Country Home Center’s
A life-long Vermonter, Howard Manosh has worked hard his entire life. Growing up, he helped out his father in the family store and on the farm. In the 1960’s after working various local jobs with great success, he started H.A. Manosh Corporation, providing well drilling, water pump and piping services, excavation, and aggregate materials throughout northern Vermont. He also ran a successful car wash, restaurant and motor inn. Howard started building his real-estate portfolio in the early 1970’s picking up properties in the greater Lamoille Valley area. Over the years, he expanded his holdings into Newport, Hyde Park, Wolcott, and Hardwick. Though his real-estate holdings have grown over the years, one thing has never changed – Howard’s dedication to his tenants and their surrounding communities. A prominent and respected figure in the northern and central parts of Vermont, Howard has always believed in giving back to the communities he serves. He has supported countless organizations and projects, and is always willing to contribute to worthwhile initiatives. Now in his mid-80’s, Howard has slowed down his daily activities by turning over some of his holdings to his sons, Nick and Jeff. Although his day-to-day business activities may have slowed down a bit, Howard has not. With 15+ properties and multiple tenants to care for, and Country Home Center, he remains as active and outgoing as ever.
I started work for H.A. Manosh in 1998 as a helper for the maintenance department. Through the years my responsibilities expanded until I was promoted to Real Estate Manager. From there I became vice President of the Country Home Center . Now my duties require me to spend more time in the office than in the field. That being said my passion for my commercial tenant and customers at the Country Home center are the most important part of my job. I pride myself in always making myself available at any time to my tenants , Customers , and Employees. I wake up every morning excited to come to work. I live in Westfield Vermont with my wife Christine and my two children Tyler and Hannah.
Bryan has worked for CHC for over 40 years and specifically in K&B for over 25. His time here began when the doors opened as a part-time employee of The Country Garden Center which as most know, eventually became The Country Home Center. It branched out and grew into the success it is now with Bryan’s help and devotion. Bryan is living his dream after earning his associates degree in Drafting and Design from Vermont Technical College. He has been an asset to this company from its early Garden Center days to The Home Center you know now as it continues to stand and thrive even through hard times. Working for many years under the watchful eye of then Store Owner Dana Wildes, it gave Bryan the gift of Communication which helps him to connect to people of all walks of life. His work ethic came down from Dana’s Co-Owner Alan Deuso who continues today to be Bryan’s Mentor.
Grew up most of his life in Morrisville, and graduated from People’s Academy Class of 1968. Immediately after graduating he went into the air force and spent two tours in Vietnam in the Fire Department. He got out and had two children Karyn and Joshua who also graduated from People’s Academy. Once he was out of the military he did a few small jobs in the Stowe area, but got into the Hardware & Rental business in 1975 at Demars’ & Rental for 14 years. After that he has spent lots of time here at Country Home Center. Along with this he has spent time as a member of Morristown Fire Department, Morristown Emergency Management Director, Selectboard, fire warden, and currently on the board of Pleasant View Cemetery Association. Previous owner Dana Wildes was Lee’s mentor as well as Alan Deuso. After Alan retired Lee had taken over the Lumber ordering as well as the Ace Hardware orders. Lee’s motto for the store is “keep the customer happy and he will return” which is true even with all the technology we have nowadays.
Steven joined the Country Home Center in July of 2019. Though his time here so far has been short he offers plenty of experience from the contractors perspective and the ability to translate the building lingo into simple english for the weekend warrior. He worked as a carpenter/contractor from the time he graduated from Peoples Academy in 2003 until he joined us. He offers at home/job site consultations, free advice and competitive pricing to get any project underway. Since his time with us he has made many connections with our vendors including a trip to Bayport Minnesota to visit the Andersen window factory where he studied Andersen for a week and became one of the few certified Andersen service techs in our region. Steven has roots here at the Country Home Center if you stop by his office you may recognize the desk he sits at. At one time it was used by his Great uncle Alan Deuso who was one of the original owners here at the Country Home Center.
Dean Shedd has been working at the Country Home Center for almost 22 years as their paint specialist. He has made almost every color and finish available and helped countless customers with their painting projects. Dean has become an expert in color matching paints and stains, along with making sure customers get the right products to complete their projects.
Prior to working at the Country Home Center, he worked at Bisbee’s Paint and Hardware and Parker and Stearns, where he also worked as a paint specialist. The Country Home Center serves many local contractors and homeowners in our area. At the Country Home Center, we are proud to call many of our regular customers friends, and look forward to meeting new customers and building friendships along the way.
Lumber Dept. Head
Rodger has worked in the lumber business for 43 years, he has worked at Country Home Center for the last 17 years in the lumber department. Before he joined us here he worked at Parker & Stearns for 26 years in the lumber department as well. Rodger has a very good background with lumber, as he built his very own log home. He resides in Eden mills with his wife Rosanne, in which they love to go kayaking in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. He has two children, Marcel who is a car salesman and Heather who loves farming, alongside making maple products and products out of her goat milk. Here at Country Home Center Rodger helps customers with getting the correct lumber that they need, as well as unloading the delivery trucks with all our products for the store. We also have Dave and Jamie in the lumber department who help Rodger out with customer deliveries and putting away products. We offer a variety of different products in the lumber department and we are always looking to help each and every one of you to get what you need.
Julie started working at Country Home Center in 1992, when we still had the Garden Center. Julie worked in the Greenhouse maintenance department, which consisted of maintaining the plants and helping customers with each and every variety that we had. Once the Garden Center went away Julie started working at the front counter as a cashier clerk. She would help customers who came in to look at any product or try to find a product we may have had in store. After a couple years went by Julie then took on some responsibilities with the receivables for the store as well as cashier still. In 2019 Julie then took over the accounts receivable & payables department. Alongside her is Hailey who deals with all the bookkeeping, as a team they work great together to keep caught up on all paperwork and bills for the Country Home Center. Julie is a very outgoing person who loves gardening and outdoors. She has two beautiful german shepherds that she adores, as well as her two daughters who live nearby. We at Country Home Center love having Julie be a part of our team to help us get through our days.