SBDC Announces Advisory Board Appointments

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SBDC Announces Advisory Board Appointments

Sun, 11/17/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Allan Rodgers, President of Vermont Technical College, and Chris D'Elia,
Vermont Commissioner of Economic Development, have announced the
appointment of three Vermont executives to the Small Business Development
Center Advisory Board. Rodgers and D'Elia serve as co-Chairmen of the
13-member statewide Advisory Board. Appointed to serve three year terms
are:
David Estes, Senior Vice President, Banknorth Group; Estes has managed
Banknorth's small business lending program in Vermont and New York for the
past two years. Prior to that, he was a commercial lender and Regional
Vice President. Estes, who holds an MBA from the University of Hartford,
also taught for the New England Banking Institute. He is married with five
children and lives in Richmond where he is active in the community, his
church, and the recreation league.
William C. Shouldice IV, President/CEO of the Orton Family Foundation; As
CEO of the Orton Family Foundation, Shouldice is committed to the healthy
development of rural communities while preserving their cultural heritage.
Prior to joining the Foundation in May 1998, Shouldice was the Secretary
of Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development. During his
tenure, Vermont employment grew more than 33,000 new jobs, and government
services were enhanced through the development of regional partnerships.
Shouldice holds a degree in Political Science, and has attended the
Kennedy School for Government at Harvard. He and his wife, Susan, live in
Rutland with their three children.
William Thrailkill, CEO, Advanced Illuminations; Bill Thrailkill is the
founder and CEO of Advanced Illumination, a manufacturer of solid state
lighting equipment for the Machine Vision Industry. Thrailkill started
Advanced Illumination in an apartment in Revere, Mass., in 1992. He
relocated the company to Vermont in 1995, first to Stockbridge and
subsequently to Rochester in 1999. Approximately 40 full- and part-time
people are employed at the Rochester location. Prior to starting the firm,
Bill, who has a degree from Purdue University, was employed by various
"high tech" aerospace companies, including RCA and Honeywell. He has three
children and six grandchildren, one of whom graduated from the Air Force
Academy in June.
The role of the SBDC Advisory Board is to serve as a link with the
business community, and to suggest areas of assistance that need to be
provided. "We are pleased to make these appointments, and appreciate the
willingness of these executives to share their insights and experience in
helping us identify and meet small business needs," said Allan Rodgers.
The Vermont Small Business Development Center network is a partnership of
government, higher education, and business that is dedicated to help
Vermont's small businesses grow and succeed. SBDC Business Advisors
domiciled in each county provide free business counseling by appointment.
The SBDC also provides high quality training seminars on a statewide
basis.