Thursday, December 10, 2009

BDAC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair

By a unanimous decision the Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council (BDAC) appointed Mike Kidder as Chairman and Veronica Mozzano as Vice-Chairman of the organization, which advises the Frederick County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Economic Development (OED) on economic matters.

Kidder, a member of BDAC for four years, works with Bechtel Corporation’s communications staff and manages community outreach activities in the Frederick area. Before transitioning to his current position, he was responsible for providing strategic counsel to the firm’s officers on media and community relations as well as government and political affairs. During his 20 years at Bechtel, Kidder served as company spokesman for local, national and international media. “Our council works together, as commissioner-appointed resources representing a cross-section of the community, to help enhance the quality of life for everyone doing business in Frederick County,” said Kidder. “All of us on BDAC look forward to continuing to share ideas, suggestions and creative approaches with the county commissioners to address concerns and issues facing the business community, especially during these challenging times.”

Mozzano is executive vice president and chief lending officer at Woodsboro Bank in Frederick. Her responsibilities include the oversight of both commercial and consumer lending activities. Mozzano’s financial service experience spans 29 years in commercial sales and credit risk management. She is heavily involved in community projects and organizations, serving on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter and as a member of the board of the Rotary of Carroll Creek. Mozzano joined BDAC in 2008. “We act as the eyes and ears in the community as we interact with existing business owners,” said Mozzano. “The proactive OED monthly outreach program provides BDAC members the opportunity to visit existing companies not only to learn about the businesses but also to address business owners’ specific needs in a face-to-face approach.”

“We are fortunate and pleased to have such intelligent and dedicated people serving our office and the citizens of Frederick County,” said Laurie Boyer, executive director of OED. “Mike and Veronica bring to the table valuable experience that certainly helps the County in pursuit of its goal to help existing and prospective businesses.”

For more information about BDAC and/or OED, please call 301-600-1058 or visit our website at