Meet The Hearthside Group – Hospitality Business Brokers
Specializing in the sale of hospitality properties!
Wendy Beach, Broker
Wendy has been firmly rooted in Vermont’s hospitality industry for the past thirty years. After graduating from Middlebury College with a keen interest in languages, travel, and tourism, she worked for several years in the resort business. This work experience was an ideal training ground for the field of hospitality business brokerage as she gained first-hand experience in operations, food and beverage, sales, and marketing.
Since 1997, Wendy has been in the real estate business as a partner with the Hearthside Group, a company she founded with business partner, Gary Gosselin. Their expertise in the field of hospitality business brokerage is unparalleled. Through the years, Wendy has acquired the experience and the knowledge to facilitate and close all types of hospitality transactions. Most recently, Wendy has expanded her business and successfully represented a few select residential properties at or near Basin Harbor. She brings care and attention to each transaction to ensure the best possible outcomes.
She married into the Beach family who now boast five generations of active family management of Basin Harbor. Basin Harbor is a historic, family-run resort with 140 rooms on Lake Champlain. Through Basin Harbor, Wendy remains connected to the challenges and benefits associated with running a hospitality business in Vermont. Basin Harbor recently received the Vermont Family Legacy award by the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont.
In 2008, Wendy graduated from the Vermont Leadership Program sponsored by the Snelling Institute. The insight gained into the workings of many Vermont entities and issues was invaluable.
Volunteer work over the years has included Board positions at Elderly Services in Middlebury, the Ferrisburgh Central School, and the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. She also served as Commissioner on Vermont’s Real Estate Commission.
Wendy and Bob have two children and live at Basin Harbor.
Gary Gosselin, Broker
48 Letter S Road
PO Box 1040
Alton, NH 03809
I am a licensed broker in Vermont and New Hampshire with over 29 years of hospitality business brokerage experience and have been involved in the sale of scores of hospitality properties ranging in size from small B&B’s, restaurants, campgrounds, and large full-service country inns.
In 1992, I started my real estate career with Atlantic Lodging and Restaurant Brokers in Burlington, Vermont. Since 1997, I have been in the real estate business as a partner with The Hearthside Group, a company I founded with my business partner, Wendy Beach.
My background and experience include owning a bed and breakfast inn in Vermont for 12 years and over 45 years of experience in the management of clubs, hotels, and restaurants. I have been involved with large national corporate chains in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles and exclusive private clubs and restaurants in Connecticut.
I have a degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and am a member of the New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors. I am also a member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen, ALP (Association of Lodging Professionals), and VLA (Vermont Lodging Association). I have attended and spoken at numerous seminars sponsored by the National Restaurant Association, Vermont Lodging & Restaurant Association, and the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
I have two sons: Christopher, a Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department, and Tyler, the Director of Golf at the Greensboro Country Club in North Carolina. I moved to Vermont in 1989 and resided in the Burlington area until 2014, when I moved back to where I grew up in Alton, New Hampshire. I live a mile from Lake Winnipesaukee with my wife Gayle and our two black labs: Charli and Winni. We all enjoy the outdoors and spend our free time hiking & camping around the region.
Tim Piper, Broker
Tim is excited to join the Hearthside Group as its newest Partner. Tim has over 40 years of hospitality marketing and operations experience. For 11 years, he was a partner in a very successful 12 room inn in Vermont, the Inn at the Round Barn Farm. In addition, he has spent the last four years working as a trusted consultant to the inn trade, giving seminars and advising both inn buyers and inn sellers nationally.
Although Tim has lived in Vermont since 1982, he brings a National perspective to the Hearthside Group team. As an Inn consultant, Tim has worked with Innkeepers and Buyers in over 40 States helping both to focus their energies to find their optimal opportunities in the Innkeeping world.
Tim has served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as well as the Vermont Visitor and Convention Bureau. Tim was also a founding member of three associations in the State of Vermont… Vermont Chapter of HSMA (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Assoc), VAWP (Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals) and VLA (Vermont Lodging Association) where he is the current Association President.
As a speaker, Tim has brought his experiences & knowledge to over two dozen regional and national Select Registry, AIHP, PAII & State Association Innkeeping meetings .
Whether you are looking to buy or sell, the process can be challenging. Tim looks forward to lending his experience to guide you through your innkeeping goals.