“I wanted to get the technology into people’s hands in a form that made sense and had value.”
Nicholas Harmon, whose company, Verilux, makes light-driven products designed to ease the winter blues, can only smile at the paradox of his decision to pull up stakes from Connecticut and go deeper into winter as a Vermonter. So call it market research, then, but Harmon, along with his wife, AnnMarie, have built a multimillion-dollar light therapy business from their base in Waitsfield. Drawn to the area by their passion for winter sports at Sugarbush Resort, they also sought a pace free of city stresses where they could raise their three sons.
After 14 years in Vermont, the Harmons have grown deep roots in the state, and have no plans to leave now that their youngest son just graduated from high school. The company has annual revenue estimated at between $10 and $20 million annually — built around their core product, the HappyLight — and when it comes to the lifestyle, Harmon says, “Vermont rocks.”