CORNING — The Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation (REDEC) elected five new board officers to new one-year terms during its recent annual meeting, held Oct. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn Corning.
“We are fortunate to have strong board leaders with broad and varied backgrounds and experiences,” said REDEC President George Miner. “These officers care passionately about helping our region’s business people succeed, and they will lead our organization through an important period of growth as we support many exciting new opportunities.”
The following is a list of the officers elected at the Oct. 2 meeting:
Christopher Brewer, Chair
Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, Steuben Trust Company
A lifelong Hornell resident and member of the Steuben Trust Company team since 2012, Chris has seen a range of issues faced by borrowers. He is passionate about supporting small and new businesses and looks forwards to leading the REDEC board.
Scott Bloor, Vice Chair
Assistant Director, Small Business Development Center
In addition to his work with REDEC, Scott serves as Assistant Director of the Small Business Development Center, where he has worked for 20 years supporting small businesses throughout the Southern Tier region. Scott is also a small business owner.
Brian Warner, Treasurer
Officer, Visions Credit Union
Brian brings more than 15 years of banking experience as a business lender with Visions Federal Credit Union to his work on the REDEC board. A graduate of Elmira College, he has been on the REDEC board for 10 years, including six years on the executive committee.
Jill Koski, Secretary
Senior Economic Development Manager Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG)
Jill brings 20 years of experience in economic development and government work to her role on the REDEC board. As Senior Economic Development Manager at Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG), she facilitates job retention, creation and community development in Chemung County.
Dawn H. Burlew, Immediate Past Chair
Director, Business Development Corning Enterprises
A longtime Corning Inc. leader, Dawn represents a critical connection between REDEC and the company’s business recruitment/retention and economic development efforts. She has served as the Board Chair of REDEC for the past four years and is a member of multiple area and state boards of directors, as well as being the elected Supervisor for the Town of Erin.
REDEC and REDEC Relending Corporation are not-for-profit corporations that serve as gap financers, providing financial and technical assistance to start-up and expanding businesses. We aim to have a positive impact on employment and strengthen the Southern Tier region’s economic base.