Champlain Valley Exposition names Tim Shea executive director

first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE.  Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children.  Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

OA hosts student business-planning challenge

first_imgOLDENBURG, Ind. — The Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition sponsored by Ripley County Eco15, Franklin County Community Foundation, Ripley County Community Foundation, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Oldenburg Academy was hosted at Oldenburg Academy on December 12, 2014.Community judges adjudicated the 11 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin County.The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.Oldenburg Academy Business Teacher Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “I’m so proud of the students – they challenged themselves to go through a process that is real-life.”Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experience feedback from professional judges.The winners were announced on Monday, December 15, 2014: Third place winner, which received $200, was FuseBox, a customizable backpack business plan completed by seniors Christopher Nurrenberg and Luke Wukusick.Second place winner receiving $300 was Razain, a unique wristwatch with features such as a vibrating alarm invented by seniors Ryne Domingo & Matty Hurm.The first place winner received $500 and went to Two Peas in a Pod, a cooking class in Batesville, Indiana targeting locally grown foods, started by seniors Kirsten Ricke and Sarah Wilder.Anyone interested in getting involved with the 2015 Maverick Challenge can contact Jonathon Maple at,“It is a great opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring students in southeastern Indiana.”last_img read more