Fred has served as Executive Director of ACEDC since November 2017. Fred brings over 30 years of business and public administration experience at the state and federal levels, including 20 years in economic development. After running an inn, restaurant and pub, and working in real estate and construction in the Sugarbush area, Fred served on Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff for thirteen years. Following a brief period in Senator Leahy’s personal office in Washington, D.C., Fred served as Assistant Clerk on Leahy’s Senate Appropriations Committee staff. He then moved his family back to Vermont and provided constituent services in Senator Leahy’s Burlington office and then provided outreach in the areas of business, economic development, housing, and transportation from the Senator’s Montpelier office. In 2001, Fred was appointed as Executive Director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, providing statewide economic development strategic planning and administering the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Program, the Tax Increment Financing Program, and other programs for the Vermont Agency of Commerce. Fred has served as Executive Director of ACEDC since November 2017. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, Jan. They have three grown children: Cambria, Aliza, and Benjamin. Fred also served on the Bolton School Board, including several years as Chair. Fred is also President of With Love From Vermont, a Vermont non-profit that since 2012 has partnered with Feed My Starving Children to pack and send over 1.3 million meals to starving children around the world and collect tons of non-perishable food for local food shelves.