Local named Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Star

From left: John Boutin, Vermont Business Magazine Publisher, Tuck Rainwater, and Pat Moulton Powden, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development at the recognition dinner on Nov. 8.

Tuck Rainwater, Director of Government and Community Relations for Comcast in Vermont, was recently recognized as one of 40 Class of 2012 Rising Star honorees by Vermont Business Magazine. The recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities.  Rainwater was chosen from among more than 120 nominations. 

Rainwater, a longtime resident of Vermont, is responsible for overseeing Comcast’s cable franchises, with respect to ongoing compliance and renewal.  He is the company liaison with access management organizations throughout the state and serves as the local Comcast representative for the company’s community investment activities and interactions with the Department of Public Service. 

“Tuck’s commitment to excellence is exemplified by his dedication to not only non-profit groups and associations important to Comcast, but also his involvement in many Vermont organizations outside the scope of his profession,” said Daniel Glanville, Comcast Vice President of Government Relations.  “Tuck is a role model to those who work with him and I am proud to have him on our team.”

Rainwater is passionate about his involvement in and commitment to the Vermont community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, and The Institute for Global Ethics in Rockport, Maine. He also serves on the Resource Development Committee for the United Way of Chittenden County. He is active with the Vermont Business Roundtable, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and the Snelling Center for Government, among other organizations.

“Rainwater is a model example of a Comcast leader that always strives to make his community better,” says Glanville.

Rainwater earned both his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Principia College, where he received the highest honors in both Biology and Mass Communication. He also received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) and Master of Studies in Environmental Law (magna cum laude) from Vermont Law School. He resides in Shelburne with his wife and three children.

Prior to joining Comcast, Rainwater served as a government and political affairs consultant with Sirotkin & Necrason in Montpelier.  He also previously managed the 2006 campaign for Vermont Democratic gubernatorial challenger Scudder Parker and spent time as an Operations Director and Interim Executive Director for Jazz at the Bistro, a non-profit jazz venue that was part of an urban redevelopment arts district in St. Louis, Mo.

Rainwater and other winners were honored by Vermont Business Magazine at a dinner on Nov. 8 at the Sunset Ballroom in South Burlington.

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