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SBA Announces New Springfield Branch Manager

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Malise Sundstrom, Public Affairs

Oreste Varela of East Longmeadow named the new head of the SBA Springfield Branch Office in Springfield, Massachusetts

Boston– Oreste Varela has been selected for the position of Branch Manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Branch Office in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to an announcement made today by Robert Nelson, Massachusetts SBA District Director.

Mr. Varela most recently worked for the USDA Forest Service, Chief Information Office as the National Litigation and eDiscovery Program Manager since January 2012.  He is also a US Air Force veteran with over 27 years of experience in administrative leadership, management and strategic planning and is currently a Colonel in the US Air Force reserves.  He served for several years as the Maintenance Group Commander of the 514th Air Mobility Wing, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, NJ.  Prior to his work in NJ, Mr. Varela was the Maintenance Group Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, at Westover ARB in Chicopee, MA.  He has an Associate’s degree in Radiation Therapy Technology from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA and a BS degree from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ with a major in Computer Science and Minors in History, Mathematics & Biology.  He also attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with courses in Aeronautical Science and is pursuing his Master’s Degree through American Military University with coursework in military studies (strategic leadership). 

He has received numerous awards over his career and most recently in 2009 was a finalist in the Distinguished Federal Manager of the Year category through the Federal Executive Association of Western Massachusetts, Excellence in Government Awards.  

Mr. Varela was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. He currently resides in East Longmeadow with his wife and his two children. He joined SBA effective November 5, 2012.

“As Branch Manager, Oreste will be responsible for the effective delivery of SBA’s business development programs in western Massachusetts, says Director Nelson.  “I believe Oreste has the leadership qualities required of this position and my staff and I are extremely happy to have him join the SBA team. Under his leadership we will continue to provide top service to our small business customers and strengthen our partnerships in western Massachusetts.” 

The Branch Office serves the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.