Montpelier, VT - A new slate of elected officers will serve in leadership positions on the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors. “VEDA is fortunate to have so many experienced and talented Vermont leaders on the Authority’s Board,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We greatly appreciate their dedicated service in support of VEDA’s economic development mission.”
The newly elected VEDA Officers are:
- Kenneth D. McEwan, Panton
Kenneth D. McEwan of Panton is VEDA’s new Chair for the second time, having most recently served as the Board’s Vice-Chair. McEwan began his career in financial services with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1992, and is now a Senior Vice-President in Investments with UBS Financial Services, Inc. Formerly, McEwan owned and operated First Sherburne Investors, Ltd., a real estate development company specializing in resort, residential, custom home and commercial development in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. In 1991 and 1992, McEwan served in the Vermont House of Representatives as a member of the Health and Welfare Committee
- Steven J. Bourgeois, Swanton
Steven Bourgeois was elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board. During his long tenure as a VEDA Board member, Bourgeois served four previous terms as the Authority’s Board Chair, and most recently, served as Treasurer. Bourgeois, of Swanton, is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Initiatives for Business, LLC, providing consulting services focused on planning and expansion to corporate clients. In 2002, Bourgeois retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Franklin Lamoille Bank, capping a 22-year career with that institution.
- Daniel Kurzman, Beecher Falls
Daniel Kurzman of Beecher Falls is the new Treasurer for VEDA. Kurzman is the past Northeast Regional Manager of Operations for Ethan Allen, overseeing three manufacturing and sawmill facilities in two states. Previously, he served as Corporate Director of Human Resources at the company. Prior to his employment at Ethan Allen, Kurzman was a public school educator and administrator. Presently, he oversees all Human Resource activities for the two Vermont-based Ethan Allen operations in Beecher Falls and Orleans.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender. VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.”
Over the years, VEDA has grown and adapted its financing programs to keep pace with an ever-changing economy. VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs. Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or
loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed. VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.
Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.07 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.orgor call 802-828-JOBS.