Bill Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947. He writes about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
Bill Schubart is the author of several books:
The Lamoille Stories is a humorous collection of short stories of people from his childhood behaving badly. Fat People is a collection of stories about people wrestling with compulsive eating behaviors. Panhead is his first novel and is the story of a brother and sister growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on a hill farm. I am Baybie is a first-person narrative of a blind street singer in New York City. Photographic Memory explores the relationship between photographs and reality, while telling the story of a young boy growing up in two distinctly different cultures and families and having ultimately to chose between the two. The Lamoille Stories II extends the funny and bittersweet collection of stories from Northern Vermont. Lila & Theron is a love story set in the 20th century in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
He is also is a co-founder of Resolution, Inc., a fully integrated E-commerce services partner, offering web commerce design & integration, customer care, on-demand media manufacturing, fulfillment, distribution and information & revenue management to broadcasters, print & electronic publishers and direct marketers.
In 1973, he and his brother Michael Couture co-founded Philo Records, an independent record label that produced international artists in the folk and classical field and which is now part of the Rounder – Concord Music Group. He also founded the Pleiades Music Group, a music publishing company.
At the age of 26 Schubart was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Arts Council, the State’s arts agency – the youngest trustee ever to serve as Chairman – and then served again at age 41. At 30, he joined the Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, he became Chairman of the Vermont Folklife Center. At the request of then-Governor Madeleine Kunin, Schubart chaired the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, planning the celebration for Vermont’s 200th birthday in 1991.
Schubart has chaired the Arts Council’s Media Panel, Literature Panel and Visual Arts Panel and has served as a resource panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, he has advised many non-profit and educational organizations on a variety of cultural and technical projects including the formation of Vermont Public Radio, on whose board he recently served as Chair. Additionally, he has taught courses at the University of Vermont in music, technology and business.
Schubart is a founder and past chairman of the American Video Duplication Association, has served on the Governor’s Telecommunications Task Force. He has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Awards) and The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) He is past Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable where he also chaired the Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force. He recently completed a three year term as Chair of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 500-bed academic medical center.
Schubart was born in New York City in 1945. His father, who was serving as an officer in the Navy, died in the Philippines in World War II before his son was born. His widow moved with her newborn son to Vermont in 1947, where he was educated in Morrisville Public Schools, Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont. Schubart’s great uncle was the renowned photographer and champion of impressionist art, Alfred Stieglitz. Schubart is fluent in French language and culture which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur. He writes and speaks extensively on the media and other civic issues and has written as well for Current. He has spoken at numerous industry and media events including Book Expo. Schubart is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio.
Schubart’s interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, food preparation, classical and primitive music. He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont, with his wife Katherine, a writer. He has three sons, Bill, Peter and Steven and a daughter Anna, as well as a stepson Guy and a stepdaughter Phoebe.
Vermont College of Fine Arts (current)
Vermont Folklife Center (twice)
Vermont Journalism Trust dba VTDigger.org
Vermont Arts Council (twice)
Vermont Bicentennial Commission
American Video Duplication Association – industry trade group
Hinesburg Saputo Redevelopment Taskforce (co-chair)
UVM Medical Center, a 450-bed academic medical center
Resolution, Inc. (co-founder, CEO and Chair)
The Shelburne Museum (current)
Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission 2009-2010 Recommendations for Amending Vermont’s Tax Code
Farm-to-Plate Commission 2009 – 2010 A Strategic Plan for VT Agriculture
Snelling Center Study Commission on Exec., Leg., and Judiciary Compensation 2003
2009 Patricia S./ Walton Award for Public Service from the Amer. Soc. for Public Admin.
2008 Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree from Champlain College
2007 Modern Healthcare Magazine Trustee of the Year – National
2004 Lake Champlain Chamber – Community Excellence Award
2004 Ralph Nading Hill Literary Award – short story
1989 Vermont Arts Council Citation for Advocacy & Support for the Arts
1982 Vermont Arts Council Merit Award for Distinguished Service to theArts in Vermont
Recent Speaking Engagements:
Co-operative Insurance Agents Annual Meeting
VT Bar Foundation – Keynote
VT School & Municipal Leadership Conference – keynote
NeighborWorks America NE Chapter Conference – keynote
Vertex Corporation, Co-wide Meeting (Corporate Culture)
Burlington Rotary (Tax Commission)
Elder Education (3- various)
2011 Hawthorne Society Guest speaker (democracy)
2011 VT “251” Club keynote (Vermont)
2009 Vermont Venture Network
2008 Graduation Speaker at Champlain College
2008 Guest Speaker Northwest Realtors Association
2007 Keynote Speaker Annual Meeting VT Business for Social Responsibility
2007 Keynote Speaker Creative Economy Conference
2007 Panelist: The Future of Vermont’s Economy Entrepreneurs v.Entitlements w P.J. O’Rourke and Amity Schlaes
2007 Speaker: Elements of Leadership: Leadership Champlain & StMichael’s College
Prior Speaking Engagements:
Randolph Area Development Council
National Endowment for the Arts -panelist
The VT Interactive Television Conference – keynote
The National Association of Media Librarians – keynote
The Entertainment Promotion & Marketing Conference -speaker
The International Recorded Media Association – panelist
The Vermont Librarians Conference – speaker
Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation – keynote
The American Video Duplication Association – keynote
The Berkeley Graduate School of Business – guest lecturer
Book Expo (2) designed / lead two publisher workshops
The Northeast Museum Alliance – keynote
Vermont New Hampshire Direct Marketing Association – speaker
Vermont Human Resources Investment Council –keynote
Graduation Address – Champlain Valley Union High School
The Lamoille Stories (ISBN 978-1-935052-10-4) White River Press – 2008
Fat People (ISBN 978-0-615-39751-1) Magic Hill Press LLC – 2010
Panhead (ISBN 978-0-9834852-6-1) Magic Hill Press LLC – 2012
I am Baybie (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-9-2) Magic Hill Press LLC – 2013
Photographic Memory (ISBN: 978-0-9834852-8-5) Magic Hill Press – 2013
The Lamoille Stories II (ISBN 978-0-9897121-7-0) Magic Hill Press – 2014
Lila & Theron (ISBN 978-1-68261-356-6) Charles Michael Publishing (Dist by Simon & Schuster – 2017
Vermont Life – short story
Vermont Magazine – 2 short stories
Current Magazine – the public broadcasting mission and e-commerce
The NY Sun – Opinion Piece about Vermont
35-years experience as a leader in the media industry, speaking and writing about the technology that propels it and the people who buy and use it.
A humanist’s and educator’s knowledge of how people, technologies, cultures and markets behave in the face of innovation. He is not a futurist or guru, but an observer and commentator.
Founded the Shelburne Conference, an colloquium of rotating industry leaders who gather in the fall to discuss key strategic shifts at the intersection of content, publishing, broadcast, technology and consumer behavior.
Co-founded and shaped Resolution, the media industry’s premier e-commerce service partner whose many clients have included A&E, The Golf Channel, Independent Film Channel, Bloomberg, AMC, WE. Sesame Workshop, NPR, National Geographic, Discovery, The NY Times, Prairie Home Companion, WGBH, WNET, The History Channel The Nature Conservancy, The Criterion Collection and many other broadcasters and publishers.
Co-founded and managed Philo Records & Pleiades Music, a music publishing company.