Vermont Economic Development Authority appoints board of directors member

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ST. ALBANS – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) recently announced Andrea Gagner has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Gagner is the Chief Executive Officer of 14th Star Brewing Company in St. Albans.

During her time at 14th Star the company has grown from three employees to 24, distribution in seven states and has gained a reputation for being a community-conscious organization that regularly gives back to the veteran, brewing and local communities.

A lifelong resident of Vermont, she holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management and sits on the boards of three charities.

In addition to her work with 14th Star, she is a certified spin instructor and teaches numerous fitness classes, hosting Sweat & Sip bootcamps to benefit different charities regularly.

Her two children and grandchildren are also in Vermont.

Gagner attended her first Board meeting this past Friday in Montpelier.

“VEDA is pleased to welcome Andrea to its Board of Directors,” said Cassie Polhemus, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Her leadership and experience building a successful Vermont company brings valuable insight to VEDA’s mission, which is to provide financing programs that help our businesses and farms grow and create jobs.”

She replaces Jane Sanders, who stepped down after her appointment ended at the end of VEDA’s fiscal year on June 30.

“We all look forward to working with Andrea,” said Thomas Gallagher, Chair of VEDA’s Board of Directors. “The success of 14th Star is exactly what we want to see for businesses across the state and her experience will help ensure VEDA is providing the right financing programs for Vermonters.”