Marcelo Araujo – Marcelo is currently the Director of Construction and Property Management for Tarbell Management Group. He is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After beginning his civil engineering studies and career in Brazil, Marcelo transferred his academic studies to the United States. He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics with concentrations in Business Administration and Spanish from the State University of New York at Potsdam. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering from Clarkson University. He is an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Building Design and Construction. Prior to joining TMG, Marcelo worked for Hensel Phelps, a U.S.A. top 30 design-build contractor in Northern Virginia. Marcelo occupied various positions within that company, which granted him experience in different areas of the construction field. In addition, Marcelo held a Geotechnical Engineer title for Froehling and Robertson, Inc. and provided consulting services to major design build contractors in the Mid-Atlantic area. Marcelo has worked for different entities ranging from the private sector to the federal government.
Denise Hash – Denise currently holds the position of VP of Supply and Marketing for NECO Distribution. Denise attended SUNY Canton and majored in Business. Denise started her career in the petroleum business as a petroleum dispatcher in 1997 with Stewart's Shops, a convenience store chain located throughout Upstate NY. In 2000 Denise left Stewart's Shops to become the Petroleum Dispatch Manager for BJ's Wholesale Clubs at their Corporate Offices located in Natick, Massachusetts. In 2002 Denise joined the sales team for Tosco, a petroleum wholesaler. Tosco was purchased by Phillips 66 and then merged shortly thereafter with Conoco. While at Conocophillips, Denise held the position of Marketing Manager until leaving in 2007 to join Gulf Oil as a Senior Marketing Manager, where she was responsible for the Unbranded business in the Northeast as well as Florida. Denise has strong industry experience in hedging, sales, marketing, logistics and dispatch.
Brent Hesseltine – Brent is the Director of Information Technology for Tarbell Management Group. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology, Training and Development from the State University of New York at Oswego. Prior to joining TMG, he was Director of IT for TwinState, a network and communications solution provider. Additionally, he was co-founder and principal consultant for Highline Technology, an information technology management and strategic services company. Highline Technology was founded and delivered services to clients primarily in Chicago, but later expanded service offerings and relocated the business to New York. Brent has a strong background combining operational, strategic and technical knowledge to achieve the greatest return and efficiency with technology investments.
Kim Kinblom – Kim is currently the Human Resources Manager for Tarbell Management Group. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with a concentration in Accounting and Business Analysis from Plattsburgh State University. Kim also holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Clarkson University. She has a professional membership through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She will obtain her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification this year. Prior to coming to Tarbell Management Group, Kim was the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Mountain Lake Services. Kim has experience in labor law and employment compliance. Kim oversees the recruiting and hiring process, employment training and development, event coordination, compliance, payroll as well as benefit management.
Christy Laguador – Christy currently holds the position of Vice President of Administration. Christy is active in the overall management and operations of the company’s shared services departments. She has tremendous experience in Hospitality Management. Christy holds an Associate’s Degree in Restaurant Management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Psychology at one of the top Hospitality Schools in the country, Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. Christy has had an extensive background in food & beverage management at major hotel chains and has held positions at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia and the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. She moved back to the area to become a part of the family businesses in Akwesasne and is currently their Vice President of Administration where she oversees the overall operations of the Human Resources, Maintenance, Loss Prevention, Security, Marketing, IT Systems and Administration.
Mark Laguador – Mark currently holds the position of Vice President for Tarbell Management Group. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Gaming Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Mark has held several department management positions within Marriott International in their rooms division at several New York City Properties. He ended his Marriott career at the Marriott Midtown East Courtyard as their Front Office Manager to become the Director of Operations then currently as the Vice President of Tarbell Management Group. He currently is overseeing the following business: Retail & Convenience Store Outlets, Hospitality Businesses, Petroleum Distribution, Trucking, Fitness Center and Telecommunications.
Brandon Tarbell - Brandon E. Tarbell grew up on the Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation on the border of northern NY and southern Ontario, Canada. Before graduating high school, Brandon held front line positions in the retail business that gave him knowledge of the family business operations. After graduating from Massena Central High School, he began working full time in the family business. Brandon grew into management positions and continued to learn from his parents about how to take care of customers, manage a team and how to conduct business. Brandon continued to develop the current business, as well as creating new business opportunities for the family. The business has grown and evolved greatly with much help from his brother and brother in laws actively working in the family business as well. Currently today Brandon is President and CEO of Tarbell Management Group which owns and operates retail & hospitality/wholesale/manufacturing businesses. He has passion at being an entrepreneur and continues to educate himself through reading and attending functions about leadership and management. Recently Brandon was awarded "top 40 under 40" by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Brandon is also an Elder and pastor of the Church of Christ in Akwesasne. He has a passion for serving God through ministry and missionary work throughout the world.
Eli Tarbell - Eli grew up in his family’s business, Bear’s Den Trading Post, working every job until he became the sole proprietor in the early 1990’s. Eli’s entrepreneurial background created within him the vision and determination to grow the family business and taught these essential ethics of business ownership to his growing family. Eli took the two pump, small gas station to three thriving convenience stores pumping four grades of fuel out of 26 pumps. He expanded the Native American Gift Shop and added the family restaurant seating over 90 people. During the late 1980’s, Eli expanded his facility to include gaming operations for a brief period of time and then a fourth retail outlet. Over the past several years, Eli expanded his fuel operations to the wholesale level by delivering fuel products to other Native Territories. Eli holds several higher education degrees including an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Graceland University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from the University of Southern Colorado, a Master of Education Degree in Industrial Education from Colorado State University and a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration from St. Lawrence University. His background in education has given him the skills to effectively handle all aspects of business ownership and development. Eli currently is semi-retired and acts as an advisor in all the businesses giving the family his experience and knowledge to help the business grow and succeed.
Gretchen Tarbell - Gretchen Tarbell is currently the Manager of the Native American Gift Shop at Bear’s Den Trading Post, an exclusive Native American retail operation of Tarbell Management Group. Being involved in this family enterprise for over 30 years, Gretchen has been a part of the business growth during this time progressing from one location to four and from 40 employees to 175. Gretchen has been involved in several operations of the business including purchasing and accounting, operations and personnel management to managing Bear’s Den Restaurant for a period of years. Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern Colorado in Business Education and an Associate of Arts Degree from Graceland University in Secretarial Science. Prior to moving to New York and becoming involved in the family business, Gretchen was a secondary school teacher of business subjects and also held several secretarial positions. This education and work experience has given her the business knowledge and acumen to be successful in her own right and to the benefit of Tarbell Management Group.
Justin Tarbell – Justin currently holds the title of Vice President for Tarbell Management Group. Justin had begun working in the family business throughout and after high school in various positions in office administration, marketing and operational management for the convenience stores and wholesale companies. Justin then left the business to proceed to receive a higher education where he has obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He then returned from college to assist in the growth and utilize his education in the business and assisting his family in the day to day operations of the stores and new businesses. Justin currently oversees the overall operations of the Fiber Optic Company and New Projects.
Christian Uribe – Chris is currently the marketing and advertising manager for the TMG. Born in Mexico City, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and product photography from the Ateneo Mexicano de Fotografia in Mexico City. Chris also graduated from the Golden Crown School of animation specializing in character design. Chris has attended a number of graphic design, animation and marketing classes both in the U.S. and Mexico. Having worked for companies such as Colossal Pictures in San Francisco, Panorama productions, a number of advertising companies, and done freelance work for Warner Brothers among many others, drawing story boards, animating for motion pictures, Sesame Street, Coca Cola and United Airlines commercials, Christian moved to the North Country looking for a more relaxing lifestyle. At TMG, Chris oversees all the marketing, advertising and graphic design including photography for all the TMG companies. Chris has also created a couple of increasingly popular characters for the Restaurant’s kids club.
Dale White – Dale White is the General Counsel for Tarbell Management Group. Prior to that Dale was General Counsel for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and General Counsel for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians in Connecticut . For much of his career, Dale practiced federal Indian law the State of Colorado where he became a partner in an Indian owned law firm. In private practice Dale litigated a number of cases in federal court, including arguing eight cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeal and in 1988 Dale had the distinction of successfully arguing an Indian law case in the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first member of an Iroquois tribe to appear in the Supreme Court. Dale’s experience also includes work in the federal government. After graduating from Cornell Law School Dale went to work in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Indian Resources Section where he litigated a number of cases on behalf of tribes.