The Agency of Commerce and Community Development today announced that Brent Raymond has joined the state agency as the new director of the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. Raymond will be directing the work of the agency’s international trade office. The office assists Vermont businesses of all sizes with international trade-related educational seminars, trade show participation, technical assistance and one-on-one consulting services. The office provides funding to help Vermont businesses access international markets. ‘A top priority of the Shumlin administration is to increase the export of Vermont-made products in Canada and overseas, and we are delighted to have Brent on our team working with Vermont’s many world-class companies,’ said Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller.’We are fortunate to have funding available to help companies get started and grow their export business, and Brent’s expertise will be a tremendous asset.’ The Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) has a strong reputation for excellent customer service and quality technical assistance. VGTP also works closely with the U.S. Commercial Service to promote export opportunities around the globe. Raymond started his new post Dec. 12. A native of Swanton, Raymond most recently served as Rep. Peter Welch’s Business Liaison after 10 years in Vermont’s financial services sector. Raymond was a Vice President of TD Bank’s Wealth Management Group and subsequently worked as a Vermont-based financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, earning several medals and commendations, and later served in both the Vermont Air National Guard and the Vermont Army National Guard. A summa cum laude graduate of Hunter College, he graduated with a double major in history and an honors interdisciplinary studies program. Raymond lives in Williston with his wife, Leyla, and their three-year-old son, Brodyn.