Chairman, Wm. Blanchard Co.
William “Buff” Blanchard is the sixth generation of the Blanchard family to own and operate Wm. Blanchard Co. Wm. Blanchard Co. began operation in 1860 at the beginning of the Civil War in Newark, New Jersey. As specialists in building brick baking ovens, the Civil War allowed the company to grow through increased demand for baking capacity. Industrialization and the growth of Newark allowed Wm. Blanchard Co. to transition into general building construction and for over 154 years, Wm. Blanchard Co. has continued to operate as a general contractor/construction management firm in the state of New Jersey.
Wm. Blanchard Co. is currently the premier healthcare construction management firm in New Jersey with a special emphasis on acute care facilities.
Buff has 25 years of experience at Wm. Blanchard Co. Previously, Buff was employed as a systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems, (EDS). At EDS, Buff worked in New Jersey and Colorado helping AT&T transition their customer billing information and procedures to the individual Bell Systems.
In addition to his work at Wm. Blanchard Co., Buff is also the managing member of several real estate investment partnerships and is actively involved in all aspects of real estate investment and development. The portfolio includes office, retail, industrial, and residential properties.
Buff received a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Columbia University. Buff was a member of the New Jersey Building Authority for many years and is still a long time member of the board of trustees at The Peck School in Morristown, NJ.
Buff and his wife, Michele (UVM class of 1985), live in Morristown, NJ. They have three daughters: Baily (Dickinson College), Dylan (University of Vermont), and Devin (Morristown-Beard School).