Bruce M. Lisman
Bruce M. Lisman of Shelburne is best known for his business and financial achievements. He is recognized as a man who made it from the bottom up—he began his Wall Street career as a file clerk and advanced to the position as head of Global Equities at Bear Stearns. Later, he become chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase's Global Equities Division before retiring in 2009.
Last week, Lisman was publically honored for his achievements when he received the 2011 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen. The college acknowledged Lisman for “his long-time devotion to education and service to Vermont.”
Lisman’s award also marked the 50th year for the college’s Distinguished Citizen award which has acknowledged leaders in the business and education fields.
Lisman is a native Vermonter. He was born and raised in Burlington and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1969. During a recent interview, Lisman said “I never left Vermont.” Certainly, he has left his mark on the state and beyond.
This past spring, Lisman received an honorary Doctor of Laws at the University of Vermont’s commencement. He served as an UVM trustee and chairman of the board of trustees; he established a scholarship in honor of his father, Irving Lisman, which has provided nearly a million dollars in student aid since 1993.
Lisman has been a long-time supporter of American Forests, one of the nation's oldest conservation organizations. He also serves on the boards of the Shelburne Museum, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, National Life Group and Merchants Bancorporation. He also works with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to restore trees to downtown Vermont communities.
Lisman’s sterling record includes membership in the Boards of Central Vermont Public Service, BRUT Trading, Stryke Corp, HS Broadcasting, plus the University of Vermont, Pace University, The Hewitt School, and American Forests.