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Who We Are


Atlantic is a leading R&D management firm. Our team and extensive network of experts have helped dozens of companies transform their ideas into innovative products, securing millions of dollars of non-dilutive funding and favorable-term financing for their projects. 

Randy Labbe


Randy built a successful career crafting strategic growth initiatives for leading international brands. Over the last 10 years, he has focused on research and development projects for federal and state government departments, research institutions, and businesses. He brings passion and vision to research and innovative market development projects. Randy co-chairs multiple industry development committees where he brings high-quality leadership to the most challenging and competitive industries. Most of his volunteer work is centered on personal interests in sustainability and energy. The Clark University graduate holds a certificate in business strategy from Cornell University.

Ray Bernier

Vice President, Operations

Ray earned BS and MBA degrees from Thomas College and serves as project leader on multiple in-house and client research and development projects. He has extensive experience managing government grants and contracts at the local, state, and federal levels. Informed by passions for small business and 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. 

Tricia Labbe

Research Manager

Tricia has provided business and economic research for Atlantic clients, including federal and state government departments and cohorts of USDA and NOAA SBIR Phase I and II awardees. This work has been used to position some of America's most innovative agriculture and aquaculture companies for successful product launches. Her professional experience includes eight years providing outreach for and leading research conferences throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom. Tricia earned her BA and MA degrees from Clark University and a professional certificate in entrepreneurial thought from Babson.

Emma Houston

Business Research Associate

Emma earned a BS in ecology and environmental science from the University of Maine, graduating summa cum laude with a minor in economics. Emma is passionate about working at the intersection of economic development and sustainability. She has served as a research assistant investigating Maine salt marsh ecosystem services and an Alaskan wilderness guide. At Atlantic, she specializes in market research and grant and report writing.

Caryn Schneider

Sales and Marketing Consultant

Caryn has over 20 years of industry experience with proven expertise in sales, logistics, customer management, product development, market research, customer acquisition and a firm commitment to innovation.  She is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses position for success in the retail, wholesale, and e-commerce markets.  Caryn has a BS from Northwestern University and graduate certificates from Harvard University (business) and Michigan State (supply chain management).

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 US 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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