FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2016
Jeff Day appointed as Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Community Futures Peterborough, Chair Kim Appleton is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Day as the organization’s Executive Director, effective October 3, 2016.
Jeff has extensive business development experience in both the automotive and aerospace sectors, and started from the ground up as a tool and die-maker. His most recent position was as a global business turn-around specialist.
Jeff’s appointment is the result of an extensive search and hiring process the Board’s recruitment committee conducted in the spring and summer. The Board felt Jeff’s broad experience, mindset and business acumen would be assets to the Executive Director role.
“The Board and I are really looking forward to the new vision and energy Jeff will bring to our organization,” says Appleton. “His outgoing personality and easy nature will provide our staff with a great atmosphere in which to thrive, and it won’t be long before Jeff has assimilated himself into the local economic development community.”
Jeff also has deep roots in, and a strong commitment to, the local community. He has been a resident of Peterborough County since his family moved here when he was a young boy. He has volunteered as a youth soccer and hockey coach and ski instructor. Jeff is married to Susan, a health professional, and has three children.
Jeff’s proven experience as a team builder and leader complement his nature to challenge the status quo.
“Jeff’s natural curiosity about businesses, their successes and their challenges, combined with his understanding of global business development and best practices in a multitude of areas, will be a great asset to supporting more and better job growth opportunities for Peterborough County,” Appleton says.
Jeff is equally excited about his new role and the potential for growth in Peterborough and area.
“Although my career over the past 30 years has been with large corporate businesses, my position has always been focused on individual production programs which are all similar in structure to a small business,” Jeff says. “Working globally in the automotive and aerospace sectors has given me exposure to a broad range of visions and best business practices that I’m confident can be applied on a smaller scale to the future development of Peterborough County.”
Jeff also brings a vision and desire to improve youth employment and increase economic opportunities for future generations.
“For far too long, I’ve watched local students leave Peterborough in search of stable work or suitable careers – my oldest daughter being one of them,” Jeff explains. “Accepting this position provides me with the opportunity to give back to the community some of what it has provided me over the past 42 years and to help develop our local economy at the same time.”
In his position as Executive Director, Jeff will supervise three staff and work with the 15-member
Board, all of whom are local business owners and professionals.
The position of General Manager was previously held from May 2014 to April 2016 by Tonya Kraan, who left to start her own consulting firm STREXER Business Development. Judy Heffernan previously led the organization as General Manager for 17 years, until she passed away on July 25, 2013 from a sudden brain cancer diagnosis.
Community Futures Peterborough is a not-for-profit organization funded through the Federal government. It was established in 1985 with a mandate to administer a community loan fund in support of small and medium-sized businesses. Community Futures Peterborough promotes economic growth and diversification that creates and maintains jobs in the City and County of Peterborough. Since its inception it has disbursed loans totalling $26,004,390 to 672 small businesses, helping them create and maintain 3,344 jobs.
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