Starting out in 1999 as Northeast Kingdom Tamarack Inc., the company takes it's name from the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Tamarack tree. The Tamarack is a unique tree that has needles, like an evergreen, but sheds them in the late Fall - like a deciduous tree.
The inspiration came while traveling back to Vermont for the Thanksgiving holidays from Washington, DC, where the co-founders, Patricia "Trish" Sears and Steve Mason, lived and worked for many years. On that trip, they witnessed an inspiring sight. On that late November day in 1996, upon entering the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, they were greeted by a fresh snow covering the countryside. Because the Tamarack tree holds on to its Fall coat of gold to the very end of Fall, and into early Winter, the snow served as a backdrop for the magnificent beauty of the bright yellow Tamaracks.
Additionally, the Tamarack has played an important role in family history as well. In the small Vermont town of Albany there is a tract of land that was part of a farm that had been in the family for over 100 years. Over time, the tract became known as "High Tamarack" in honor of an old Tamarack that sits alone near the highest point on the property.
Years later, when Trish and Steve decided to return to Vermont, they made their
home on a Civil War era farm nestled in the Lowell Mountain Range of the
Green Mountains. On that farm is a stand of Tamarack trees. That farm is the ancestral home to the Finnegan family.
Northeast Kingdom Tamarack, Inc. (NEKTI) was founded
to promote the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont - its people, scenery, products and
NEKTI is located in Lowell, Vermont, in the heart of the Green Mountain's and at the foot of the Lowell Mountain range. Much of NEKTI's early work actually was done internationally by its
president and co-founder, Patricia Sears, doing business with
global implications. Ms. Sears has a long history of working with international NGOs.