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Tom Torti
President and CEO
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Tom Torti has been the President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006. Prior to his appointment, he spent 16 years serving in senior cabinet positions in the state government. Tom has been active in his community and the region serving as a member of the Essex Select Board and Planning Commission; the Chittenden County Transportation Authority; the Maple Leaf Farms Board of Directors and coaching youth sports. He currently serves on the Boards of The Committee on Temporary Shelter, RunVermont, Hunger Free Vermont and is a Trustee of Burlington College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Michael’s College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont.

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Catherine Z. Davis
Executive Vice President
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Cathy heads the Chamber’s legislative advocacy, visitor services and economic development teams. A member of the Chamber’s executive team, she works to ensure that the Chamber remains a strong voice for our business community that delivers results for its members. Prior to joining the Chamber, Cathy worked for former US Senator James M. Jeffords, running his Burlington district office and representing him on immigration and international affairs issues. Cathy serves on the boards of Green Up Vermont and Hunger Free Vermont. She is married with two children and resides in Jericho. Learn more about Cathy here

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Patrick O’Neil
Vice President of Financial & Operations
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Pat serves as the Chamber’s Financial Operations Manager. Prior to joining the Chamber, he spent six years managing the accounting and finance for the North American branch of Garmont.  Patrick received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Vermont and is a lifelong resident of Essex, Vermont. Patrick enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing and hockey. Learn more about Patrick here

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Nicole Belanus
Operations Manager
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Nicole serves as the Operations Manager for the Chamber. She is responsible for Accounts Receivables, improving the operational systems and best practices that ensure the Chamber’s efficiency, serves as the Board liaison, manages and more!  In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family. Read more about Nicole here.

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Matt Borden
Welcome Center Manager
[email protected] | 802.363.4684

Matt has worked at the Chamber for 10 years and is currently the Supervisor of the Williston Welcome Centers, Georgia Southbound Rest Area, the Chamber’s Burlington International Airport Information Desk and Burlington Waterfront Visitors Center. Read more about Matt here.

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Billy Connelly
Member Engagement Manager
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As our Member Engagement Manager, Billy is responsible for developing plans and managing activities that build and strengthen relationships with our community. He helps new members understand how to get the most from Chamber membership, and he works with members and partners to ensure the Chamber supports their work, understand their challenges, and helps them move forward. He is responsible for CRM, recruiting new members, and for advertising sales. Billy enjoys spending time with his busy family and their dog, reading, writing, hiking, and gardening. He is a Veteran of the Air National Guard. Read more about Billy here.

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Erin Bombard
Events & Tourism Marketing Manager  &                                    Director of Burlington Young Professionals
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Erin supports the Chamber’s regional tourism and event functions. She works to market the Lake Champlain region as a tourism destination and manages the Chamber’s networking and annual events. Erin also directs the Burlington Young Professional group. A native Western New Yorker moving to Vermont after completing her B.A. from Plattsburgh State, Erin spends her free time with friends and family, outside, cooking or reading a good book. Learn more about Erin here.  

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Tori Colarusso
Communications Manager &
Leadership Champlain Program Manager
[email protected] | 802.863.3489 ext. 201

Tori manages all Chamber communications. She also heads up Leadership Champlain, the Chamber’s professional development and community engagement program. She is a native New Yorker and moved to Vermont after completing her B.A. in Political Science from the University at Albany to pursue a life nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, cycling, and traveling. Read more about Tori here

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John Antonucci
Director of Entrepreneurship
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John is the director of LaunchVT, a statewide business mentoring and pitch competition and HackVT, a 24hr hack-a-thon competition. Prior to joining LCRCC John consulted for businesses and nonprofits and he was a co-founder of the Entrepreneurship Institute for the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. He has degrees in Economics, Sociology, and Education from the University of Vermont. Learn more about John here

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Austin Davis
Government Affairs Manager
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Austin Davis joined the chamber in November as the Government Affairs Manager. Prior to joining the chamber, Austin served as the Communications & Operations at Renewable Energy Vermont. He is a life-long resident of the Champlain Valley and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Community & International Development from the University of Vermont. When Austin is not working, he can be found skiing, mountain biking, or climbing around Vermont.

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Gail Stevenson
VQEI Coordinator
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Gail is in charge of VQEI relations. Gail currently consults for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, was Director of International Programs at Champlain College; served on the Faculty at Middlebury College for many years and has numerous significant academic achievements to her name. Gail holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University. Gail is fluent in Norwegian, has a command of the Russian language, communicates both in writing and speaking in French and some Spanish. Read more about Gail here.

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Barbara Swinton
Tourist Assistant

Barb welcomes visitors, answers questions about the area and assists Chamber staff with various projects. She belongs to Burlington Business and Professional Women, volunteers at Hope Lodge and is a Flynn Center Spirit. She enjoys cooking, reading, antiquing, and train travel. 

Meet the Vermont Convention Bureau Staff

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Thomas Carton

Sales Manager

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Chris Saracco

Marketing Assistant

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Maureen Morgan

Senior Sales Manager


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The Vermont Convention Bureau is a division of the Chamber that offers complimentary statewide event planning services to anyone looking at Vermont for a meeting, wedding, or special event. We’ll help you match your vision and expectations to the perfect venue, location, and services anywhere in the state.
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Meet the Vermont Council on World Affairs Staff

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James Gunger
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Patricia Preston

Executive Director

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Vinson Pierce

Manager of Global Engagement

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James Gunger

Community Development Coordinator

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Emma Baylin


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The Vermont Council on World Affairs is an affiliate of the Chamber that helps bring the world to Vermont and Vermont to the world.
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