• VEDA elects new officers
     | November 05,2012

    MONTPELIER — The Vermont Economic Development Authority Board of Directors has elected the following officers:

    Leon C. Graves, Fairfield

    Graves was elected chairman of the board. He has served on the board for 16 years.

    From 1995 to 2003, Graves served as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture under Gov. Howard Dean. Prior to that, he served in the state Senate in 1995, and from 1987 to 1994, as a state representative.

    Kenneth D. McEwan, Panton

    McEwan was elected vice chairman, having served as VEDA’s treasurer for the prior two years.

    He began his career in financial services with Shearson Lehman Brothers, He is now a senior vice president in investments with UBS Financial Services Inc.

    McEwan served as a state representative. His community service includes the Killington Mountain School, Crossroads Arts Council, Rutland Regional Medical Center and the Mendon Planning Commission.

    Steven Bourgeois, Swanton

    Bourgeois was elected treasurer. He served four previous terms as VEDA’s chairman. Bourgeois is founder and CEO of Strategic Initiatives for Business, providing consulting services focused on planning and expansion to corporate clients. In 2002, he retired as president and CEO of the Franklin Lamoille Bank.

    Since 1974, VEDA has provided more than $1.9 billion in financing assistance to thousands of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms and agricultural enterprises.

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