Jefferson County, NY Economic Development
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Staff and Board of Directors Information

Staff:


Chief Executive Officer

David Zembiec (Bio)



Deputy CEO

Marshall Weir (Bio)


Chief Financial Officer

Lyle Eaton (Bio)


Finance Assistant

Joy Nuffer


Agricultural Coordinator

Jay Matteson (Bio)


Economic Development Specialist

Robin Stephenson (Bio)


Executive Assistant

Peggy Sampson

 

Board of Directors

Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency
JCIDA Board of Directors are appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Legislators (JCBOL)

Jefferson County Local Development Corporation
(7 JCIDA Directors plus 4 additional directors)

Jefferson County Civic Facility Development Corporation
(7 JCIDA Directors)


Robert E. Aliasso, Jr.
Chairman
Term: 12/10/2019 – 12/31/2023
Current Employer:
ErgonArmor
Position:
Director, International Business Development
Professional Experience:
A SME on Corrosion Engineering focused on industrial applications of Power, Chemical Process Industries, Metals & Minerals and Paper & Pulp with 35+ years experience in selection of non-metallic chemical protection barriers and systems.

BS ChE – Clarkson University 1987


W. Edward Walldroff
JCLDC Vice Chairman, JCIDA Secretary
Term: 11/15/2022 – 12/31/2026
Current Employer:
Homestead Fields Organic Farms
Position:
Owner
Professional Experience:
Over 20 years on organic dairy farm; organic certified crops and beef.
Agricultural interests: NYS Leadership Institute, USDA (elected county representative) and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.
Board of Director for Jefferson Bulk Milk Coop, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Voting Member Representative for Agri-Mark Cooperative and Organic Valley Cooperative.


Paul Warneck
Treasurer
Term: 2/2/2021 – 12/31/2024
Current Employer:
Retired – Jefferson County Real Property Tax Service
Position:
Director
Professional Experience:
Oversight of the tax mapping office, coordination of tax billing and assessment roll.  Assisted Town Assessors with their duties.


Kent D. Burto
JCLDC Secretary
Term: 12/2/2021 – 12/31/2026
Current Employer:
Howard Hanna
Position:
Real Estate Associate Broker
Professional Experience:
Over 20 years experience in residential and commercial real estate.

Director of the Branagh Memorial Boys and Girls Club 1985-1997
Village of West Carthage Trustee 1985-1999
Jefferson County Legislator 2000-2011, Chairman of the Board 2006-2007
Home Consortium Board Member 1995-present
Watertown Industrial Center LDC Board Member


John J. Condino
Term: 11/15/2022 – 12/31/2026
Current Employer:
Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C.
Position:
Senior Manager
Professional Experience:
Project development including the study, funding, design, construction, start-up, and operations and maintenance of a wide spectrum of infrastructure projects.


David J. Converse
Term: 11/15/2022 – 12/31/2026
Current Employer:
Converse Laboratories Inc.
Position:
President
Professional Experience:
General business oversight, sales, customer service, environmental and project management.  Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant.  Educated and trained in hazardous materials and site investigations, confined space entry, environmental immunoassay on site analysis, environmental chemistry for groundwater remediation, certified mold inspector, and environmental site assessment for commercial real estate.


William W. Johnson
Term: 2/1/2022 – 12/31/2023
Current Employer:
County of Jefferson
Retired – Niagara Mohawk/National Grid
Position:
Chairman – Board of Legislators
Lead Engineer – Electric Meter Standards
Professional Experience:
Represent district two (Town of Lyme and the Town of Brownville)
Evaluate new meters for use on National Grid’s system, review and update National Grid’s electric meter standards and specify metering systems for all new generation, large commercial and industrial installations.


Lisa L’Huillier
Term: 2/2/2021 – 12/31/2024
Current Employer:
Hefferon Real Estate
Position:
NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker
Professional Experience:
Own and operate real estate brokerage the handling of purchases and sales of residential, investment, seasonal, land and commercial properties.


Robert J. Aiken
Term: 10/1/2020 – 12/31/2025
Current Employer:
Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors, PLLC
Position:
Director of Business Development/Project Manager
Professional Experience:
Business Development & Marketing, Account Acquisition and Retention Program, Project Management, Project Cost/Estimating Management & Control, Subcontractor Relations/Negotiations, Vendor and Materials Management, Safety Management, Project Planning and Scheduling, Quality Assurance/Control, Organization and Time Management


Christine A. Powers
Term: 1/5/2023 – 12/31/2027
Current Employer:
Watertown Savings Bank
Position:
VP/Commercial Loan Officer – Lending Compliance
Professional Experience:
Responsible for maintaining and developing loan/deposit relationships and fully responsible for all lending compliance related matters; both consumer and commercial.


Gregory A. Gardner
Term: 12/2/2021 – 12/31/2026
Current Employer:
Suny Potsdam
Position:
Associate Professor
Professional Experience:
Teaching and research into business and economics.

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