Sullivan named SEED Regional Business Advocate of the Year

PROVIDENCE – The South Eastern Economic Development Corp., or SEED, has selected Leonard Sullivan, first executive vice president of Bristol County Savings Bank, as its Regional Business Advocate of the Year.

“It is our pleasure to present the Regional Business Advocate of the Year award to Leonard Sullivan for his role in the growth of Bristol County Savings Bank over the last 25 years, and for his commitment to community organizations [that] have an impact on the region’s economic development,” said Maria Gooch-Smith, SEED’s executive director.

Since 1993, Sullivan has been responsible for building the commercial lending department at the Taunton-based bank, which has assisted many small businesses in the region. In 2012, he was promoted to his current position, being responsible for commercial, consumer and residential loans, as well as the bank’s business development.

Gooch-Smith said the Regional Business Advocate award was established in 1999 in memory of Gus Yankopoulos, the late director of the Wareham Community Development Authority and who spent a lifetime working with economic-development organizations such as SEED for the betterment of the region.

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Sullivan will be presented with the award at SEED’s 36th annual meeting on Nov. 28 in Westport. In addition, SEED will present its Small Business of the Year award to Building Envelope Systems of Plainville, Mass. The event’s guest speaker will be Wendell Davis, New England regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Scott Blake is PBN staff writer. Email him at Blake@PBN.com.