SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation (GSBDC) recently announced it has appointed Kenneth B. Jardin, II and Stephen A. Mitchell to its board of trustees.
As board members, Jardin and Mitchell will help provide guidance and oversite to the GSBDC staff and its mission to help small businesses in the Central New York region with SBA 504 and non-conventional business loans, the organization said in a news release.
Jardin, of East Syracuse, has more than 35 years of experience in commercial and small-business banking in the Central New York area. He is currently the senior VP and chief lending officer at Solvay Bank. Before that, Jardin had been a VP and senior business banking relationship manager at M&T Bank for over 13 years. In addition to the GSBDC board, Jardin is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY board and regularly volunteers with the Salvation Army, St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, and other organizations. He had also previously served on GSBDC’s loan committee for several years.
Mitchell, of Baldwinsville, also has over 35 years’ experience in both commercial banking and economic and job development. He currently serves as executive director and relationship executive for JP Morgan Chase & Co. Mitchell started his career working as an economic development coordinator with the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency and eventually becoming executive director there before moving into commercial banking in 1998. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and is a SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry Foundation board member and also acts as director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse Metro board.
GSBDC is a not-for-profit company that since 1964, has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration, local and regional economic-development agencies, and local banks to provide financing for fixed-asset projects and working capital.
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