Who We Are


Atlantic is a leading business and economic research and development firm. Our team and national network of experts provide exceptional research and development services across all industries. We work collaboratively with clients to deliver critical data for informed decision-making.

Based in Waterville, Maine, Atlantic serves the United States, providing customized research, in-depth analysis, marketing and business development tools, and project implementations. Our work propels successful commercial transformations, product and business launches, and the development of significant new revenue streams from the creative use of business intelligence.

Randy Labbe


Randy built a successful career crafting strategic growth initiatives for leading international brands. Over the last 10 years, he has focused on development of new markets and profit centers for high profile commercial and non-profit food and agricultural organizations, farms, aquaculture operations, value-added producers, and leading local food retailers. He brings highly capable leadership, passion, and vision to research and market development projects. Randy is co-chair of the National Small-Scale Dairy Development Committee, a Slow Money Maine technical mentor for small farms and local food producers, and leader for national and regional initiatives that help agriculture and aquaculture operations identify, measure, and benefit from new market opportunities. The Clark University graduate holds a certificate in business strategy from Cornell University.

Ray Bernier

Senior Project Manager

Ray earned BS and MBA degrees from Thomas College and serves as project leader on multiple local food, agriculture, aquaculture initiatives and research and development projects. He has extensive experience managing government grants and contracts at the local, state, and federal level, including management and supervision of $14M in grants and contracts for the State of Maine. Informed by passions for small business and rural economic development, Ray has managed small and large-scale R&D projects with high societal benefit, designs and executes logic models and data management solutions. 

Melanie Silverman

Data and Research Manager

Melanie completed her BS at the University of Connecticut and her MPH at Boston University where she undertook coursework in research methods, program evaluation, and statistical analysis. She formerly worked managing research studies and quality improvement programs and analysis, database management, proposal and report writing, project management, and grant administration. At Atlantic, Melanie provides leadership for in-house and client research projects.

Shae Horrigan

Business Research Associate

A two-time Innovate for Maine Fellow, Shae has a passion for agricultural economics and sustainability of rural communities. She uses multidisciplinary approaches to solve problems and has completed multiple agricultural industry assessment reports. She creates and project manages multi-channel, integrated marketing plans for Atlantic clients, serves as project manager of critical market assessment and technical feasibility evaluations, and prepares detailed sales and marketing reviews. Shae holds a BS from the University of Maine.

Matt George

Data Analytics Manager

Originally from Keene, New Hampshire, Matt received a BS in Finance from Thomas College as a Kiest-Morgan Scholar (three-year program). He graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the Alphi Chi Honor Society. Matt earned an MBA from Thomas College and interned at Atlantic as part of an Alfond Institute grant. His work at Atlantic includes management of data projects, data analysis and visualization, and financial projections of what-if ownership and business model scenarios.

Alison Thieme

GIS Manager

Alison’s experience includes using a wide range of spatial analysis programs to measure and analyze events and managing spatial data. She has worked on local food projects with Atlantic, mapping consumer preferences and local food distribution and aggregation routes. In her previous position at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Alison provided technical expertise on appropriate geospatial methods for Earth observations to over 400 individuals across 12 offices. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland.

Dylan Bouchard

Agricultural Economics Consultant

Dylan’s research interests, and his roles at Atlantic, include agricultural production, spatial and vertical price transmission, and applied econometrics. He has experience conducting research into tier payment programs, price-fixing, and price behavior. Dylan received an MA in Economics from the University of Maine and is working on a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University. His past work spans agriculture, aquaculture, and local food projects.

Caryn Schneider

Sales and Marketing Consultant

Caryn has over 20 years of food industry experience with proven expertise in sales, logistics, customer management, product development, market research, customer acquisition and a firm commitment to innovate food systems.  She is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized producers position for success in the retail, wholesale, foodservice, and e-commerce markets.  Caryn earned a BS from Northwestern University and holds a graduate certificate in business and administration from Harvard University and a master’s certificate in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State.

Nara McCray

GIS Consultant

Originally from Alaska, Nara is a GIS and remote sensing analyst.  She has mapped invasive species for the U.S. National Park Service as well as park trails and utilities, and has served as an Environment/Agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia promoting sustainable farming techniques. Nara earned a BS in Environmental Science from Alabama A&M University and an MS in Geographic Information Systems for Development and Environment at Clark University as a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow.

Dawn Palardy

Web Development

Dawn attended the University of Southern Maine, and has been designing leading websites and related content since 2000. Her credits include highly interactive, technical, and e-commerce websites, marketing, and data visualization projects. She helps Atlantic clients tell their compelling stories online. 

Extended Team

Industry Expert Consultants

Atlantic has valuable research and development partnerships and collaborations with industry experts across the U.S. as well as established connections with the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine Advanced Manufacturing Center, University of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, University of California Cooperative Extension Glenn County, University of Georgia, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, Maine Technology Institute, University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Statistical Analysis Center, and Maine Center for Business and Economic Research.

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