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Sullivan named economic chief; former Partnership head takes on two agencies in Pike

March 6, 2012

Mike Sullivan is back after a short retirement.
“I tried to stay home for two months after this last job and couldn’t do it,” he said.

Sullivan, who was just named the executive director of the Pike County Economic Alliance Committee, a committee of both the Pike County Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) and the Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA), has a long history of involvement in local businesses and economic development efforts.

“I just finished a job working for the new hospital in Middletown in order to market the two existing hospital buildings— Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Hospital—which will be closed,” Sullivan said. “Horton will be a new medical school and Arden Hill will be a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) facility. Since these projects were finished, it was a natural thing for me to take this new position on.”

Sullivan was formally introduced to the members and boards of directors of both groups, to neighboring chambers of commerce and to county elected officials at a cocktail reception on February 21 at the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau in Hawley.
“This position is a natural fit for me,” he said.

From 1979 to 1986, he was the executive director of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in New York. He also had a leadership position as the marketing director for the Times Herald Record in Middletown, NY and was president of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development in Monticello, NY.

“I look to be the solution to Pike County business development issues,” he said.

Sullivan’s expertise is in the field of business-to-business marketing with a special emphasis on research, business development, territory alignment and product development, according to a bio of Sullivan in the Irwin Siegel Agency website where he worked as marketing director beginning in July 2007.

Pike Chamber of Commerce secretary Philly Viscardo said this alliance between the chamber and the EDA will help improve business in Pike County. Pike EDA co-chair Marcia Guberman said the groups were looking for an executive director after presenting their idea to the county commissioners and getting their approval.

They were looking for someone with chamber of commerce experience as well as economic development background. Sullivan was chosen for the position and began his job on February 13.