An upstate New Yorker has been appointed regional administrator for the Small Business Administration, the agency announced Thursday.
Steve Bulger, who has served as Saratoga County Republican chairman since 2016 and was former U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson's district director for six years, will oversee the Small Business Administration's six offices and 64 employees in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"I am very pleased that Steve is in place to help support me and the president in serving as a voice and go-to resource for our nation's 30 million small businesses," said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. "In his new position as the regional administrator for Region II, I will rely on him heavily as we move forward in 2018 and beyond and look forward to working closely with him on the issues and concerns that are most important to the small businesses in his region."
Bulger earned a bachelor's degree in government and law at Lafayette College and has a business background. He co-founded a digital marketing start-up firm and worked as investment broker.
A bulk of his career was spent in the medical device sector. His positions included manager at the Stryker Corporation. In that role he was responsible for overseeing orthopedic implant and equipment marketing and sales in upstate New York and western New England.
Bulger was hired by Gibson, R-Kinderhook, in 2011 to serve as his district director. Gibson represented the 19th Congressional District, which includes all or parts of 11 counties. Bulger's main task was to oversee district operations for the congressman, including the offices throughout the district.
"I am honored to join SBA's team of talented individuals who are committed to the development of small business across New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the USVI," Bulger said in a statement. "I look forward to leveraging SBA's tolls 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 resides in Saratoga County with his wife, Mary Beth. The couple has three children.
The Small Business Administration has 10 regions and 68 district offices across the country. There are three offices in New York, including one in Syracuse.
McMahon visited Syracuse in November to meet with regional staff.