Lock , Paving Superintendant
Littleton and Upper Valley. Rick has worked for Blaktop since 2001, and has over 40 years experience in the paving business. He lives in Monroe, New Hampshire and enjoys fishing and hunting.
Herb Williams, Paving Superintendent Upper Valley
Herb lives in Plainfield, New Hampshire and has worked for Blaktop since 1972. When not overseeing paving crews, he likes to hunt and spend time with his five grandchildren.
Tim French, Asphalt Plant Superintendent/Materials Technician
Tim has worked for Blaktop since 2003. His primary responsibilities include managing the production of asphalt and testing to ensure compliance with project designs and state specifications. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, is a Marine Corp. Veteran, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and working on race cars.
Bill Watson, Upper Valley Sales
Bill has been on the Blacktop sales staff since 2013. Bill wears two hats as he represents Twin State Sand & Gravel’s product line of aggregate materials as well. His duties for Blaktop are sales of asphalt paving services to state, municipal, commercial and residential customers in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. Bill brings a wealth of construction experience to our team having worked a combined 23 years in earthwork and paving operations elsewhere. Bill hails from Concord, NH but now resides in Lyme with his wife Robin and their two college age children both currently attending the University of New Hampshire. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from New England College and was a letterman on their ice hockey team. He is an avid sports fan following all the Boston sports teams and he plays a mean golf game too. “Still hoping to break 80 someday.” he says.
Tina Riendeau, Contracts Administrator, Receptionist
Tina Riendeau joined the Blaktop team in April of 2013 as receptionist and contracts administrator. She works in the West Lebanon office but handles customer service calls and administrative tasks for both the Lebanon and Littleton regions. Tina is a native of Danville, VT but has recently relocated with her husband to East Corinth. In her spare time Tina likes to do gardening, landscaping and other home projects at their new property there.
“The Carter Community Building Association is a nonprofit recreation center with a modest parking lot. Each time Blaktop has done paving for us, we have had an excellent experience. A quote has been quickly provided and the work completed as scheduled and quoted. In addition, we know Blaktop as a community-oriented firm that supports events such as our annual “Touch-A-Truck.” Blaktop helps make the Upper Valley a great place in which to work and live.” Curtis Richardson, Executive Director, CCBA