Michael L. Seaver, Chair
Michael L. Seaver currently serves as the Vermont President of People’s United Bank, a $31 Billion diversified financial services company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Michael’s 35-year banking career began in 1981 when he joined Chittenden Bank after graduating from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration. Michael resides in Burlington with his wife Linda. They have three adult sons.
Winthrop H. ‘Win’ Smith, Jr., Immediate Past Chair
Mr. Winthrop H. Smith Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Summit Ventures NE, LLC, which owns Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont. He also serves as President of Sugarbush. Born in New York City, Win attended the Buckley School before entering Deerfield Academy. He received his BA in Political Science from Amherst College and his MBA in Finance from Wharton University.
In 1974, Mr. Smith came to work for the company that his late father had co-led for twenty-one years, starting in the “bullpen” as an entry-level associate. Win rose steadily, working not only in investment banking but also in marketing, human resources, finance, and sales. He also held management positions in both the Capital Markets Group and the Private Client Group.
During the final decade of his twenty-eight-year career at Merrill, Mr. Smith was an Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co. and a member of the Executive Committee. As Chairman of Merrill Lynch International, he led one of Merrill Lynch & Co.’s four business units with 9,000 employees, over $2.8B in revenues, and client assets of $180B. He retired from Merrill in January 2002 because he could not agree with the future direction of the firm.
Mr. Smith is currently a director of Eaton Vance Corporation in Boston as well as AGF Management Limited and Richardson GMP Limited in Toronto and Richardson Financial Group Limited in Winnipeg, Canada. As a Vermont business owner, Mr. Smith served on the board of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and is chair of Vermont Business Roundtable. He also serves as a board member at Vermont Ski Areas Association and the National Ski Areas Association.
Mr. Smith was formerly on the boards of the United Nations Association of the USA, Outward Bound USA, the New York City Ballet, the Cancer Research Institute, The Japan Society, and the Winthrop H. Smith Memorial Foundation. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Deerfield Academy. Win was also a member of the board of The Economic Club of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 2013, Mr. Smith published his book, Catching Lightning in a Bottle — How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World. It is the first complete history of Merrill Lynch and traces its impact on the world of finance from the day Charlie Merrill opened his one-man shop on January 6, 1914, to the final shareholder meeting prior to its acquisition by Bank of America on December 5, 2008. The book was republished in 2014 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Mark K. Foley, Jr., Vice Chair
Mark K. Foley, Jr. is the fourth generation owner of Foley Services, the leading linen, uniform and mat rental company in Vermont. Mark is also the owner of MKF Properties, a real estate management company, which owns and manages commercial rental properties, primarily in Rutland’s Historic Downtown. Mark lives in Rutland Town with his wife Kelly, and three children.
Renee Bourget-Place, Treasurer
Renee Bourget-Place is the Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP’s Burlington, Vermont office. In addition to serving on the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Board of Directors, Renee also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Burlington YMCA. She is an audit partner with clients in a variety of industries, including higher education, insurance and power and utilities.
Stephanie J. Mapes, Secretary
Stephanie Mapes is Paul Frank + Collins’ Captive Insurance Team leader, and was elected in June, 2014 as President of the firm. Mapes has worked at PF+C for 26 years and has helped lead the firm for the past two years as one of three members of the board’s executive committee. Mapes is the first female president in PF+C’s 46-year history. Mapes began her legal career in 1983 working at a law firm in Florida before relocating to Vermont to attend Vermont Law School. Mapes is a member and past chair of the Legislative Committee of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) and a member of the Gov. Affairs Committee of the National Risk Retention Association (NRRA), Counsel to Champlain College Board of Trustees, Counsel to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Faculty and Curriculum Committee Member International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).
Lisa M. Ventriss
Lisa M. Ventriss is President and chief spokesperson of Vermont Business Roundtable, a non-partisan, non-political, public affairs organization comprised of 115 CEOs from among the state’s most successful private sector and not-for-profit employers. Through thoughtful policy research and analysis, collaboration and advocacy, the Roundtable seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capital of its members to benefit the welfare of all Vermonters on economic, social and environmental matters.
Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2002, Ms. Ventriss was President of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1997-2002).
Ms. Ventriss currently serves on the boards of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; Greater Burlington YMCA; Maine Mutual Group; the University of Vermont; Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies; VBR Research and Education Foundation; and Vermont PBS.
In 2009 Ms. Ventriss was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Building Bright Futures Council, which is organized to create a unified system of quality health, early care and education supports for young children and their families. In 2010 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Key Achieve Award by KeyBank, in recognition of her years of leadership and contributions to both the business and non-profit communities throughout Vermont.
Ms. Ventriss is a native of Middlebury, VT and holds a Master of Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont. She is married and has three sons.
Sherra D. Bourget
Sherra D. Bourget is the Operations and Communication Director for Vermont Business Roundtable. Born in Indiana and raised outside of Washington D.C. in Northern Virginia, Sherra has resided in Vermont since 1999. She received her post-secondary education at Champlain College (summa cum laude), earning a B.S. in Multimedia/Graphic Design. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Champlain. She is married and has one daughter.
Jill Berry Bowen
Northwestern Medical Center, Inc.
John R. Brumsted, M.D.
President and CEO
The University of Vermont Health Network
Thomas A. ‘Tom’ Dee
President and CEO
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
President and CEO
Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.
Walter B. Frame, III
Executive Vice President
Trapp Family Lodge
Global-Z International, Inc.
Husky Injection Molding
Scott A. Giles
President and CEO
Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
John R. Killacky
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Engelberth Construction, Inc.
Leslee A. MacKenzie
Owner and President
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty
Chroma Technology Corporation
Judith W. ‘Judy’ O’Connell
Champlain Investment Partners
Paul H. Ode, Jr.
Managing Partner and CEO
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
William Shouldice, IV
President and CEO
Vermont Teddy Bear Co.
E. Thomas ‘Tom’ Sullivan
The University of Vermont
Michael T. ‘Mike’ Walsh
Managing Director – New England
Neville Companies Inc.