Resume For John G. Gerard
John G. Gerard has accrued a highly positive record of employment, coupled with a history of tangible accomplishment in the areas or industrial and economic development, business assistance, commercial real estate sales and leasing, project and organizational management, research, report writing and public relations. His 30 years of professional experience have been split between southern, central and northern Maine, providing him with a unique perspective of the State of Maine. He is 50 years of age, in excellent health, and father of two daughters.
Gerard Commercial Properties (November, 1994 to Present) Mr. Gerard is the founder, CEO and principal broker of this corporate real estate brokerage agency located within Brunswick, which specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial and commercial properties.
Morton Real Estate Commercial Properties (January, 1990 to October, 1994) Mr. Gerard formed and headed the commercial division of Morton Real Estate, a highly-regarded, reality firm in Brunswick.
Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce (April, 1982 to July, 1989) Mr. Gerard held the position of President of this full service Chamber of Commerce. The position included the contracted responsibility to serve as the Industrial Development Agent for the Town of Brunswick. Over one-half of his time was targeted to industrial/economic development activities which included business attraction, industrial park development, business assistance, downtown revitalization, data collection/analysis and infrastructure development. His Chamber responsibilities included tourism promotion, public relations, government lobbying, and corporate management.
Limestone Development Foundation, Inc. (September, 1979 to April, 1982) Mr. Gerard was retained to assist the Economic Development Administration (E.D.A.) help the Limestone (Maine) area deal with the then imminent closure of Loring Air force Base. He formed the municipally-based Limestone Development Foundation, working with local elected officials, and served as its first Executive Director. In 1980, EDA accepted and public a report written by Mr. Gerard entitled “A Foundation for the Future: An Economic Adjustment Strategy Based Upon Diversification and Military Dependency Reduction.” This strategy formed the basis for a range of implementation activity which subsequently proceeded under Mr. Gerard’s leadership. He was described as follows in a regional newspaper editorial shortly before leaving for Brunswick, “... John Gerard, an economist and regional planner, typifies the very best of a young generation of leaders ... educated, dedicated and possessed of a healthy distance from the programs and politics of the past, Gerard represents the new wave of leadership”.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (1976-1979) Mr. Gerard served as an Economic Development Specialist for this six county development agency based in Bangor, Maine. He was hired to complete a troubled EDA Title IX economic development strategy for Piscataquis County and southwestern Penobscot County. This project was successfully finalized with the publication of “An Economic Adjustment Strategy for Piscataquis County and S.W. Penobscot LMA-Final Report”. This report was highlighted by the Maine Sunday Telegram in a three part review. Following completion of the Title IX project, Mr. Gerard specialized in business development and Federal surplus property acquisition.
Casco Bank (1975-1976) Formerly Northern National Bank, at its Bangor, Maine office. Mr. Gerard served as Assistant Branch Manager. His responsibilities included consumer lending, commercial loan analysis, document preparation, maintenance of receivables and public relations.
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SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
- Coordinated the retention/expansion of Arrow Hart within Brunswick . . . the largest employment expansion in Maine during 1985, and led local marketing and development efforts which resulted in the location of a 130,000 sq. ft. L.L. Bean manufacturing plant at the Brunswick Industrial Park . . . the largest plant expansion in Maine during 1988.
- Directed the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce into a highly regarded, full-service Chamber with a doubling of Chamber membership, staff and budget within six years.
- Coordinated efforts to cultivate Bath Iron Works expansions within Brunswick, yielding construction and acquisitions totaling 300,000 square feet and orchestrated the phased design, development and sale of the 80-acre Brunswick Industrial Park.
- Spearheaded the formation of the Midcoast Economic Development Council and the Limestone Development Foundation.
- Coordinated a $1.2 million Limestone sewerage treatment plant upgrade, the reduction of Limestone sewerage system infiltration by fifty percent, the establishment of the Pine’s Health Center in Limestone and the design, funding and construction of the Limestone Industrial Park at twenty-six percent below projected costs.
- Conducted military facility reuse feasibility analyses for Charleston Radar Station in Charlston, Maine, the Bangor Ammunition Storage Annex in Hampden, Maine and the Caswell Radar Station in Caswell, Maine.
- Initiated and led local efforts to: relocate a University of Maine Center to Brunswick; bring electronic telecommunications switching to Brunswick; obtain legislative funding for a motor vehicle office; establish an area child care coalition and secure special legislative funding for a child care resource development center; and, pursue downtown revitalization.
University of Maine at Orono, B.A., Economics, 1975, and “Advanced Seminars on Industrial Development” . . . two day accredited seminars conducted annual by the Economic Development Council of Maine and the University of Maine, 1978-1994, all years inclusive.
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
- Maine Commercial Association of Realtors - Charter member and current Director.
- Brunswick Development Corporation - Director (5 yrs.).
- Brunswick Economic Development Corporation – Director
- Brunswick Downtown Association - Director
- Notary public and Maine licensed real estate broker.
Other past affiliations include the Cumberland County Private Industry Council as Director (5 yrs), Economic Development Council of Maine (11 yrs.), Northeastern Industrial Developers Association (14 yrs.), Brunswick Industrial & Economic Development Committee (7 yrs, Chairman for 2 yrs.), Brunswick Resources Corporation as Corporate Sec./Treas. (7 yrs.), Bath-Brunswick Area Military-Community Council as Civilian Coordinator (7 yrs.), Midcoast Economic Development council as Corporate Secretary (1 yr.), Brunswick Area Child Care Coalition as Chairman (1 yr.), Brunswick Rotary Club - Member (18 yrs.) and former Director.
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