Community leaders join SSMEDC Board of Directors


A pair of longtime community volunteers and entrepreneurs have joined the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. At the SSMEDC’s annual meeting yesterday, Terry Rainone and Brian Robertson were each elected to three-year Board terms.

Terry Rainone is President of the Palmer Group, which is comprised of four companies in the construction, development and aggregate sectors. He’s also President of Rain-One Investments and Secretary-Treasurer of McRain Developments. A current Board member (and former Executive Director) the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area, Rainone is a former President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and former Vice-Chair of the Sault Area Hospital Board.

Brian Robertson has more than 30 years of experience as a business owner. Until 2012, he was President of Royal Tire, which has eight locations throughout Northern Ontario. Robertson is also a former President and Director of the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and, due to his volunteering and fundraising efforts, was the recipient of the Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 1993.

Also at the SSMEDC’s annual meeting, Board Director Dennis Tatasciore retired from his volunteer position after several years of service.

“We thank Dennis for his service and support, and we welcome our new Board members who have stepped up to serve their community,” said Don Mitchell, President of the SSMEDC. “The volunteer Board consists of representatives from Sault Ste. Marie’s public, private and non-profit sectors, and with such a wide-range of viewpoints and expertise, they help drive our organization and community forward.”

The SSMEDC Board of Directors provides the Corporation with strategic direction, which the staff team then uses to undertake programs, services and special projects on behalf of the community. The Board now consists of: Don Mitchell (President), Robert Reid (Vice President), Greg Punch (Past President), Lori Naccarato-Sarlo (Treasurer), Donna Hilsinger (Secretary), Christiane Husemann, Albert Giommi, Geoff Meakin, Michael Moore, Gregory Peres, Terry Rainone, Brian Robertson, Councillor Brian Watkins, Kevin Wyer, and Mayor Debbie Amaroso (Ex Officio).

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