Meet the Commission
Jim Fisher, Chairman
James Fisher is a mortgage banker and has been working in residential lending for over 30 years. He has lived in Brookfield for 30 years and has been active in coaching and supporting youth sports, a past treasurer of the high school Booster club, past president of the Brookfield Rotary Club, and a member of the Economic Development Commission for over 20 years. Jim graduated from Dean Jr. College and Bryant College with degrees in business management.
Peter Gerardi, Vice Chairman
Peter Gerardi has over 15 years of experience in the Retail Banking Industry; with a particular focus on residential and small business lending. Peter lives in Brookfield with his wife and two children where he is active in the community. Peter joined Newtown Savings Bank in April 2016. In his current role as Regional Market Manager, he is responsible for business development in the Brookfield Market as well as overseeing the other 5 markets within the Northern Region, including Danbury, Bethel, Southbury, Woodbury and Oxford.
Dave Matte, Commissioner
Dave Matte is a retired educator of 38 years, primarily in Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. He has also taught for 3 years in Southbury, CT and one year in Randolph, VT. Mr. Matte served in the capacities of a social studies teacher, the head of a summer school program and the adult education program, negotiator for the teachers bargaining group, and was a department head for fourteen years. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S in Secondary Education, followed by graduating with a Masters in European history from the University of Bridgeport. Matte also has a degree in Intermediate Supervisors from Southern Connecticut State College. Dave Matte has been with the Economic Development Commission since 2009.
Rich Reynolds, Commissioner
Rich Reynolds has lived in Connecticut for 25+ years in the Candlewood Lake communities. He is a full-time real estate professional with over 15 years of comprehensive knowledge in residential real estate general contracting, property development, and property investment, along with personal buying/selling experience. His knowledge of these distinct markets and his superior customer service skills bring great value to buyers, sellers, investors, and developers alike. Rich is a member of the National Realtor Association, Northern Fairfield Count Realtor Association, a Board Member of The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, and a mentor of Western Connecticut SCORE. In addition, Rich has been actively involved in local business communities establishing Business Improvement Districts, outreach programs and Community Service.
Mel Butow, Commissioner
Mel Butow and his wife Sharon moved from Long Island to Brookfield in November 2013 to be closer to their grandchildren. Mel has 40+ years of financial management experience, mainly in advertising and media related companies. He was also the C.E.O. of his own company that provided accounting services for small and start-up companies. The company was also involved in traditional real estate sales. Along with serving on the Economic Development Commission, Mel also serves on the Planning Commission and is a Deputy Registrar.