About

To cultivate and promote a transparent, credible, and business-friendly environment, the NBEDC works collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners to support creativity, sustainable job growth, and private sector investment benefiting the citizens of New Bedford.

The NBEDC is a nonprofit organization comprised of over 400 successful leaders in business, education, and government led by a nine-member Board of Directors. In conjunction with the Mayor’s Office, the Council sets the agenda for the city’s key strategic economic development areas. The Executive Director of the NBEDC, with a talented and dedicated team of six professionals, is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the organization’s programs and initiatives.

 To accomplish our mission, we employ a balanced and aggressive strategy to:

  • Recruit targeted industries and sustainable real estate focused development to priority sites and districts poised for job creation and long-term growth
  • Foster and support entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types by providing financing, educational opportunities, and strong connections to local, regional, and national partners
  • Engage in city-wide and regional efforts to drive catalytic projects that offer dramatic positive change and growth potential
  • Provide community reflective leadership to forge thoughtful and inclusionary policies that help to strengthen the city’s economic future

Anthony R. Sapienza, President
JA Apparel Corp. (retired)

Elizabeth Isherwood, Vice President
President
Moore & Isherwood Communications

David Slutz, Treasurer
Managing Director,
Potentia Business Solutions, LLC

Carol Pimentel, Clerk
Director Internal Audit and Administrative Services
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (retired)

Dr. Laura Douglas
President
Bristol Community College

Keith Hovan
President & CEO
Southcoast Health

Helena Dasilva Hughes
Executive Director
Immigrants’ Assistance Center

Jeffrey Pagliuca, Loan Committee Chairman
Senior Vice President,
Bristol County Savings Bank

John Vasconcellos
President
SouthCoast Community Foundation

John Mitchell, ex-officio
Mayor
City of New Bedford

Ian Abreu
Manager of Business Development & Public Policy
One SouthCoast Chamber
City Councilor-at-Large
City of New Bedford

Sam Ackah
Compliance Coordinator
New Bedford Housing
Authority

Melinda Ailes
Senior Business Advisor
MA Small Business Development
Center Network

Scott Alfonse
Executive Director
Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District

Buddy Andrade
President
Olde Bedford Village
Development Corp.

Jose Andre
Relationship Manager
Citizens Bank

Edward Anthes-Washburn
Executive Director
New Bedford Port Authority

Peter Anthony
Eastern Fisheries
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Lasse Antonsen
Director, University Art Gallery, retired
UMass Dartmouth

Cheri Armes
General Manager
Tootle Chimney Sweep

Alan Armes
Owner
Tootle Chimney Sweep

Maureen Armstrong
President, CEO
Sylvia & Co. Insurance Agency, Inc.

Kristine Arsenault
Assistant Chief of Staff, Mayor Mitchell
City of New Bedford

Sarah Athanas
Founder
Groundwork

Ann Auger
Vice President
Baycoast Bank

Joe Bahena
Senior Vice President
Joseph Abboud Mfg. Corp

Blair S. Bailey
Tax Title Attorney
City of New Bedford

Anthony Baird
Director of Corporate Programs Development
UMass Dartmouth

Jasmyn Baird
Senior Creative Fellow
New Bedford Creative

Jan Baptist
Chair, Board of Trustees
Alma del Mar Charter School
Adjunct Professor
Bristol Community College

Cheryl Bartlett
CEO
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

Paul Barton
Chairman, Marketing Committee, retired
New Bedford Regional Airport Commission

Wendy Bauer
Director of Marketing & Planning
Steward Health Care Systems

John Beauregard
Executive Vice President, CIC
Sylvia and Company Insurance Agency, Inc.

Arthur Belmonte
Director of Business Development
D.F Pray

Gail Berman-Martin
Director, retired
Career Development Center
UMass Dartmouth

Teri Bernert
Executive Director
Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)

Roz Bernheimer
Board Member
Buttonwood Park Zoological Society

David Biggs
Owner
Biggs Partners and You Communications

Scott Bishop
Chief Sound Officer, Songwriter, Performer, Community Partner
Scapeghost

Lee Blake
President
New Bedford Historical Society, Inc.
Director, retired
SouthCoast Education Compact
UMass Dartmouth

George Block
Owner
Tibbetts Engineering Corp.

Linda Bodenmann
COO
Southcoast Health

David Borges
Assistant Director,
Center for Policy Analysis
UMass Dartmouth

Jay A. Borkland, CPG
Vice President Waterways and
Alternative Energy Division Services
Apex Companies, LLC

Henry Bousquet
Lead Instructor of Culinary Arts
GNB Voc-Tech High School

Suzanne Braga
Chair, retired
Neighborhoods United

Stanley Brajer
Director, New Bedford Community Connections Coalition
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Jessica Bregoli
Executive Director
Steeple Playhouse
Curator
Seaport Art Walk

Celia Brito
Owner
Celia’s Boutique

Eric Britto
President
True Bounce

Justin Brodeur
Co-Founder & CEO
Pidalia

Anne Broholm
CEO
Ahead USA

Gary Brown
CEO
Six String Music Company

Laurie Bullard
President, former
New Bedford Community Rowing

Thomas Burke
Owner
Corner Sports Store

Williams Burns
Director of Government Affairs
Southcoast Health

Devin Byrnes
Owner
Destination Soups

David Cabral
Director, New Business Development
Five Star Surgical
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Kyle Cabral
Agent
CNS Home Solutions

Nancy Cabral
Retail Banking, Branch Manager
Santander Bank

Dennis Callanan
Certified Business Counselor
SCORE RI

Mike Camara
President
ABC Disposal

Richard Canastra
President
Whaling City Auction

Steve Canessa
Senior Vice President, Chief Brand
and Strategy Officer
Southcoast Health

Shelley Cardoos
COO
Entrepreneurship for All

Amy Carney
Development Consultant
Buttonwood Park Zoo

Naomi Carney
Councilor-at-Large
City of New Bedford

Gordon Carr
Deputy Director
Massport

Phil Carvalho
Owner
Beaumont Solar Company

Raymond Cebula
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Mark Champagne
Director, Facilities & Fleet Management
City of New Bedford

Damon Chaplin
Director, Health Department
City of New Bedford

George Charbonneau
Artistic Director
New Bedford Festival Theatre

Paul Chasse
CEO
Realtor Association of Southeastern MA

Nicholas Christ
President & CEO
Baycoast Bank

John Clark
First Vice President
Rockland Trust
Loan Committee

Jennifer Clarke
Deputy Director
Community Development
City of New Bedford

Mary Lou Clarke
Assistant Superintendent, retired
Dartmouth Public Schools

Debora Coelho
Councilor-at-Large
New Bedford City Council

Lynn Coish
Coordinator
Complete Count Committee
Chair
Operation Clean Sweep

Christina Connelly
COO, Mayor Mitchell
City of New Bedford

Joseph Cordeiro
Chief of Police
New Bedford Police Dept

Kate Corkum
Executive Director
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

Paul Correia
Senior Vice President
LifeStream, Inc.

Dan Costa
Treasurer
Community Economic Development
Center of Southeastern MA

Adam Cove
CEO
Edson International

Keri Cox
Communications Director
mediumstudio

Donna Criscuolo
Executive Director
Entrepreneurship for All, South Coast

John Cruz
President
Cruz Management Company

Justin Cruz
Director
Cruz Management Company

Bob Culver
Managing Director
Sasaki

James Daniels
Director
MassHire Career Center

Helena DaSilva Hughes
Executive Director
Immigrants’ Assistance Center

Pat Daughton
Artist, Administrator
New Bedford Preservation Society

Tom Davis
Executive Director, retired
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Colleen Dawicki
Senior Community
Development Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Keith Decker
CEO & President
Blue Harvest Fisheries

Mary Ellen DeFrias
Vice President
Community Development, South Region
MassDevelopment

David DeJesus
Director,
MS Healthcare Administration Program
Salve Regina University

John Devillars
Chairman
Blue Wave Capital LLC

Emanuel Dias
Treasurer
Cape Verdean Association New Bedford

Raquel Dias
President
Cape Verdean Association New Bedford

Laura Douglas, PH.D
President
Bristol Community College

Jennifer Downing
Executive Director
Leadership SouthCoast

Kathryn Duff
Owner
studio2sustain, inc

Lisa Dunaway
Senior Executive Assistant,
Superintendent & School
Committee, retired
New Bedford Public Schools

Hugh Dunn
City Councilor, Ward 3
City of New Bedford

Nancy Durant
Lending and Compliance Specialist
Quest Center Manager
NBEDC

Scott Durkee
Director, Energy Office
City of New Bedford

Craig Dutra
Principal
SouthCoast Philanthropy Advisors

Ana C. Dyer
Senior Vice President, Member Services
Federal Home Loan Bank
of Boston

Timothy H. Dyer
President
Dyer Capital Management, Inc.

Todd Eisenberg
Partner
Tofias, P.C.

Ron Ellis
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

Francis Erdman
Software Development Engineer
Insight Global

Christian Farland
President
Farland Corporation

Gary Fealy
First Vice President
BankFive

Joselyn Feliciano
Community Organizer
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA

Anne Fenton 
Client Services Coordinator
MA Small Business Development
Center Network

John Fernandes
Director, Science & Engineering Center
UMass Dartmouth

Michael Fernandes
CEO
Remote Sensing Solutions Inc

Natalie Ferreira
Assistant Manager of Computer Operations
UMass Dartmouth

Kimberly Ferreira
Co-Founder
Coastal Foodshed

Jenny Fialho
Vice President, Retail Administration
Taunton Federal Credit Union

Carol Fisher
President
Effortless Design

John Fitzpatrick
Director, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Programs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tom Flanagan
Director
SouthCoast Community Collaborative
Design Studio

Byron Ford, Jr.
Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Mel Antonio Real Estate

Gail Fortes
Executive Director
YWCA Southeastern MA

Jean Fox
Project Manager
South Coast Rail

Noelle Foye
Exhibitions Coordinator
Fiber Art Now Magazine

Brenda Francis
Director
MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center

Nicholas Francis
Chief Visionary Officer
The Franchise Group

Alan C. Freitas
Owner
Priority Management
Boston Training, Inc.

Steven Froias
Member, Groundwork & Co-Creative Center
State of the Arts, SouthCoast Today
Community Media Manager
Love the Ave

Stephen Furtado, PHD
Executive Director
Global Learning Charter Public School

Rick Gamache
CEO
Aldersbridge Communities

Avijit Gangopadhyay
Professor
SMAST
UMass Dartmouth

Robert Gardner
President
Bayline Inc

William Gardner
Executive Director
Alma Del Mar Charter School

John Garfield, Jr.
Board Member
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Maria Giesta
City Councilor, Ward 2
City of New Bedford

Cynthia Gilchrest
President
Common Sense Environmental, Inc.

Rosemary Gill
Executive Director, Programming
and Development
Zeiterion Theatre

Arthur Glassman
Owner
Glassman Automotive

Doug Glassman
Owner
ServPro of Dartmouth/New Bedford, Fall River, & Marion/Middleboro

Jeff Glassman
President
Darn It!

Brian Glover
Real Estate & Estate Planning Attorney
Brian M. Glover, PC

Brian Gomes
Councilor-at-Large
City of New Bedford

Doris Gonsalves
Director, Supply Chain
HTP

Gail Gonsalves
Executive Office Coordinator
UMass Dartmouth

Rayana Grace
Arts & Culture Project Manager
SouthCoast Community Foundation

Margarita Graham
President & CEO
Reliable Bus Lines, Inc.
President & CEO
J & J Driving School & Logistics, Inc.

Helen Granger
Creative Director
High Road Marketing &
Communications

Rontell Grant
Owner/CEO
Lite Weights Fitness
Agent/Manager
Kerry Horan Real Estate

Angappa Gunasekaran
Dean
Charlton School of Business
UMass Dartmouth

Dena Haden
Program Director
Co-Creative Center
Board of Directors
Superflat New Bedford

Hannah Haines
Creative Director, Senior Designer
mediumstudio

Dr. LaSella Hall
President
NAACP New Bedford

Wendy Hall
Executive Producer
New Bedford Festival Theatre

Joanna Hamblin
Sr. Marketing Manager
Motiv Power Systems

Pauline Hamel
Board Member
Easter Seals Massachusetts

Zoe Hansen-DiBello
Director of Innovation
NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.

Lara Harrington
Co-Owner & Lead Trainer
Boutique Fitness

Sister Kathleen Harrington
Executive Director
John Boyd Child Care Center

Jen Hartley
General Manager
Homewood Suites by Hilton Needham-Boston

Peter Hawes
Board Member
Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)

Diann Haynes
Administrative Services Manager
New Directions Southcoast, Inc.

Lee Heald
Program Director
AHA!

Nelson Hockert-Lotz
Owner
Domino’s Pizza, New Bedford

Pamela Holmes
Board Member
Buttonwood Park Zoological Society

John Hopkins
Founder & President
Five Way Foods

Keith Hovan
President & CEO
Southcoast Health

Shanna Howell
Dean, New Bedford Campus
Bristol Community College

Michael Hunter
Business Development Executive
Trinity Financial, Inc.

Diane Hurley
Manager, Grants Assistance, Policy & Planning, Greater Boston Area
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jason Hutchens
President
Raw Seafoods

Elizabeth Isherwood*
President
Moore and Isherwood
Communications Inc.
Chair
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Harry Jacobvitz
President
Bush & Company

Rose Jardim, CPA
Partner
JMR & Company LLC

Linda Johannesen
Co-Owner
What a Find! Consignment Furniture

Emily Johns
Artist
Dream Braids

Eddie Johnson
Dispatcher
ABC Disposal Services, Inc.

Dr. Robert E. Johnson
President
Western New England University

Angela Johnston
Director, Business Solutions and Partnerships
Bristol Community College

Benjamin Jones MA, CFRE, PMP
Director, Corporate Engagement & Institutional Partnerships
UMass Dartmouth

Russell Kandalaft
Owner
Freestones City Grill

Gerry Kavanaugh
CEO
LStar Ventures

Peter Kavanaugh
President
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Robert Kaye
Senior Vice President, retired
Planning & Development
MassDevelopment

Henry Keene
General Manager, retired
Edson Corp.

Will Keene
Chairman
Edson International

David Kennedy
City Planner, retired
Chair
New Bedford Redevelopment
Authority

Steven Kenyon
Vice President of Administration and Finance
Bristol Community College

Rick Kidder
Co-CEO
One SouthCoast Chamber

Alan Korolenko
Artistic Director
New Bedford Folk Festival

Helene Korolenko
Artistic Director
New Bedford Folk Festival

Marcia LaBelle
Small Business Consultant and Tactician

Justin LaCroix
Executive Director of Facilities
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Richard Lafrance
CEO
Lafrance Hospitality Co.

Edward Lambert, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Public Affairs
UMass Boston

Jay Lanagan
Principal Broker & President
Lanagan & Co., Inc

Patrick Lee
Principal Executive Vice President
Trinity Financial, Inc

Lisa Lemieux
Organizer
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Asst. Secretary
Greater New Bedford
Workforce Investment Board

Kate Levin
Membership and Marketing Director
YMCA Southcoast

Viera Levitt
Director of Galleries
UMass Dartmouth Art Gallery at the Star Store

Scott J Lima
Realtor
RE/MAX
City Councillor, Ward 5
City of New Bedford

Ed Lobo
Chief Engineer, New Products
Cornell Dublier

Kevin Loflin
Vice President, Customer Relations
LG Rogers, Inc.

Ann Marie Lopes
Producer, Special Projects
New Bedford Cable Network

James Lopes
Attorney
Law Office of James J. Lopes

Joseph P Lopes
Loan Officer
BayCoast Bank
City Councilor, Ward 6
City of New Bedford

Rose Lopes
Vice President, Financial Services & Employee Benefits Division Manager
Sylvia Group

Mannie Lopez
Business Counselor, retired
SCORE

Chuck Lord
Chief Creative Officer
Ahead USA

Anne Louro
Historic Preservation Planner
City of New Bedford

Keith Lovett
Executive Director
Buttonwood Park Zoo

Nancy Lowd
Senior Business Advisor, Massachusetts Export Center
MA Small Business Development Center Network

Frank Mahady
Owner
FXM Associates

Tina Malott
Director of Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Roger Mandle
Founder & President
DATMA

Maria Marasco
Deputy Director
Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Armand Marchand
Executive Producer
New Bedford Festival Theatre

William Brad Markey
City Councilor, Ward 1
City of New Bedford

Jennifer Marshall
Director
Southeastern Environmental
Education Alliance (SEEAL)

Dave Martin
President
HTP Comfort Solutions

Lynne Mastera
CFO
Precix

Hank Mastey
Member, former
New Bedford Cultural Council

Tom Mathieu
Attorney
Mathieu & Mathieu

Mikaela McDermott
City Solicitor
City of New Bedford

Jim McKeag
TDI Fellow, Fall River
MassDevelopment

Edward McMahon
CEO
EPEC Technologies

Amanda McMullen
President & CEO
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Gloria McPherson
Planning & Economic Development Coordinator
Town of Barnstable

Peggi Medeiros
Research Historian
The Wamsutta Club

Renaud Megard
President & CEO
Nameplates for Industry

Ron Melbourne
Owner, General Manager
Membrane Concepts

Devin Melo
Senior Fellow
NBEDC

Jessica Mello
Business Assistance & Marketing Officer
SEED Corporation

Neil Mello
Chief of Staff, Mayor Mitchell
City of New Bedford

Jennifer Menard
Vice President Of Economic & Business Development (interim)
Bristol Community College

Senator Joan Menard
Former Massachusetts Senator
Vice President of Workforce Development, retired
Bristol Community College

Maggie Merrill
President
Marine Marketing Services

Michael Metzler
Principal
Michael Metzler Consulting, LLC

Peter Meyer
President & Publisher, Providence Journal & Cape Cod Times
Regional VP
GateHouse Media

Joseph Michaud
Attorney
Henry & Michaud, Attorneys at Law

Lindsay Miś
Director
DATMA

Robert B. Mitchell
Owner
R.A. Mitchell Company
Secretary
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Jonathan F. Mitchell*
Mayor
City of New Bedford (Ex-Officio)

George Mock
President
Nye Synthetic Lubricants

Hannah Mooney
Exhibits, Programs, and Engagement Specialist
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Linda Morad
Senior Business Development Specialist
St. Anne’s Credit Union
City Councilor-at-Large
City of New Bedford

Paul Moran
Vice President, Commerical Lending
MassDevelopment
Loan Committee

Bruce Morell
Executive Director
PACE, Inc.

Matthew Morrissey
Head of New England Markets
Ørsted

Gregory Morton
Owner
Morton’s Fork Catering

Arthur Motta
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
New Bedford Public Schools
Director, Communications and Marketing
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Thomas Mousen
Head of OSW Americas
Seimans

Peter Muise
President & CEO
First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union

Laura J Mullin
President
L.J. Rogers, Inc.

Carol Murchie
Founder
Your Virtual Sherpa

Patrick Murray
President & CEO
Bristol County Savings Bank

Jim Muse
Construction Manager
Homes for Our Troops

Joseph Nauman* 
EVP, Corporate & Legal, retired
Acushnet Company

Kevin Nery
President
Nery Corporation

Lori Nery
President
Coastal Realty

Stephen Neuger
Senior Director of Engineering
Ahead USA
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Michelle Neves Hantman
President
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Wayne Newton
Co-Founder & President
TrueBounce Inc

Joan Ann Niles
CEO & Owner
Bristol County Blueprint Company

Susan Nilson
Director, Ports and Harbors
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

Mary Louise Nunes
President
Mary Louise Nunes, CPA

LouAnn Nygaard
CFO, retired
Ahead USA
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

James O’Brien
Superintendent, retired
Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School

Gregory O’Donnell
Vice President
Rockland Trust

Ashley Occhino
Executive Director
New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

Beatriz Oliveira
Freelance Marketing, Special Events & Development Specialist
Beatriz & Company

James Oliveira
Executive Director/CEO
Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

David Oliveira
President, Federal Relations Group
The Liberty Square Group

Laura Orleans
Executive Director
Fishing Heritage Center

Jeffrey Pagliuca, Chairman Loan Committee
Senior Vice President
Bristol County Savings Bank
Treasurer
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Eric Paradis
Financial Advisor/Owner
Massachusetts Financial Group
Board Member
Your Theatre
Founder/Chair
New Bedford JazzFest

David Parker
CEO
Entrepreneurship for All

Brian Pastori
Deputy Director
CEDC

Michael Patacao
Vice President
Bristol County Savings Bank

Jay Pateakos
Vice President Business Development
MassDevelopment

Michele Paul
Director of Resilience & Environmental Stewardship
City of New Bedford

Michael Pelehach
President, retired
Shuster Corporation

Kevin Pelland
Vice President, Commercial Lending
Citizens-Union Savings Bank
Loan Committee*

Jeffrey Pelletier
President
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

Edward Pereira
Account Representative
WNBH

Robert Pereira
President, retired
AFC Cable Systems
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Stephanie Perks
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Coastal Foodshed

Justina Perry
Founder
BuyBlackNB

Kim Perry
Managing Director
Rock Funeral Home

Shelly Perry
Director of Sales
Lafrance Hospitality Company

Al Peters
Managing Partner
The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck

Susan Peterson
Shipping Manager
Teal Partners

Carol Pimentel *
Director of Internal Audit & Admin.
Services, retired
UMass Dartmouth

Penny Pimentel
Director of Marketing
Zeiterion Performing Arts
Center

Maria Pinaretta
Vice President, retired
BankFive

Christine Pires
Casino Host
Tiverton Casino Hotel

Steven Ponte
Chair
Goulart Square Neighborhood Association

Jeff Pontiff
Owner
Pontiff Realty

Denise Porche
Executive Director
Island Foundation

Danielle Poyant
Director
CBIZ & MHM New England

Lynn Poyant
Director of Education and Community Outreach
Global Learning Charter Public School

Richard Poyant
President
Poyant Signs, Inc

Stephanie Poyant Moran
Director of Sales Operation
Poyant Signs, Inc

Scott Pray
President
D.F. Pray, Inc

Mark Preble
COO, Acting Chancellor
UMass Dartmouth

David Prentiss
President & CEO
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Peter Quigley
CEO & Chairman
LOCI Controls, Inc.

John Quinn
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law & Public Relations
UMass Dartmouth

Donna Ramos
COO
MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Board

Maura Ramsey
Executive Director
Groundwork Southcoast

Elise M Rapoza
Senior Research and Corporate Engagement Associate
UMass Dartmouth

Mary Rapoza
Director of Beaches, Parks & Recreation
City of New Bedford

Mark Rasmussen
Executive Director
Buzzards Bay Coalition

Dana Rebeiro
Consultant
Former New Bedford City Councilor
City of New Bedford

Gerald Rego
VP, Commercial Lending
Bristol County Savings Bank
Loan Committee*

Donald Rei
Vice President
Local 1357 Steelworkers (USW)

Ken Resendes
Chair
Bullard Street Neighborhood Association

Chris Rezendes
Founder, CEO, President
INEX Advisors LLC

Ronald F. Rheaume
New England Regional Council of
Carpenters Local Union 1305

Carl Ribeiro
Luzo Food Service Corporation
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Quentin Ricciardi
CEO
Acorn Inc.

Anthony Riccitelli
Senior Relationship Manager
TD Bank
Loan Committee*

Cliff Robbins
Senior Business Management Consultant
MA Small Business Development
Center Network

Andrew Rodrigues
Vice President, Business Banking
Webster Bank

Cynthia Rodrigues
President
The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council

Anabelle Rondon
Great Neighborhoods Network Director
LivableStreets Alliance

Maria Rosario
Executive Director
NorthStar Learning Center

Jeff Rose
President
Upmarket Stitchers

Bernard Roth
Owner
Management Consultants

Dr. Brian Rothschild
Dean Emeritus, SMAST
University of Massachusetts

Erik Rousseau
Administrator
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA)

James Russell
Gosnell Executive Director
Nantucket Historical Association

Peter Russell
Owner
M&R Screen Printing, Inc.

Jay Ryan
Senior Vice President, Manager
Webster Bank

Dawn Salerno
Executive Director
Rotch Jones Duff House & Garden Museum

Dennis Saluti
Principal
Quality Custom Packing

Denn Santoro
Co-Owner
High Road Marketing and
Communications

Derek Santos
Executive Director
NBEDC

John Santos
Senior Loan Officer
Mass Growth Capital Corporation

Ricardo Santos
Owner
Romao Santos Architects

Anthony Sapienza *
President and CEO, retired
JA Apparel Corp.

Margo Saulnier
Creative Strategist
New Bedford Creative

Jessica Savage
Owner
Tia Maria’s European Café

John Sbrega
President, retired
Bristol Community College

Tim Schaefer
Owner
Schaefer Partners

David Scherer
Director of Development
Acorn Management

Peter Selley *
Senior Vice President
Bristol County Savings Bank
Loan Committee*
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Scot Servis
Airport Manager
City of New Bedford

Richard Shepard
Architect
S/Q Design Associates

Paula Shiner
CEO, retired
Coastline Elderly Services

Calvin Siegal
Senior Board Advisor
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Antonio “Jack” Silva
Vice President
Bristol County Savings Bank

Latisha Silva
Consumer Portfolio Representative
Coastal Outsourced Solutions LLC

Jessica Silva
Director of Business Development, Communications, & Special Projects
NBEDC

Ramon Silva
Real Estate Development & Financial Incentives
Senior Lending Officer
NBEDC

Tracy Silva-Barbosa
Co-Owner
Duende Glass LLC
Chair
Hatch St Studios Artist Association

Steve Silverstein
CEO & Owner
Not Your Average Joe’s & The Black Whale

Andrew Simpson
VP Sales
Riversand Technologies, Inc.

Ari Sky
CFO
City of New Bedford

Dean A Slocum
President, Consultant
Acorn International

David Slutz*
Managing Director
Potentia Business Solutions
Co-Founder & President
Moby Dick Brewing Co.
Co-Founder & VP
Airport Grille
Vice Chair
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

George Smith
Vice Chair
New Bedford Redevelopment
Authority

James F. Snow
Director of Organizing
Painters & Allied Trades
District Council No. 35

Scott Soares
Task Force Representative
Massachusetts Aquaculture Association
Owner
Boston Bay Consulting

Edward Sousa
Vice President, Senior Commerical Lender
Bridgewater Savings Bank
Loan Committee*

John Sousa
Vice President
BankFive
Loan Committee*

Bob Souza
Chair
Far North End Neighborhood Association

Darlene Spencer
Director of Family Support Initiatives
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Erich Stephens
Exec. Vice President, former
Vineyard Wind

Patrick Sullivan
Director, Office of Housing and Community Development
City of New Bedford

Raymond Suprenant
President
Davico Manufacturing

Tom Swift
Attorney
Swift Law

David Sykes
Area Director
MA Rehabilitation Commission

Michael Silvia
Owner
New Bedford Guide

Michael Tavares
Owner/General Manager
High Tech Manufacturing
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Rebecca Tavares
AVP, Municipal Calling Officer
Rockland Trust

Joe Thomas
Publisher
Spinner Publications

Patricia Thomas
Artistic Director
Culture Park

Adrian R. Tio
Professor, College of Visual and
Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth

Elizabeth Treadup
Assessor’s Office
City of New Bedford

Martin Treadup
Assessor-at-Large
City of New Bedford

Deborah Trombly
Controller
NBEDC

Ian Trombly
Government Affairs Specialist
Southcoast Health

Phillip Trombly
Consultant
PT Just Solutions

Anthony Ucci
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Bristol Community College

Bob Unger
Co-Owner
Moby Dick Brewery
Principal
Unger LeBlanc Strategic Communications

Jeff Vancura
CFO
Imtra Corporation
Executive Committee
Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation

Desa VanLaarhoven
Executive Director
Round the Bend Farm

John Vasconcellos
President
SouthCoast Community Foundation

Nate Vaughan
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Bristol Community College

Anthony Vieira
Executive Director
Professional and Continuing Education
UMass Dartmouth

Maria Vieira
Human Resource Director
Riverside Manufacturing Company

Paul L. Vigeant 
Vice President of Workforce Development, retired
Bristol Community College

Brooke Vinagre
Director of Tourism and Marketing
City of New Bedford

Allie Wainer
Vice President
Sid Wainer & Son

Henry Wainer
President
Sid Wainer & Son

Marion Wainer
Board Member
Buttonwood Park Zoological Society

Samia Walker
Program Manager
Entrepreneurship for All, South Coast
Founder
Doodles Creative Sessions

John Waltz
President/CEO
Southern Mass Credit Union

David Wechsler
President & CEO
Maritime International

Randall Weeks, Jr.
Partner
Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP

Neal Weiss
Founder, former President & CEO
Fiber Optic Center, Inc.

Sean Whalen
Senior Vice President
South Coast Improvement Company
President
Quad Coatings & Interiors

Gerry Wheeler
General Manager
Nordic Fisheries, Marine Hydraulic

Robert Wheeler
CEO & President
American Insulated Wire Company

Steve White
Professor, Charlton School of Business
UMass Dartmouth

Zachary White
Artist, Executive Director
Gallery X

Liz Wiley
Executive Director
Marion Institute

Teresa Willander
Director of Development
Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)

Corinn Williams
Executive Director
Community Economic Development
Center of Southeastern MA, Inc.

Gloria Williams
Director, retired
PACE Youthbuild

Kathleen Wordell
Executive Assistant to the President
Bristol Community College

Martha Worley
Owner
Worley Beds

Shiawee Yang
President
Columbus Group LLC

Lisa Yates
Consultant

Laurie Zapalac
Principal
Zapalac Advisors

The activities and successes of the NBEDC are the result of the concerted effort of many organizations, including our local legislative delegation, state partners, city departments, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofits and individuals of the business community. None more important of these entities are the heads of our skilled and dedicated City departments.

City of New Bedford

Office of the Mayor
New Bedford City Council
New Bedford Redevelopment Authority
City Departments:
City Solicitor
Department of Fleet and Facilities Management
Department of Inspectional Services
Department of Public Health
Department of Public Infrastructure
Environmental Stewardship
Harbor Development Commission
Management Information Systems
Office of Planning, Housing and Community Development
Tourism and Marketing

Local Economic Development Partners

  • Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation
  • New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board
  • Greater New Bedford Career Center
  • Community Economic Development Center
  • Downtown New Bedford Inc.
  • North End Business Association
  • South End Business Association
  • Community Rowing, Inc.

State Partners

  • New Bedford Legislative Delegation
  • Sen. Mark C.W. Montigny
  • Rep. Antonio Cabral
  • Rep. Robert Koczera
  • Rep. Chris Markey
  • Rep. Keiko Orrall
  • MassDevelopment
  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Commonwealth Corp.
  • International Trade Assistance Center
  • Mass. Small Business Development Center Network
  • South Eastern Economic Development Corporation
  • Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District
  • Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
  • New England Clean Energy Council

Key Educational Partners

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • SouthCoast Development Partnership
  • Charlton College of Business
  • Center for Policy and Analysis
  • Urban Initiative
  • Center for Business Research
  • School of Law
  • New England Marine Renewable Energy Center
  • Bristol Community College
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Harvard University
  • MIT

Tourism Partners

  • City of New Bedford
  • Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!
  • Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
  • AHA! (art, history and architecture)
  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
  • New Bedford Historical Society (Nathan and Polly Johnson House)
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