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In Memoriam: Joe Famolare

JoeFamolareJoe Famolare — CEO, Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center, Brattleboro, VT. Joe was the president of Famolare, Inc. a company founded by his father in 1934, which became under his leadership a leading U.S. importer of fashion footwear from Italy. Joe Famolare designs are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Cincinnati Museum of Art in Ohio. Joe received the Coty Award for fashion designers in 1973, the Ms. Liberty award for advertising in 1982, and was inducted into the Fashion Association Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1994 Joe founded the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC) in Brattleboro. Housed in a historically renovated antique farm on 120 acres, this center was developed and is primarily a continuing education site encouraging partnerships between business, government, education and agriculture. Joe also served as president of the newly designated Foreign Trade Zone in Brattleboro. The Brattleboro Foreign Trade Zone (BFTZ) mandate is to attract new companies and stimulate existing businesses in Brattleboro while enhancing the understanding of international opportunities. Our friend Joe died July 11, 2013.