Blue Economy Foundation announces board changes

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The Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, Inc. announced today that John Bullard and Scott Vandersall will join the board, while Jon Hagenstein has been elected as the organization’s Treasurer.
“This is a dedicated, passionate, talented Board committed to a great mission — advancing the region’s blue economy,” said organization President John Pappalardo. “Growing and evolving in a sustainable way, seeing our economy from the water and on the water, is critical to our future.”
John Bullard has spent a career in public service, much of it focused on environmental protection. As Mayor of New Bedford from 1986-1992, he brought the City into compliance with the Clean Water Act by building a secondary wastewater treatment plant, a project that contributed to the health of Buzzards Bay and cost him his job. He headed the first federal Office of Sustainable Development for the Clinton Gore administration and then returned to NOAA from 2012-2018 to manage living marine resources from Cape Hatteras to Canada. This included fisheries management and the protection of species such as the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Prior to that he served as President of Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, teaching college students about the science of the oceans. As a volunteer, he has been very active on the Board of the Buzzards Bay Coalition. He and his wife, Laurie live in Westport Point. He is an active sailor having sailed and raced in the Atlantic, Arctic, Caribbean and both Pacifics.
Scott Vandersall is the current Vice President and Regional Manager for The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in Orleans, MA. He has held this position since January of 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the business lending activities in the Lower and Outer Cape Cod Markets, managing a team of three other professionals serving our customers and communities. He has worked for Cape Cod Five since 2015 and has over 30 years of commercial lending and banking experience, with most of that experience in NH and the North Shore and Merrimack Valley regions of MA. He moved to Cape Cod full time in 2013 with his wife Amy andcurrently resides in West Dennis. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Management. He is active in the local community serving as Treasurer and board member for Community Connections. He is also a volunteer on the Health Impact Team for Cape and Islands United Way, and a member of the Yarmouth Rotary Club. He enjoys golf, biking, and ice hockey in his free time.
Jon Hagenstein is a partner at Beacon Marine Construction LLC; a company that provides construction services on waterfront infrastructure such as docks, seawalls, and dredging as well as Beacon Crane & Rigging LLC, a mobile crane service provider. Jon grew up in Sandwich with a special love for being on the water. After attending college at the University of Colorado Boulder, he turned that love into a career with Jay Cashman, Inc an international heavy civil, marine, and dredging firm. Working closely with Jay, Jon was heavily involved in new project development and witnessed firsthand how a large construction company was run. He grew into a management position and was able to travel the country working on various waterfront construction projects. The most exciting of which, was managing a multimillion-dollar gold dredging operation in Nome, Alaska. After a semi-nomadic lifestyle at the firm, Jon decided it was time to settle into one place and fulfill the inner entrepreneur that had been calling since he was a child. He always had a love for the Cape and didn’t think twice about starting up a business here. In 2015 he partnered with two of his close friends and bought an existing marine construction business, rebranded it as Beacon Marine Construction, and continued to expand on an already successful operation, including the formation and launch of Beacon Crane and Rigging. Jon is involved in the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, a committee member of the Joe Cronin Memorial Fishing Tournament, and an active member of the Osterville Anglers Club.
The Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation is a subsidiary of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce that was established to help balance and grow the region’s economy by focusing on its water and coastal resources.
The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is a 1,301-member organization that works to strengthen and promote regional economic vitality, while addressing related cultural, environmental and community concerns.
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