Mr. Adams is a founding partner and the managing partner of Associated Consulting International. Florida-born, Larry enjoys a long career as a partner of national design firms and international real estate development companies. His leadership has helped create a unique process to identify purpose-driven economic drivers for major public-private-partnerships through the firm's investment-based planning and design process. His expertise in both real estate development and architecture has enabled Larry to provide sustainable, high quality real estate solutions involving complex problems facing growing communities. Larry and his family have resided in Winter Park for 29 years.
As the Director for Export Promotion at USTDA, Ms. Afas helps U.S. companies export goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. This is her second position with USTDA; she previously served as a Country Manager for a multimillion dollar portfolio of projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
Prior to returning to USTDA, Ms. Afas was a Manager in Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector practice. In this role she advised clients worldwide in their efforts to improve efficiency, increase transparency and foster economic development, from supporting the privatization of SOEs to implementing business process improvement initiatives. Additionally, Ms. Afas was a financial analyst at the U.S. Trust Company in New York where she executed trades and managed overdrafts for asset management accounts in excess of $3.1 billion. Previously, she served as legislative aide to a Member of Parliament in London and a consultant to the World Economic Forum during their Annual Meetings.
Ms. Afas earned her Master's in international economic policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor's in political science from James Madison University. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission for Women.
Jeff Allen is the Economic Development Industry Specialist for Esri, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) and has more than 12 years of experience implementing geo-spatial solutions for economic development organizations for and a variety of industries. He is responsible for creating industry strategy, new solutions, partner development and marketing within the economic development industry.
Bill Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, serving a region of more than 10.4 million residents, with an annual economic output in excess of $500 billion. In that capacity, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of all of the subsidiary corporations of the LAEDC including the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles – Long Beach. Mr. Allen is also a Vice Chair of the Valley Economic Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Local Economic Development, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the LA Coalition, Film LA, and Unite LA. In 2007, Mr. Allen was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee and in 2008 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Weingart Foundation.
Active in regional economic development for more than a decade, Mr. Allen was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley from 1996-2000, and in 2000 was named California's Civic Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Center for Regional Leadership. As president and CEO of the non-profit Economic Alliance, Mr. Allen raised more than five million dollars and assembled an unprecedented public-private partnership involving all of the leading cities, colleges, and business organizations in the San Fernando Valley (population 1.75 million). Under his guidance, the Alliance launched programs to expand international trade, improve local education and work force development, and develop viable solutions to regional transportation challenges (including three regional transit planning summits in 1997 and 1998 which led to the creation of the highly successful Orange Line in the valley).
Mr. Allen is currently a member of the Board of Councilors of the Rossier School of Education at USC and the Board of Directors of Health Dynamics, Inc., and the Valley Presbyterian Hospital for whom he also co-chaired the “Shaping Tomorrow” capital campaign. He has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and co-chair of the National Council for Families and Television. He has also served on the Leadership Council and Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Business Advisory Commission to the former Speaker of the California Assembly Robert Hertzberg, and the Alumni Presidents Council advisory group to USC president Steven B. Sample. He has also served on the advisory boards of the California Center for Regional Leadership, the Media Arts Academy at Los Angeles Valley College, and the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University at Northridge.
Mr. Allen is also a veteran television network and studio executive with more than twenty years experience in entertainment production and management. He is also the owner of Meadowlane Enterprises, Inc., licensor of a library of classic television series, and Meadowlane Music, Inc., publisher of a popular music catalog. From 1991 through 1995, Mr. Allen was President of MTM Television, the highly regarded independent production company founded by Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore. Mr. Allen originally joined MTM in 1986 as a Senior Vice President and oversaw the production of such television classics as Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, and Newhart. During his nine years with the company, he supervised the development and production of nearly 600 episodes of network, syndicated and cable television including the previously listed series as well as Evening Shade with Burt Reynolds, the Trials of Rosie O'Neill with Sharon Gless, Christy with Kellie Martin and Tyne Daly, and several TV movies and specials.
A cum laude graduate of the Cinema Television School at the University of Southern California in 1979, Mr. Allen also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1983. In 1999, he received a certificate in 21st Century Management from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine. Mr. Allen and his wife Marie reside in the San Fernando Valley with their three children.
Dean Amhaus has served as served as the first President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. The Water Council was formed with the express purpose of growing the Milwaukee region into the world hub for water research, education and economic development. The only organization of its kind in the United States, the Council is successfully coalescing these attributes together into a powerful force. Created by business and education leaders, the Water Council is convening the region's water companies and research clusters, developing education programs to train our talent, and building partnerships that cut across all sectors and geographic boundaries.
More recently Dean served as the President of The Spirit of Milwaukee, which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee's image. Dean has served as the President of Forward Wisconsin, the state's economic development organization, and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission. For six years, Dean was with the Wisconsin Arts Board; first as Deputy Director and later as Executive Director. During the 1980's Dean worked in government relations in Washington, D.C. Schooled in Wisconsin, Dean received his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his B.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Peter Ammon, who holds a Doctorate in Economics from Berlin's Free University, most recently served as State Secretary at the Foreign Office.
Born 1952 in Frankfurt/Main, he has close ties to the US through family relations and many long-standing friendships.
From 1999 to 2001, he served at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. as Economic Minister.
In 2007 and 2008, he was appointed German Ambassador to Paris, France. Prior to that he served as a career diplomat in London; Dakar/Senegal; and New Delhi.
From 1996 to 1999, he was Head of Policy Planning and speech writer to the German President.
A staunch advocate of free trade, he takes strong personal interest in what it takes to build a fair, peaceful and prosperous global order. As Director General for Economics at the German Foreign Office from 2001 to 2007, he helped prepare the G8 world economic summits for German chancellors Schroeder and Merkel.
Peter Ammon is married to Marliese Heimann-Ammon. They have two grown daughters, Ariane and Christina.
His personal interests include regular fitness workouts, hiking in nature's beauty, and listening to the music and poetry of Bob Dylan.
Susan Amring is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Mississauga, with more than 25 years of municipal government management experience covering, economic development, planning, communications and the Mayor's Office. As her current responsibilities include business attraction, business retention, business start-up, marketing and research, Ms. Amring is always seeking opportunities to understand the evolving needs of business and match the offerings of the City of Mississauga with forward-looking businesses.
The City of Mississauga is a champion of business and continually strives to provide to its business sector the vital services and supports needed to flourish in a highly competitive market. As a first point of contact, the Economic Development Office (EDO) provides comprehensive services including: site selection assistance, government approval assistance, business start-up assistance, information and statistics, industry and business networks, and strategic business problem solving. With services tailored to meet the needs of each unique business, EDO takes an entrepreneurial approach to business problem solving and sees itself as part of its client's team.
Ms. Amring has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has received her designation as a Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.) from the Economic Development Association of Canada.
Kurt Badenhausen has been with Forbes magazine since 1998 and currently serves as a senior editor. He heads up the magazine's annual features on the Best Places for Business - cities, states and countries. In addition, he writes regularly on the business of sports and manages the publication's biennial business school rankings and its list of America's Best Small Companies.
Prior to joining Forbes, Kurt was a reporter with Financial World Magazine for four years. He is a graduate of Colgate University.
Greg is internationally acknowledged as a leading thinker and practitioner in cultural planning and development. Greg has completed a wide range of cultural planning and development projects in communities of all sizes and circumstances across North American since 2006. His book Rediscovering the Wealth of Places: A Municipal Cultural Planning Handbook for Canadian Communities (Municipal World 2011) is receiving praise internationally as a leading work in the field.
Prior to founding AuthentiCity, Greg served in senior leadership positions in the arts and culture sector in Canada for 30 years as a cultural manager, policy maker and academic. Over the course of his career, Greg has served on a wide range of non-profit boards and government advisory committees. His educational background includes a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, the first PhD in Canada focused on cultural planning.
Dee Baird is CEO/President of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. The Economic Alliance began operations on January 1 after the successful merger of Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Priority One. The Economic Alliance combines and aligns the economic development, business support and community development efforts of those former organizations with a vision to become one of the top economic growth regions in the country.
Previously Dee was Executive Vice President at Kirkwood Community College. Dee worked at Kirkwood for 12 years and held various leadership positions. Dee holds a Ph.D. and a M.Ed. from Iowa State University and a B.A. from Simpson College.
She is an active member of the Cedar Rapids community. Dee has served on more than a dozen boards and commissions at the local, state and national level. Currently she is a member of the Hall Perrine Foundation Board, Association of Business and Industry Board, the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance and is Chair of The International Economic Development Council's Research Committee on Workforce Development.
In the last few years, Dee has been named one of the Corridor Business Journal's top 25 influential leaders. In 2005 Dee was also named one of the "Top Ten Women of Influence" in the inaugural class. Dee has been recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College for her work with the Technology Corridor Skills 2006 Report. In 2000, Dee was awarded the YWCA Outstanding Honoree for Organizational Impact. She is also a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute Graduate.
Dee has facilitated and authored three regional skills assessment studies of regional employers and a national publication on business partnerships.
Claude Baissac is Managing Director of Eunomix Ltd. He is an investment climate and country risk specialist with a focus on Africa with over 15 years of experience. He advises corporations and international organisations on economic policy, political and country risk and sustainable investment. Claude is consultant at the World Bank on investment climate reform, economic diversification, and accelerated growth.
An SEZ and growth poles expert, and is the Secretary General of the World Economic Processing Zones Association.
In mining and resources, he has consulted with leading companies operating in Africa, dealing with investment risks and de-risking projects on the ground.
Between 2006 and 2009 he had a risk consultancy focused on corporate integrity management. Between 2002 and 2006 he was a corporate crisis management consultant with Kroll. In 2001 he was Deputy MD of West African airline Air Afrique.
Beforehand Claude was working in New York City and Washington DC. He has advised Fortune 100 and South Africa's top 25 companies, conducting over 200 projects since 2002.
He is a published and quoted author, and regularly appears in the international media. He holds graduate degrees in economic geography and political science from France and the USA.
Mark Barbash is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Finance Fund, a statewide non-profit financial intermediary committed to bridging resources with low-to-moderate-income communities. He is responsible for the organizations day-to-day operations to advance community development.
His 30 years of economic development experience includes services as Chief Economic Development Officer for the Ohio Department of Development, Development Director for Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Executive Director for the Columbus Countywide Development Corporation, and Vice President for the National Development Council, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Barbash currently serves on boards of the International Economic Development Council, the Ohio Economic Development Council and CATCO, Central Ohio's professional theatre company. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mr. Barbash holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science
His past experience also includes service at the U.S. Department of Commerce, on the staffs of a Governor, Congressman and U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and on a wide range of Boards, including the Columbus Technology Leadership Council, Campus Partners, and the Franklin County (Ohio) Planning Commission. While at Columbus Countywide Development Corporation, he served as President of NADCO, the national trade associations for SBA 504 CDCs.
Mr. Barbash has received numerous recognitions, including IEDC's Fellow Member Award in 2007 for his service to the economic development profession and for being named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Financial Advocate of the Year.
Daniel J. Barufaldi received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University as well as a graduate degree in Managerial Accounting from the Cornell Graduate Business School. He served two years on active duty as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in guided missiles. Barufaldi then began a career in private industry with CIBA Corporation, a Swiss multi-national, as a sales trainee, and rose to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. Pigments Department of CIBA-Geigy Corporation. In a series of career advancements and changes, he became the General Manager of the Decorative Products division of Johnson-Matthey Corporation, then moved on to become President of Colonial Printing Ink Corporation, which is a division of Coates Bros. Inks Ltd. Barufaldi then became Director of the International Trade Resource Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Next, he made the change to a private economic development organization as President of Jobs, Inc. Throughout his career he has been a management consultant in global business services in China, Western Europe, Argentina and Chile. He has 14 published articles and is affiliated with several national and international committees.
Moira works at the nexus of arts and economic development at the City of Philadelphia, where she works on arts policy and major initiatives to support and promote the arts, culture and creative economy. She has assisted hundreds of organizations with grants, technical assistance and programming support. In 2009, she was appointed as Deputy Cultural Officer for the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy where she leads strategic planning, policy, research and outreach efforts. In her prior role as Manager, Cultural Development at the City's Commerce Department she designed and implemented an $80M capital grant program for arts and culture. Moira has directed multiple research projects and publications on creative vitality and creative employment and is currently leading the City's effort on CultureBlocks, a mapping tool that will help funders, government, planners, artists and the public at large understand the impact of the arts on neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and how that analysis can drive future investment decisions. Prior to her role at the City, Moira worked for several nonprofit arts organizations and in the publishing field. Moira has a BS in Communication from Cornell University and a MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
Cathy manages JumpStart's engagement with the community through marketing, development, investor relations, strategy and outreach activities.
Cathy brings a wealth of experience in consumer and business marketing and business management to the JumpStart team. Most recently, she held a series of brand and business management roles, including Director of the American Greetings brand at the Cleveland-area greeting card company. As Director of Innovation, Cathy led a team that developed and launched a product, eventually taking over management of the product as it developed into an $80 million annual business.
Prior to American Greetings, Cathy worked in branding, marketing and communications management at The Coca-Cola Company and Procter and Gamble. Before that, Cathy dedicated six years to the commercial banking industry, holding a series of positions at Bank of America.
Cathy was a Keller Scholar and received an MBA with a focus in Marketing from Duke University in 1998. She earned a BA in Economics from Davidson College in 1990.
Rich Bendis is a distinguished and successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation-based economic development (IBED) leader, international speaker and consultant in innovation and economy building.
Mr. Bendis currently serves as the founding President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation Inc., a Central Maryland innovation intermediary focused on accelerating the growth of commercially relevant research from universities, Federal Labs and entrepreneurs focused in the biohealth industry.
He is also Founder, President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a Global Innovation Intermediary focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America.
Mr. Bendis is currently or has previously served as a board member and representative to the following organizations: National Association of State Venture Funds (NASVF) Founding Board member and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee; State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) Founding Board member: Eisenhower Fellowships Nominating Committee, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute Member and as a past EOY winner as well as a national/regional Judge, Advisory Board member of the TechnoPolicy Network.
Mr. Bendis has provided global consulting services to over 18 countries and 24 states, several cities and regions, along with international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, European Commission, French Embassy, the German Marshall Fund, The Canadian Consulate, COTEC, TechnoPolicy, Science Works, METI, AKEA, the International Science Parks and Innovation Expert Group and other global entities. Mr. Bendis is an International speaker, focusing on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Developing and implementing Innovation Based Economic Development Strategies.
Previously, Mr. Bendis successfully leveraged a career in the private sector (with Quaker Oats, Polaroid, Texas Instruments, Marion Laboratories and Kimberly Services) and the venture capital industry (RAB Ventures) to lead the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC). As its president and CEO, he developed KTEC into a globally recognized model for technology-based economic development. Mr. Bendis also successfully built an Inc. 500 healthcare software company, Continental Healthcare Systems, Inc., which he took public on NASDAQ and later sold to an international conglomerate. He was a nominee for the 2005 Ernst and Young National Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year Award (EOY) and was the 1996 recipient of the Regional Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Mark brings extensive private and nonprofit sector experience to his role as Principal of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions. He is recognized as one of the leading national experts in funding multi-year, economic and community development programs through major fundraising campaigns.
Mark has managed and consulted on fundraising campaigns for a broad array of nonprofit organizations including schools, technical/community colleges, museums, fine arts centers, hospitals, affordable housing initiatives, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, Boy Scout councils, community development corporations, senior service centers, religious service organizations, historic preservation trusts, theatres, social services organizations, community foundations, community action agencies, community centers, chambers of commerce, and economic development councils.
Over the course of his career, Mark has been a successful attorney, author, entrepreneur, fundraising consultant, and business executive.
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is the director of outreach and program evaluation at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. She coordinates data collection and analysis, enabling the Welcoming Center to use hard evidence to support its decision making. Most recently, she designed and carried out a major research project on immigrants' use of technology, resulting in the report Digital Diaspora.
Amanda also handles inquiries from members of the media, researchers, community partners, and others who need clear, factual information about immigration in our region and the Welcoming Center's work.
She previously worked at the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, where her duties included grants management for the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia. She was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied American Civilization with an emphasis on minority populations.
Michael J. Berne is the President of MJB Consulting, an award-winning, New York City- and San Francisco Bay Area-based retail planning and real estate consulting concern retained by public/non-profit and private sector clients across all of North America to undertake market analyses, devise tenanting strategies and spearhead recruitment efforts.
Michael is one of the nation's foremost experts on traditional Downtown/"Main Street" business districts. He is a frequent speaker at the conferences of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and currently sits on its Board of Directors. He has also presented at the annual gatherings of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Main Street Center and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), among numerous others.
Michael has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, written numerous articles for Urban Land and the Journal of Urban Affairs, served on expert advisory panels for ULI and the IEDC, and appeared in high-profile publications such as the Financial Times, the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Michael received a B.A. degree from Columbia University (Columbia College) in New York City and an M.Phil degree from Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College) in the United Kingdom. He currently splits his time between offices/residences in New York's Union Square and Berkeley's Elmwood neighborhood.
Michael and his firm are active in Pennslyvania, having, for example, worked on recent assignments in Philadelphia's University City and Manayunk as well as Pittsburgh's Downtown and its Main Street Program.
Natalie Betts is an Economic Development Specialist and the Acting International Economic Development Program Manager with the City of Austin's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. Natalie analyzes economic development projects and assists businesses with the economic development incentives process. She is additionally responsible for the City's international business, trade, educational and cultural programming aimed at expanding Austin's global presence. Natalie joined the City of Austin in July 2011 after graduating from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Master's of Public Affairs. While at Indiana University, she worked as a Service Corps fellow at a local emergency services non-profit and performed research on alternative transportation. She also holds a Bachelor's of Arts from Emory University and has served as an intern at the Office of Energy and Climate Change with the White House Internship Program.
Jon is a fifth generation Alaskan with more than a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors within Alaska. He joined AEDC in early 2011 as the Director of Business and Economic Development before being promoted to Vice President in 2012. As Vice President, Jon is tasked with managing the day to day operations of AEDC as well as developing new projects and initiatives that will drive the organization forward.
Jon spent several years as a legislative aide in the Alaska State House and was appointed legislative liaison to the Denali Commission for the Alaska Clearinghouse and tasked with matching Alaska organizations with federal stimulus funds. In the private sector, Jon has spent two years working for an Anchorage-based environmental consulting company as a field scientist and GIS analyst. He also worked for two years as a field geologist/GIS specialist for a local mineral exploration company based in Anchorage. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology with an environmental focus. He currently serves on the UAA Geology Department Advisory Committee Board, the IEDC Public Policy & Advocacy Committee and the Alaska Makers Group. Jon also assists the Municipality of Anchorage 49th State Angel Fund to help vet applicants and promote the development of venture and angel capital programs in Alaska.
Mr. Boring is the Senior Vice President of IMS Worldwide, Inc. (IMSW). He is the leader of the IMSW Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) practice and works with clients to assist them in developing and implementing systems pursuant to the activation and establishment of their FTZs. Mr. Boring has completed more than 30 Minor Boundary Modifications, 10 new Zone Applications, 21 Expansion Applications and over 40 Activations for IMSW clients. He has prepared and revised operation/procedures manuals, security manuals and ISO procedures for clients activating and operating their Zone.
Mr. Boring's position with IMSW makes him responsible for developing new business and consulting with clients on the systems they utilize in the operations of their FTZs. Mr. Boring has experience working with projects in regulatory compliance, manufacturing and warehouse management. He has worked with clients on their recordkeeping and inventory control systems, to ensure that those systems meet the guidelines put forth in federal regulations.
He has a Masters of Business Administration degree, has served on the Board of two corporations and is a Board Member of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones, the National Association of Installation Developers, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Texas Department of Economic Development.
In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, LaDene Bowen has served in a leadership role in facilitating and creatively implementing economic development programs. As Associate Director for the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, an integrated business and community services program, she has consulted hundreds communities in all aspects of economic development in the Iowa, West and Midwestern states. The impact of IDM's technical assistance, as reported by client communities, has resulted in 1,500-2,000 jobs annually, structured Iowa's economic development regions in collaboration with the Professional Developers of Iowa, and trained over 1,800 new professionals in economic development. The scope of her professional involvement and leadership reaches from IDM and Iowa communities to the International Economic Development Council, where she served on the Board of Directors for the 12 years and continues to be active on the Education/Certification Advisory Committee.
She is considered one of the emerging transformational leaders in helping local communities, non-profit boards of directors and economic development professionals prepare for a different kind of future. Her recognized rural development expertise has been shared in international and national speaking engagements, authoring of articles, directing the Heartland Economic Development Course in the Midwest, mentoring and teaching at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) impacting thousands of economic development professionals.
Born in Birmingham, AL, Wilson Bowling grew up 60 miles northeast in the city of Gadsden. He graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a BA in German with a minor in business administration and again in 2012 with a Masters in Public Administration with a graduate minor in Economic Development. He did a graduate assistantship with the Economic and Community Development Institute and continued working with them after graduation. Wilson created training modules that would educate people throughout the state on the broadband and gave presentations throughout Alabama as part of ECDI's and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs' mission of increased broadband participation. In April, 2013, he accepted the position of Economic Development Director for the City of Kimball in the western panhandle of Nebraska. He has only been knocked down by the wind twice and has yet to be chased by buffalo.
Susan Brake is an account director of digital media at Development Counsellors International.
As an account director at Development Counsellors International, Susan is in charge of developing and implementing marketing plans for cities and states across the United States. Susan currently oversees a team of three to implement national economic development marketing plans for such clients as Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, Greater Louisville Inc., Indiana Michigan Power and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Susan is also the lead digital strategist on all economic development clients and provides tools and counsel DCI teams need to implement digital tactics on behalf of clients. In her digital capacity, Susan currently works on behalf of Choose New Jersey Inc. and Wake County Economic Development to implement plans as needed.
In addition to client service, Susan manages DCI's overall digital marketing efforts including Economic Development's 40 under 40 award and the content marketing strategy for DCI's website.
She's often tapped to speak on economic development marketing trends.
Franklin County, Ohio Commissioner Paula Brooks leads the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Task Force on International Economic Development. Her goal is to aide in boosting U.S. exports to expedite job growth for all counties. Foreign direct investment, sub-national engagement, emphasis on food and related exports, and advanced manufacturing, provide strategic focus for the Task Force.
In 2006, Commissioner Brooks sought creation of a regional financing port authority, helping retain and add thousands of Central Ohio jobs. Brooks' 2007 Fiscal Security Resolution allowed Franklin County to maintain its double AAA bond rating throughout the great recession; it's a recognized best practice. Now the fastest-growing county in Ohio, Franklin is the nation's 30th largest county, and Central Ohio leads the state in job growth. Internationally, through the U.S. Departments of State and Energy, Brooks leads sub-national engagement on energy, water quality, and economic development between Central Ohio and selected areas in China.
Brooks served as a 3-star civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services from 2000-2002 and was a 2012 invited participant of the Clinton Global Initiative for energy efficiency. Franklin County, Ohio Commissioner Paula Brooks leads the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Task Force on International Economic Development. Her goal is to aide in boosting U.S. exports to expedite job growth for all counties. Foreign direct investment, sub-national engagement, emphasis on food and related exports, and advanced manufacturing, provide strategic focus for the Task Force.
In 2006, Commissioner Brooks sought creation of a regional financing port authority, helping retain and add thousands of Central Ohio jobs. Brooks' 2008 Fiscal Security Resolution allowed Franklin County to maintain its double AAA bond rating throughout the great recession; it's a recognized best practice. Now the fastest-growing county in Ohio, Franklin is the nation's 30th largest county, and Central Ohio leads the state in job growth. Internationally, through the U.S. Departments of State and Energy, Brooks leads sub-national engagement on energy, water quality, and economic development between Central Ohio and selected areas in China.
Brooks served as a 3-star civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services from 2000-2002 and was a 2012 invited participant of the Clinton Global Initiative for energy efficiency.
Since December 2011, John H. Broussard has been appointed as the Director, Business and Industry (B&I) Division within Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) of USDA Rural Development in Washington, DC.
As the B&I Division Director, Broussard directs nationwide rural development activities of the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program of USDA Rural Development administering a portfolio in excess of $8.5 Billion.
Prior to becoming Division Director, he served as the Program Director for Rural Business-Cooperative Service for the State of Louisiana; Guaranteed Housing Specialist for the Rural Housing Service (RHS) within Southwest Louisiana; County Supervisor of Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) in Lafayette, Louisiana and Shreveport, Louisiana, supervising FmHA program delivery in Lafayette and Caddo parishes; and Assistant County Supervisor in Abbeville, Louisiana and New Roads, Louisiana, delivering FmHA programs in Vermilion and Pointe Coupee parishes.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, John attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Louisiana State University in 1981. He is Past President of the National Association of Credit Specialists (NACS) of USDA Rural Development and the Louisiana Association of County Supervisors. He served as Zone Representative for the National Association of County Supervisors, representing the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.
Among his numerous achievements, John has received numerous Certificates of Merit and Certificates of Appreciation throughout his career. In 1988, he received national recognition for Outstanding Service to USDA and his community during USDA awards ceremonies of National Disabilities Awareness Month. He was recognized as “Coach of the Year” in 1996 within the local youth organization. Additionally, he was the NACS 2002 Recipient of the Blood, Sweat and Tears award.
John is married to the former Charlene Leger and is the father of two children, a daughter Janie and a son Jacob.
Ed Burghard is a retired 33-year Procter & Gamble Marketing Executive, and former CEO of the Ohio Business Development Coalition - the company responsible for branding Ohio from 2005 to 2011 (Ohio won the Site Selection Governor's Cup five times over that period). Ed is now CEO of The Burghard Group LLC and creator of the Strengthening Brand America Project, a free web based educational resource to teach economic development professionals how to successfully reapply product and corporate branding to better market communities for capital investment. He is also a founding Board member of the Nemacolin Energy Institute, a 501 c(3) organization dedicated to catalyzing the creation of a national energy policy.
Austin J. Burke has worked in community development in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1972. In 1981, he was named President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber and its development arms have been recognized nationally for their sustained responses to a wide range of community needs. Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises (LIFE) and Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) have reclaimed thousands of acres of mine-scarred land for productive reuse as industrial, office and technology parks. LIFE and SLIBCO have financed and constructed over 350 buildings that employ thousands in Scranton and throughout Lackawanna County.
Austin has worked with the area's leaders to craft responses to community needs: Skills in Scranton; The Great Valley Technology Alliance; MetroAction, Inc. Microloans; Leadership Lackawanna; and The Scranton Plan. He was an incorporator of Montage Mountain, Inc. and worked to bring the Steamtown National Historic Site to Scranton.
He served in Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's cabinet as Secretary for Community & Economic Development.
The success of Scranton's programs for transforming its former industrial economy has prompted Austin's participation in national convocations including the White House Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Conference and The American Assembly: Retooling for Growth.
In Pennsylvania he currently serves on the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the Penn State Research Foundation and the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.
Mr. Burke currently chairs the Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board and serves on the Moses Taylor Hospital Board.
A United States Air Force veteran, Mr. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an Associate's Degree from Keystone College and is a graduate of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.
The University of Scranton awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1998. He was the recipient of the 2008 Americanism Award from Amos Lodge 136 of the B'nai B'rith.
Mr. Burke resides in Archbald, PA with his wife, Marianne. Their family includes son Austin, his wife Christine, their children Ella Marianna, Austin IV and Peter John; daughter Judy; and son Timothy.
After working in the financial services industry in New York City, Rob entered the economic development field in 1993 as Director of Community Development for the Village of Saranac Lake, NY. In that role, he facilitated the community's first economic development strategy that led to securing $3 million for downtown implementation projects and crafted a successful tax incentive program to promote commercial district private development. Subsequently, Rob served as Managing Director for River Street Planning & Development located in Troy, NY where he managed staff and firm finances, as well as provided consulting services to economic development organizations and municipal clients. Rob started Camoin Associates in 1999 specifically to provide economic development services to Economic Development Organizations, government, developers, and businesses.
Rob is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), past Chair of IEDC's Membership Development Advisory Committee and currently serves as the Vice Chair of its Awards in Excellence Committee. Additionally, he is one of three Board Members representing New York for the Northeast Economic Developers' Association (NEDA) and serves as a Board member for the NYS Statewide Zone Capital Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and economics from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Rob has made many economic development presentations to municipal officials and economic development professionals including, "The Importance of Fiscal Impact Analysis on the Economic Development & Comprehensive Planning Process", "How to Conduct a Market Analysis" and "Three Critical Ingredients to Successful Economic Development."
P. Michael (Mike) Carey is the Executive Dean of Continuing Education and Economic Development for The Community College of Baltimore County. CCBC is the largest community college in Maryland and is the largest provider of workforce training in metropolitan Baltimore. In addition to providing open enrollment workforce training to individuals, customized training and education services are provided to over 100 employers annually. The college supports several training consortia of Maryland colleges in Cyber Technology, Construction, Energy, and Automation. Mike is a member of the National Council for Continuing Education & Training and the American Society for Training & Development. He received his Master's Degree from Michigan State University.
Steve is currently Director Sustainable Environment at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Chief Executive Officer at Ararat Rural City Council; Director of Development and Community Services at Baw Baw Shire Council; Economic Development Manager at Frankston City Council and Regional Director Eastern Region for the Department of Education Training and Post Compulsory Education, Victorian State Government.
Steve has extensive experience in economic development, tourism, strategic & statutory planning, and regulatory services. He has lead or facilitated significant change and performance improvement in many organisations. He has extensive practical experience in major public policy development & projects, including public and private sector developments, in partnership with Federal, State and local governments.
Steve has facilitated the development of regional economic strategies, investment plans, and presented to international economic development conferences and study tours.
Steve has a strong commitment to leadership development, building resilient communities and making a difference.
Steve is active on several significant boards, including:
National Chair of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the peak professional development organisation for economic development professionals.
Steve holds four degrees, including two Masters (eBusiness & Communication). He enjoys a close family, good friends, food, wine and travelling. Occasionally he surfs and has a passion for health.
In February of 2013 Mr. Chase left his position in Wichita Falls, Texas and relocated to Wichita, Kansas as President of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC). In assuming this new role he manages the strategic direction for retention, recruitment, and expansion for the 385,000 population MSA and marketing for a nine county region in South Central Kansas.
Mr. Chase was named President and CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2001 after having served as its Vice President of Economic Development since 1998. The Chamber provides economic development, workforce development, military affairs, and community-wide marketing services for the City and region.
Mr. Chase relocated from Dixon, Illinois where he had served as the Executive Director of the Dixon Industrial Development Association (DIDA) for ten years. Prior to his career in economic development Mr. Chase was in the retail industry for twelve years serving eight years as manager of three full-line department stores, and also served four years in the U. S. Navy.
Mr. Chase has been active on the Boards of economic development, chambers of commerce, and downtown business development organizations in Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and now Kansas. Mr. Chase is a past Dean for the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute and has been on staff for over 20 years as an instructor and mentor. Mr. Chase is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and facilitator on the topics of economic development, community development, strategic planning, infrastructure, sales, and marketing.
Mr. Chase has been a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) since 1988 and currently sits on their Board. He is also an active participant in the Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP) a sub-group of IEDC.
Past Involvements: He is a past Chair of Team Texas, a statewide privately funded marketing organization and sat on the Board of Directors for the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC). In April of 1993, he received the first "Outstanding New Economic Developer" award given by the American Economic Development Council (AEDC). He acquired his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation in 1994 and in May of 2001 Mr. Chase was named a Fellow Member (FM) of the IEDC for his work in the field of training and education related to economic development.
Tedra Cheatham joined The Clean Air Campaign as executive director in 2011, leading statewide efforts for cleaner air and less traffic. Formerly, Tedra worked as chief operating officer and vice president of economic development for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce near Atlanta, Georgia, helping foster a thriving business community that is home to several Fortune 500 companies.
Tedra previously held leadership positions overseeing economic development and tourism for the cities of Bedford and Euless, Texas. A Louisiana native, she began her career in government affairs and later worked as an analyst for the Louisiana State Senate. Tedra was named to the White House's deployment team to the Gulf Coast in 2010 to address economic conditions following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and served on the Post-Katrina Task Force in New Orleans.
An active member of the community, Tedra helped establish The Drake House, a residential assessment center in Roswell, Georgia for homeless women and their children. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council. Tedra earned her Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans.
In November, 2012, Wendy Dant Chesser joined One Southern Indiana (1si) as the organization's third President and CEO. Driven by a strong desire to implement change that would establish stronger economic growth, a better educated and better paid workforce and a structure of advocacy within the State of Indiana, 1si serves as the organization that speaks with one vision and one voice for Clark and Floyd counties. Its mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the region.
Wendy came back to her home area after serving as President of Cornerstone Alliance, a similar organization to 1si in southwest Michigan. Wendy's role in leading the organization included serving as a Trustee of the 530-acre Harbor Shores development and directing the 700-member Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her move to Michigan, she worked in various aspects of economic development for over seven years with the State of Indiana, and spent the last year of her government career as Deputy Executive Director for Program Operations of the Indiana Department of Commerce.
Wendy is a present or past member of several professional organizations, including the International Economic Development Council and the Michigan Economic Developers Association. She has been active in several Big Brother Big Sisters organizations as a volunteer mentor and board member. She has volunteered in United Way activities and has coached youth volleyball and basketball teams. She was awarded the 2000 Outstanding Young Hoosier Award from the Indiana Jaycees, was recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 2004, and was honored by Western Michigan Business Review's "Business Leaders Under 40."
Wendy is a native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana University Southeast in 1991.
In 2007, Christopher Chung joined the Missouri Partnership as the public-private, non-profit corporation's first Chief Executive Officer. In addition to having led the organization through its initial start-up phase, Chris directs the Partnership's efforts to market Missouri for new business investment and recruit new corporate operations to the state. The Missouri Partnership spearheads Missouri's global investment-promotion and business-attraction program, working closely with public- and private-sector partners from around the state. Since 2010, the Partnership has helped to recruit more than $300 million in new annual payroll and nearly $700 million in capital investment to the state.
Chris previously served as Manager of the State of Ohio's Office of Business Development, managing an $80 million annual incentives budget and leading Ohio's front-line sales force dedicated to attracting new business investment and job creation to the state.
Chris received the Missouri Economic Development Council's 2009 President's Award and the Site Selector Guild's inaugural "Excellence in State Economic Development" award in 2012, and was named by Development Counsellors International (DCI) as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" economic development practitioners nationwide in 2013.
Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Ohio State University with a double-major in Japanese and economics.
Betsy Cohen is the new Project Director for the new regional Immigration & Innovation Initiative. This initiative is a joint collaboration of the St. Louis County Economic Council, the St. Louis City Economic Development Corporation, the Regional Chamber and members of the other 20+ organizations on the Steering Committee. The goal is that by 2020 our region will have the fastest growth rate of foreign-born people, reversing our current declines on our regional population of 2.8 million. With this new talent at all skill levels will come entrepreneurship, job creation and people to add to our neighborhood schools, businesses, government, culture and shared economic prosperity. We will involve business, government, education, safety, health, culture, diverse local chambers and agencies plus the people of our region. This initiative will add to local momentum already building for the high number of technology startups and plant science opportunities.
Betsy is on the board of the St. Louis United Way, the Advisory Board of the St. Louis University Cook School of Business, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Advisory Board and the Washington University Council for Sustainability.
Betsy received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She speaks French, beginner Spanish and has worked with international colleagues in her previous role as a vice president at Nestle Purina. At Purina, she also launched and led a St. Louis regional coalition.
A founding member of the CNBC team, Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn leads the network's investigative unit, Investigations Inc. He also appears on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, MSNBC, and the NBC News magazine Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Cohn has taken CNBC viewers across America and around the world. He developed the popular CNBC and CNBC.com annual series, "America's Top States for Business," which ranks all 50 states for competitiveness. Cohn is a three-time Emmy nominee, all for investigative reporting, and a two-time CableACE nominee. He has reported some of CNBC's most acclaimed documentaries and also leads CNBC's coverage of white collar crime and legal affairs.
Before joining CNBC ahead of the network's launch in 1989, Cohn was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television. A native of Chicago, Cohn holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Journalism Ethics.
Denny Coleman is CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Since 1982, Coleman has overseen a multitude of economic development initiatives that have earned St. Louis national recognition for outstanding progress in the areas of community revitalization, business development and job creation. Prior to the Economic Development Partnership, Coleman was director of development for both St. Louis County and St. Louis City and managed neighborhood, housing, and economic development efforts. He also served as vice president for community development at Mercantile Bank (now U.S. Bank) when the bank's community development corporation received the National Fair Housing Award and a Private Sector Initiatives Award from the White House. Coleman has a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin and bachelor's degree in urban geography from Saint Louis University. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Coleman is a past chair for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He is an advisory board member for Saint Louis University. Coleman serves on numerous other boards and advisory committees for state and local governments, civic organizations, colleges and universities. Coleman and his wife, Bonnie, have been married over 36 years. They have two grown children, Mike and Emily.
Mr. Joseph F. Coradino, Joe, is the Chief Executive Officer at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust since June 7, 2012 and its Trustee since April 2006 and Member of Office of the Chairman since March 15, 2004. He has been the President at PREIT Services LLC and PREIT-RUBIN, Inc. since January 21, 2004. Mr. Coradino has been with PREIT for 25 years and is responsible for executing PREIT's strategic mission of adding value to their shopping center portfolio through redevelopment, renovation and remerchandising. He served as an Executive Vice President of Retail Division at Preit-Rubin, Inc., from November 1998 to June 2004 and Treasurer from September 1997 to June 2004. Mr. Coradino served as an Executive Vice President, Retail at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, from December 2001 to June 2004. From September 1997 to November 1998, he was a Senior Vice President, Retail Division and Treasurer at PREIT-RUBIN, Inc. Mr. Coradino served as the President-Rubin Strouse Realty. He was an Independent Director of AC Moore Arts & Crafts Inc. Mr. Coradino served on the board of many civic and charitable organizations, including the YMCA of Greater Philadelphia. He served as a Director of National Adoption Center and Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. In 2006, Mr. Coradino was awarded the prestigious Philadelphia Pinnacle Award presented by the Millay Club.
A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Governor Tom Corbett has a long and distinguished career fighting for the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Upon becoming Governor in January 2011, Corbett immediately dedicated himself to fulfilling the promises he made to Pennsylvanians during his campaign; growing Pennsylvania's job market, keeping taxes low and bringing true change and progress to Harrisburg.
For 3 years in a row, Corbett refused to raise taxes on Pennsylvania working families. Instead, he has passed 3 on-time budgets that have encouraged private-sector job growth, put Pennsylvanians back to work and protected tax-payer dollars with controlled government spending.
These policies have helped to create a stable, predictable economic environment, encouraging job-creating business to move here, grow here and stay here in Pennsylvania. Since Corbett became Governor, Pennsylvania employers have created more than 130,000 private sector jobs, the number of people working is at its highest since the recession and Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession. Pennsylvania has recovered more than 60 percent of jobs lost during the recession under Governor Corbett's leadership.
Putting students first, Corbett is investing the most state dollars for basic education in the history of Pennsylvania. Corbett also increased funding for early childhood development programs, PA Charter Schools for the Deaf and Blind and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). His administration has been a champion for Pennsylvania's youth by giving students in failing schools the opportunity to succeed by expanding the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit program and significantly improving Pennsylvania's teacher evaluation system.
Standing up for Pennsylvanians, Corbett fought for a $40 million increase in funding for programs that help people with intellectual and physical disabilities and is investing $4 million in the creation of the Community-Based Health Care Program to bring health care to people who live in areas without easy access to hospitals and clinics. Corbett is also helping combat violence against women with an increase in funding to Pennsylvania's Rape Crisis Program and Pennsylvania's Domestic Violence Program.
Corbett has promised to continue the fight to end the state's 75-year-old state monopoly on liquor sales and get government out of the business of selling alcohol. Not afraid to take on the difficult issues, Corbett has also committed to see his bold, creative solution to the state's transportation funding problem to completion to preserve public safety and protect Pennsylvania's economy.
Corbett has also vowed to continue the fight for meaningful pension reform that does not place a burden on Pennsylvania's taxpayers. He is encouraged by the General Assembly's willingness to work together and will continue his efforts to bring long-term strength and stability to benefits for the next generation of teachers and state employees.
Corbett served his country as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard 28th Infantry Division from 1971 until 1984, rising from private to captain. He received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, and taught civics and history in Pine Grove Area High School in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. In 1975, he received his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.
Before being elected as Governor, Corbett served as Pennsylvania's Attorney General, where his accomplishments brought him national recognition. Most notable are his efforts to protect our children from internet predators, our seniors from fraud and abuse and our communities from gangs and the violence associated with illegal drugs.
As Attorney General, Corbett worked hard to protect taxpayers' hard earned money by going after predatory lenders, pharmaceutical companies and big oil companies that took advantage of consumers. In less than six years, the Office of Attorney General returned and saved Pennsylvania taxpayers over half a billion dollars.
Governor Corbett and his wife Susan currently reside at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, but live permanently in Shaler Township, near Pittsburgh, in the home where the Governor grew up. They are the proud parents of two adult children and have one grandchild.
John Corrigan is the President of John E Corrigan Associates based in Naples, FL. He served as the regional director of EDA Philadelphia Office from September 1972 through August 1998. Over his tenure, he approved 9,400 project for a total of over $5 billion, which resulted in thousands of new jobs and billions in private investment.
Les joined Studley in June 2001 and has over 40 years of experience in consulting services associated with corporate real estate and facilities. His professional expertise covers virtually all corporate facility types including; headquarters, back office operations, customer services, shared services support, research and development, data centers, manufacturing, distribution, and other special purpose real estate holdings.
Les' career highlights have included: ownership/partnership in Interspace Incorporated (an architectural and facility consulting firm), executive positions with PHH Corporation (a business services and employee relocation company), Partner of Fantus Consulting (location consulting), and National Director of Deloitte & Touche, LLP (corporate strategy, finance and location consulting services).
Les has been responsible for advising over three hundred corporations on issues related to facilities configuration and location – representing over 60 million square feet. Clients include; Associated Press, AT&T, Georgia-Pacific, MasterCard International, Moody's Investor Services, Porsche, TRW, UPS, and others – with real estate holdings in all fifty states.
Les is frequently quoted in industry trade publications and newspapers including; the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Estate Forum, Expansion Magazine, Area Development, and Site Selection Magazine. Les holds membership in many professional and industry trade associations and sits on the Editorial Board of Area Development Magazine. Additionally, Les has assisted over 30 organizations with distant relocation efforts including: Corporate Decision making, Business Case Analysis, Employee/Family Relocation, Real Estate and Community Incentive Negotiations and Communication Planning.
JoAnn Crary is the President of Saginaw Future, a non-profit economic development organization. She has held that position since 1993 and has been in economic development since the mid 1980's. Crary completed her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and has a Masters degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
Crary is a member of the MEDC Collaborative Development Council and the Business Attraction Committee. She is currently on the International Economic Development Council's Board of Directors and serves as Secretary/Treasurer, is a member of the Governance Committee and the Economic Development Research Partners. IEDC is the foremost international economic development organization with nearly 4300 members. She has served on the IEDC Board since 2006.
Crary is also on the Saginaw County Revolving Loan Fund Board, Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Citizens Bank Market Area Board and the Saginaw Hospital Finance Authority. Crary also serves on the Board of Fellows at Saginaw Valley State University, Mobile Medical Response Finance Committee and is an ex officio member of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Crary was recognized in 2013 as one of the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay, was given the Wally Bronner Community Spirit Award from the Saginaw County Chapter of American Red Cross in 2010. She was also honored with the inaugural Economic Leadership Award from Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan in 2010. The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce gave Crary its inaugural Athena Award in 2005 and in 2001, the Michigan Economic Developers Association named Crary as the MEDA Medalist Award winner. In 1996, she was honored by Governor Engler as the Economic Developer of the Year for outstanding contributions in economic development.
JoAnn and her two children, KaLynn and Michael reside in Frankenmuth.
Jen Crozier is IBM's Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives, and is responsible for a broad portfolio of philanthropic initiatives that provide grants of IBM technology and talent to communities around the world. Ms. Crozier led the development of the Smarter Cities Challenge, which provides teams of IBM experts and strategic guidance to city leaders, and helped devise the Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps that deploys thousands of IBM's future leaders on service assignments around the world.
In addition, she leads IBM's economic development portfolio, which provides resources for entrepreneurs such as Supplier Connection, a Web site that allows vendors to more easily bid for contracts offered by corporations, and the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Toolkit, a set of tutorials and forms on specialty topics like contracts, marketing and human resources that provide a template for small business owners.
She also oversees World Community Grid, a volunteer effort where individuals and organizations provide the unused power of their computers to scientists who need to perform computations in their quest to develop drugs for cancer, malaria, AIDS and other illnesses, improve water filtration, and find more efficient solar energy materials.
Prior to joining IBM's Corporate Citizenship department, Ms. Crozier spent a decade in various roles at IBM, including communications, public policy and market intelligence.
Ms. Crozier is a frequent author and speaker, with her work featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post and events around Corporate Citizenship, urban policy, and economic development. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College and a M.A. in Linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook, and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.
Vann Cunningham is Assistant Vice President – Economic Development for BNSF Railway Co. He leads programs that encourage industries to locate or expand facilities on BNSF. He also has responsibility for development of various rail-served industrial, intermodal and transload facilities throughout BNSF's franchise. BNSF, headquartered in Fort Worth, operates on 32,500 route miles of track covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. In his role, he has written and spoken extensively on the impact of transportation, logistics and the evolving global supply chain on corporate site selection, economic development and real estate development.
Cunningham has over 35 years' corporate site selection and economic development experience including major domestic and international projects in the public and private sectors. His Economic Development career began at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he initially engaged in power plant siting and subsequently, served as Chief of Regional Planning, Manager of Economic and Community Development, and Senior Manager of Industrial Development. At TVA, he worked with major manufacturing companies on corporate siting projects locating in the region.
In 1996, Cunningham joined Lockwood Greene, a global engineering and consulting firm. He was responsible for directing the Economic Development and Corporate Site Selection Consulting practice. Clients included Fortune 1000 and major international firms.
With nearly 30 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Dariel has worked for Development Counsellors International since 1995 and was named director of the company's Economic Development Division in January 2010. Known as the "Leader in Marketing Places," DCI specializes in economic development and tourism marketing and has helped more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries attract business investment and visitors since the firm was founded in New York City in 1960.
Dariel's clients have spanned the world, including destinations from Maine to Miami and New York to New Zealand. She has created award-winning marketing programs that integrate high-profile media exposure with high-impact websites, direct marketing and digital strategies.
Raised on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Dariel is a graduate of Brown University.
Julie is an Executive Vice President and Partner at Development Counsellors International (DCI), an economic development marketing firm based in New York City. Since joining DCI in 1994, Julie has worked with dozens of economic development organizations around the globe to help them position their communities for investment through integrated and creative marketing programs. With clients ranging from Dothan, Alabama to San Diego, California and everywhere in between, Julie's passion for "place marketing" has resulted in award-winning campaigns. Articles about her client communities have appeared in media such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek and CNN. Julie has designed social media campaigns for communities around the country that have maximized the changing world of traditional media, and leveraged the power of digital and online influencers.
Julie is a frequent speaker and facilitator for economic development marketing and media workshops around the country. In 1998, Julie opened "DCI West" in Denver, and became a DCI Partner in 2002.
Over the last 15 years Andy has led and consulted on numerous business innovation and economic development initiatives in the UK, USA and Canada, working with business, educational institutions, local and national government and economic development organisations.
Specialising in the field of innovation based economic development, technology transfer and commercialisation his recent activities have included the development and delivery of major regional and international initiatives such as angel and VC investment, intellectual property commercialisation, next generation broadband infrastructure, business incubation and acceleration, instigating, building and facilitating partnerships between the private and public sectors and academia.
Andy works extensively with the emerging and convergent technology business sectors as well as existing local, national and international organisations to create economic growth and a recognisable focus on cities and regions as a hub for innovative activity. He works at all levels of economic development covering strategy, tactical sector intervention and support including initiative design and delivery. He also delivers one to one business intervention for rapid growth.
Recent work includes:
In Europe: Economic development strategy and projects for Barcelona, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Bradford and Sheffield Hallam Universities, The European Union, East Midlands Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, Creative Manchester, Science City York, Designed in Devon, iNet South West, The Canadian High Commission, Plymouth Media Partnerships, BBC R&D, ARM UK, 802 Global.
In North America: Economic development initiatives for Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Disney Online Studios, WanDisco,
For 10 years he worked within the UK based digital and media industries including studio and production management for the UK television and film industry with Nickelodeon UK (BSkyB, Viacom inc MTV) in London and ITV/ Granada in Manchester and London and also in the music industry as a composer and producer.
Cameron Cushman is a Manager in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he focuses his efforts on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Kansas City region. He leads the Foundation's efforts on the Big 5 initiative to make Kansas City America's Most Entrepreneurial City.
Cushman previously directed the Foundation's efforts to educate policymakers about the importance of entrepreneurship in Washington. He was involved in the Startup Act of 2011, the Startup Act 2.0, and the JOBS Act.
Prior to joining Kauffman, Cushman served in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Market Access and Compliance division of the International Trade Administration. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Cushman served in the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Presidential Correspondence at The White House.
Cushman earned his degree in political science from Texas A&M University. He also attended the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Nitin Dahad has over 28 years of experience in the global high-tech knowledge-based economy, working with fast-growing technology innovation companies around the world, as well as helping shape economic development and higher education agendas. He is CEO of The Next Silicon Valley Media Ltd, which is focused on technology-based innovation regions around the world. Mr. Dahad also is the founder of global communications and business development consultancy TechSpark Ltd.
In addition, he has served on the boards of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) prior to the abolition of development agencies in the UK, where he championed the digital and international agendas of the region. Mr. Dahad also served on the board of the University of Hertfordshire for six years.
Presently, he serves on the Council of the University of Essex in the UK. He is also a partner of the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Global Access Program, supporting technology companies to develop a comprehensive internationalization strategy.
Mr. Dahad has a highly accomplished track record in building value in companies that have successfully grown and exited – the most successful of these was in taking a British microprocessor start-up to Silicon Valley, USA, and guiding it through a billion-dollar IPO. He is an electronic engineer from The City University, London.
Founding partner of Global Innovation Partners, a group of highly experienced innovation champions assisting businesses, cities and universities to increase their global competitiveness. Recently chief innovation officer for the UK's first comprehensive economic development company. Previously Co-Global and Americas Leader for IBM's Global Location and Economic Development strategies consulting practice, and associate partner in IBM's Strategy & Change practice and IBM's Global Innovation Team, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to IBM's acquisition of PwC's management consulting practice.
Currently also Senior Fellow at the International Economic Development Council, and recipient of the Council's 2011 Chairman's Award for Excellence in Economic Development. Strategic Advisor--Partnerships to Citiscope, the independent, journalist led website and global news service reporting on innovation best practices in cities around the world.
Over 35 years of advising hundreds of the world's leading organizations to transform their business strategies and where to invest and locate their headquarters, research centres, advanced manufacturing and other major business units. Past clients include Citigroup, Novartis, Merck, Becton Dickinson, P&G/Gillette, Hertz Corporation, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Master Card, VISA and UPS.
Directed competitive economic development strategy for numerous states and city - regions throughout North America and the UK. Clients have included Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey, and metro areas of Phoenix, Toledo, Baltimore, Toronto, and Sheffield and Hull in the UK. Led the development of best practice growth models for universities and technology parks, among them the world class Research Triangle Park.
Also served as Vice President of PHH Fantus and as Principal of Fluor Daniel Consulting, and President/CEO of Partnerships DataNet; a Washington DC based national collaborative development initiative formed by the White House with business and association leaders. Earlier was a university director of public affairs and held several marketing communications positions at Eastman Kodak.
Kelley Deutmeyer has been the Executive Director of East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) since December of 2001. ECIA is a Council of Governments and provides technical assistance in the areas of economic development; housing; employment and training; transportation and land use planning; community development; and transit to over 71 municipalities in a five county region in rural Iowa. ECIA exists because of a need for local governments facing similar problems to cooperate in finding solutions.
Kelley's career began with ECIA while attending Clarke College as an intern in 1983. She has held various positions with ECIA over the years. As Executive Director, Kelley develops and directs the work program and administrative affairs of ECIA; assists in developing and carrying out organizational and policy matters; develops and implements programs and services; and maintains liaison with member agencies as well as national, state, and other local agencies and officials. In her role as Executive Director, Kelley is very involved with local and regional Community and Economic Development. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Kelley was the Assistant Director for Housing at ECIA.
Kelley's other professional experience includes holding the position of Director of Grant Proposals at Clarke College in Dubuque and while residing in Wisconsin for several years, she was the Director of Housing and Community Development for a Community Action agency.
Kelley is a graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. Kelley is married to Darrell Deutmeyer and they have five children together and two spoiled dogs. Kelley is a member of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation's Board of Director, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, National Association of Development Officials, Iowa Association of Regional Councils, and the American Association of Grant Professionals.
Founder and President of PSD Global, Mr. Dine has decades of experience in international economic development and global business, including running the US operations of multiple companies, representing dozens of EDA's and setting up firms in 40+ countries. He has also won awards in foreign direct investment attraction and is well known as an expert in the field. He is fluent in five languages, including German, Spanish and French. Mr. Dine launched PSD Global in 1999 and has established the company as a leader in economic development, lead generation and global business development for clients from across the world, including Global 1000 companies and various national governments.
Before starting PSD Global, Mr. Dine built up and led the global business development activities of the wireless software firm mPortal. Other professional experience includes heading all international operations and business development for network management company Edge Technologies. At Edge, he successfully established the company's presence in over 30 countries and formed alliances with some of the world's leading companies like Volkswagen, Vodafone, Banco do Brazil, and Dimension Data of South Africa. He also managed the lead generation team of Odell, Simms and Associates and built the company's German EDA practice. Other past assignments include work for the United Nations, Siemens, Shell and Deutsche Bank, among others.
He frequently speaks to executives on topics related to international business and has served as an advisor on international affairs for U.S. presidential campaigns. He holds a number of degrees, including a MA in International Affairs from GW University, a Graduate Certificate in Intl. Business Planning from GMU, and Doctoral Studies in Global Business Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is married with children and in his free time teaches scuba diving and is an avid tennis player and ski patroller.
Steve joined DCI in 2004 and has managed more than 20 economic development accounts, ranging from rural communities like the State of Wyoming to major metropolises like San Diego and Houston. He is currently working with several communities to promote their entrepreneurial environments nationally, including Albuquerque, Birmingham and Northwest Ohio. As a part of that outreach, he has placed dozens of client stories in Inc., Entrepreneur, Fast Company, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a focus in broadcast journalism. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Michelle, and puppy, Sonoma.
David Ebersole is Brownfield Program & Special Projects Manager for the City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development. David has a B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and is a licensed attorney. David's responsibilities at the City include the management of numerous brownfield redevelopment projects, oversight of the City's Industrial-Commercial Land Bank, resolving real estate development challenges, and addressing federal and state regulatory issues.
In five years at the City, David has brought a creative approach to addressing Cleveland's brownfield issues. He has experience with the use of complicated tax credit financing, State and Federal financing and grant programs, and private investment to address brownfield development challenges. David's projects include the Cuyahoga Valley Industrial Center – the redevelopment of a 55-acre former Coke Plant into a ready-made developable site. The $13 Million project requires the beneficial re-use of dredged river spoils (dredgings taken from the Cuyahoga River to maintain the channel) and steel fine slag (a by-product of steel manufacturing), which mix with soil excavation to provide almost 1,000,000 cubic yards of fill material necessary to remediate and level the site. The project proposal required the approval of multiple divisions of Ohio EPA and collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to become a reality. David has been the City's project lead on the $5.6 Million Evergreen Cooperative Laundry and the $16 Million Green City Growers' Greenhouse projects, both of which involved the use of HUD financing and New Markets Tax Credits. Those projects were awarded the Most Innovative Project awards by the National Development Council in 2011 and 2013, respectively, for their use of sophisticated financing to prepare job and wealth-creating cooperatives targeted towards employing disadvantaged populations.
David has given multiple presentations on brownfield redevelopment, including at the USEPA's Brownfields 2009, 2011, and 2013 Conferences and at the Ohio Brownfield Conference in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He has presented on the City's transit-oriented brownfield development strategy in the Euclid Corridor at the 2010 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference and at the Minnesota Brownfields Forum on Transit-Oriented Development in Brownfield Corridor in 2011. David served as a delegate to the National League of Cities Sustainability International Sustainability Exchange to Sweden & Germany in April 2012 and presented a webinar on the Evergreen Cooperatives in July 2012.
Jason Elliott is a performance-driven software developer who drives innovation and research into the company's GIS, web-based applications. His passion for developing customized solutions guides his vision for the ongoing development of the GIS WebTech brand and the firm's overall business strategy for serving economic developers.
Jason's extensive background in custom software development spans throughout virtually all common code formats in the marketplace today, with the majority of his broad knowledge stemming from development programs for specialized system applications for the United States Department of Defense.
His perspective regarding web applications for economic development and site selectors is also quite unique, and his vision for leveraging GIS for the greater good is what drives the firm's innovative product offerings today. Jason oversees product development and strategy for GIS WebTech in order to maintain a very high standard for the exacting quality and coding standards that are required to meet the requirements and global standards for GIS software functionality.
Jessica Erickson is the senior manager of business development focusing on retention, expansion and recruitment of businesses specializing in Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure Engineering and Transportation & Logistics.
Jessica joins us from the City of Thornton Office of Economic Development where she served as the Manager of Business Retention & Expansion and Interim Director of Economic Development. There she focused on the retention and expansion of the city's existing primary employer base and spearheaded a redevelopment efforts in a 600-acre Urban Renewal Area. Prior to the City of Thornton, Jessica worked in the City & County of Broomfield as the President & CEO of the public/private non-profit Broomfield Economic Development Corporation. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Council of Colorado since 2008, currently as treasurer of the organization.
Ms. Erickson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix Colorado Campus. She is also a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
Matt S. Erskine serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for the U.S. Economic Development Administration. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Chief Operating Officer in September 2011.
Before joining the Obama Administration, he was Senior Vice President at the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Executive Director of the Greater Washington Initiative, a private-public regional economic development effort that has helped to position the Washington region as a premier business destination. Additionally, Erskine was President of PLAY, a management consulting firm in Richmond; a Principal in the Advanced Technology-Telecom and Professional Services practices of the management consulting firm Korn-Ferry International; and, management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting in the Telecommunications & Media Strategy and Federal Government practice areas.
He also served in the public sector as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade in Virginia Governor Mark Warner Administration, where he led and managed multiple gubernatorial initiatives and had oversight of the operations of 16 departments and agencies, consisting of more than 2,500 employees and a combined annual budget of $800 million. Erskine was also appointed by Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine to the bi-partisan Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission.
Erskine earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Harvard Business School. He recently completed his five-year term membership with the Council on Foreign Relations. He regularly competes in triathlons, marathons, and endurance races. Erskine and his wife have three children.
Congressman Chaka Fattah is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. This committee is responsible for setting spending priorities for over $1 trillion in annual discretionary funds. Congressman Fattah is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS). The Subcommittee on CJS oversees close to $51 billion in discretionary spending including the Commerce and Justice Departments, NASA. NOAA and the National Science Foundation. Fattah is also Chair of the Congressional Urban Caucus, a bipartisan group of 47 Members representing America's metropolitan centers. These Members work collaboratively with other stakeholders to address the unique challenges facing America's urban communities.
Kurt Foreman recently joined the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as executive vice president of economic development. He formerly served as president of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and previously worked in economic development organizations in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Oshkosh, Wis.; Fairfax County, Va. and Washington, DC.
Foreman also worked as a site consultant, working directly with companies to choose new locations. He currently leads the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's economic development team to attract new business and investment to the market, retain and grow existing businesses, support innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attract destination retail businesses. He also works closely with stakeholders from Oklahoma City's bioscience, aviation, energy and creative industry clusters to support their growth.
Foreman received his bachelor's degree at Franklin & Marshall College and his master's degree at Wake Forest University.
Dan is president of Brownfield Listings, a real estate listing service and social media platform for environmentally impacted and redevelopment-challenged properties. Mr. French is licensed attorney and an environmental transactions expert responsible for the formulation of project-level strategy and analysis. He directs project operations in the areas of environment, redevelopment, adaptive reuse, feasibility analysis, and regional analysis. Sustainable land use planning is a particular focus of his practice, in which he blends traditional analysis with principals of economic geography, place making, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, and network analysis to lend a balanced, creative and impactful perspective. After receiving a B.A. at the University of Illinois, Dan completed his law degree from St. Louis University with concentrations in business transactions and tax law, before completing a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Erasmus University in the Netherlands in business and trade law. Dan briefly interned at the law firm Nautadutilh in Rotterdam before joining British Petroleum in Chicago where he supported retail, midstream and upstream asset divestment in both portfolio and single-site sales— transacting over a billion dollars in total value and liability in more than a dozen states in just 5 years.
Fritz joined the Metro Denver EDC in April 2003 and directs all marketing and public relations strategies, including coordinating national marketing and advertising, creating promotional materials, social media integration, trade shows and special event coordination, development of new technology products, and strategy creation for the metrodenver.org and metrodenverGIS.org and affiliate websites. She is a member the Colorado American Marketing Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Council of Colorado, acting as Communications Chair for the organization. She speaks locally and nationally on economic development marketing, community branding, and social media. Fritz has 20 years of experience in marketing/public relations/communications management. Fritz has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications-Journalism from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
Mr. Simon Galpin is the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the Government Department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong.
Mr. Galpin joined InvestHK as Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion in 2001, soon after establishment of the Department. His contribution in shaping the strategy and business planning process has helped establish InvestHK as one of the world's leading investment promotion agencies.
With senior management experience in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Galpin's work experience combines international marketing, economic development and investment promotion. Prior to joining InvestHK, Mr. Galpin spent ten years as the Head of Asia Pacific with Scottish Enterprise – at the time Europe's largest economic development agency. He was initially posted to Hong Kong in 1992 but also worked in Glasgow, Taipei, Sydney and London.
Mr. Galpin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Sheffield Univeristy Management School, a Master of Science degree from the University of Glasgow and a Master of Law (International Business Law) degree from the University of London.
Jay A. Garner, CEcD, CCE is the president and founder of Garner Economics, LLC, an economic development and site location consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Jay is a leader and innovator in the economic development profession, having served for more than 30 years as both an award-winning economic development, Chamber of Commerce CEO, and site location professional. His firm assists clients throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe on a wide variety of projects, offering innovative, yet real-world solutions to achieve success. Jay often lectures and provides counsel on creating and implementing proactive global business development strategies and tactics. His firm is also a leader in providing assistance to corporate clients in their site selection process, such as Anchor Glass, Academy Sports, Hatfield Quality Meats, Stork Food Systems, Future Pipe Industries and others. His firm is the exclusive provider of site location services for Primus Builders—a global leader in architecture, engineering and construction management specializing in food processing manufacturing, and their worldwide clients. He is a founding member and a member of the board of directors for the Site Selectors Guild, a prestigious group of the top site location consultants globally.
Jay is a graduate of West Virginia University with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees. He is also a graduate of both the Economic Development Course at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, where he is an instructor in international prospecting. Jay has led over 25 trade and business development missions on four continents leading to the creation of thousands of jobs and several billion dollars in capital investment. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a Fellow Member and an Honorary Life Member, the three highest professional designations awarded to those in the economic development profession by the International Economic Development Council. He is also a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), a professional designation awarded to Chamber professionals by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association.
In 2009, the readers of Southern Business & Development magazine named Garner Economics as one of the best consulting firms in the U.S. As a practitioner, Jay was selected as one of ten outstanding leaders in economic development in the United States by Site Selection magazine while leading the economic development program in Mobile, Ala. The same publication also recognized him for running one of the ten best development organizations in the U.S. for six consecutive years. The mayor and city council of Mobile declared July 29, 1994 as "Jay Garner Day" in the city for his nine years of exemplary service as chief economic development officer for the city/county. As CEO of the Asheville, N.C. Chamber of Commerce, the organization became the first Chamber in the U.S. to win a Quality Award by the North Carolina Quality Foundation based on the national Malcolm Baldrige criteria. He was honored in both 2002 and 2003 by his alma mater, West Virginia University with Distinguished Alumnus Awards within the Department of Political Science and College of Arts and Sciences.
Jay is a past chairman for the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development professional trade organization in the world. He is also a past chairman of the American Economic Development Council. An avid jazz drummer, he plays in a big band jazz orchestra in the Atlanta area.
The Vice-President of WEPZA, Mr. Gauthier has 25 years' experience, working in over 90 countries as an attorney and economist leading World Bank, USAID and Commonwealth Secretariat programs in trade, investment, competitiveness, industrial zones and regulatory reform. He is highly knowledgeable regarding global best practice legal frameworks for private sector development, having counseled clients on: PPPs and finance; incorporation; competition; real estate; environmental law; tax; labor law; market access; and WTO compliance. Mr. Gauthier has brokered international transactions, represented commercial clients before various governments, and lobbied Congress to facilitate trade & investment. He has been the World Bank pointperson for SEZ Legislation, and a Senior Manager at Deloitte and KPMG-BearingPoint. Mr. Gauthier holds a Law Degree from McGill, an MA in Economics from John Hopkins, and Certificates from the USD Lawschool, Moscow State Institute of International Affairs, International Court of Justice, and Yale. Mr. Gauthier is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Arts, Commerce & Manufactures, an Alternate Member of the Christchurch Redevelopment Committee in New Zealand, a Member of the World Bank's "Investing Across Borders Expert Consultative Group" and a Trustee of The Flagstaff Institute in Arizona.
In his leadership role with the CRDA, David works closely with the region's top business, academic and political leaders to shape and execute a comprehensive regional economic development strategy. He also leads the organization's day-to-day efforts, and is directly involved with both business development and project facilitation.
David has been with the CRDA since its inception, serving as the organization's executive vice president and project director before being named president and CEO. He maintains keen awareness of current issues in economic development, thanks to affiliations with the International Economic Development Council and the S.C. Economic Developers Association. He has also held professional economic development and industrial marketing positions in Atlanta and Savannah.
David grew up in the Atlanta area, and holds a degree in economics and international business from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Jean Marie, live in Mount Pleasant with their two young children.
In July 1990, Richard Ginsburg joined the SBA as a business development specialist in the Office of Entrepreneurial Development. He is a former small business operator (women's retail clothing) and bank-marketing officer. In his current position, Mr. Ginsburg serves as the Public Affairs Officer for the Office of International Trade and directs the efforts of the Trade Promotion and International Affairs Branch in the Office of International Trade. He participates in numerous international trade conferences, seminars and webinars in support of the National Export Initiative and works with small businesses in encouraging them to go global. He has been a keynote speaker on economic development at several domestic and international conferences on small business.
Mr. Ginsburg has also provided Agency briefings at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, where new assignees in the Foreign Commercial Service (U.S. Dept. of Commerce) and the Foreign Service (US Dept. of State) receive their training before transferring to U.S. embassies around the world. He has also provided inter-agency briefings on SBA programs, participated as a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Trade Capacity Building group during Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and represents SBA as the staff representative to the President's Export Council and APEC's Small Business Working Group.
Before entering Federal service, Mr. Ginsburg operated a 12-store chain of women's apparel stores and later was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for three different savings banks.
Mr. Ginsburg earned a Bachelor of Science degree, University of Maryland, College Park; major course study emphasis on marketing, commerce and consumer studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Lafayette Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Credit Union's Loan and Membership Committees; a volunteer for the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross; a member of the National Business Incubation Association; and a Lifetime Member of the Disabled American Veterans (Vietnam.)
As Director of Community Development & Communications, Terri Glueck leads Innovation Works' communications efforts. Having joined Innovation Works in its own startup phase, Terri has helped build Innovation Works' brand as one of the nation's most active seed-stage investors and a global model for technology-based economic development.
With 20 years of marketing and communications experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, Terri shares her experience with dozens of technology startups to help them develop their communications strategies and messages. She works with regional and national media to create awareness of Pittsburgh's economic transformation and demonstrate the value of innovation and startups to the economy. Terri's efforts have resulted in coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Entrepreneur, Inc., the Economist, CBS and NBC nightly news and many other business, news and trade media outlets.
Prior to joining IW, Terri was the Director of Corporate Communications for a start-up life sciences company, TissueInformatics, Inc. Previously, she was Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, managed media relations and was the spokesperson for electric utility Duquesne Light Co., and was the Director of Communications for the Institute for Transfusion Medicine, the nation's third largest independent blood center.
W. Wilson Goode, Jr. was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a graduate of Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania.
With over 220,000 votes in the November 1999 election, the son of the city's first African-American mayor earned a seat on the Council of the City of Philadelphia as an at-large member.
In January 2000, he was sworn in as the youngest member of City Council.
Before his election, Goode worked as an economic development professional and served on key economic development boards and committees from 1992-99.
Chosen as one of Business Philadelphia Magazine's 100 People to Watch and co-author of The Urban League of Philadelphia's report Economic Power: Leveling the Playing Field, Goode is recognized as one of the city's leading authorities on urban economic development.
John Grady is the President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia's economic development corporation. PIDC was founded in 1958 as a non-profit, joint venture between the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce with the mission of attracting investment, jobs and tax ratables to the city of Philadelphia. PIDC pursues this mission by attracting public and private capital for the purposes of planning and executing real estate and financing transactions with for-profit and non-profit businesses throughout all of Philadelphia's neighborhoods.
John has more than 20 years experience in planning, negotiating and implementing public-private development initiatives. Since joining PIDC in 1998, he has served in a number of leadership positions with the organization, including managing all of PIDC's real estate acquisition, sales and development activities throughout the city. John also has been responsible for leading PIDC's acquisition, planning and redevelopment of The Navy Yard, where PIDC has attracted more than 130 companies, 10,000 employees and more than $1 billion of total investment since 1998.
Since 2011, John has been PIDC's President where he manages all operations, marketing and business development, lending, real estate and new resource and program development. During this time, PIDC has focused on a number of new initaves, including gaining PIDC's certification as a Community Development Finance Instiution (CDFI); expanding access to capital for small businesses throughout the City; partnering with Goldman Sachs to bring their 10,000 Small Business Program and $10 million in new lending resources to the city's small business community; securing $110 million in New Market Tax Credits and investing them in 15 porjects around the city; creating StartUp PHL, a $6 million early stage seed fund for Philadelphia companies in partnership with First Round Capital; planning a new future for the Lower Schulykill River as a campus for innovation, energy and logistics; and continuing to grow The Navy Yard as a progressive, urban campus for new growth, investment and jobs.
Prior to joining PIDC, John worked for nearly a decade with the non-profit Cooper's Ferry Development Association planning and developing more than $250 million in public and private investment on Camden, NJ's central waterfront.
John earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from La Salle University and a Master's Degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Real Estate Finance in the University of Pennsylvania's City Planning Program and regularly guest lecturers in the program on a number of real estate and economic development topics. John is also an active Board member with a number of organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Sports Congress, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Philadelphia Works, the East Falls Development Corporation and the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. John lives in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood with his wife and three children.
Since August 2005, Carrie Gray has served as the Managing Director of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC). In this role, Ms. Gray works closely with the board of directors and key community partners to accomplish the organization's goal of “bringing big ideas to life.”
Ms. Gray has worked for WRC since July 1998 in a variety of roles including, Communications Manager, Director of Communications and Deputy Managing Director. Through the years, her responsibilities have included managing the corporation's public, community and media relation efforts; developing and managing conference programming; management of the public art programs; playing a key role in the redevelopment of the LOMA neighborhood on Market Street; managing the organization's real estate portfolio; coordinating the fundraising initiatives for the organization and managing the staff and internal operations of the organization.
Ms. Gray is a highly engaged member of the Wilmington community and is currently an active member of a number of committees and nonprofit boards. Ms. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, and is currently enrolled in Wilmington University's Doctor of Business Administration program.
Ms. Gray lives in Wilmington with her husband Patrick, their son Gavin and the family dog, Finley.
Alan Greenberger joined the City of Philadelphia in 2008 and served as Executive Director for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. In June 2010, Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed him Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce. Prior to that, he was in private practice as a partner at the International architecture and planning firm, MGA Partners and its predecessor, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects.
During his 34 years in private practice, he was the principal designer on numerous architectural, urban design and planning projects. Among his notable projects are the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, the West Chester University School of Music and Performing Arts Center, the renovation of Lehigh University's historic Linderman Library, new campus plan and pavilions at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, new campus plan and buildings for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
He serves on the boards of numerous civic and cultural organizations in Philadelphia including the Fairmount Park Art Association, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He is also a co-founder of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia, a 1000 member organization that is a model of design advocacy nationwide.
Alan Greenberger is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
Todd Greene is vice president in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Greene's responsibilities include providing leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the community and economic development division and for the Americas Center. He is also the co-director of the Atlanta Fed's Center for Human Capital Studies.
The community and economic development division supports the Fed's monetary policy function as well as community and economic development activities, community reinvestment, and fair lending throughout the Sixth District. Addressing a broad range of development topics including small business, neighborhood stabilization, and workforce and employment, the division undertakes research and analysis and identifies best practices, builds partnerships, and provides training and technical assistance to financial institutions, community and economic development organizations, government agencies, and policymakers.
The Americas Center seeks to understand, cooperate and coordinate with, and respond effectively to changes in Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish financial institutions and markets. Its mission involves better supervising constituencies, strengthening the Federal Reserve System's and Sixth Federal Reserve District's voice and influence in hemispheric policymaking, and adding value to evolving regional payment processing.
The Center for Human Capital Studies intends to enhance the understanding of human capital development and labor market issues. The center's broad focus is on the interaction between labor markets and the health and education sectors and the associated human capital development and workforce policies derived from such enhanced understanding.
Before joining the Atlanta Fed in 2008, Greene held leadership roles in the private, government, and educational sectors. Most recently he was a member of the general faculty at Georgia Tech where, at various times, he served as center director and oversaw research and programs related to applied economic development including the Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and the Center for Manufacturing Information Technology.
Currently, Greene is on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is a past president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. His previous board and advisory council experience includes the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, and the SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
Greene is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Atlanta, 2009 Leadership Georgia, and 2003 Buckhead Business Association programs. In 2002, he obtained the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD). Greene earned a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and master's degrees in human resources management from Washington University and public administration from Georgia State University.
Jim Haider is an energy specialist with the Clean Energy Manufacturing Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1989, studied Material Sciences at the University of Washington from 1990 to 1991 and is a registered Professional Mechanical engineer in both Montana and Wyoming.
Jim has over 21years experience in the energy and manufacturing industries. This experience includes working with many small manufacturers as well as alternative and traditional energy producers. Jim built, owned, and operated two successful manufacturing operations in Montana from 1995 through 2001. Since then, Jim has focused on providing engineering and consulting services throughout the United States.
Jim's expertise centers around solutions related to alternative and traditional energy development and production, project management, energy use analysis, energy conservation and demand side management, fluid mechanics, fluid systems design, materials handling systems, equipment specifications, facility layout, financial and business management.
Scott Hall is the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, where he is responsible for managing the City's business attraction and existing industry programs, marketing & advertising efforts, and international programs. He has eighteen years of experience with the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake as an economic development professional, including research, small business development, business assistance, retail development, marketing and planning. Hall's background also includes international marketing, Enterprise Zone administration, comprehensive land use planning, and redevelopment planning. In 2001, Hall served as Research Director for the Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Alliance, a regional public/private economic development marketing organization.
A native of West Virginia, Hall received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marshall University in 1985 and his Master of Urban Studies degree from Old Dominion University in 1999. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy prior to entering the field of economic development. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce, the German/American Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Economic Developers Association.
Dr. Janet Hammer serves as Program Director for The Initiative on Triple Bottom Line Development at Portland State University. Drawing on two decades of experience in public, private, and non-profit settings, her focus is on development strategies that achieve economic, social, and environmental excellence – also known as triple bottom line (TBL) results. Currently, she is leading a project for the US Economic Development Administration to create an on-line tool to assess the triple bottom line of economic development investment that is useful to practitioners, policymakers, and public, private, and non-profit investors. Janet is a systems thinker who works in the challenging but rich spaces that exist where different disciplines and sectors intersect. She comes from a family of small business owners. Her degrees have been earned at UC Davis, the University of Pennsylvania, and Portland State University.
Don Haskin is State Director of Community Development for Citi in Pennsylvania. He joined Citi in October, 2006 and oversees the corporation's foundation activities in the Commonwealth as well as its community development partnerships.
Notable partnerships which Haskin has helped to create at Citi include the "Philadelphia Post-Secondary Success Program" with the Philadelphia Education Fund and the Ace Foundation and the "Financially Hers" program with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service if the Delaware Valley. He serves as co-chair of the Urban Affairs Coalition's Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Task Force. He chairs the Resource Development Committee of the Association of Puerto Ricans on the March and is a member of the Executive Committee of Entrepreneur Works, a non-profit dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs develop their business plans and obtain micro financing.
Earlier in his career, Haskin was a writer, editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and served for nearly 10 years as public affairs director of PNC Bank in Greater Philadelphia, where he was responsible for initiating the bank's 20-year sponsorship of the Philadelphia Flower Show.
His community service has included terms as president of Delaware Valley Grantmakers and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is on the Central Board of Settlement Music School and has also served as chair of the board of the Center for Literacy.
Haskin is a graduate of Temple University. He and his wife, Lynn, live in the Old City section of Philadelphia.
Lynn Martin Haskin, Ph.D. is Director of External Affairs at the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. Previously, she was Vice President of a NY-based economic development marketing firm, and prior to that she did economic development/regional marketing at Greater Philadelphia First. Before joining GPF during a sabbatical leading to a career change, Dr. Haskin was Director of Academic Affairs at Penn State University-Delaware County Campus where she taught journalism and was the first woman tenured in Penn State's School of Journalism. She was recruited by Temple University's President to serve as the Provost's special assistant for academic planning and organization. Previously, she did reporting/editing for daily/weekly newspapers.
Dr. Haskin is former chair and serves on the Board of Directors of the Old City (business improvement) District, the Arden Theatre, Christ Church Preservation Trust, and Historic East Market Street, Inc. which she helped complete a $6 million PennDOT streetscape revitalization project and leveraged $20+ million in private and public investment. She was National President of Women in Communications and President of the Old City Civic Association. She also served on the Board and Governance Committee of IEDC, the Forum of Executive Women, and Girls Scouts of Greater Philadelphia. She earned her doctorate, M.S., and B.S. degrees from Temple University and certification in economic development finance from the National Development Council. She and her husband, Don, live in Old City.
Linda Head is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor, Workforce Education & Corporate Partnerships at Lone Star College System (LSCS).
As the Associate Vice Chancellor, Linda oversees the Lone Star Corporate College customized training solutions, credit and non-credit workforce program development and evaluation, continuing education (CE) instruction, WIA, Perkins, Job Placement, the Energy and Manufacturing Institute, professional development seminars and conference, and more than 60,000 square feet of conference space and catering services. She is currently overseeing the construction of a new 72,000 square-foot Energy and Manufacturing Institute in Houston, and delivering training and workforce education internationally. Her responsibilities in Houston cover related activities at six college campuses in a 1,600 square-mile radius and more than 75 corporate accounts. As an expert in grant development, she and her team manage a multitude of state grants from ABE to customized corporate training.
Linda has spent her community college career developing a trained workforce for businesses and industry by expanding their human capital and the talent pool. She ensures that the community college delivers the credit and non-credit programs to prepare our citizens for current jobs that allow them to earn a livable wage. Under her leadership and direction, Lone Star College System embraces a comprehensive, transparent, collaborative approach to develop competency-based workforce programs designed through a partnership of industry leaders and educators, validated by labor market data.
Linda began her career with LSCS in 1986 as an adjunct instructor in both credit and CE classes. She was then hired as a full-time faculty member at LSC-North Harris in 1989, and was quickly promoted to a variety of instructional and administrative positions.
Also a leader in the community, Linda serves on various professional, community, and national committees and task forces. She was appointed in 2010 to the state of Texas Governor's Advisory Council for Economic Stakeholders and is a board member for the National Association for Continuing Education and Training. She is regularly sought as a presenter at state and national conferences for her expertise on corporate training solutions, career pathways and women's issues.
Linda's started her career as a college recruiter for a Houston-based multinational oil and gas company. She earned her Master of Science degree in occupational technology with an emphasis in corporate training from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Her husband, Steve, is also a community college professional. Her two children are lifelong learners; one daughter attends the University of Houston in the Master of Education program, and her other daughter is a graduate of the University of Miami Medical School.
Daniel J. Hilferty is president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross (IBC), a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than seven million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region. Before being named CEO in 2010, he was president of health markets for IBC, overseeing sales, marketing, and subsidiary operations, including AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth New Jersey, FutureScripts, and CompServices.
Prior to joining IBC, Hilferty was president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Mercy, a managed-care company that is jointly owned by IBC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Mercy is among the largest organizations of Medicaid managed-care plans and affiliated businesses in the United States, serving more than 4.5 million people nationwide.
Hilferty is known nationally as a leader in the publicly insured managed-care industry and as an advocate for health care access and quality. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications, and education, having worked in government affairs for Mercy Health System in Southeastern Pennsylvania and as executive director of PennPorts with the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey.
Deeply committed to our region, Hilferty lends his time and expertise to a number of organizations where he serves as a board member, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Drexel Neumann Academy, the Franklin Institute, and Saint Joseph's University.
Nationally, Hilferty serves on the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association — a national federation of 38 independent and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for nearly one in three Americans. He is an active member of the Health Policy and Legislative Committee. Hilferty also serves on the board of directors for America's Health Insurance Plans, a national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
Hilferty holds a master's degree in public administration from American University and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Joseph's University.
Ryan Hodum is Vice President at David Gardiner & Associates and Energy Advisor to Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. He is a cleantech advisor to start-ups and corporations alike. Mr. Hodum has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Global Environmental Policy from the School of International Service at American University. He speaks fluent Spanish. He is on the Advisory Board of Efficiency Exchange, a Virginia-based start-up committed to designing energy saving applications for Chinese manufacturers.
Adam Hovne recently graduated from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with an M.S. in Public Policy & Management. His professional interest lies at the intersection of economic development and the built environment. Adam wants to apply his community building experience from the Peace Corps and training in quantitative policy analysis to his future work. He is currently looking for work related to land use development, policy research, or smart urban growth. He enjoys biking, hiking, and innovative, data-driven policy. He may be reached at email@example.com.
John Hubbard is the Executive Director of the Balch Springs Economic Development Corporation in Balch Springs, Texas. During John's three year tenure with the Balch Springs EDC, the organization has been involved in the successful completion of over 42 projects that have created over 600 jobs in Balch Springs.
John is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Human Capital Development Ph.D. Program with an emphasis in Logistics, Transportation and Trade. John holds an undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Science in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. John also holds certifications as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED). Currently John is part of a community team of local stakeholders that is working closely with the University of North Texas at Dallas to create a Center of Logistics and Trade at the university. John's other professional endeavors currently include: Board memberships on the Methodist Charlton Medical Center Advisory Board in Dallas, the Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Balch Springs Tourism Advisory Committee. In addition, John is a board member of the Dallas men's singing group, the Vocal Majority Chorus.
Michael Iacovazzi-Pau is Manager of Global Engagement at Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce, the region's primary economic development, workforce development and business leadership organization. Michael joined GLI in June 2009 to launch a new talent attraction initiative called Greater Louisville International Professionals (G.L.I.P.) to welcome, engage, and connect international professionals with the local community and is now working on new strategies to provide businesses and individuals more global opportunities, such as leading trips around the world and consulting with companies to export for the first time or expand into new markets. Prior to becoming Program Manager, he served as Director of Operations at Unique Management Services, a material recovery service in Southern Indiana that serves public libraries around the world, and had responsibility for managing a production department and an outbound Call Center. Michael graduated from Sullivan University with a BA in Hospitality Management, and obtained a MBA at Indiana University Southeast. Prior to living in Louisville, Michael resided in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (Europe), where he lived for 16 years. He attended high school in Belgium and his native language is French and Italian. Michael is also on the board of the World Affairs Council of KY and S. America and VP and Secretary of a program he co-founded called Amazing Global Marketplace.
Mr. Michael K. Jackson currently serves as the Director of City/State Partners at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), an independent agency of the federal government. In this role, he creates and manages marketing partnerships with local, state, and regional economic development organizations across the nation to expand export opportunities for small businesses. He is also responsible for conducting training seminars and participating in various marketing outreach activities to educate U.S. exporters, foreign buyers and multipliers about Ex-Im Bank's programs. In addition to his duties at Ex-Im Bank, the Mr. Jackson is also an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College where he instructs a course on small business exporting.
Immediately prior to joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Jackson served as the District International Trade Officer at the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Baltimore District Office where he conducted export-focused training workshops and seminars for SMEs, financial institutions, trade associations and economic development organizations. He also advised and assisted SMEs interested in beginning to export or expanding into new foreign markets.
Prior to beginning his career with the federal government, Mr. Jackson held sales and marketing positions with several large corporations in the banking and ICT industries. He is also a former small business owner. Mr. Jackson is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Ramstein, Germany and Warner Robins, Georgia.
Mr. Jackson earned an MBA in International Business from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, GA and a B.S. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland - University College Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He also holds the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) international trade certification. Mr. Jackson is a member of NASBITE International, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
George C. Jacobsen joined The Kresge Foundation's Community Development and Detroit programs in January 2011 after working three years with the foundation's Arts & Culture program. George is responsible for the administration of the Foundation's grant programs to support and sustain a robust arts and cultural ecosystem in Detroit, including its signature Artist Fellowship initiative and the Art X Detroit festival. He additionally pursues grantmaking opportunities that advance the Foundation's comprehensive strategic framework to reverse decades of disinvestment in Detroit and reposition the city as a model for revitalization, Re-Imagining Detroit 2020.
From 2006 to 2008, George worked at the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition in Detroit, where he assisted in the development of initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life in the Southeast Michigan region. Previously, he was a planning assistant at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and a community organizer at Clean Water Action.
George has a master's degree in urban planning from Wayne State University and a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Michigan Association of Planning, and Urban Land Institute. He serves on the Michigan Advisory Board for the Cultural Data Project.
Marina James was appointed to the role of President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) in December of 2009. Prior to joining EDW, Marina was Vice-President, Hotels for Westcorp Properties Inc.
Economic Development Winnipeg is the lead economic development agency for Winnipeg. EDW facilitates investment promotion and attraction, capacity building, tourism development, marketing and the management of market information.
Marina directs all aspects of the organizations' activities, provides leadership and strategic direction, and is a driving force behind making Winnipeg THE choice for business and tourism. She also plays a significant role in representing Winnipeg under the Consider Canada City Alliance brand whereby Canada's 13 largest cities have joined together to attract foreign direct investment and create a unified voice for Canada as an investment location.
Highly regarded for her 19 years of experience in executive management and hotel operations, her career expertise includes real estate asset and financial management; issues management and negotiations; customer service platform development; organizational effectiveness and tourism development. Marina holds a Master's of Business Administration Degree from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Hotel Administrator and a Certified Destination Management Executive.
Barbara Johnson is Principal of The Johnson Group, a consulting firm, headquartered in New Orleans, LA that builds collaborative partnerships to drive positive, measurable change in communities in the areas of organizational performance, sustainable business strategies and market-driven workforce solutions. With over 20 years as a leader and practitioner, Barbara has held executive positions in economic and community development that have led community change in the New Orleans Region, including the Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Downtown Development District, the University of New Orleans and the Bureau of Governmental Research. The firm brings an extensive network of relationships in economic development, business, university, philanthropic, and government sectors at the local, state and national levels.
Her career in urban revitalization includes an extensive track record in: (1) leading business recovery strategies in communities hard hit by disaster and economic decline; (2) forging solutions to retain, attract and develop talent in communities; (3) building ecosystems of support for small business and entrepreneurs; and, (4) facilitating board leadership strategies to improve organizational performance, capacity and collaboration. Clients of The Johnson Group included economic development organizations, private corporations, utilities, professional associations and community-based organizations.
Mr. Aleem Kanji is the Manager of Government Affairs & Stakeholder Relations for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. In this role, he manages proposals and positions regarding policy, legislative and regulatory changes and issues of interest to the GTAA. In addition, he identifies new economic development opportunities for collaboration with stakeholder groups as it relates to the GTAA's interests.
Previously, Mr. Kanji led policy and public affairs work at the Toronto Board of Trade, Canada's largest Chamber of Commerce. In this position he was the key lobbyist on economic development and planning and development issues to the municipal, provincial and federal governments on behalf of the Board of Trade. He has also worked as a freelance consultant to Dr. Richard Florida and the Creative Class Group.
Before joining the Toronto Board of Trade, Mr. Kanji served as Senior Economist for the Government of Ontario at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Mr. Kanji holds a Masters Degree in Economic Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Waterloo. In October 2003, Mr. Kanji attained the Certified Economic Developer ‘Ec.D' designation - recognizing both industry and academic qualifications of Economic Developers and became the youngest Canadian ever to do so.
In February 2009, Mr. Kanji was appointed by Toronto City Council as a founding member on the Board of Directors for Invest Toronto, a new business corporation established by The City of Toronto focused on engaging the private sector in marketing and promotion activities to increase business investment, employment and prosperity in Toronto. Through this role, Mr. Kanji provides advice to the Mayor and other top city officials on ways to enhance Toronto's economic competitiveness.
In his spare time, Mr. Kanji teaches economic development at York University.
Specialties: Government Relations, Lobbying, Advocacy and Policy, Issues Management, Communications, Economic Development, Urban & Regional Planning.
Joe King is City Manager of Danville, Virginia. He holds bachelor and master's degrees in urban affairs from Virginia Tech. His 37 years of local government experience took him to cities and counties in Virginia, New Mexico, Washington, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Danville is an old industrial city on the Virginia – North Carolina border. Experiencing loss of its traditional textile and tobacco industries, Danville has made significant use of nDanville, its open-access fiber optic broadband network, to attract high-tech industries that are turning the region's economy around.
Jeff Kline is an accomplished entrepreneur with a successful track record spanning three decades in software product development, office automation, and Internet technology. As CEO and President of both Accrisoft and Accrinet Corporation, he provides operational guidance and strategic vision for all aspects of the business.
Jeff has special expertise in software strategies for not-for-profit organizations. Over the last decade, he has helped economic development organizations and chambers of commerces leverage the Web and digital marketing to effectively manage and grow membership, raise money, publicize causes, utilize social media, and communicate with key constituencies through dynamic email campaigns.
Jeff has held senior management positions in critical areas of business development, software product development, office automation, and Internet technology. He launched his career in 1982 at the Burroughs Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. After several promotions he became manager for the Southeast United States.
In 1986, Jeff co-founded Adcom Corporation, a customer-driven company that specialized in providing total office automation solutions. As CEO of Adcom, he pioneered the development of the totally integrated office concept. Then, in 1990, Inc. Magazine recognized Adcom as the 151st fastest growing company in the United States. In 1996, Danka Industries acquired Adcom.
In 1999, Jeff established Accrisoft Corporation as a standalone company with the release of Accrisoft Freedom™ Web empowerment software™.
An expert in leveraging websites and digital marketing for economic development success, Jeff is a frequent guest speaker on web strategies for business success, email marketing, social media, personalized news, Web analytics and other critical topics.
Chris Knight heads the fDi Benchmark division of fDi Intelligence -- in addition to serving as a business development executive focusing on the US and UK markets -- and is an expert in the benchmarking of locations. He has been working on benchmarking projects for more than four years and has worked with some of the largest economic development organisations globally to help them promote themselves to foreign investors and assess their competitiveness for investment.
Chris develops bimonthly rankings for various sectors using inhouse data which are published in fDi Magazine; the most recent of these were rankings identifying the best locations globally for attracting renewable energy FDI projects. As well as benchmarking, Chris works on a variety of different reports comparing market and sectoral performance in terms of FDI.
fDi Intelligence is a specialist division from the Financial Times Ltd established to provide industry leading insight into globalization with a portfolio of world-class products, services and business tools that allow both companies and economic development organizations alike to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment and investment attraction. The fDi Intelligence portfolio includes fDi Atlas, fDi Benchmark, fDi Markets, fDi Magazine and fDi Reports.
Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK's president and CEO. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor region.In his role as CEO, he leads the organization's efforts to expand the regional economy through initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential. SPARK also supports the retention, expansion and attraction of mature companies that will grow the region's GDP. SPARK convenes the Ann Arbor region's public-private leaders and other stakeholders to implement a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness.
Paul has 35 years of economic and community expertise. Before joining Ann Arbor SPARK, he led San Jose, California's economic development efforts, where he served as chief development officer. He has also worked in economic development for the cities of Cleveland OH and Jacksonville FL. In addition to his economic development leadership for San Jose and other cities, Paul founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams.
He earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art. In addition to his responsibilities as SPARK CEO, Paul Krutko is honored to serve as chair of the preeminent professional economic development organization in the world, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He was designated a Fellow Member of IEDC in 2009.
As Principal of LEO's Economic Consulting Services and Senior Project Manager for LEO, LLC (Leotta-Evers Consulting), Kurtz is responsible for the daily operations of the economic development services group within LEO assisting private, non-profit, and public entities focused on economic development, community development, and site selection needs.
As Senior Project Manager, Kurtz provides consulting to clients in the application of GIS technology in accordance with project objectives, data requirements, and budget constraints. He has expertise in Business Development, Real Estate Development, Economic Development, Deal Structuring, Market Research, Public Finance, Economic Development Incentives, Financial Analysis, Legislative Affairs, Lobbying, Public Policy, Marketing, Sales, Fundraising, and Problem Solving.
Kurtz has more than 19 years experience in the field of economic and community development in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors and has been involved in the creation of over 10,000 new direct jobs, retention of over 21,000 jobs, and $23B in capital investment from over 100 announced projects over this period in executive management positions with Entergy Corporation, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Ascension Economic Development Corporation, Greater New Orleans Inc, and the City of New Orleans.
Kurtz was project lead as Executive Director of the Business Retention and Expansion Group (BERG) at LED where he secured the largest foreign direct investment project in US history, the Sasol Ltd. Gas to Liquids project, which created over $16B in capital investment and over 1,200 new jobs in Lake Charles, LA, using state of the art GIS tools to secure a site in record time for the project, the first natural gas to liquids fuel facility in North America.
Kurtz received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma at Norman.
Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with over three million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of over $200 Billion. He brings years of experience to the role as a widely recognized economic development strategist who has also led successful regional economic development organizations in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Michael's award winning work as a practitioner includes his leadership as CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, often regarded as a globally leading organizational model for regional economic development, regional advocacy, and public policy research. It also includes the founding of Langley Group, a national economic development consulting firm focused on regional best practices and economic growth strategies, where Michael served as President.
Prior to becoming an economic development practitioner, Michael led a successful corporate career, spent primarily in the technology sector working in leadership positions for a number of Westinghouse/CBS divisions, including serving as President and CEO of Westinghouse Audio Intelligence Devices, Inc., a world leader in wireless surveillance technology.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike also earned a MS in information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He served as a Navy pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight and crew time on surveillance and intelligence missions worldwide and as a technology analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities by American Intercontinental University for his work in community improvement.
Colleen has more than 15 years experience in workforce development public policy, including serving as Executive Director of the Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board (Hunterdon and Somerset Counties) in New Jersey.
She has capitalized on her workforce development and industry networks to establish the North East Regional Employment and Training Association (nereta.org). The organization's mission is to connect workforce investment boards and their stakeholders (economic development, educators and business professionals) in the northeastern US (Maine to the Virginias). This community of professionals has already had a significant impact on local, state and federal workforce public policy issues through robust communication in three Linked In groups (Linkd.in/neretaorg, Linkd.in/systemofsupport and Linkd.in/workforcesurvival). The organization also holds monthly professional development webinars and has recently kicked off an initiative to provide industry focused career fairs (www.neretacareerfairs.org)
Colleen is a sought after public speaker, facilitator and trainer on the topics of "the use of social media and new technologies by public administrators", "creating collaboration between economic development and workforce development to support business development, "community inclusion in public decision-making" and "the future of the workforce."
She is also an entrepreneur currently working to establish a business called Tempfolio, a skills-based platform that facilitates local temporary work job matching.
Additionally, as a champion of women, Colleen has developed an online directory of women-owned and women-led businesses (pinklinkpages.com) as well as established a women's empowerment movement called FemmeSpeak! (femmespeak.com)
Colleen holds masters degrees in public relations and higher education administration from Rowan University and has taught graduate and undergraduate coursework in communications for the Public Administration Department of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ray Laughter serves as Vice Chancellor for External Affairs for the Lone Star College System, one of the largest and most progressive community colleges in the nation with over 90,000 students on six comprehensive campuses. He is responsible for marketing and communications, government affairs, grants and resource development, the Lone Star College Foundation, and community and economic development partnerships and programs. These economic development programs are unique for a higher education institution and include the coordination of the regional North Houston Economic Development Alliance, the Center for Business and Economic Development, the regional Small Business Development Center, the Community Development Institute.
He has served on numerous boards and committees related to economic and community development
International Economic Development Council Higher Education Advisory Committee and 2012 Conference Host Committee
Prior to joining the college he served as Chief Administrative Officer for an international helicopter manufacturer and President of the Business Services Assistance Corporation.
Ray has been the CEO of JumpStart since its founding in 2003, and leads the organization's Northeast Ohio and national efforts to build public, private, and philanthropic partnerships which develop and grow entrepreneurial ecosystems and transform regional economies.
He began his career at IBM before founding and bootstrapping two startup companies. Both were sold to Multigraphics Inc. in 1997, after which Ray became Vice President of Sales. In 2000, he founded Capella Investments, Inc., an investment and management consulting firm focused on startup IT companies. Prior to his work at JumpStart, Ray served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for CommonAngels, Boston's largest angel investor organization, while teaching at MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Ray is a member of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which supports the nation's innovation strategy by developing policies that foster entrepreneurship. He also serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) which serves as the voice of the venture capital community and advocates for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. Ray earned his MBA from MIT as a Sloan Fellow, and also earned a BA in Finance from the University of Akron.
Samuel V.K. Lee is the Principal and founder of Euclidean5 Advisory LLC. With 25+ years of Big-4 accounting and management-consulting experience, he delivers for corporate clients high value cost savings involving site selection for expansion/relocation projects and deployment of federal, state and local tax credits and business incentives. He also advises foreign-based private equity firms and state-owned enterprises navigating various public entity reviews of privately held M&A projects in the USA. Domestically, he has represented out-bound investment clients in France and Mexico. His expertise and experience in business economics have consistently served to benefit domestic and international corporations and companies.
Victor Leotta launched Leotta-Evers Consulting (dba LEO, LLC) in April 2008 for the purposes of providing high-value geospatial technology services for site selection and economic development. Leotta developed a technical economic development program that includes the use of GIS-based site suitability models to identify optimal locations for commercial and industrial projects. Leotta also designed web-based GIS mapping applications to manage and distribute site information such as the Entergy Site Selection Center for site location research and sites and buildings database and LEO's ReTelligence tool for matching prospects to process inputs and co-location opportunities. Leotta works routinely with site selection consultants, state and local economic developers, and commercial real estate professionals on business retention and attraction projects applying innovative analysis and mapping practices to maximize location competitiveness.
LEO's GIS-based suitability models form the basis for its Strategic Sites Inventory (SSI) Program which Leotta refined to provide communities with an effective approach developing a proactive inventory of quality sites for economic development. Leotta designed LEO's SSI Program to identify optimal locations that represent a balance between meeting a project's operational needs and protecting vulnerable cultural, environmental, and ecological resources. Leotta's goal is to maximize communities' economic competiveness through adherence to a rigorous site quality standard and utilization of technological "tools of the trade" to effectively market their location advantages - all with a conscious intent to maintain environmental and cultural stewardship.
Prior to beginning LEO, LLC, Leotta spent six years managing the Geospatial Technology Services for C-K Associates, LLC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His principal objective was to develop an expert Geospatial Technologies team focused on C-K's core business fields of environmental and ecological sciences. In doing so, Leotta gained invaluable experience on which he applies to geospatial suitability analysis.
A 1994 business school graduate of Louisiana State University, Leotta is currently pursuing a master's degree from LSU in geography (Master of Natural Science) with an emphasis on GIS and remote sensing. He serves on the steering committee for Louisiana's annual state GIS conference, sponsored by, and geared toward state government. Leotta routinely speaks at trade organization conferences, industry workshops, and local government and civic functions on the application and value of GIS technology for planning and economic development.
As the son of Ted Levine, founder of Development Counsellors International, Andy was introduced to the world of economic development and travel marketing at birth. Since joining the firm in 1991, Andy has helped launch the company into a new era, advancing the quality of client work performed, growing the number of staff and adding to the range of client services offered.
On behalf of the South African Tourism Board, Andy arranged for the Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Issue" to be shot on location in South Africa. Accompanying the well-known photo essay were 16 pages of editorial content profiling South Africa's diverse tourism offerings.
For the Greater New Orleans Region, Andy managed a highly successful editorial placement program with results in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Success, Forbes and CNN. In the program's first year, 76 placements were achieved with an advertising impact of $5.9 million.
He developed and continues to direct DCI's "Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing." First conducted in 1996, this ongoing survey of corporate executives with site selection responsibilities has emerged as a valuable tool for economic developers seeking to understand the "customer's perspective" on what works in economic development marketing.
Susan Liberty has extensive economic development and legislative experience. Prior to joining McGuireWoods Consulting, she was the Director of Policy and Business Development at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority where she assisted major corporations with their relocation and business expansion requirements. In addition to concentrating on local business retention she led the business expansion team that has successfully marketed Fairfax County in Silicon Valley. She also has experience providing the full range of relocation and business expansion services to international companies. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff for Thomas M. Davis, III during his term as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff tof Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman John F. (Jack) Herrity. Susan has campaign experience at the national, state and local level. Additionally, she is involved in fundraising efforts for several major charities serving her community.
Susan is a member of the infrastructure and economic development team specializing in incentive negotiations for corporations as well as representing clients' interests on a variety of issues with state and local officials. Additionally, Susan represents clients on a number of public-private partnership initiatives and she is part of several teams pursuing projects using this innovative procurement method for transportation and other infrastructure needs. She also works closely with clients using her contacts with state and local officials to bring about a successful outcome on land use and zoning issues throughout Virginia.
Erik Lisher is a Managing Director in Private Equity Investor Relations & Business Development at The Blackstone Group.
Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Lisher has been involved in sourcing and executing a variety of strategic advisory, capital raising and restructuring transactions for companies across a diverse set of industries. During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Lisher has also been involved in many firm wide initiatives and currently serves as a board member of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Lisher was an Associate in the Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan, where he executed various high yield, leveraged loan, equity capital and M&A assignments.
Mr. Lisher graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lisher is also a member of the Junior Advisory Board of inMotion, a New York City nonprofit organization that provides crucial legal protections to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
Mert Livingstone is Vice President, Workplace Solutions for Johnson & Johnson. Mert provides leadership for global strategic portfolio planning and has direct operational responsibilities for J&J's North American portfolio of sites.
Mert has 25 years of leadership experience in corporate real estate and facilities management within the pharmaceutical industry, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Pharmacia, Monsanto and G. D. Searle.
Mert is a member of the board of directors for IAMC (Industrial Asset Management Council), currently serving as Vice Chairperson. He is also a member of CoreNet Global, currently serving on the faculty for CoreNet's SLCR curriculum.
Mert holds a B.S. in Business from Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill) and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (Lake Forest, Ill).
Henry has a PhD in FDI and over 15 years of consulting experience. Henry has co-founded several of the leading businesses in the field of FDI, including fDi Intelligence, ICA Incentives, Loco Software, and WAVTEQ. He previously worked in the Financial Times, OCO Global, IBM-Plant Location International, and PwC in senior management positions. Henry is the inventor of fDi Markets, used by over 250 EDOs, and he is currently at the forefront of developing mobile apps, CRM systems, and incentives tools for attracting inward investment.
Henry has managed FDI consulting projects for over 100 EDOs in more than 50 countries and multinational enterprises on their site selection, often working at the Ministerial and Board levels. Henry has been an FDI consultant to UNCTAD and the World Bank for the last decade and he is an advisor to the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable Development.
His major publications include "A Framework for Investment Promotion" (UNCTAD), "Handbook for Investment Promotion" (Columbia University), and "Bargaining with Multinationals" (Palgrave).
In the area of incentives, Henry's PhD examined how companies and governments negotiate incentives and he is the co-founder of ICA Incentives. Henry has advised governments on their incentives policy and he is currently working with Enterprise Zones in the UK. Henry was the author of a Financial Times study, published in April 2013, on the relationship between corporate tax and the FDI performance of over 40 countries and in 2011 he led a major study for the UK government on the impact of tax and incentives on job creation in cities across Europe. Henry is co-located between Canada and Turkey.
Andrea Luecke is the Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, an independent national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Washington, DC. As Executive Director, Andrea is responsible for developing and implementing national educational initiatives and high-level research that promote the widespread adoption of solar energy. She authored the award winning National Solar Jobs Census report series and is a leader on the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Luecke ran the City of Milwaukee's (U.S. Department of Energy funded) solar program where she was directly exposed to the challenges and obstacles local governments face in adopting energy conservation strategies and increasing solar energy capacity. Andrea has over a decade of experience working in international development and the nonprofit sector. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her Master's in Business and was awarded a highly competitive Milwaukee Idea Economic Development fellowship.
Allen Lutz is The Roane Alliance's Education and Workforce Development Specialist since October 2008. The Alliance, in Roane County, Tennessee, is the county's economic development agency. Allen works with county and regional education and business communities to develop workforce skills, knowledge, and behaviors that are needed to be successful in today's global economy. While at the Alliance, he established the Alliance's Education Matters! Initiative.
Allen is the coordinator for Roane County's RoaneAchieves program, part of the state-wide tnAchieves a last dollar scholarship program, and a mentor for high school students in these programs.
He is on the boards of the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley, is a member of the Roane Writers Group, and works closely with the Roane Imagination Library.
Allen is a graduate of the Leadership Roane County Class of 2011.
Prior to coming to the Alliance, Allen was with Junior Achievement of East Tennessee (JAET) as the Director of JA BizTown, an experiential-based elementary education program for 5th grade students. Allen was one of the primary JAET leaders responsible for the envisioning, planning, organizing and implementing of JA BizTown. He also served as the JAET Education Director, responsible for coordinating and delivering economic education programs that were taught by volunteers.
Before going the JAET, Allen worked in several positions with a startup company, Digital Discoveries, in Knoxville for seven years.
Prior to coming to East Tennessee, he was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and served on active duty 21 years, primarily responsible for plans and operations in training organizations, as well as being an “on-call troubleshooter” when organizations needed assistance.
David Madié is the creator of GrowthWheel and the founder of Startup Company.
As a serial entrepreneur since the age of 15, he never wrote a business plan for any of the businesses he started and grew in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. His pioneer work in creating sustainable IT businesses and transfer of know-how in developing countries earned him in 2002 an inclusion among the top 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow selected by the World Economic Forum.
Since the launch of Startup Company in 2005, he has advised thousands of entrepreneurs, start-ups and growth businesses, taught 300+ workshops and seminars, trained and certified over 500 business advisors, professors, and incubator managers, and written 30+ articles in select entrepreneurial magazines.
He is a regular keynote speaker at entrepreneurship conferences and colleges, where he promotes the only way great entrepreneurs start or grow a business: by making decisions and taking action.
Chris Manheim is the President of Manheim Solutions, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in community, workforce and small business economic development programs.
From 2006 through 2008, Chris was the President of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, a private-public partnership serving McHenry County, Illinois, located in northeastern Illinois. Out of the 102 counties in Illinois, it is ranked 7th in the state with a population of 284,572.
Prior to joining the MCEDC, Chris was the Vice President of Economic Development with the Elgin Area Chamber in Elgin, Illinois, 40 miles northwest of Chicago. Under his leadership from 1999 through 2006, the Elgin Area Chamber was recognized as one of the top economic development partnerships by Site Selection Magazine in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He has also been the director of the Grundy Economic Development Council and a past director of the Small Business Development Center at Joliet Jr. College. Prior to specializing in Economic Development in 1983, Chris worked in Public Finance and Public Budgeting for State of Illinois and with Chicago-based municipal consulting groups.
Chris is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council and holds a Masters in Political Science and Public Administration from Eastern Illinois University with post-graduate studies in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Since 1980, he has been Adjunct Faculty in Public and Business Administration at Illinois' Governors State University and most recently for Columbia College of Missouri.
Rui Boavista Marques received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Economy and Technology from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is currently based in New York as the Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America at Aicep Portugal Global. Marques began his career as the Manager of the International Department of PT Portugal Telecom in 1982. He then moved to become the Product Manager of Icep Portugal in Japan, where he was promoted to Director in Norway and Iceland, then moved again to Germany. From 2007 to 2010 Marques was a member of the Board of Directors for Aicep Portugal Global. In 1982 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa and a Master of Science in Information Theory from the University of Electro-Communications in Chofu, Japan in 1989. In addition to speaking his native language of Portuguese, Marques also speaks English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Norwegian. He is also associated with several journal and newspaper articles and has been a part of three published works.
As the recently appointed Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Michael Masserman is in charge of operationalizing the President's National Export Initiative (NEI). The NEI is an initiative that President Obama laid out in his 2010 State of the Union to double exports by the end of 2014. In this role, Michael also oversees the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, which is made up of the relevant trade agencies within the U.S. Government. In addition to helping drive a "whole of government" approach to the NEI, Michael coordinates closely with private-sector companies, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and institutions such as Brookings, on global trade/export policies.
Prior to his current role, Michael served as the Director of the Office of Advisory Committees within the Department of Commerce, where he managed over 20 different committees, including the President's Export Council, that advise the President, Secretary of Commerce and the USTR on the formulation and implementation of trade policies. With more than 500 private sector advisors, these committees provide a critical link between the economic interests of U.S. industries and the broader public policy concerns of the U.S. Government.
Michael began his career practicing international corporate law at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in New York, where his focus was primarily on domestic and cross-border capital markets and securities transactions. After a number of years at Simpson Thatcher, he moved to Sydney, Australia where he worked at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and specialized in international mergers and acquisitions as well as international corporate finance.
Michael has broad experience in cross-border transactions having advised clients and companies across many industries and regions, including South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. His experience includes working on international deals where he's represented investment banks, hedge funds, private-equity firms, and an array of manufacturing and services companies. He has worked with pulp manufacturers, wireless telecommunications companies, and major airlines, as well as companies who produce medical transcription devices, natural gas transmission systems, and electrical and fiber optic connectors.
Michael took a leave of absence from his law firm in Australia to join the Obama campaign, where he worked on the political, field and constituency teams in a number of states. After the campaign, he worked as a business development consultant for a start-up company where, among other tasks, he worked on enhancing the global supply chain strategy for the company.
Michael received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Barry I. Matherly is a certified economic developer with over 20 years of leadership experience at the city, county, regional and university levels.
Currently, Barry is Senior Vice President at the Greater Richmond Partnership, a public/private regional organization that is the single point of contact for domestic and international businesses looking to locate or expand in the Richmond Virginia Region.
Previously, he was the executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association in North Carolina, the Director of Economic Development for the communities of Goochland and Pulaski, Virginia and the Special Projects Manager at the Economic Development Assistance Center at Virginia Tech University.
Mr. Matherly has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech University. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and a recipient of the Robert B. Cassell Leadership Award.
Barry serves on the Governance Committee of the International Economic Development Council Board and is the chair of its Planning and Business Development Committee. Barry also serves of the Executive Board of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is chair of the Special Projects and International Committee.
Barry Matherly was named one of the 40 Leaders Under 40 (2002) by the Charlotte Business Journal, recognized as a North Carolina Main Street Champion, designated as a Fellow Member by IEDC and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Guillermo Mazier is the Director Strategic Accounts for Atlas Advertising, niche economic development marketing and technology firm that helps economic developers effectively reach site selection and prospect audiences while generating the greatest gains in economic development recruitment, retention, and investor activity for the lowest cost.
An innate passion for places, culture and economic development has afforded Guillermo the opportunity to traverse the globe and view the world through different lenses. With a strong background in international business and development, Guillermo has developed tactical marketing programs, corporate communication strategies and messaging across multiple campaign engagements in various parts of North America and throughout the continental US. His work on marketing engagements for both public and private sector organizations has been recognized by various University organizations, The Ministry of Tourism for the State of Limon, Costa Rica and the American Lung Association in Colorado where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Cooper University Health Care. Among his duties, Dr. Mazzarelli oversees the Department of Quality and Safety as well as Cooper's Process Improvement Office. He is also Medical Director of the Population Health Institute. Dr. Mazzarelli received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his master's in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident as well as Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He still sees patients as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Tracye McDaniel is the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2010 to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey.
Ms. McDaniel has more than 26 years of leadership experience in economic development, public relations, tourism and international business development. Prior to assuming her current post, McDaniel served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). She has held cabinet-level positions in three gubernatorial administrations and is a Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow. Ms. McDaniel serves on the Board of Directors of the IEDC and holds leadership positions in numerous professional and industry organizations.
Ms. McDaniel is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Brian McDonough, MD has been called "Philadelphia's Family Physician" in large part due to his daily presence as Medical Editor on KYWNewsradio since 1988. Dr. McDonough is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Tempe University School of Medicine as well as Chairman of The Department of Family Medicine at St. Francis Hospital. He maintains an active practice and serves on the hospital's Board of Directors.
In addition to his role at KYWNewsradio, Brian is syndicated on more than one hundred radio stations throughout the United States including 1010WINS in New York City. He has earned four Emmy Awards during a twenty year career at Fox television. Recently, Dr. McDonough created and has hosted the program Primary Care Today for ReachMD on Sirius/XM radio. This program is designed for a physician based listening audience.
Dr. McDonough is also seen as a national leader in the area of Clinical innovation and Technology and is sought out as a national speaker in areas related to the use of patient portals, social media and the use of electronic medical records to impact health care. He has served as Chief Medical Information Officer for his organization.
Brian McDonough, MD has received numerous awards including: Family Physician of The Year, National Medical Broadcaster of The Year, The Sir William Osler Award for Bedside Teaching, and in November will be inducted into The Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of The American Academy of Family Physicians and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and has earned both The Health IT Leadership Certificate and the degree of Certified Physician Executive from The American College of Physician Executives.
Don McEachern has more than 25 years experience leading teams and growing brands. The first decade of his career was spent working for multi-national advertising agencies and top tier boutique creative agencies on accounts including Goldkist, Hawaiian Tropic, Panasonic, Trump Plaza, and Lanier Worldwide. In that capacity, he received numerous awards, including a prestigious national Effie for marketing effectiveness and a Clio for excellent creativity.
As CEO of North Star Destination Strategies, the last 15 years have been dedicated to defining the emerging industry of community branding. After serving more than 160 clients, McEachern is considered the recognized expert in the field and is a trusted marketing advisor to states like Mississippi and Florida, major cities like New Orleans and Newark and small - but rapidly growing - towns like Petersburg, Alaska and Lake Bluff, Illinois. He has spoken at national, regional and local conferences in positions ranging from keynote speaker and session leader to panel moderator and break-out facilitator. He has helped CVBs, mayors, city councils, governors, city managers, economic development, and chambers with the pivotal task of making their communities more competitive.
Bill McMeekin is director of content/business at Journal Communications in Franklin, TN. He joined the custom media publishing company in January 2008 and oversees content development and direction for JCI's economic development and business publishing programs. JCI's work in that segment includes the statewide economic development publications for Kentucky, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, as well as several regional economic development organizations across the country. He has more than 20 years' experience in business journalism as a reporter, editor and publisher, including as editor of award-winning business publications in Buffalo, N.Y., and Columbus, Ohio, and publisher of a business newspaper in Nashville. He has a degree in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University in New York state.
F. William McNabb III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard. Mr. McNabb joined Vanguard in 1986, became chief executive officer in 2008, and chairman of the board of directors and the board of trustees in 2009. Previously, he led each of Vanguard's client-facing business divisions, most recently serving as Managing Director of Vanguard's institutional and international businesses.
Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors. He also serves on the boards of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Mr. McNabb earned an A.B. at Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Meter holds 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His "Finding Food in Farm Country" studies have promoted local food networks in 85 regions in 30 states and one Canadian province. As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures. He served as an advisor for the USDA Community Food Projects including managing the proposal review panel, and serves as a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. He is convenor and co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee for the former Community Food Security Coalition. Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota, and at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Maria Meyers is passionate about finding business development resources and getting entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time. In 2003 she crafted a public-private partnership to launch a venture that became known as KCSourceLink. Today KCSourceLink connects a network of more than 200 resources in the Kansas City region that can help small businesses start and grow. Each year KCSourceLink connects entrepreneurs to resources, measures network satisfaction and works to fill identified entrepreneurial ecosystem gaps. The successful launch in Kansas City led Maria and her team to take the network nationwide through U.S.SourceLink. The model has been adopted in many regions across the country as part of the large U.S.SourceLink system, making it America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs.
Maria also heads the University of Missouri – Kansas City Innovation Center which organizes a variety of university supported business outreach services into a single organization. With a focus on technology commercialization, the Center connects university researchers with the community to ignite collaborative partnerships leading to new innovations and business growth. The Center also supports thousands of community members every year in starting and growing businesses.
Wendy Mihm-Herold currently serves as the Vice President for Business and Community Solutions. She is accountable for supervision, leadership, coaching, budget, procedures, and policies of 15 direct staff and 62 in-direct staff in the division. As Vice President, Wendy provides oversight of the implementation of policy and procedures and training of the new computer software, Lumens, and the LERN model for the division. She promotes the mission and vision of the BCS division, strategic planning of the open enrollment, mandatory training, licensure and contract training division that serves over 27,500 students with over 3500 courses. She is responsible for the compliance for procedures of 145 projects under the New Jobs Training Program (260E) in the amount of $53 million and Job Training Program (260F) business contracts totaling $400,000 annually. She manages contracts with the IEDA (Iowa Economic Development Authority) to ensure that rules, regulations and reporting of 260E and 260F projects, ACE funding, and Workforce Training and Economic Development programs are followed.
Wendy supervises the financial viability and assurance of federal guidelines for the Adult Literacy program that serves over 800+ students at 14 locations by 30 instructors. She manages five NICC centers and the development of a new center that provides credit, non-credit, and business and industry training and community programming. She is responsible for public relations, and partnerships with city and county economic developers, and businesses on local and state projects and the development of community-college partnerships. She provides leadership and direction for the college's strategic planning process, V7 process and AQIP. Wendy is responsible for oversight, monitoring and assisting with writing for the B2HC Grant, DOL Grant, I-AM Grant, USDA Grants and Foundation Grants. She is also a member of the President's Cabinet.
Previously, Mihm-Herold was the Executive Director for the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) in Postville. Prior to her leadership at UERPC, she was employed jointly by NICC and the State of Iowa as the Regional Director of Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Region One, which included eight counties in Northeast Iowa.
Mihm-Herold, a Fort Atkinson resident, has her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University. She is a current board member of the South Winneshiek Community School District, State STEM Hub Committee and State Small Business Development Center Board.
Simon is in his seventh year as a National Board member of EDA and manages the National Awards for Economic Development Excellence and the development and delivery of the EDA Regional and Remote Area Training Program.
Simon has been involved with the establishment of EDA State Practitioner Networks in South Australia and Western Australia and has presented at International, National and Regional Conferences.
With a regional focus Simon has worked in some of Australia's most remote communities including four years as Economic Development Officer for Australia's Indian Ocean Territories the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island.
In 2013 Simon has assisted with the development, release and implementation of Economic Development Plans for two of Australia's fastest growing Cities:
Town of Victoria Park Western Australia
Simon has over 15 years' experience in regional development being involved with over 150 communities across Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Territories of Norfolk Island and the Indian Ocean.
Simon is currently the Senior Economic Development Officer with the Townsville City Council which is the largest City in Northern Australia.
Dr. Chad R. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Economic and Workforce Development and is Assistant Director for Trade of the USM Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation. His research focus is on economic development and global competitiveness. His sponsored research has included economic impact analysis, modeling the economic impact of disasters, industrial cluster analysis, logistics studies, and industrial site location studies. He has extensive private sector business experience including managing shipping and global distribution for American companies based in China and Vietnam and consulting with companies on how to export their products and services. He was also an Army Officer stationed in the Pacific Rim. Prior to joining USM, he worked for the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. Chad has a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy, a MBA from Boston University, and a BA from the College of William & Mary. Chad, his wife Susan, and son Duncan live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Daniel is Co-Founder and Director of Sales for Fundrise, responsible for expanding the company's presence in new markets outside of Washington, D.C.
Daniel is also Co-Founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website, and Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a Washington D.C. based real estate development company. He remains involved with Western Development Corporation, his family's real estate organization which has developed more than 20 million square feet in its 46-year history.
Daniel graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a submatriculant with a dual B.S. and M.B.A. He has FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 registrations.
Janet M. Miller is Chief Economic Development and Marketing Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Janet has oversight of the team that serves as the 10-county region’s lead agency for economic development and job creation strategies, with oversight of functions including business recruitment, working with existing Nashville-based firms on expansions, entrepreneurship initiatives, and international business. She also has oversight of the Chamber’s marketing and communications team, and is responsible for delivery of all Chamber of Commerce marketing and branding programs. Miller works on a day-to-day basis with corporate executives of relocating and expanding companies to advise on capital investments and site locations. Successful relocation projects in which Miller has been involved include Nissan’s North American headquarters, Dell Computer Corporation, Caremark Rx, Asurion, Louisiana-Pacific, HCA, PRIMUS/Ford Motor Credit, Mars Pet Care, and numerous others. Since she took on the departmental leadership role at the Chamber in 2002, over 93,000 jobs have been created in the Nashville region and over 275 companies recruited.
Miller was named the local Sales and Marketing Executive Association’s National Salesperson of the Year for 2006, and was named one of three “Women of Influence” in the “Inspiration” category by the Nashville Business Journal in July 2007. She was named a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council in recognition of exceptional contributions to the field of economic development in America in Fall of 2007. She was named in 2009 to the International Economic Development Council’s board of directors, after chairing the organization’s awards section in 2009. She is a past-President of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, a past Tennessee director for the Southern Economic Development Council Board, and a board member and past chairman for the Tennessee Economic Partnership. She is also a Tennessee board member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP); a member of AAA Auto Club’s Tennessee advisory board; an associate member of CoreNet Global; past membership recruitment chair, program chair and a current board member for Nashville’s Downtown Rotary Club; a member of the United Way of Nashville board of directors and serves on the campaign cabinet for United Way for 2010; and serves on numerous other boards. She is a graduate of the 2001 class of Leadership Nashville, and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Music. Miller is a frequent lecturer at economic development classes around the country, including engagements as an instructor at Basic Economic Development Courses at Georgia Tech, the University of Kentucky, and the Tennessee Basic Course.
Miller did her undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, where she received the Certified Economic Developer designation, the industry’s highest achievement, in 2000. Prior to her tenure at the Nashville Chamber, she served as Director of Research and Marketing for Grubb & Ellis/Centennial, Inc.
Rodrick T. Miller is a results-oriented leader with nearly 10 years of experience in economic development, strategic planning, trade and foreign investment, and project finance. Rodrick is the founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the official economic development organization responsible for ensuring the long-term economic vitality and driving job growth for the City of New Orleans. As the chief economist and thought leader on economic recovery, Miller has focused the organization's efforts on lowering barriers to entry in the marketplace, increasing transparency, and developing strategies for urban economic growth.
Previously, Miller served as the Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber where he managed day-to-day operations, developed strategic initiatives, and helped deliver on the firm's $20M capital campaign. He also served as Vice President of International Economic Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) where he managed international development activities.
Miller holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from St. Augustine's College. He also gained a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico while completing a Fulbright Fellowship.
A scholar practitioner, he is a sought after lecturer and contributes to various publications. He enjoys playing the piano, reading, and spending time with his son.
Jay C. Moon is the President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the largest and most influential voice for Mississippi manufacturers. The Association represents more than 2,200 manufacturers and associated members. As President of the MMA, Jay has helped to develop and win passage of several significant legislative programs such as Inventory Tax and Workers Compensation reform. Jay worked with Governor Barbour, the Mississippi legislature and other business leaders to enact landmark civil justice reform. Jay helped to develop and pass Momentum Mississippi, one of the most comprehensive improvements to Mississippi's business incentive offerings. Other significant legislative incentive packages supporting Mississippi companies, such as Viking, Baxter, Northrop Grumman and Howard Industries, were also made possible through Jay's leadership.
Jay has over twenty-five years of professional economic development experience in site development, business retention, strategic plan development, financial incentive creation and marketing. Prior to joining the MMA, Jay served as the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer and Director for International Development with the Mississippi Development Authority. During that period, Jay was responsible for the recruitment of many well-known national and international companies to Mississippi. Jay led Mississippi's successful effort to locate the $1.5 billion, 5,300 employee Nissan Automotive Assembly facility. This project was named by Site Selection Magazine, Corporate Location Magazine, Area Development Magazine and Southern Business & Development Magazine as the top development project of that year. Through Jay's efforts, the state development agency received consistent recognition for its innovative business attraction and support programs, including acknowledgment by Site Selection Magazine as one of the top ten economic development organizations in the US.
Jay is well known throughout the state and nation for his progressive approach to economic development and his leadership capabilities. Jay has extensive experience in international markets including Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has led dozens of trade and investment missions and has managed international offices in seven countries. In addition, Jay has successful community based economic development experience, having directed the economic and community development, planning and building programs for the City of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Jay is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors. Jay is a Certified Economic Developer. He is the Past Chairman of the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development organization in the world. Jay has also been designated by the IEDC as a Fellow Member. This designation is given to those who have attained unusual stature in the field of economic development. Jay served on the board of the American Economic Development Council for two terms. Jay is a former President of the National Association of State Development Agencies. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute where he currently serves as Assistant Dean, a mentor and an instructor on international trade, marketing and ethics. Jay is also an instructor for the EDI/IEDC program in Mexico. Jay is the chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the chairman of the Mississippi Workforce Investment Board. He is a board member with the Southern Global Strategies Council, a part of the Southern Growth Policies Board. He is a former board member with the Mississippi State University College of Business and currently serves on the Center for Manufacturing Excellence with the University of Mississippi. He was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to be a member of the Governor's Comprehensive Tax Study Commission, the National Governor's Association Sector Strategy Policy Academy and the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute. He is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows. Jay has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Mary Ann serves as Vice President of Business and Economic Development for Mississippi legislative and Consulting Group, LLC, Jackson, MS. Moon assists clients and communities in developing strategic plans, work force analyses, asset inventories and implementation processes.
Mary Ann recently served as Economic Developer and Project Manager for Entergy Louisiana's Business and Economic Expansion division. She was responsible for the facilitation of the Certified Site Program for Northeast Louisiana – a partnership between Entergy and Louisiana Economic Development. She also actively supported new business recruitment and the creation of regional Community Development programs.
Mary Ann served as President of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce for 5 ½ years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and is a Certified Economic Developer. Prior to her position with the WMWO Chamber, Mary Ann was the Owner/President of Dixie Bonded Warehouse of Ouachita, Inc. - the largest bonded, commercial warehouse for raw materials in the tri-state area. She was also the owner/operator of Dixie Transportation and a member of the American Trucking Association, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, the American Warehousing Association and served as a member of the Louisiana Department of Transportation Inter-modal Planning Committee. She possesses a wide range of expertise in the warehousing, distribution and logistics arena.
During her tenure with the WMWO chamber, Mary Ann restructured the organization, turning its focus to community and product development, and working in conjunction with the Ouachita Parish School Board, the City of West Monroe, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the Louisiana Technical College System and many rural municipalities and communities. Chamber emphasis was placed upon improving education – providing services, programming and support to develop, enhance and create opportunities for teachers, staff and students. Program development and implementation under Mary Ann's leadership was recognized by the Coordinating and Development Corporation and the International Economic Development Council.
Moon served as the coordinator of the 20/20 Visioning Program for West Ouachita Parish funded by the City of West Monroe and Louisiana Economic Development. She is also a member of the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Membership Committee. Mary Ann is a Board member and Chairman of the Mentoring Program for for the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute, in addition to serving as one of EDI's instructors. Mary Ann also serves as Chairman of the University of Southern MS's Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, is a member of the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Freight Planning Committee, and is a graduate of the Delta Regional Authority's Leadership Institute and Leadership Louisiana. Building on these experiences, she established the Delta Highway 65 Commission; a non profit entity created to provide infrastructure, healthcare, educational and housing needs to citizens residing in the Louisiana Delta.
Ioanna Morfessis is the President and Chief Strategist of IO.INC, a worldwide business and economic development consulting firm. With her distinguished track record and reputation as an economic development executive and founder of three best-of-class organizations, Dr. Morfessis has devoted her professional life to helping companies and communities grow and prosper. Based in Phoenix, AZ, IO.INC is a visionary consulting practice that delivers expert strategies and solutions to help leaders, organizations and places grow. Among IO.INC's clients are cities and regions; global and domestic companies, publicly traded and privately held; master planned community developers, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to starting her own company, she was the founding President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the inaugural director of the Montgomery County, MD Department of Economic Development. In these posts, she led efforts to recruit and expand more than 300 firms that combined, invested over $27 billion in private capital and generated more than 250,000 direct new jobs. Dr. Morfessis also served as the Chairman of the International Economic Development Council and is an Honorary Lifetime Member. She is a founding director of the Helios Education Foundation, and serves on numerous civic boards.
Fred Morley is Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of the Greater Halifax Partnership, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Morley held positions as Senior Director, Business Retention Expansion and Research at Nova Scotia Business Inc., Director of Marketing and Research for Nova Scotia Economic Development, Senior Economic Advisor to the Province of Nova Scotia, Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and has taught in the Department of Economics at Saint Mary's University.
Fred designed and drove many of the high profile economic and business initiatives in Nova Scotia of the last dozen years. Fred wrote Halifax's first economic strategy, and co-wrote Nova Scotia's first economic strategy in a decade. He has worked with dozens of companies to establish new operations in Nova Scotia that have created more than 2000 high wage jobs. Fred developed the business centered concept of economic development that became Nova Scotia Business Inc., and designed the province's first investment attraction framework creating innovations in business attraction and retention still in use today. Teams lead by Fred, have won over a dozen national and international marketing awards.
Mr. Morley has current board appointments to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, the International Economic Development Council in Washington DC, the Acadia Centre for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (Chair), and the Saint Mary's Business Development Centre. Fred also Chairs Halifax's Regional Planning Advisory Committee and is past president of Business Retention Expansion International and the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists
Mr. Morley is the author more than 100 articles on economic issues and his views are sought by dozens of organizations, companies and governments around the world. In 2008 Fred was recognized by Business Retention and Expansion International with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award for his work at spreading new economic concepts across Canada and around the world.
Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality consumer food products. The portfolio is focused on simple meals, heavily anchored by Campbell's soup; baked snacks, with Pepperidge Farm in North America and Arnott's in Asia-Pacific; and healthful beverages including V8 and Bolthouse Farms.
Denise has a distinguished track record of building strong businesses and growing iconic brands.
She became Campbell's CEO in August 2011, after more than eight years at Campbell and more than 30 years in the food business. She is Campbell's 12th leader in its 143-year history.
Denise joined Campbell in 2003 as President-Global Sales and Chief Customer Officer. She then served as President-Campbell USA and Senior Vice President and President-North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages. She was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and she was also appointed as a Director of the Campbell's board.
Previously, Denise was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Kraft Foods' Snacks and Confections divisions, responsible for leading brands including Planters nuts, Life Savers candies, and Altoids mints. Her extensive food business experience also includes senior leadership roles at Nabisco, Nestle and Pepsi-Cola. She began her career at Procter & Gamble.
Denise is a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an initiative of manufacturers and retailers to combat obesity in the marketplace, workplace, and schools. She also serves on the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where she chairs its Health and Wellness Committee, and on the board of the Consumer Goods Forum. Denise was named to President Barack Obama's Export Council in 2012.
Denise previously served on the boards of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Ballard Power Systems Inc. She is a member of the board of directors for Catalyst and Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). She is regularly named among the Fortune and Forbes Most Powerful Women.
Denise earned her B.S. degree in economics and psychology from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude.
She resides in Princeton, N.J., with her husband and they have two children.
Harry founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. by helping OEMs better understand the full cost of offshoring and the benefits of reshoring. Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010 and was named Quality Magazine's Quality Professional of the year for 2012. Harry participated actively in President Obama's 1/11/12 Insourcing Forum at the White House and testified at a March 28, 2012 Congressional hearing on reshoring and manufacturing. He won a January 2012 The Economist online written debate defending the position "Multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries."
Harry worked for GF AgieCharmilles, the leading producer of EDM and HSM (High Speed Milling) machine tools, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus.
He has been on CBS, quoted in the Wall Street Journal and USATODAY and in numerous articles in the industry and supply chain press and speaks at approximately 100 conferences per year.
Harry is on the board of NIMS (credentials for skilled manufacturing) and is President of SMTS (Swiss Machine Tool Society). He received a BS in ME and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981.
Daniel is Chief Executive of the UK's South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) - an economic development corporation supporting a designated national growth region with 67,000 businesses generating a $60 billion dollar economy.
Daniel is a former senior British commercial diplomat, Chief Executive of United World Schools and Chairman of the UK's Institute of Economic Development. Daniel has an American family and has previously resided in the State of Arizona.
Kathy is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Atlas Insight with over 22 years of combined experience as a management, incentive and site selection consultant. She is widely considered an industry expert in the site selection and incentive negotiation business. Her consulting career has focused on securing incentives for various projects as well as helping site selection clients to select optimal locations for expansion projects.
Kathy has conducted successful negotiations for some of the world's largest corporations. While the majority of Atlas' clients are companies in the Fortune 500, Kathy has also assisted small to mid-sized companies with projects in various industries. Kathy has an expertise in working on highly complex real estate development projects, including working with New Markets Tax Credits, Brownfield Tax Credits and various other land use entitlements.
Kathy is a reliable opinion source for trade publications and AP stories and has been a frequent guest of state governments to assist with development of strategic plans to attract business investment. Kathy has also written numerous expert articles for regional and national publications.
Before co-founding Atlas Insight, Kathy was a Regional Practice Leader in the Business Location Incentive and Site Selection group at BDO.
Kathy holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University.
Edward A. Nelson is responsible for all economic development services, which include attracting and recruiting target industries, expanding the existing industry base, developing small businesses, nurturing new entrepreneurs, and developing sustainable projects. He is also working with public and private stakeholders in the community addressing and resolving issues that directly or indirectly impede economic growth in Unincorporated South Fulton County.
Included in his 41 years of experience in Economic Development, he has worked on assignments across the United States, Europe, Canada, West Africa, The Bahamas, South Africa, and the Caribbean. He has completed a major consulting assignment in the West Midlands for Paris based OECD in France; and authored the report on “The Innovation and Internationalization of Small and Medium-size Enterprises in the West Midlands, UK.” He has been Research Scientist in Industrial Development at Georgia Tech; President and Founder of Applied Management, Technical Assistance and Research; President of Nelson & Company, a business development firm; Director of the Economic Development Division, Fulton County; President of DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of EANI.
He is a past chairman of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He is a certified Economic Development (CEcD) professional, and recipient of the prestigious Fellow Member (FM). He holds an Honorary Life Member (HLM) designation on the International Economic Development Council.
He served as adjunct professor in the field of Management at Kennesaw State University, University System of Georgia, Mercer University School of Business and Economics, Norfolk State University and the School of Management, Southern Polytechnic State University, University System of Georgia. He served as Dean of Economic Development for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has a B.S. from Hampton University and a MBA from Atlanta University School of Business. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Sworn in for a second term in January 2012, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America's fifth largest city – improving high school graduation and college attainment rates, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Nutter has been committed to public service since his youth in West Philadelphia. He served almost 15 years on the Philadelphia City Council, earning the reputation of a reformer, before his election as Mayor of Philadelphia. In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his year-long tenure as President of the United States Conference of Mayors.
Vince Nystrom is the Vice President for Strategic Accounts at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In this role, Vince leads the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative and manages the states retention and growth business development team. The MEDC is a public-private partnership serving as the state's economic development and marketing arm and lead agency for business, community, talent, tourism, and overall economic growth.
Prior to the MEDC position, Vince was the Program Director at the University Research Corridor which is an alliance of the state of Michigan's three research universities, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
Vince was previously the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK, an innovation-based economic development initiative in the greater Ann Arbor region. Other roles included the Director of Technology Business Development at the MEDC during the creation and launch of the 21st Century Jobs Fund.
Prior to entering the economic development profession, Vince was an engineer in the manufacturing sector with an emphasis on automation, robotics and machine vision. This experience included work for a fortune 100 company, a high-tech NASDAQ firm, and a technology start-up. Vince has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan State University.
At the start of his career Mark gained a First Class Honours degree from University of Ulster in Business Studies and French and a Masters degree in Marketing Management from Lancaster University. Mark was also awarded a Licence in Sciences Economiques from Universite de Caen and speaks French.
Mark's industry experience includes two years at IMES UK an economic development consultancy firm where he worked as a consultant in international trade, four years with Alrumaih Corporation, a Saudi investment firm where he managed a portfolio of retail and consumer goods clients ranging from Bally Shoes to Mexx apparel. This was followed by two years with Enterprise Ireland in London, the Irish government export agency. Prior to establishing OCO in 2001 Mark spent the last six years of his career in the management consultancy division of Price Waterhouse Coopers.
In the last decade Mark has established OCO Global, a leading boutique consultancy firm which specialises in FDI and International trade. OCO clients include private firms, government agencies and international organisations.
Mark is retained by a number of leading private clients to advise them on international expansion and corporate location decisions. He also has participated on the Boards of Government Agencies such as UK Trade and Investment, Invest Sweden Agency, Enterprise Ireland, Italian Trade Commission, Invest Hong Kong, Enterprise Florida and the State of California. Mark is also regularly cited as an FDI expert in leading publications such as the Economist, Wall St Journal and Financial Times.
Mark has published a wide range of thought leadership pieces on FDI including OCO's Annual Report and is widely quoted in international media. Mark is an accomplished public speaker and regularly participates in international conferences on investment including WAIPA, UNCTAD, IEDC, MIPIM, La Baule and UK's Global Investment Conference.
Mark is also a founder and shareholder of Loco Software who together with OCO Global developed the well-known database tools fDi Markets and fDi Benchmark before their acquisition by the Financial Times in 2008. Mark serves on the Board of the IEDC.
Robin Fahle Ohlgren is the Assistant Executive Director of Latah Economic Development Council in Moscow, Idaho. She is also co-chair of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor, an economic development think tank promoting the assets of ‘The Palouse' region of northern Idaho and eastern Washington. Robin's rural Wisconsin childhood had everything to do with choosing to settle in northern Idaho more than three decades ago. She has worked on behalf of community development throughout the region, with a focus on projects that are committed to sustainable growth, civic dialogue, and the arts. Robin has travelled extensively, having served in Peace Corps (Paraguay) and lived abroad with her two children in Tonga, Nepal, Jamaica and Cambodia.
Robin is Chief Operating Officer (COO) for AppraiserMetrics, a dot.com data management system for land use professionals. She serves on the boards of BackYard Harvest, a gleaning program that provides locally-grown foods to low-income families; the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition; and, she chairs the Moscow Arts Commission.
Nadia Osman is the director of revitalization and business initiatives for the College Hill Alliance, an economic and community development organization based in Macon, Georgia, that focuses on business recruitment and retention, lifestyle enhancement, and catalyzing commercial and residential real estate development in the historic College Hill Corridor neighborhood. She joined the Alliance in 2009 and is currently responsible for planning and implementing projects designed to advance the goals of the College Hill Corridor Master Plan, attract new business investment, and encourage entrepreneurship in the College Hill Corridor and Downtown Macon areas.
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Osman witnessed the revitalization of its downtown area, led by an innovative private institution with sincere interest in change and invested residents and businesses. She moved to Macon in 2005 and focused her volunteer efforts on reinvigorating Downtown Macon, including program planning at a historic theatre and helping craft the College Hill Corridor Master Plan.
Alongside her colleagues, Osman has participated in both academic and professional sessions devoted to the unique ways Macon's College Hill Corridor has been revitalized. Currently, she is a member of the International Economic Development Council, American Planning Association, Technology Association of Georgia and plays an active role in rejuvenating Macon's Historic Riverside Cemetery.
Osman graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, is a 2010 graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and is pursuing her master's degree in business administration at Mercer.
Erik R. Pages is President and Founder of EntreWorks Consulting (www.entreworks.net), an economic development consulting and policy development firm focused on helping communities and organizations achieve their entrepreneurial potential. EntreWorks works with a diverse base of clients including state and local governments, Chambers of Commerce, business leaders, educational institutions, and non-profits. These customers all share a commitment to innovative economic development strategies that build wealth and build communities. Since its founding, EntreWorks has worked with customers in forty states and overseas.
He previously served as Policy Director for the National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), where he directed the Commission's research and policy operations. Dr. Pages has also held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), where he helped lead efforts to assist communities affected by military base closings and defense plant shutdowns. He has worked on Capitol Hill, and was an official advisor to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and serves on the Arlington County (VA) Economic Development Commission, and the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Investment Board.
He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor. He also holds degrees from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Pittsburgh. He has written and published widely on business trends, economic development, technology policy, and national security policy. His work has been featured in national and international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, and National Public Radio. A native of Reading, PA, he now resides with his family in Arlington, VA.
Nitin is the Managing Director of Maeflower Consulting, a leading Foreign Investment and Trade advisory firm based in India. He works closely with Economic development and Investment Promotion clients from the Americas & EMEA on location marketing, trade support and garnering investment projects from India. He is the India Director of Missouri State Investment & Trade, and represents Cincinnati USA Partnership, Promo Madrid, AWEX Wallonia and Pro Barranquilla in India.
Nitin has helped create India entry strategies for multinational companies like Helical Technology, RM Plc, and PoliFilm Gmbh and managed their operations set-up & transition into India. As an India specialist, Nitin has a strong network with government, Industry associations (NASSCOM, CII, ESC, ACMA...), and leaders in business.
Nitin is currently on the board of four companies, both Limited Indian companies and subsidiaries of multinationals. He has earlier founded and headed two technology companies, in Data Storage and Procurement services, which were acquired by leading business groups in 1997 and 2001 respectively.
He has been a speaker at several FDI & Outsourcing forums such as the World Investment Conference in France, Outsource World in New York, Policy conference in South Africa and the NASSCOM BPO Summit in India.
Jayson D. Pankin is a founder, President, and the Chief Executive Officer of AutoHarvest Foundation. From 2003-2010 he lead Delphi Corporation's commercialization activities targeting spin-outs of potential "game changing technologies" into start-up companies. This included creating internal incubators and external ventures. For over thirty years, Jayson has been a venture partner specializing in early stage and turnaround situations.
Dana Parker is the National Program Manager for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Center (CEMC). Dana joined the CEMC team in January of 2012 after spending the previous three years working as a state program manager for national clean energy advocates the Apollo Alliance and BlueGreen Alliance in Michigan. During that time, Dana worked with the manufacturing community to support policies that could help grow Michigan's overall clean energy economy and help make it easier for domestic suppliers to enter clean energy supply chains. At CEMC, she engages those currently manufacturing in the clean energy economy to help build CEMC's educational workshop and webinar content while working with the overall CEMC team to bring this information to potential suppliers across the country.
Dana brings nearly 15 years in non-profit coalition building and issue advocacy experience to CEMC and has worked in a variety of capacities for both the environmental and labor community since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. A Michigan native, Dana grew up in a family manufacturing business that supplied parts for the auto industry and truly believes in the resurgence of US manufacturing to lead in clean energy and beyond. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the woods with her dogs, snow skiing with her family and metalsmithing.
Jennifer Patterson is the Sr. Business Development Consultant for the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development & Real Estate Team. Jennifer has been involved in economic development activities both internally and at arms length for over 15 years. Jennifer’s current role is to lead on new investment opportunities for the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Team which involves the response to new business leads, working closely with the Real Estate & Development community as well as liaising with key Government, Academic & Community partners.
Jennifer, alongside her colleagues in Hamilton, work with existing businesses through Hamilton’s extensive “Hamilton Calling” program by providing relevant information, statistics, facilitating introductions to key resources and expert advice promoting opportunities for investment all of which contribute to the economic growth of the city and ultimately the Province.
With a focus on Foreign Direct Investment, Jennifer has led and is an active participant of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance – promoting Ontario as the North American centre for clean technology innovation, R&D & entrepreneurship for new investment. Jennifer also facilitates the Golden Horseshoe Strategic Energy Alliance which represents a consortium of business, governmental, educational institutions and utilities working together for the advancement of energy initiatives and investment within the Region.
Jennifer currently sits on the Board for EDCO and holds the position of President. She has been an active member of EDCO for over 12 years as well as a member of EDAC. Jennifer has been a participant of EDCO’s Marketing Economic Development Awards Committee for 4 years and 2 of those years she was the Committee Chair. Jennifer has held the position of Co-Chair/Chair for EDCO’s Annual Conference Committee for the past 5 years.
Peter Paul is the Project Leader of ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies). He leads a pan-Canadian initiative to build the capacity of city leaders to create and adapt local solutions to further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants in their city. ALLIES works with ten immigrant employment councils across Canada to develop and enhance programs and services that assist newcomers to Canada.
Peter was born in Ethiopia, and lived in India and the U.S. before moving to Canada in 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in public administration and urban affairs, while working in the US. He began public service in Ohio as a housing and community development coordinator for Summit County. He went on to serve as Senior Policy Analyst for Summit County Council. He also taught public administration courses at the University of Akron for 4 years.
Peter joined Maytree in 2008 as Project Leader of ALLIES.
Jerry directs all research and analytic inquiry for Fourth Economy Consulting. Jerry was Director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Economic Development and has taught economic and community development at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College. At the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western PA, Jerry managed a network of service providers that assisted more than 1,300 clients, leveraged more than $280 million in loans and grants, started nearly 70 new firms and created more than 1,000 new, high-quality jobs.
Jerry serves on the boards of Sustainable Pittsburgh, Landmarks Development Corporation, the Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, and the University of Pittsburgh Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.
Anthony Perno is the CEO of Cooper's Ferry Partnership, a non-profit real estate development corporation based in Camden, NJ. Joining Cooper's Ferry in 1999, Anthony developed and administered several major infrastructure initiatives throughout Camden, including the Interior Gateway Initiative, the extension of Wiggins Waterfront Promenade, and the Camden GreenWay. Other significant initiatives developed by Anthony included the historical rehabilitation of Johnson Park and the Camden Home Improvement Program (CHIP).
In 2005, Anthony was promoted to Vice-President and COO of Cooper's Ferry, where he assisted in expanding the mission of the organization from a single purpose mixed-use development company focused on the development of the downtown waterfront into a city-wide economic and community development corporation. In 2009, the Board of Directors named Anthony the President & CEO to succeed Tom Corcoran, the founder of the organization. In his new role Anthony continued to lead the transformation of the company's mission to include a focus on both community and downtown development as well as strategic programming.
In 2011 Anthony completed another major milestone for the company, when he along with Dave Foster completed the merger of Cooper's Ferry Development Association, Inc. and the Greater Camden Partnership to create Cooper's Ferry Partnership. The new corporation is focused on a city-wide development strategy that leverages Camden's cultural, natural, and institutional anchors to create transformative change throughout the neighborhoods and downtown through a targeted development and civic programming strategy.
Recognizing the importance of community service, Anthony serves as a board member for the St. Joseph's Carpenter Society and the Battleship New Jersey. Anthony was appointed in 2005 to the Camden County Open Space Commission. In 2011, Governor Chris Christie appointed Anthony to serve on the UMDNJ Advisory Committee to evaluate the medical education system in New Jersey. He is also the Assistant Director for both the Burlington and Camden County YMCA Model United Nations and New Jersey Youth & Government Programs. Anthony participated in both of these programs as a high school student and sees his continued involvement as an opportunity to give back to the next generation of leaders.
Admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Anthony is a Truman Scholar who received a Law Degree from Rutgers University Camden Campus in 2005. He studied Economics and Political Science in the Honors program at The College of New Jersey and received a B.A. degree with Honors from the Political Science Department in 1998. He graduated valedictorian of Overbrook Regional High School in 1994.
A third generation New Jerseyan, Anthony grew up in the suburbs of Camden in the Borough of Lindenwold. In 2000 Anthony and his wife Jennifer moved to the City of Camden, where they lived in the Cooper Grant Neighborhood for the next six years. Today, Anthony and his wife Jennifer live in Merchantville with their sons A.J. and Nicholas, where he serves as a volunteer firefighter to the local Niagara Fire Department. In 2010, Anthony was re-elected to a three-year term on Merchantville's Borough Council. During his term on Council, Anthony championed the adoption of the Abandoned Properties Act and supported investment in the Borough's aging infrastructure.
Chuck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gazette Company, a company owned by a trust for the benefit of the employees (ESOP), consisting of The Gazette newspaper, KCRG - TV9, an ABC affiliate, Hoopla, and numerous online sites; Fusionfarm, a digital services agency and ColorWeb Printers. He is on the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America.
Chuck is leading a team attempting to create C3 - Complete Community Connection, and blogs about that project at chuckpeters.iowa.com and www.communitybuilding.us
A lawyer by training, graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, Chuck spent a decade in the appliance business, five years as President of Amana Refrigeration and until 1998 as Vice President - Administration of Maytag. Between appliance assignments, he was the CEO of Breakthrough, an Iowa City start-up software and consulting company engaged in developing effective early literacy programs for school systems.
He and his wife Mary Ann live in New Bo in Cedar Rapids, and have created an acreage retreat west of Iowa City through the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation www.solstead.com.
Andre Pettigrew is the Executive Director of Clean Economy Solutions, a nonprofit clean-economy accelerator for metro regions, helping them maximize their existing clean economy opportunity, envision how it could grow, and chart a roadmap for getting there. Mr. Pettigrew is responsible for the strategic management and development of the organization. Pettigrew was formerly the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development for the city and county of Denver under former Mayor John Hickenlooper (now Governor of Colorado).
During his tenure the City launched the "Greener Denver Business" program, an economic development strategy in support of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's "Greenprint Denver" climate action program. Under Pettigrew's leadership OED played a major role in supporting renewable energy companies interested in expanding to Denver. He also played a role in recruiting two world class German manufacturing companies — SMA Solar and Repower— which opened major facilities in Denver creating over 700 manufacturing jobs.
He is a member of the US Chamber's Environmental Innovation Network. Pettigrew serves on the national sustainability advisory board for KB Home, a national home builder and the technical advisory committee for the US Green Building Council's STAR Community Index. He is currently a fellow at Massachusetts' Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Pettigrew received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and graduated from the State and Local Government Senior Executive Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Daryl Phillips entered the economic development field in 1996. He created his first economic development website over 15 years ago and has continued to utilize technology in enhancing economic development in the communities for which he has worked. He earned a B.B.A. from Austin Peay State University and an M.B.A. from Tennessee Technological University. He achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from IEDC in 2008. Daryl serves beautiful and bountiful Cheatham County, Tennessee, a neighbor to Nashville, as Director of Economic and Community Development.
Cathy Polasky leads the City of Minneapolis Economic Development Division which includes Business Finance, Business Development and the Employment and Training Program.
Before joining the City in January, 2008, Ms. Polasky launched a nationwide mortgage division, as Senior Vice President for the Bank of America, leading 1000 employees, practiced law with the Popham Haik law firm, Prudential, and Norwest Mortgage, and worked on land use legislation at the Metropolitan Council.
Ms. Polasky presently serves as board president of The Family Partnership, and has previously served on the boards of the Center for Energy and the Environment, WCA Foundation, and Lake Country School.
Ms. Polasky lives in Minneapolis and has a law degree from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina and a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from Macalester College.
Steve Radley is the President and CEO of the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship DBA NetWork Kansas. Since the launch in March of 2006, NetWork Kansas has created a resource network of more than five hundred (500) partners and launched multiple loan programs and a venture fund that have provided loans and investments of more than $14 million to 350 plus businesses with total capital deployed exceeding $150 million. In 2007, NetWork Kansas launched the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, a community led program designed to build assets and develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas communities. E-Communities has grown to thirty-nine (39) communities. In 2011, NetWork Kansas and its partner network launched the first Economic Gardening pilot for rural businesses in the nation. The rural pilot led to the creation of the Kansas Economic Gardening Network and a community led partnership for both rural and urban communities.
Steve began his career in the private sector as the 28th employee of a business technology startup, Brite Voice Systems, which grew from $6 million to more than $175 million in sales. Since then, Steve has co-owned two businesses including a manufactured housing dealership that was sold to the largest manufacturer in the country, Champion Enterprises. Steve's degrees include an MBA from Wichita State University, an MA from Friends University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Steve has been married to his wife Karen since 1988 and has three children; Megan, Kate, and Stephen.
Paul Raetsch spent most of his federal career with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. He retired in 2007, after serving eight years as Regional Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office.
After retiring he developed and managed a new scholarship program for members of the Guard and Reserves from the Delaware Valley who had been deployed in Operation Iraq Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, he has provided professional assistance and guidance to several economic and workforce development organizations.
He is the President of the Horizons at Woods Landing HOA, is a member emeritus of Radius 40, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of four other organizations: Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA), Workforce Wayne, Lacawac Sanctuary, and the Lakeland Colony Corporation.
He has been adjunct Professor of Public Administration and Political Science at John Jay, Rutgers University at Camden, and Lackawanna College. He has a BS in Political Science and a Masters of Regional Planning, both from the Pennsylvania State University.
Paul and his wife Elizabeth, who taught third grade, raised their four children in Indian Mills, NJ. They retired to Lake Wallenpaupack, but now live Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Mr. Riblett has fifteen years of experience in local economic development and the use of geographic information systems in the economic development arena. At GIS Planning, he is accelerating the adoption of GIS Planning's technology into the economic development marketplace. Mr. Riblett has spoken about the value of GIS in economic development at major national conferences such as the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and ESRI. His work with Tucson's Commercial Property Online received national awards from organizations including IEDC, ESRI and URISA and has been featured in the Arizona Daily Star, Inside Tucson Business, and the Tucson Citizen. He is also author of the article "Online Economic Development Success in Tucson" in the Economic Development Journal. Mr. Riblett has served as an instructor for IEDC's professional development training course "Fundamentals of Economic Development Web Site Design & Content". Prior to being promoted to Director of Sales, he served as both Project Manager and Senior Account Manager at GIS Planning. Before joining GIS Planning, Mr. Riblett was an Economic Development Specialist with the City of Tucson's Office of Economic Development. During his seven years with the City, Mr. Riblett's responsibilities included the administration of Foreign-Trade Zone #174, the successful relocation of USA Baseball to Tucson, the Downtown Façade Renovation Program, business retention and expansion projects and the project management of Tucson's Commercial Property Online, which won the first IEDC Internet Award. He co-authored the City of Tucson's Economic Development Strategy and Integration Plan. Mr. Riblett graduated from the University of Arizona where he received his B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Communications. In his spare time he enjoys golf, softball and coaching his children in various sports.
Mr. Richard joined Greater Louisville Inc. in January 2013. He leads GLI, the metro chamber of commerce in attracting and expanding businesses in the Louisville region, enhancing the business climate and attracting and preparing a talented workforce to support local businesses.
Prior to GLI, he served as the Chief Economic Development Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership where he led economic development initiatives including business recruitment; business retention and expansion; international trade and foreign direct investment; research; and Opportunity Houston, a $32 million economic development marketing fund.
Craig is a Certified Economic Developer© with extensive experience on many different levels of economic development from neighborhood based to state level organizations and from public to private. He served as Chief Operating Officer, Special Districts for the firm of Hawes Hill Calderon, LLP and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He also held positions with the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the City of Richmond, Virginia.
During his economic development career, Craig has assisted more than 124 projects representing over 97,000 jobs and $4.1 billion in capital investment. Some of his notable projects included the ExxonMobil North American headquarters consolidation, Dow refinery expansion, Toshiba manufacturing plant expansion, Vestas Technology R&D Americas, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Siemens Postal Dematic headquarters, General Motors plant expansion, and Rooms To Go distribution center.
Craig received his Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in economic development from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Bachelor of General Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute. Craig serves on the boards of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation.
Lyneir Richardson is the Chief Executive Officer of Brick City Development Corporation, the City of Newark's economic development corporation, with overall responsibility for small and minority business development, business attraction and real estate development.
Mr. Richardson has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney, entrepreneur and corporate executive. Before becoming the CEO of BCDC, Mr. Richardson was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. At General Growth, he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. Prior to General Growth, Richardson founded Lakeshore Development & Construction Company, which developed, built and sold new affordable and market rate housing in metro Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Richardson also worked as an attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago, negotiating and drafting documents for real estate and commercial lending transactions.
Mr. Richardson is a graduate of Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on numerous non-profit and civic boards and commissions.
Laurie's over 20 years in international business has developed into a unique expertise in letters of credit/UCP, export compliance (EAR/ITAR) and global supply chain management. She is currently President & Founder of LEXIM Trade Services LLC and Go Trade USA.org providing training and trade services on a national level. Go Trade USA is dedicated to relaying critical trade information via social media and regionally focused conferences and seminars on import and export processes. LEXIM provides hands on training and outreach tailored to small and medium sized businesses. She is currently active in Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) development to provide greater global competitiveness to US manufacturers.
Laurie's international trade career began immediately out of college in a distributor of test & calibration equipment running the international sales department and responsible for the Middle East. Working at major freight forwarding companies Fritz Companies and BAX Global provided inner knowledge of moving global freight which was a valuable skill while on the SPX Corporate Transportation Council while being Export Manager in the semi-conductor industry sectors. While working in textiles she implemented the use of FTZs to reduce production lead times due to quota barriers as well as reduction of landed costs.
Laurie's many years as Executive Director of the International Business Council of Greater Rochester, NY provided valuable knowledge of the needs of small and medium sized companies in international business skills. She created Go Trade NY and the Upstate NY Trade Conference, writes trade articles for various trade publications and founded the iBiz trade column in the Rochester Business Journal. Laurie is a frequent guest on the syndicated radio talk show Eyes on The Future and WXXI to discuss international trade, as well as a feature on syndicated radio in Sydney, Australia, and frequently guest lectures at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Early in her career, Laurie was nominated and maintains a seat on the Upstate NY District Export Council and became CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional) accredited and then began training others for the CGBP exam and was responsible for Rochester being a test site. She is a member of the Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) and National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ). She receives training from the US Census Bureau on AES Filing, US Dept of State on military compliance, Bureau of Industry and Security on export compliance and enforcement and US Dept of Treasury on OFAC.
Laurie resides in Rochester, New York.
Beth A. Robinson is President and CEO of the Uptown Consortium, Inc. She leads the Consortium's efforts to revitalize Uptown Cincinnati including financing, real estate development, and advocacy. She has over 20 plus years’ experience in community and economic development with particular specialization in neighborhood revitalization, development financing, and business attraction and retention.
Previously Beth served as the Director of Real Estate for the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the University, Beth served as the Director of Business Retention and Attraction for the City of Covington, Kentucky, where she was responsible for real estate development activities, brownfield redevelopment, and small business loan products in addition to recruiting and retaining businesses. Previously, Beth served as the Economic Director for the City of Springdale, Ohio and held various positions with the City of Cincinnati where she managed real estate development projects ranging in scale from large downtown commercial developments to small neighborhood-based infill projects.
Beth is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and holds a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional designation from the National Development Council. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Stuart Rogel is the President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, which provides regional economic development for the entire eight-county, 6,515-square-mile area of west central Florida, including three metro areas. The Partnership is focused on its Jobs & Quality Places for Regional Economic Prosperity Strategic Plan which concentrates on four focus areas: a Regional Business Plan; Quality Places; Public Policy/Advocacy; and Leadership. Previously, Mr. Rogel was the Regional Director for the Florida office of New Boston Fund Properties. He also served as Assistant City Manager and Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Miami Beach, where he was responsible for guiding that community through its dramatic and successful revitalization and redevelopment. Mr. Rogel currently serves as a Trustee of the Florida Chamber Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the United Way Tampa Bay. He also serves nationally on the Urban Land Institute's Transit-Oriented Development Council. He is Past Chair of ULI's Tampa Bay District Council, Past President of the Florida Economic Development Council and formerly on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida. Mr. Rogel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from George Washington University.
Jack has been a publishing professional for more than 20 years. He has worked for a daily newspaper and a variety of major business trade publications writing about a wide range of subjects. Before joining Business Facilities as Editor in Chief, Jack served as Managing Editor for two major monthly trade magazines, Online Editor for a website covering Internet security issues, and as an Acquisitions Editor for peer-reviewed business journals and books. In his role as Business Facilities' Editor in Chief, Jack has served as a judge for IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards, been a frequent participant on economic development panels, and attended numerous international trade shows, conferences, and trade association meetings. Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in history.
Since 1968, Business Facilities has been a leader in bringing together corporate executives seeking business locations and economic developers seeking investments and jobs for their communities. Today, our leadership continues: Whether in print, online, or in person, Business Facilities provides corporate executives the information they need to choose the best location for their growing companies.
RoseAnn B. Rosenthal, President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Ben Franklin since 1996, has over forty years of experience in business investment, regional planning, and economic development. Rosenthal has piloted Ben Franklin into a national model for technology innovation, investing in innovative enterprises and creating commercialization pathways and partnerships throughout the region. Ben Franklin's current company portfolio represents more than 130 companies with more than $35 million in invested funds.
Rosenthal's leadership proved invaluable in 2010 as Ben Franklin successfully partnered for the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB). The U.S. DOE, EDA and other federal agencies awarded $129 million to develop the EEB Hub, where Ben Franklin is the commercialization partner. The EEB Hub's innovative commercialization model was based on the success of The Nanotechnology Institute™ (NTI) that Rosenthal co-developed. Created in 2000, the NTI is the region's first multi-institutional partnership focused on accelerating nanotechnology commercialization and company formation.
Rosenthal is an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is also on the boards of the Fox Chase Bank, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board in Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress and many others. Rosenthal holds a bachelor's degree from Temple University and, in 2007, received an honorary Ph.D. in Humane Letters from Philadelphia University. She was presented the Early Stage East Founders Award in 2008; and in 2009 honored with the Blair Thompson Lifetime Venture Award from the MAC Alliance, and the Champion of Small Business Award by the National Coalition for Capital. In 2012, Rosenthal was inducted into the Temple University League for Entrepreneurial Women's Hall of Fame. Rosenthal will be honored with the Alliance of Women Entrepreneur's 2013 Iris Newman Award.
Della is Principal of the Wise Economy Workshop, LLC and New World Public Engagement. She has spent nearly 20 years providing economic development planning, downtown revitalization strategies, fiscal impact analysis, public engagement and other services throughout the United States. Recent experience includes the management of online and in-person public engagement and public relations for the City of Cincinnati's Plan Build Live initiative, facilitating a challenging reuse of a historic landmark, and managing the development of a groundbreaking fiscal impact model for a three-state region.
Della is one of a handful of known consultants practicing in the United States who carries industry-standard certifications in both planning (AICP) and economic development (CEcD). A regular columnist on economic development and planning issues for the Planning Commissioner's Journal, Della also writes a popular blog at www.wiseeconomy.com/blog and produces a regular podcast on economic revitalization and related issues at www.wiseeconomy.com/podcast.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Della holds a Masters in Community Planning with a concentration in economic development from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University.
Asish Satpathy is an entrepreneur and data scientist who brings nearly 15 years of demonstrated success in data modeling, executing and managing mission critical data analytics projects in Europe (CERN) , Japan (KEK) and US. (Stanford and UC, Riverside). After a successful 15 years of academic research, Asish has evangelized customer privacy in target marketing through his patent pending solution for digital marketing using smart phones. He founded his technology venture in 2010 that servers to the economic development of local government agencies in the US and world wide to promote the economic health of their community. His expertise in technology product innovation using Geographic Information System and passion to foster entrepreneurial spirit and creativity have influenced a significant number of business graduates and undergraduates from Chapman University, University of California, Riverside, and Redlands University, where he teaches as adjunct professor.
Asish holds a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics from KEK, Japan and MBA in Strategy and Marketing from Univ. of California, Irvine.
Rick has twenty five years' leadership experience in non-profit housing and community development, with particular expertise on policy and advocacy. Since 1999, he has been Executive Director of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, a membership association of organizations committed to equitable neighborhood revitalization. Previously, Rick was Associate Director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, a statewide association of non-profit developers.
He is a recipient of a 2007 Eisenhower Fellowship on Urban Challenges, and earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Currently, he serves on boards and committees of numerous housing and community development-related organizations, including the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board.
Kevin S. Schmotzer is the Executive of Small Business Development with the City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development, where he is responsible for creating and implementing programs, financial incentives, and economic development tools to attract entrepreneurship and small business development to the City of Cleveland. In April 2006, the Executive of Small Business Development position was created by Mayor Frank Jackson to focus on the attraction, growth and expansion of small businesses which includes: commercial, retail, locally-owned cafés, food trucks, urban farming, and technology businesses while creating jobs. Upon acceptance of the position, he streamlined the process involved with providing capital to small businesses including start-ups in collaboration with other partners including government agencies, non-profits, foundations, developers, and local banks.
The portfolio of small business projects include a pipeline worth more than $20 million in public-private financing for retail, commercial office, mixed-use development, urban farming in the neighborhoods and Downtown Cleveland since the recession. Recent projects in Downtown Cleveland and the neighborhoods include: Secured funding for the expansion of the Free Trolleys in the Central Business District; drafted legislation authorizing food trucks to operate throughout the City; secured a $135,000 grant to fund urban gardening on vacant lots through the “Gardening for Greenbacks Program;” assembled a team that put together a bid that secured the license to host the 2014 Gay Games to be held in Cleveland & Akron; and collaborated with local foundations, banks and other government agencies to recruit and fund Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), a non-profit economic development organization that specializes with filling a gap by providing financial assistance to underserved micro-entrepreneurs that would not be able to secure financing.
Prior to becoming Executive of Small Business Development, Mr. Schmotzer worked for the City of Avon Lake in the Planning Department. A key project included securing and administering an $820,000 State grant for design of a $1.1 million bicycle/pedestrian trail system.
Christian Schock, Executive Director of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission clintoncountyrpc.org, serves as chief planner and economic development professional coordinating the staff consultant team, award-winning planning and economic development programs and intergovernmental coordination for Clinton County, Wilmington, Blanchester, Clarksville, Midland, Martinsville, Port William, New Vienna and Sabina in southwestern Ohio.
Mr. Schock previously held planning, regulatory and project management roles with the Los Angeles Housing Department, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and served as an expert consultant to US FEMA for long-range recovery planning.
A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area; he holds a Master of Science in Development Economics/Management from the London School of Economics in the UK along with Bachelor and Master degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Cincinnati- College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) where he served as University Student Body President.
Mr. Schock's professional experience has involved every level of public administration: local, county, regional, state, federal, and international through many facets of the development process including planner, designer, regulator, manager, consultant and economic development professional.
Samantha Seath is a chartered accountant with nearly 20 years' experience in financial and executive roles, advising on best practice in differing business sectors.
In her current role as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Agencies of New Zealand (EDANZ), she is focused on building collaboration between local and national agencies and on delivering projects of significance that will grow the New Zealand economy.
Her previous experience in industry as well as nearly 10 years with business lobby group, Business NZ, has given her a valuable insight into the New Zealand economy. Samantha is convinced that small businesses are a cornerstone of healthy communities and with nurturing, they can help drive our economy forward.
Samantha is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (the former Chair of the Wellington branch) and a member of the Institute of Directors. She has held positions on a number of boards including Chair, management committee and audit and risk committees.
Karl F. Seidman is an economic development consultant and Senior Lecturer at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. As Director of MIT Green Economic Development Initiative, he oversaw energy efficiency strategy work in 5 cities, a study on economic development and green infrastructure and authored Transforming Economic Development: Integrating the Triple Bottom Line in Practice. His experience includes formulating economic development and commercial revitalization strategies, the design, management, and evaluation of development finance and economic development programs, and implementing complex development projects. Mr. Seidman's accomplishments include:
Building a $120 million state real estate finance and development authority
Mr. Seidman holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College. He is the author Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina Economic Development Finance and Revitalizing Commerce for American Cities: A Practitioner's Guide to Urban Main Street Programs.
Craig Settles is an industry analyst and business strategist who helps private and public sector organizations use broadband to improve local economies, education and healthcare delivery. Author of "Building the Gigabit City," as well as two other broadband strategy guides, blogs and many in-depth analysis reports, Mr. Settles is a prominent national thought leader on executing appropriate broadband strategies. He also hosts the radio talk show Gigabit Nation, and is Director of Communities United for Broadband, a national grass roots effort to assist communities launch their networks.
Andy Shapiro leads the firm's location advisory practice, helping clients translate their business objectives and strategic vision into rational, balanced location decisions. While his primary responsibilities include site selection, feasibility and labor market analysis he also advises communities on economic development strategies.
Andy has been with the firm since 2001. Prior to joining BLS & Co he spent a decade with PHH Fantus, Moran Stahl & Boyer and Deloitte & Touche. He also managed the permitting and public approval activities of PSI Real Estate (Public Storage) in New England and Florida and prior to that was a Marketing Manager at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and a planner with the Fairfax County Office of Comprehensive Planning.
Andy has managed recent engagements on behalf of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Verizon, QVC, The North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation, among others. He earned a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University and is a member of CoreNet Global, the Industrial Asset Management Council and the International Economic Development Council. Andy has written and spoken extensively on location strategies.
Sheila Shedd is the Director of the Workforce Arizona Council, the State's Workforce Investment Board. The Council is responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight and continuous improvement of Arizona's workforce investment system. Sheila was instrumental in the re-engineering of the state's workforce system that included initiatives to strengthen the delivery of services, such as Sector Strategy Partnerships, which designate the individual as well as business as the customer. The Council is dedicated to assisting Local Workforce Areas in building Sector Partnerships with their education, economic development and community partners with Industry leading the conversation.
Previously, Sheila served as Municipal Clerk for 10 years for various cities in South Florida. She provided highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager and City Council, while administering municipal elections. Sheila also spent time as a workforce development professional with Maricopa County and was a licensed Business Broker after moving from Miami, Florida.
Sheila earned her Master's in Business Administration and double-majored and earned a Bachelor's in Business Management and International Business from Florida International University.
Sheila is of Haitian-American descent and speaks fluent French Creole. She enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their 2 Basset Hounds, Flash & Huckleberry!
Eric Simundza has worked in economic development in the service of small businesses for over 10 years. He has consulted with business improvement districts and managed multi-million dollar employment services contracts. He currently manages SizeUp.com, a free business intelligence website that launched at Techcrunch Disrupt, where it was one of 30 finalists out of over 1,200 applicants, and won the Department of Commerce's Business Apps Challenge in 2012. Eric has a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. He is the author of the book "Economic Development Marketing".
Theresa Singleton is a vice president in the Community Development Studies and Education Department and the Bank's community affairs officer.
Before joining the Bank, Theresa served as Director of Research and Information at the Housing Assistance Council in Washington, D.C. In that role, she was responsible for the organization's research and information activities, including oversight of the communications and public relations functions. She also developed and managed the organization's research agenda. In addition, she directed and contributed to research and information products examining demographic trends, assessing policy impacts, and developing recommendations for rural communities.
Prior to her work on rural housing issues, Theresa taught undergraduate courses on the American political system at Temple and Widener universities. She received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Temple University.
Mr. Sittig's particular interest is helping leaders of local governments and nonprofit organizations identify measures that both save money and better allocate scarce resources. He is skilled at finding solutions to fiscal, economic and local government issues. In 2010, his work as project manager on a two- part, two-year study for the community of Seneca Falls NY was recognized with a national award from the Governmental Research Association. The national group awarded its Outstanding Policy Achievement Award to CGR for examining ways to reduce the cost of government to stimulate economic growth in the community, and subsequently for helping develop a dissolution plan for the village. Mr. Sittig also speaks to community groups about the state of the NY and U.S economy.
Mr. Sittig was named Associate Director of CGR in January 2013, and except for a brief period has been a member of the CGR staff since 2007. In early 2011 he served the Rochester City School District as a Principal Management Analyst, helping the district transition to an equitable student funding model. Prior to joining CGR in 2007, Mr. Sittig served as an executive pastor, where he focused on strategic change. Previously he was executive director for a group of physicians serving the underserved, where he helped guide a strategic planning process that led to creation of a state-licensed medical and diagnostic treatment center. Other career experiences include serving as a consultant to a major social service organization and as vice president of finance and operations for a Chicago-based mission, where he helped facilitate the organization's expansion to another state and overseas.
Dr. Sklar is a recognized expert in economic development communication, marketing, and social media. As the Director of Marketing for GIS Planning, she works directly with clients to develop and fine-tune marketing campaigns to promote their use of ZoomProspector Enterprise and SizeUpLBI. Using the customized, collaborative approach that has always distinguished GIS Planning's relationship with its clients, Dr. Sklar works to expand and fine-tune the reach of location brands in the highly competitive field of economic development. With a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Sklar has worked extensively in both private and academic sectors, serving as a a social media consultant for economic development agencies, full time faculty member at Concordia University's Department of Communication Studies, a research consultant at McGill University, blogger, and multiple award-winning journalist. The focus of Dr. Sklar's research and writing has been on information and communication technologies and community cultures. She believes that using these technologies thoughtfully and effectively requires a skillful combination of knowledge, critique and creativity. Dr. Sklar has provided strategic teaching, consultation and training in educational, cultural and business settings for a variety of audiences across North America, synthesizing and presenting complex information in accessible and practical ways.
Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Management Information Systems Department in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. A former benefits consultant and database manager, he now focuses on researching and teaching in the area of business intelligence with specializations in predictive analytics and ethical data mining practices.
He is a co-inventor of Xavier University's suite of American Dream indices including the American Dream Composite IndexTM (ADCI) and the American Dream Economic IndexTM. The ADCI is a unique and robust measure of sentiment that values the American Dream on a monthly basis. This instrument is changing the way people view the American Dream and the way organizations view quality of life.
Dr. Smith holds B.S. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Actuarial Science and a Ph.D. in Business Information Technology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Jack has been an employee of Glaxo since 1988, where he began his tenure as Treasurer for the US holding company. In 2001, following the merger of Glaxo Wellcome & SmithKline Beecham, Jack joined GSK's Real Estate department, where his team works to minimize risks associated with the company's real estate assets. Jack's responsibilities include: Site selection, lease negotiation, disposition of surplus assets, lease audits, tax appeals and lease administration. Additionally, he has been actively involved in the rollout and implementation of GSK's "Smart Working" environment.
GlaxoSmithKline is a Global Pharmaceutical Company, which as of 2012, had £26.4 billion in turnover , 99,488 employees worldwide, and over 60 million sq. ft. of leased and owned property. GSK's major therapeutic areas are Respiratory, Anti-viral, Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Anti-bacterial, Oncology, Vaccines, and Consumer Healthcare.
Jack previously held a position as Treasurer for Salen Lindblad Expedition Cruises, LLC in NYC from 1983 through 1988.
Jack has been active in the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) since 2005. He has served on the Board of Directors, chaired Future Sites, and been a member of the Leadership and Recruitment committees. In addition, he has been designated a Fellow of the IAMC Leadership Development Program.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, and accounting from Kings College. He has three children (JP, Kerri, and James) and a grand daughter (Lilyana), and currently resides in Phoenixville, PA, with his wife of 35 years, Mary Ellen.
William A. Smith has worked in the financial services industry for more than 35 years. At Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, his management responsibilities include the growth of community and economic development and CRA compliance initiatives for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey regions. He provides technical and financial assistance to the Philadelphia region's communities and organizations in financial structuring with emphasis on housing and economic development projects for regional neighborhood revitalization and stabilization and business ventures. Mr. Smith's current responsibilities include management oversight for more than $750 million in community development programs and initiatives.
Mr. Smith serves on a number of boards, committees and initiatives which focus on holistic approaches to quality of life enhancement and previously held positions in real estate finance, consumer lending, bank card, commercial lending and retail business areas of the bank. He joined the former Girard Bank in 1972.
His professional, civic and cultural affiliations include Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Philadelphia, past President of the Board of the Philadelphia Dance Company, past President, Philadelphia Urban Bankers Association, Board member of the Philadelphia Development Partnership, Board of Trustees Green Tree School , former Board member of the Committee of Seventy, member of the Community Trust Board, West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone, member of the Ivy Legacy Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, an Executive Committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition Board and LaSalle University's President's Advisory Council. Mr. Smith's fraternal and civic organizations include the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Mu Omega Chapter, where he serves as a 43 year life member, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Frontiers International.
A native Philadelphian, Mr. Smith is a graduate of LaSalle University, The United States Army Command and General Staff College and the American Banking Association School of Real Estate Finance. As a member of the United States Army Reserve for over 20 years before retirement, he held leadership positions at the company and battalion command levels achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He also served as a brigade staff officer with the 157th Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) and as Staff Officer Instructor with 2072nd USAR School.
A resident of Glenside, Montgomery County, Mr. Smith is married to Vanessa Thomas Smith and a proud parent of a daughter, Katrina, and son, Jonathan.
Paula Sorrell is Managing Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She oversees $70 million in programs to support Michigan's entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer, technology service providers, business incubators, and seed funding programs. Prior to MEDC, she has held full and interim senior management roles at seven early to mid-stage technology companies. All resulted in successful sale of the company, IPO, or are still a going concern. Paula's past activities in economic development include stints as a national trainer to economic development centers, universities, and consultants for early stage commercialization strategies and supporting eco-systems. She was the co-developer of screening tool used several entrepreneurial support and investment organizations to evaluate commercialization potential in early stage companies. Paula has been a technology business coach for investment portfolio companies, business incubator tenants, National Lab managers for the U.S. Department of Energy, and 1,000+ sustainable technology businesses for a group of 1300 international investors. She holds a bachelor degree in marketing and an MBA from Central Michigan University.
William Sproull is President and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). This unique and complex set of organizations he runs has two separate Board of Directors and a City Council to whom he reports.
He has led the revitalization of Richardson's telecom based economy through a focus on industry and technology diversification . He built the MTBC into the state of Texas's largest trade association for technology companies. He led the RCC in 2010 through the rigorous US Chamber Accreditation program successfully, earning the highest 5 Star rating conferred by the US Chamber for accreditation. Sproull and his REDP team are credited with bringing two catalyst economic development projects to Richardson: a 3,000 employee Bank of America operation in 2004, and a $3 billion Texas Instruments semiconductor factory in 2003.
In 2005, he helped lead a statewide coalition that got legislation passed in Texas to create the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a half-billion investment fund. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has appointed him to three consecutive two-year terms on the Fund's Advisory Committee, and appointed him as Chairman in 2010.
Previously he held senior economic development positions at the Greater Dallas Chamber, the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and at the EDC of Kansas City, Missouri. Sproull is a graduate of Baylor University, where he received a BA degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science.
Sproull is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Texas at Dallas, the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization, the North Texas Commission, and the Technology Councils of North America.
Sproull's economic development accomplishments were recognized by the editors of Site Selection magazine when they selected the $3 billion Texas Instruments project as the Top Development Deal nationally of 2003; his economic development teams have been selected three times by Site Selection as one of the top 10 development groups in the U.S. in 1994, 1997 and 2004. He is a two-time recipient of the American Economic Development Council's "Best of Class" marketing award. In 2010, the International Economic Development Council designated him with the distinction of being a Fellow Member.
The Metroplex Technology Business Council inducted Sproull as the inaugural member of their Hall of Fame in 2010 by declaring him a Tech Titan.
Rollin Stanley is the General Manager of Planning, Development & Assessment for the City of Calgary, one of the fastest growing cities in North America. He leads a staff of 1,000 and is currently engaged in a complete rethink of how the City plans for and implements strategies for growth.
Previously, Stanley held top planning jobs in Montgomery County, Maryland and St. Louis and prior to that 20 years planning in Toronto. This background crosses the full spectrum of urbanization, from the most diverse city in the world –Toronto, with unlimited growth potential, to the City that lost 514,000 people in 40 years, St. Louis and the prosperous suburbs of Washington DC.
He consults worldwide and has been at the forefront of combining economic prosperity to the assets of the local economy. His talk will condense his recent Tedx presentation which may surprise many on the keys to urban growth.
Stanley has a degree in urban and regional planning from Ryerson University, Toronto. He has lectured and consulted widely throughout China, Canada, England and the United States and has lead professional volunteer consultation teams for the American Planning Association in Atlanta, Slidell Lousiana, Shouzhou China and Jintang China.
Ron Starner is the General Manager and Executive Vice President of Conway Data Inc. and Site Selection magazine, an international corporate real estate publication based in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree Corners. The official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and the Foreign Direct Investment Association, Site Selection reaches 44,000 high-level decision-makers six times a year with timely news, analysis and perspective on key events and trends impacting corporate real estate and economic development. The magazine also publishes SiteSelection.com, the online Web portal for corporate real estate and economic development news and data, and severalemail newsletters including Site Selection Dispatch, Site Selection Impact Report, Site Selection International, The Site Selection Aerospace Report, The Site Selection Life Sciences Report and The Site Selection Energy Report.
Ron also serves as the Executive Editor of two other Conway Data publications – The FDI Report and The Trust Belt.
Ron previously served as Executive Director of IAMC, a corporate real estate and economic development association with 500-plus members. Also based in Georgia, IAMC serves the needs of corporate real estate directors of leading Fortune 500 companies such as BASF, Pfizer, Honeywell and Campbell's Soup.
A journalism graduate of Virginia's Liberty University, Ron holds a master's degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Prior to coming to Site Selection in August of 2000, he spent six years in various editorial roles with Florida Real Estate Journal, where he ultimately became editor and then publisher. Ron has eight years of experience at a daily newspaper in Florida, where he led the Winter Haven News Chief to several statewide awards in journalism. At the newspaper, Ron served as a reporter, opinion page editor and city editor.
Ron is also the author of the book, The Ten Standards of Successful Leaders, published in 2011 by Conway Publishing and Net Publications Inc.
Ron is a member of the Magazine Association of the Southeast. He resides in Buford, Ga., with his wife Mary and four children.
Louise K. Stevens is founder and president of ArtsMarket, Inc., which since 1982 has served hundreds of communities, economic development agencies, redevelopment and planning agencies, and nonprofits in the US and Canada with cultural development planning, feasibility studies, market and economic analysis. ArtsMarket's mission is to "build audiences, communities, and economic strength through culture and the arts." Ms. Stevens is author of three books commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, including the Community Cultural Planning Work Kit, and of many large scale studies. ArtsMarket clients have realized over $350 million in capital for cultural development projects based on her feasibility studies and recommendations. She has written articles for IEDC Journal and Economic Development America, and has previously presented at IEDC's If You Build It Will They Come conference. ArtsMarket's cultural economic research work has twice been recognized by IEDC Annual Awards, in 2003 for the Yakima Capital Theatre Expansion and Downtown Redevelopment project, and in 2005 for The Big Sky on the Big Screen Act. Ms. Stevens holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. Ms. Stevens writes a blog on cultural development topics at www.artsmarket.wordpress.com, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aimee Storm works in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization as the lead for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program. Her work supports communities who are developing area-wide plans and implementation strategies for cleaning up and reusing brownfield sites in order to help revitalize local neighborhoods, downtowns, and commercial corridors. Prior to joining the Brownfields Office, Aimee worked on projects promoting green and healthy buildings and using sustainable development approaches within EPA Regional office in Chicago. She also worked with EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, where she coordinated EPA's land reuse efforts on federally-owned properties, including military base redevelopment. Aimee holds Masters Degrees in City & Regional Planning and Business Administration.
Co-director of Energize Clinton County (ECC), a non-profit organization founded to lead a community driven response to the economic crisis caused by the closure of the former DHL shipping hub in Wilmington, OH and the loss of nearly 10,000 jobs. Working closely with the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), ECC focuses primarily on 5 key areas: local businesses, young professionals, food, energy, and local visioning. Built upon experience in the Peace Corps by its co-founders, ECC strives to present its projects as providing a model for restoring rural communities as vibrant places in the world. Mr. Stuckert holds a Master's Degree in Community Planning from the University Of Cincinnati School Of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and a B.A. in Philosophy from Butler University.
Mr. Stuckert has spoken at the 2013 American Planning Association National Conference (Chicago); 2011-Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Conference (Columbus, OH); 2011-Institute for the Future 10 Year Forecast (San Francisco, CA); 2011-Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (Danville, VA); 2010-Sinclair Visiting Scholars Lecture (Dayton, OH); 2010-Institute for the Future Practical Visionaries; and 2009-Pop!Tech Conference (Camden, ME)
Publications: "Applying the Lessons of International Development Back Home," The Solutions Journal. November 2010. URL: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/806
Derieth L. Sutton handles Economic Development & Government Relations for Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned and operated bottled water manufacturer in the United States. Sutton brings over 22 years of public and private sector experience to that position.
Prior to joining Niagara, Sutton served as the Lake County Regional Director for the Metro Orlando EDC where she worked recruitment, expansion and retention projects within the Orlando region. Her experience in economic development can be traced back to positions held with the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing, and the City of Kansas City, KS. She has also worked as the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Palm Bay, the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Fort Pierce and Director of Economic Development for Worcester County (MD) Government.
In her current position, Sutton is responsible for both new and existing domestic and international plant expansions, establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental partners and the implementation of incentive opportunities that ultimately position the company for growth while reducing operational costs. She also coordinates community initiatives for 13 plants across the country which help introduce the company to the respective communities and allow the Niagara to give back to those with the greatest need. Her work at Niagara has led to the expansion of nine of the company's 13 plants—which equates to a capital investment of over $650 million and the creation of over 600 jobs since 2008.
Sutton has earned a bachelor of art degree in electronic journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a master of science in public administration from Lacrosse University. Her commitment to the process of economic development is evident through her active membership in the industry's leading professional association—the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Sutton is a member of IEDC's Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC), PPAC's Workforce Development sub-committee and IEDC's Mentoring Program. She has also served as a volunteer through IEDC's Economic Recovery Volunteer Program which provided counseling and technical assistance to businesses adversely impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is an avid supporter of IEDC's Certification Process and serves as an instructor for IEDC's Certification Prep Course which is taught at OU EDI.
Sutton is a Leadership Lake County class of 2002 graduate and has worked over the years with the Greater Umatilla Historical Society, the Umatilla Community Development Block Grant Review Committee, the Lake-Sumter Community College Cooperative Education Advisory Board and the Lake County Advisory Board for Community, Secondary and Vo-Tech Education. She is also one of four individuals instrumental in the creation of a Business Assistance Center that serves entrepreneurs and growing businesses in Lake and Sumter counties. She also participates in the Manufacturers' Council of the Inland Empire and is committed to supporting programs that invest in the enhancement of skill sets for employees.
Mr. Sweeney has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since August 8, 1994 and as our President since November 9, 1988. He was first elected a Trustee on February 9, 1994. Prior to August 1994, in addition to serving as our President, Mr. Sweeney served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated ("LCOR"), a real estate development firm. Mr. Sweeney was employed by the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR) from 1983 to 1994 and served in several capacities, including Financial Vice President and General Partner. During this time, Mr. Sweeney was responsible for the development, marketing, management, construction and financial oversight of a diversified portfolio consisting of urban high-rise, mid-rise, flex, warehouse and distribution facilities, retail and apartment complexes. Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, Chairman of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and WHYY, and co-chair of the World Class Greater Philadelphia initiative. Mr. Sweeney is also co-founder and co-CEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC. Additionally, Mr. Sweeney serves on the boards of several other Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations.
Jerry Szatan has more than thirty years experience in site selection, economic development and real estate investing in the United States and abroad. He formed Szatan & Associates, a location strategy, site selection and economic development consulting firm based in Chicago in 1998. Site selection projects include headquarters, R&D, manufacturing, distribution, call centers, back offices, and other corporate facilities for domestic and international companies including: Boar's Head Brand, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Davis Selected Advisors, Equiserve, Nature's Path, Organics LaGrange, Sun Microsystems, Union Pacific Railroad, Waste Management and Wausau Insurance
He advises economic development organizations nationally on development strategy, marketing, real estate development, labor markets and best practices. He was a senior manager at The Fantus Company, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and worked in real estate investment and public policy analysis.
Mr. Szatan writes and speaks widely on site selection and economic development topics, including: labor market evaluation, demographic trends, facility consolidation issues, rural site selection, intermodal freight development, green economic development and cultural institution building. He has spoken before many state, national and international professional groups including the International Economic Development Council, Business Retention and Expansion International, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other business publications. He has an M.A. in regional economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Willie C. Taylor is the Director for the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office. The Philadelphia Regional Office services thirteen states - Virginia north to Maine – and the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. He provides managerial oversight for the agency's financial resources, programs and staff. The current investment portfolio of the Philadelphia Regional Office is nearly one-quarter billion dollars. Mr. Taylor rejoined the EDA family in April 2008.
Prior to his return to EDA, Mr. Taylor was employed by the Escambia County (FL) Board of County Commissioners in 2006 as the Assistant County Administrator for Community Services and Public Services agencies. He managed an annual budget in excess of $140 million and provided oversight for 1,100 employees covering eighteen departments, including the Public Safety, Fire Rescue, Purchasing Solid Waste Management and Community Corrections just to highlight a few.
In his first stint with EDA, Mr. Taylor served as the Economic Development Representative for Florida and South Carolina for nearly a decade. His primary role was to further economic growth through job creation, increasing applied research & technology and funding infrastructure projects that assisted with the implementation of innovative economic development concepts.
In addition to working in Escambia County, Mr. Taylor's local government experience includes nearly six years of employment with Miami-Dade County (FL) Government. In his tenure with Miami-Dade County, he held various administrative and professional positions within the Planning Department, the Housing Agency, the Solid Waste Management Department and the Office of Community and Economic Development.
Mr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Florida A & M University. He also holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Mr. Taylor is also the 2005 recipient of the United States Department of Commerce's Silver Medal for Leadership for his role in assisting the State of Florida in the recovery phase from the natural disasters it suffered in 2004. This is the Commerce Department's second highest award. In the Federal Fiscal Year of 2011, he also received a Secretary of Commerce's Leadership Commendation for his leadership engagement and staff coordination on the Economic Development Assessment Team work relative to formulating customized solutions and opportunities for six (6) New England communities impacted by the fisheries industry.
Katharine Thompson is Community Development Manager at the City of Kalispell, Montana, where she has been employed since 2008. In that time the Kalispell Brownfields Program has been developed and implemented with three EPA Brownfields grants: Assessment, Area-Wide Planning Pilot and Clean-up Revolving Loan Fund. In addition, Katharine performs in the areas of downtown revitalization; historic preservation; workforce housing; tourism development; grant writing and administration; revolving loan fund and tax increment financing district management. Prior to employment at the City, she served as Executive Director of two Flathead Valley non-profits. Katharine is a University of Montana graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Economics and Master of Public Administration Degree.
Vinai Thummalapally serves as Executive Director of SelectUSA, part of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established by Executive Order of the President, SelectUSA is the U.S. government-wide initiative to attract and retain business investment in the United States. As Executive Director, Ambassador Thummalapally manages the strategy and implementation of SelectUSA as it works to create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote American competitiveness. He also co-chairs, with the Director of the White House National Economic Council, the SelectUSA Interagency Investment Working Group to coordinate existing resources across the federal government to promote business investment and address federal regulatory barriers.
Ambassador Thummalapally brings a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors. President Obama appointed him ambassador to Belize in 2009, where he served until 2013. In his role as Chief of Mission, Ambassador Thummalapally helped strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Belize in the areas of citizen security, economic development, education, and health care. In addition, he found innovative ways to engage regional and international organizations and other embassies to promote the same.
Ambassador Thummalapally has had a distinguished 31-year career in the private sector. Prior to joining the foreign service, Ambassador Thummalapally served as President of MAM-A Inc., formerly Mitsui Advanced Media. MAM-A Inc. was the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs. During his fourteen year tenure the company became the benchmark of the optical disc manufacturing industry.
Ambassador Thummalapally also served as the plant manager of WEA Manufacturing Inc., a division of Time Warner Inc.; the Managing Director for Clines Printing and Office Products; and Manufacturing Manager of Disc Manufacturing, Inc. In addition to holding two U.S. patents for design of optical disc manufacturing, he has received several Outstanding Service awards for his professional accomplishments.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Ambassador Thummalapally moved to the United States in 1974 to pursue his engineering studies. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in 1977 and completed post graduate Business Administration courses from Cal State University in 1980 and University of Tennessee in 1995. He is also fluent in Telugu, Hindi and Urdu.
Ambassador Thummalapally and his wife Barbara have two children.
Samantha Turner is a Senior Real Estate Manager with Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, dating back to 1900. It grows and harvests trees, builds homes and makes a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. The company owns approximately 6.6 million acres of timberlands throughout the United States with over 100 operational sites throughout the U.S. and internationally in support of its timber operations, and it is one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products, and develops real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. The company is headquartered in Federal Way, Washington.
Samantha is responsible for the company's operational real estate portfolio for the Western United States. The portfolio consists of owned and leased facilities ranging in diversity from an integrated plant site encompassing over 750 acres with multiple internal business operations and third party tenants, to its corporate headquarter campus, to one person offices. Her responsibilities include working directly with the individual business units on near and long-term strategic planning, site selection, and oversight of their real estate holdings. She is also responsible for the closure, management and disposition of surplus properties from ceased operations. Samantha has participated on several multi-faceted teams to manage the real estate portion of business divestitures. Since joining the company in early 2009, she has completed a variety of real estate transactions totaling over 200.
A graduate of the University of Washington, Samantha holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is a graduate of the University's Certificate Program in Commercial Real Estate. Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, her career in real estate has spanned over 20 years. She has held a variety of positions in commercial real estate; from property management and lease administration with Trammell Crow Company, to leasing manager for a 1.6 million square foot downtown Seattle high-rise portfolio with Unico Properties, and with CB Richard Ellis as Senior Transaction Manager with its Global Corporate Services division, dedicated to in-house representation for Washington Mutual Bank, responsible for transaction management of the Western region, encompassing 8 states totaling over 2.6 million sf of office and retail space.
Samantha is the current Secretary of Industrial Asset Management Council, the leading association for industrial asset managers and corporate real estate executives, service providers, and economic developers. She also serves as a co-chair for its Manufacturing Industry Group, which focuses on issues specifically related to corporate end-users in the heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors.
Ms. Turner resides in Renton, Washington with her husband, Venice, and their four daughters.
Anatalio Ubalde is Co-founder and CEO of GIS Planning Inc., an economic development internet service company and ZoomProspector.com, an online site selection and business intelligence service. Mr. Ubalde works with organizations throughout the nation to foster enhanced economic development strategies using Internet technology. His company's strategies are implemented in 42 states and serve the majority of the 100 largest cities in the United States as well as numerous states and small communities. GIS Planning's ZoomProspector Enterprise web-based GIS product is the industry standard for site selection websites in economic development.
His work in geographic information systems, economic development and the Internet is featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, INC., Forbes, Fortune, New York Times, and the U.S. Department of Commerce "Innovative Local Economic Development Programs" publication. In 2009 he was named a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for achieving exceptional stature in the field of economic development. He is also a Board Member of IEDC.
Mr. Ubalde is co-author of the book Economic Development Marketing: Present & Future, and author of articles in Economic Development America, Economic Development Commentary and the Canadian Economic Development and Technology Journal. He is a highly sought-after speaker on the subject of Internet and GIS strategies for effective economic development and has made presentations on these subjects throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
Before GIS Planning he worked in local economic development with a focus on downtown revitalization, waterfront redevelopment, business attraction/expansion, business retention, and site selection assistance. Mr. Ubalde is a twenty-four-time United States Master's Diving National Champion, All-American, and in July of 2010 won two silver medals at the World Masters Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden in springboard and platform diving. He has a Masters degree in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley.
I. Steven Udvarhelyi is executive vice president of health services and chief strategy officer for Independence Blue Cross (IBC). As EVP, Dr. Udvarhelyi has responsibility for clinical services, including medical management, pharmacy management and quality management; provider contracting and provider relations; and informatics, which comprises analytic and reporting support for all functional areas of the company. As chief strategy officer, Dr. Udvarhelyi oversees the Office of Strategy and Innovation, Business Development, and Corporate and Association Affairs;and works with the company's CEO and senior leadership team to develop enterprise-wide and functional strategies to achieve IBC's vision and mission.
Dr. Udvarhelyi, a board certified internist, has more than 20 years of experience in the managed care industry. Prior to his career in the managed care and insurance industry, Dr. Udvarhelyi was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and has published numerous articles on quality in health care.
Dr. Udvarhelyi currently serves as chair of the board of directors of NaviNet,and is on the board of trustees for Devereux. He is a past member of the board of directors of NCQA, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine and the IOM Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities, as well as other IOM Committees.
Dr. Udvarhelyi received an A.B. degree from Harvard College, an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the Harvard School of Public Health.
As Director of Technology Business Development, Eric Ushkowitz's main area of responsibility is photonics, biomedical and life sciences with the focus of retaining, growing and recruiting companies within the high-tech industry. Prior to joining the EDC, Mr. Ushkowitz spent a year as the Director of Business Development for Odyssey Creative, a local Corporate Theater and Digital Multimedia Company. In addition he was the Regional Sales Manager for Verizon Wireless, formerly PrimeCo Personal Communications, for over five years covering the Central Florida area. He was responsible for the Business to Business sales team covering Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties for the largest wireless service provider in the United States. Eric holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Michele Vachon is the Program Manager for the University of Idaho Building Sustainable Communities Initiative and the MS Degree in Bioregional Planning and Community Design in Moscow, ID. She partners with Idaho communities and teams of university faculty, staff and students to provide land use and sustainable planning skills that enhance community culture, the built environment and economic vitality. Most recently, this includes a “CommUniversity” partnership with the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and Serve Idaho, to match Bioregional Planning AmeriCorps members with rural Idaho communities in need of sustainable environmental planning expertise.
Michele is passionate about community development and entrepreneurship. As a Moscow resident, she completed the Cultivating Success Business Planning course coordinated by the University of Idaho’s Latah County Extension, which inspired her to turn her hobby garden into a neighborhood CDA, now in its startup year. Michele is also a graduate of the Northwest Community Development Institute and is an active volunteer grant writer for organizations working on brownfield redevelopment, urban agriculture, community gardening and historic preservation.
Marty Vanags assumed the position of Vice President for Regional Economic Development and Executive Director of the Indy Partnership in February 2013. Vanags leads a group of professional economic development staff whose mission is to market and promote the nine-county Indianapolis region as a place to invest and grow business. The Indy Partnership is a business unit of the Indy Chamber.
Vanags is a graduate of Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University (MPA) and has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development, private commercial real estate development and business management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has served as Chairman of the Illinois Development Council, Chair of International Economic Development Council Public Policy Advisory Committee, and member of the same organization's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP). He is an active alumnus of Illinois State University serving on their Alumni Board, and the Board of Advisors for the Means Center for Entrepreneurship at ISU's College of Business. Vanags also is a co-founder and creator of the Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs, a business incubation and development program at Illinois State University.
He is a co-founder and on the Board of the @Midwest Social Media Conference, and speaks and provides seminars on social media and its impact on economic development and non-profits. Vanags has spoken at various venues and conferences on topics ranging from communication, leadership, change management, and data-use in economic development and community development. Under Vanags' leadership, the Bloomington Normal EDC received numerous accolades and awards for marketing, communication and economic development best practices.
Douglas van den Berghe (PhD) is the CEO and founder of Investment Consulting Associates - ICA headquartered in Amsterdam and two web based FDI advisory products: www.locationselector.com and www.ICAincentives.com. Douglas was previously the director of Ernst & Young - International Location Advisory Services (ILAS) part of the real estate group of Ernst & Young Global. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). As a management and strategy consultant he assisted many corporate clients in successfully implementing their global investment strategies, location selection as well as optimizing their global supply chains across the world. Some of his corporate clients include: Shell, Philips, Electrolux, HB Fuller, John Deere, Johnson Controls and ING.
As an Economic Advisor he also worked on issues related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), economic development and competitiveness for numerous governments, Freezones and Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in numerous countries. As an Economic Advisor he has also worked for various international organizations like the US State Department, United Nations Conference on Trade en Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Commission and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Douglas has lectured at a large number of universities and business schools worldwide including: Harvard Business School (HBS) and published in several journals like: International Business Review, Transnational Corporations and Business Strategy Review.
Douglas has worked in many countries including: EU-27, Central America, Albania, Australia, China, Ghana, India, Jordan, Iraq, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States and Turkey.
In addition, he has the following sector expertise: electronics, consumer products, financial services, automotive, oil & gas, chemicals and IT.
Dr. Marius Venter is the founder and Director of the Centre for Local /Economic Development (CENLED) based at the University of Johannesburg. The main aim is to professionalise the careers of persons working in Economic Development. CENLED aims to:
Provide leadership and excellence in Local Economic Development;
Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer: Overstrand Local Economic Development Agency (OLEDA). OLEDA was a private company owned by the Overstrand Municipality which main objective was to implement economic development projects.
Dr. Venter worked for the City of Joburg for 22 years as Head of the Transport Department's Training Centre, Deputy Director: Privatisation, Deputy Director: Informal Trade, Deputy Director: Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market and Executive Director: Local Economic Development. He was the founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development SA, which is currently known as “The Business Place” and the “Real Enterprise Development” Centres assisting entrepreneurs to establish businesses.
Dr. Clay Walden serves as the Director and Research Professor of CAVS Extension within the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). He has over 25 years of experience implementing quality and productivity improvements within a variety companies and currently leads the university's industrial engagement efforts.
Under Dr. Walden's leadership, MSU's CAVS Extension has become a nationally recognized leader in university based engineering extension and economic development. This includes receiving national and regional awards from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), University Economic Development Association, Southern Growth Policy Board, and the Southern Economic Development Council.
Walden leads MSU's involvement within the NIST-MEP program. This effort focuses on providing technical assistance focusing on increasing profitability and productivity within small and medium size manufacturers. As a result, CAVS Extension has provided direct technical assistance to over 150 companies within the state. These companies have, in turn, reported over $5.5 billion dollars in economic impact and 3,200 jobs either created or saved.
In addition, Walden serves as the Principal Investigator on the Rural Jobs Accelerator program, entitled “Accelerating Jobs and Innovation Through Community and Economic Development in Rural Mississippi.” This grant involves coordination of a broad coalition of statewide resources focused on promoting community and economic development within 61 rural counties. This national program is jointly funded by the Economic Development Administration, USDA Rural Development, Delta Regional Authority, and Appalachian Regional Commission.
Walden has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Stephanie Wall is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager for Wells Fargo's northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
As Community Development Manager, Ms. Wall has five-state responsibility for the local delivery of products and services created by several Wells Fargo groups including the community development lending, community development and contributions teams.
Ms. Wall joined Wells Fargo in 2008 from United States Trust Company where she was the corporate CRA officer. She previously served as the corporate CRA officer and trust compliance officer for MetLife Bank, and was executive director of the Kidsbridge Children's Cultural Museum.
Ms. Wall also served the State of New Jersey as part of Governor Christie Whitman's Urban Initiative, securing government and private funding for comprehensive revitalization efforts in New Jersey's urban centers. Additionally, Ms. Wall held senior positions in the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Department of Banking.
Ms. Wall received her Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from the Marymount University, Arlington, VA.
Active in the community, Ms. Wall serves on the local advisory boards of LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. She also serves on the board of the Regional Business Assistance Corporation (RBAC) serving as board chair and as a member of the loan review committee and the executive committee. Additionally, Ms. Wall serves on the board of Philadelphia Youth Network, Peoples Emergency C enter and Kidsbridge Children's Tolerance Museum.
Laith Wardi, CEcD, is President of ExecutivePulse, Inc. He has worked in the economic development profession for over 20 years.
Laith has comprehensive experience in business retention & expansion that includes outreach to hundreds of value-added client companies, work as a resource provider, and 15 years of regional program management.
In 1994-95, Laith pioneered the first web based system for business retention. Today, the ExecutivePulse™ Business Intelligence System is the most widely used database for business retention & expansion in North America.
As a founder and President of ExecutivePulse Inc., Laith provides skills training, survey development, technology development and management consultation to clients seeking to implement a systematic and sustainable customer outreach program.
He is a regular instructor on business retention for the professional certification program sponsored by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Laith also speaks to community, economic and workforce development audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe on customer retention, one-to-one database marketing and technology assimilation.
Laith is a graduate of Mercyhurst College and received his economic development certification through IEDC in 2002.
In addition to his work in the field of economic development, Laith has experience in real estate management, media sales, and as a strategic planning consultant for both public and private-sector clients.
Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted to Arizona hundreds of companies that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 75,000 quality jobs.
In her 17 years with the Arizona Department of Commerce, and now the Arizona Commerce Authority, Ms. Watson served in multiple positions with increasing responsibilities and results. She has led Business Development, Business Attraction, Workforce and Marketing. She has also served as Director of Innovation and Technology, and she continues to be a leading participant in these sectors.
Ms. Watson began her career in Canada and brings not only a wealth of knowledge on the regional, state and national levels but can execute effectively on an international scale.
Ms. Watson is a collaborative leader who excels in strategic thinking and relationship building. She worked tirelessly as a leader to implement the exciting new vision for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), providing invaluable energy and stability during the transition from the Department of Commerce. Her leadership and strong relationships with Arizona's Governor and legislators has resulted in consensus in creating the ACA as well as the establishment of its aggressive business plan the organization is currently executing.
Sandra Watson earned an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and she has completed the Global Leadership Certification Program at the Thunderbird School of Management. In addition to sitting on numerous regional and statewide Boards of Directors, Ms. Watson serves on the National State Science and Technology Institute Board.
In 2013, AzBusiness magazine recognized Ms. Watson as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Airzona Business." In 2012, the Phoenix Business Journal recognized Ms. Watson among the "Top 25 Women in Business." In 2004, the Phoenix Business Journal also recognized Ms. Watson as an up-and-coming Arizona leader, with its "Forty Under 40" designation. Ms. Watson is also a two-time recipient of the Arizona Technology Council Chairman's Award - 2004 and 2010.
Paige Webster has been working in the site selection and economic development consulting area for twelve years. Paige has had extensive site selection experience as he was the Western Regional Real Estate Manager for Aaron Rents. Paige was able to facilitate and expand the major retail expansion for Aaron Rents in the Western United States. Paige has also worked for a few development companies specializing in retail, office, and industrial properties. Paige has worked with industrial, food processing, customer call centers, renewable energy, aviation and warehouse distribution clients.
In addition to his site selection expertise, Paige also has had experience in the economic development arena. He was the former Economic Development Director for the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, and worked for the Arizona Department of Commerce as the Northern Arizona Representative, assisting companies to expand or relocate to the State of Arizona.
Paige also worked for the Arizona Department of Commerce as the Northern Arizona Representative, assisting companies to expand or relocate to the State of Arizona with projects related to injection molding, warehouse/distribution, back office, agro-business, inter tribal companies, bio-tech, high tech, aviation.
Paige resides in Phoenix, AZ and has two small children and loves to play golf and scuba dive.
Dale has over 22 years of economic development experience and has worked in both rural and urban communities creating and implementing various economic development programs including an award winning Business Retention and Expansion program. Six years ago Dale co-founded EDCD Consulting, a specialized economic development focus consulting firm. Since its inception the firm has been contracted to manage the Economic Development Association of BC and LinxBC. EDABC is a membership-based association representing over 260 municipal, provincial, federal and private sector organizations. LinxBC is an investment attraction agency representing 18 BC communities and the provincial ministry. Dale and his partner, Colleen Bond, have recently completed delivering fifteen workshops focused on economic development essentials for local leaders. These workshops were held throughout the Province of BC. In addition to workshop delivery the firm has provided strategic planning, investment readiness assessments, business retention and expansion training, organizational development and other economic development services to municipalities throughout BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Shane M. Williams has worked as Foreign Trade Zone Administrator for Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 84 – the largest in the United States - since September 2011. As such, he is responsible for coordination of site oversight of the 31 FTZs in Houston, including five owned and operated by the Port of Houston Authority.
FTZ 84 includes several sites throughout Harris County and various public facilities, including liquid bulk storage and blending, pipe and steel storage and processing, automobile storage, general purpose warehousing, and business parks with building space and land for sale or lease.
Last year there were 13,236 direct full-time jobs in the 11 active subzones in FTZ 84. (Each subzone is for a single user, and both new subzones and new subzone operators, must be approved by the FTZ Board).
The Houston FTZ is one of the most successful foreign-trade zones in the United States. Consider:
-In 2011, the value of exports from FTZ #84 was more than $5.3 billion
Williams joined the Port Authority as Assistant Community Relations Manager in June 2010. He is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Tulsa.
Jen Worth is the Director of the American Association of Community Colleges Center for Workforce and Economic Development. She coordinates industry and foundation partnerships, program design and research as well as technical assistance trainings. Jen advances the Center's aim to empower community colleges to effectively collaborate with industry, workforce boards, economic development entities and other community organizations to improve the prosperity of individual workers, businesses, and communities. Jen has managed national foundation and industry sponsored initiatives as well as the annual 700 attendee event, the annual Workforce Development Institute. She has worked at the Academy for Educational Development, the National Association of Workforce Boards, and the National Center for Education and the Economy. She received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Ben Wright is one of the foremost experts in economic development marketing, with over 18 years of experience, working primarily in North America. In the ten years since he started U.S. based Atlas Advertising, the company has grown to serve more than 70 different economic development clients, in 40+ states and 6 countries.
Ben started his career in economic development as the Chief Economist for the Metro Denver EDC, in Colorado in the early 1990s. He brings a wealth of branding, digital marketing, and GIS experience into every client engagement. Ben helps clients develop and execute innovative marketing strategies, and is a frequent speaker with the International Economic Development Council, Georgia Tech Innovation Institute, and various state and regional economic development conferences.
Having worked all over North America, Ben understands how economic development agencies must compete in a global marketplace. He applies this passion for places and knowledge of people into Atlas Advertising's very core, and, thus, into every project.
Ben is a graduate of Stanford University in California with a degree in economics, with emphasis on urban studies. Ben lives in Denver, CO with his wife and three adventurous daughters.