Democrat Jay DeVivo is seeking a seat for Simsbury Board of Selectmen.
Boston College, BA, Economics
UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA
I began my career at a Boston-based mutual
fund company. I then worked in
private equity where I evaluated companies for potential investment. During and after business school, I ran
my own consulting business. My
clients ranged from start-ups to publicly traded companies. Most of my
engagements focused on strategic marketing, business planning, or product development. I am currently and Assistant Vice
President of risk management for a large insurance company.
are you seeking office?
I am running because I think Simsbury is
at a crossroads. If we want to
preserve all that makes Simsbury special, we need to pursue responsible growth
opportunities. I am committed to bringing in companies that will not only
increase our economic base, but also are eager to integrate into our community.
experience do you bring to the table?
Whether it is helping a startup
differentiate itself in a crowded market, or helping a large company manage
complex risks, I have had to work effectively across different groups that
often have had competing priorities.
Simsbury has wisely invested in its assets
and we are in a great position to attract the right kind of growth. I can help make a compelling case for
businesses to come to Simsbury and work creatively with all of the stakeholders
– private companies, the town, and in some cases the state – to develop
solutions that work for everyone.
What do you feel is the town's most pressing issue?
Expanding our economic base in a responsible fashion. Most people I have met tell me expanding our tax base is important, but they also express concern about continuing to preserve Simsbury’s unique character. The good news is growth and protecting what makes Simsbury special is not an either/or proposition.Simsbury must be aggressive in attracting the innovative industries and companies; these are the engines that drive our economy. At the state level, the DECD has identified 4 industries that are critical to Connecticut’s long-term economic growth:
- Insurance/financial services
- Precision manufacturing/aerospace
- Clean tech
These are kinds of businesses that will integrate
well into our community, and Simsbury is in a great position to attract
them. We offer employers a
highly skilled and educated workforce, fantastic schools, a bucolic setting,
and a rare quality of life. Employers
have families too, and our unique set of strengths represent a real competitive
advantage in attracting forward-thinking businesses.
do you love most about town?
I love that we live among such a diversity of
natural beauty; Simsbury is a place that can't be replicated.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy skiing, writing, and chasing
around our boys – Jameson and Griffin – and our dog,
How can residents keep up with you?
You can email me at DeVivoForSelectman@gmail.com, you can find me on Facebook at “Jay DeVivo for Selectman,” or follow me on Twitter @JayDeVivo.