Moving On With Gratitude

Posted on 12/21/2017 by Robin Scheu

Moving On With Gratitude


With my departure from ACEDC now just a day away, you can imagine the mixed feelings I hold. These past few months have been bittersweet as I’ve met with businesses, colleagues and partners one last time. As I’ve engaged in many conversations with all of you, I see both what has been accomplished and the opportunities that lie ahead.

One of the very best things about this work is that it is all about relationships. This is an area where Addison County excels. I love that the partners I’ve worked with are supportive and collaborative rather than competitive. And I really love how so many of our businesses collaborate with each other. Maple Landmark makes tap pulls for Vermont Hard Cider. WhistlePig has Danforth Pewter make its special rye whiskey bottle tops. Aqua ViTea sells its alcohol byproducts from kombucha to Appalachian Gap Distillery, who also has used coffee from Vermont Coffee Company in some of its spirits. And the list goes on.

I truly think I’ve had the best job in Addison County for the past 9 years. I’ve met so many wonderful people and learned so much. I’ve been incredibly well supported by a strong and engaged board. All of you have been extremely welcoming to me – answering my questions, giving me tours of your business, asking about my family, and sharing stories of yours. I feel that I’ve made hundreds of new friends over the years.

ACEDC is strong and looking toward the future. I’m thrilled that Fred Kenney will be leading the organization as the next Executive Director. While I take a fair measure of pride in the organization’s health, the strength and leadership of ACEDC is not held by one person. It also resides in our staff, our board, and our members. And it is found in the many people who are committed to the economic health of Addison County.

Addison County is a truly special place. I am lucky to live here, lucky to have met and worked with all of you, and so very fortunate to have been Executive Director of ACEDC. The work wouldn’t have been as satisfying and fun without all of you. You have my admiration and deep appreciation for supporting ACEDC’s success in the past and on into the future.

Wishing you all the best,