SBA announces appointment of Region II administrator
SAN JUAN – U.S Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon announced Thursday the appointment of Steve Bulger as the agency’s regional administrator for Region II, which encompasses New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Bulger will be responsible for managing and overseeing the SBA’s “lending, economic development and procurement programs over five district and six branch offices. Combined, these offices total 64 employees and assist nearly 3 million small businesses employing over 6 million workers in Region II,” according to Thursday’s release.
SBA has 10 regions, managed by politically appointed administrators, who “play a part” in supervising the 68 district offices and promoting the president’s and SBA administrator’s policies.
Bulger, a New York native, has “extensive experience in economic development, sales and marketing, and government relations, having spent thirty years in the private sector prior to his government service,” according to the release.
“I look forward to leveraging SBA’s tools and programs to help create more opportunities for small businesses to succeed, create jobs, and improve access to capital in order to drive local and national economic growth,” Bulger is quoted in the published announcement.
“In the Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands district office, we look forward to working with Mr. Bulger as we drive recovery efforts on our islands and continue supporting our entrepreneurial ecosystem during challenging times,” District Director Yvette T. Collazo added.
Most recently, Bulger served six years as District Director for Congressman Chris Gibson, where he oversaw all congressional district operations across 15 counties in Upstate New York. In that role, he handled government affairs with the business, non-profit, and healthcare sectors, while working with other federal, state and local elected officials. This included economic development and infrastructure issues, along with helping lead the district’s disaster recovery efforts following Hurricanes Irene & Lee in 2011, the SBA wrote.
Adding that prior to that, he was a manager with the Stryker Corp. overseeing orthopedic implant and equipment sales and marketing efforts in the Upstate NY/Western New England area, and spent a total of 20 years in the medical device sector. Bulger was also a co-founder of a digital marketing start-up firm, and worked as an investment broker in the financial services industry.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in government and law from Lafayette College and “has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit and local government organizations.” He lives in Saratoga County with his wife, Mary Beth, and they have three children.