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Alumni Spotlight: Helwig Joins the Flagler College Board of Trustees

Jun 28, 2023

Viv Helwig. '08, brings with him an entrepreneurial spirit and experience growing a company from the ground up.

After finding his way into the specialty metals business, Helwig has built Vested Metals into one Inc.’s 5000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the world, as well as the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Fast 50 companies in the region for the past three years. In addition, he and Vested Metals were named the SBA Exporter of the Year for the North Region and the State of Florida.

“Viv’s dedication to his alma mater, along with his entrepreneurial vision, makes him a perfect addition to the Board. As a recent chair of the Alumni Board of Directors and member of the Saints Advisory Club, Viv has the knowledge, commitment, and experience the Board of Trustees values in its members," said Board of Trustees Chair Ambassador John Rood.

Helwig is no stranger to board service, whether it be to Flagler College or the greater St. Augustine Community. He has served on the St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority promoting economic development, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the U.S. Central & North Florida District Export Council, St. John's County Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, SBDC at UNF Advisory Board, Flagler College Athletics Advisory Board and Flagler College Alumni Board of Directors.

In accepting his appointment to the Board of Trustees, Helwig thanked the Board for inviting him to “join in their mission.” “After spending more time with several Trustees during this process, I am extremely encouraged by the passion they have for this institution," he said. "It's a special place that completely transformed my life for the better and I hope to be a part of providing that experience for others. I look forward to working with President Delaney and the entire board to further the vital mission of the college and am excited to be given the opportunity to serve my alma mater, Flagler College, in this vital role."

Helwig received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Flagler College and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Flagler as the December 2019 commencement speaker. His first meeting as a Trustee took place in October.

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