PRESIDENT VERMONT BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
30 KIMBALL AVENUE
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT 05403
Lisa M. Ventriss is president and chief spokesperson of Vermont Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, public affairs organization composed of 120 CEOs from among the state’s most successful private sector and not-for-profit employers. Through thoughtful policy research and analysis, collaboration and advocacy, the Roundtable seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capital of its members to benefit the welfare of all Vermonters on economic, social and environmental matters.
Prior to joining the Roundtable in 2002, Ms. Ventriss was president of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1997-2002), in which she represented the industry and strategic partners as it grew into the largest domestic domicile and third largest captive domicile in the world. The hallmark of Ms. Ventriss’s contributions was in laying the foundation for what has become the industry’s leading educational organization, the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).
Within the Roundtable Ms. Ventriss has lead the organization to become effective and respected business champions for public investments in the early life of a child. The Roundtable’s efforts have resulted in meaningful legislation at the state level and have earned a national reputation and recognition for successful community building on this issue. The Roundtable’s leadership efforts have been funded by Pew Center on the States.
Ms. Ventriss currently serves on the boards of Champlain College; Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; Maine Mutual Group; Mercy Connections, as chair; University of Vermont; Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies; Vermont Medical Society Education & Research Foundation; and Vermont Public Television.
In 2009 Ms. Ventriss was appointed by Governor Douglas to the Building Bright Futures Council, which is organized to create a unified system of quality health, early care and education supports for young children and their families. She currently serves as co-chair. In 2010 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Key Achieve Award by KeyBank in recognition of her years of leadership and contributions to both the business and nonprofit communities throughout Vermont. In 2011 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the first Youth Development Award by the Greater Burlington YMCA for her tireless efforts in advocating for investment in quality early education. And in 2012 Ms. Ventriss was presented with the Hope Award by the National MS Society of Greater New England for her leadership in the business and philanthropic communities.
Ms. Ventriss is a sixth-generation native from Middlebury, Vt., and holds a master’s of public administration and a B.A. in political science from the University of Vermont. She is married and has three sons.