EDC-VC announces new board leadership

February 13, 2013
Santa Paula News

Supervisor Kathy Long, 2013 Board Chair

Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long will serve as the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s 2013 board chair with Sim Tang-Paradis of City National Bank as vice chair. The two were installed at EDC-VC’s 16th Annual Meeting on Jan. 17.

As a public-private partnership, EDC-VC connects the two sectors to promote communication and shared agenda for a prosperous Ventura County. The organization annually alternates its board leadership between a public-sector representative and private-sector one.

   “It’s my great honor to serve as the chair of EDC-VC’s board for 2013,” said Long. “Over the years, I’ve worked with EDC-VC as it developed into an important business resource, whose deep community investment is built upon engaged public and private stakeholders. I look forward to working with Sim to help EDC-VC continue making significant contributions to our region’s economy.”

 “Our board is fortunate to have such high-caliber leaders steering our organization,” added Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC’s president and CEO. “They are passionate about helping EDC-VC continue creating and saving jobs, and helping businesses be more competitive through a skilled workforce and access global opportunities.”

Ventura County Supervisor Long is currently in her fifth term as the Third District representative, serving as chair in 2000, 2005 and 2010. She has been on EDC-VC’s board since the organization’s inception in 1996, and served as board chair in 2001. She is a former small business owner and is an active member of several community service and business organizations, co-chairing RDP-21, the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century at the Naval Base Ventura County.

 Tang-Paradis joined EDC-VC’s board in 2010. As vice president and manager of City National Bank’s Oxnard banking office, she oversees delivery of the bank’s financial products and services, including commercial, consumer and real estate loans; cash management; international banking and foreign exchange.

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center and loan, manufacturing outreach and international trade programs, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24, or bruce.stenslie@edc-vc.com. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.

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