New CEO for Sullivan I.D.A.: May 2021

Sykes Steps Down; Kiefer Appointed
MONTICELLO, May 2021– Edward T. Sykes, Chief Executive Officer of the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency, announced his retirement effective April 16, 2021. Appointed to the IDA Board in 1996, he will remain a board member and serve in his newly appointed position of Vice Chair.
“We are grateful to Ed for his commitment to the IDA and the advancement of meaningful projects during his tenure as CEO. As of December 2020, the IDA’s approximately 70 active projects have created 2,560 new jobs in Sullivan County,” said IDA Chairperson Suzanne Loughlin.
“I have always enjoyed my work with the IDA and am proud of our achievements in facilitating economic opportunities here in Sullivan County,” Mr. Sykes said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the board and its newest members, Craig Fleischman and Sean Brooks.”
The IDA Board has appointed John W. Kiefer to fill the role of CEO. Mr. Kiefer, a Sullivan County native, is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in finance and commercial banking. Since returning to Monticello, John has worked with the Sullivan County Revolving Loan Fund, enabling the growth and development of dozens of businesses in the County.
“I believe good things come from collaborative efforts and building on ideas one brick at a time. Miracle grand events seldom happen and when they do, they are often not all that was expected,” Mr. Kiefer said.
“We welcome John aboard and look forward to working with him as we continue to advance job opportunities and the economic welfare of the people of Sullivan County,” Ms. Loughlin said.