Kelly Devine

Executive Director


Kelly Devine has served as Executive Director for the Burlington Business Association (BBA) since 2007. Ms. Devine serves as the chief spokesperson for issues affecting the downtown Burlington and its business community and is BBA’s primary liaison to the City of Burlington, the Church Street Marketplace, and to local institutions. A recognized community leader, Ms Devine is an effective communicator who leads initiatives in the public and private sectors to successful outcomes. She has a degree in Communications from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Ms Devine has spoken about challenges facing downtowns and how to create impactful public/private partnerships both locally and nationally including for the Vermont Development Conference; the International Downtown Association International Conference, the New England Parking Council, the Alliance Francaise; Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum among others.

 
 

 

Colin Hilliard

Deputy Director


Colin joined the BBA in 2018 as Program Director for Member Engagement. Now as Deputy Director, he manages the Burlington Business Association’s (BBA’s) day-to-day operations and leads the organization’s key advocacy initiatives of housing and public safety. He also leads the BBA’s Downtown Action Group and the growth and retention efforts of the organization’s 250-plus dues-paying members. Before Colin’s work with the BBA, his experience included digital marketing and political organizing. Colin is a graduate of UVM’s Grossman School of Business and has lived in Burlington for the last decade. When not enjoying the Green Mountains, he can be found working both in Ukraine and from afar helping direct Vermont donations to feed and house Ukraine’s internally displaced people.

 
 

 

Lexie Wheeler

Program Coordinator


Lexie joined the BBA as Program Coordinator in May of 2022. She leads member services, BBA communications, and events. Lexie is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology. She brings with her a new perspective, not only as a young professional, but also with her range of experiences from retail leadership to cancer research. Lexie has a history of community involvement, including her work as a volunteer in a senior living community, advocacy for a higher standard of accessibility for students with disabilities on UVM’s campus, and her time spent over the last few years working at polling locations on Town Meeting Day. Her passion for community engagement stems from her time as a Senator for the UVM Student Government Association and volunteer work on numerous local political campaigns.