This spring, Wind Ridge Publishing dusted off a desk for the newest member of its sales team, Terry Wetmore. The Vermont native comes on board as Advertising Director straight off the heels of a position at the Burlington Free Press as Automotive Account Executive, and couldn’t be happier with the opportunities presented by his new position.
Wetmore was born in Middlebury in 1968, and lived in Brandon until he was 18. After graduating from high school he crossed the United States to attend the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Calif., where he studied various instruments including guitar and bass guitar. His musical education proved helpful after college; he spent a few years travelling with various bands before eventually landing back in Vermont and the arms of his high school sweet heart. “Sue and I met in high school band,” Wetmore related. “I played tuba, bass guitar, and horns. She was a flutist.”
They were married in 1990, and had two kids, Robby and Jenna, in 1994 and 1997 respectively. While Wetmore started out DJing at weddings and private parties, he soon took up managerial work in factories. He worked at Vermont Tubbs for 10 years, leaving only three years before the business closed its doors largely due to foreign competition. After that it was on to factories in the Midwest, where he worked managing furniture production. But as the work moved overseas, business dried up. In 2008 he moved back to Vermont, this time to the Burlington area, “mostly because the schools are better up here, for the kids.”
As for work, “I stumbled into sales,” Wetmore relates. “I started selling Volkswagen and Audis, and ended up being promoted to internet manager, then finance manager, and left to work for Autotrader, where I was a digital marketing specialist, and then I went to Cars.com, [then the] Burlington Free Press, where I was a digital marketing specialist, and now I’m here.”
As for extracurricular activities, Wetmore enjoys Burlington’s music scene. “I’ve had a chance to jam with Grace Potter and some of her people, with Bob Wagner…[and] I spent a little time with WBKM, a digital radio station above Mr. Mikes Pizza; on the side I helped them promote local musicians.” Although he hasn’t played much in the past two years, he still enjoys Vermont’s rich musical landscape.
Wetmore is also involved in the local soccer and futsal scene. He’s on the board of the Queen City Football Club and runs the Champlain Valley Futsal League, an indoor soccer league that operates out of the Field House in Shelburne. Wetmore started the league with Shane Bufano “to give more options for area soccer players to compete through the fall and winter months.”
Wetmore and Sue are now approaching their 25th anniversary, and are happily settled in Hinesburg. Jenna still lives at home and attends South Burlington High School, and Robby is currently enrolled at Johnson State College. When he’s not working, coaching, or listening to music, Wetmore enjoys spending time with his family. “Anytime I can sit around the campfire with friends and family, I’m happy,” he shares.