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Thomas D. Blanchard Jr., HLM
Blanchard LLC
Buffalo, NY

After graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in Business and an MA in Economics, Tom Blanchard began his career in urban economic development in 1972 as Economic Development Planner for the City of Norfolk, Va. Model Cities program. Following that, he was Executive Director of the City of Portsmouth, Va. Community Action Organization and in 1976 was appointed Director of The Department of Development for the City of Norfolk, Va.

As City of Norfolk Director of Development he was directly involved in the acquisition and redevelopment of several key parcels of land valued at over $10 million, most on the waterfront.

Reuse of these parcels ranged from beach front residential to deep draft channel ship and barge terminals. As Executive Director of the Norfolk Recreational Facilities Authority, he managed the concept development and feasibility for NAUTICUS, The National Maritime Center, a $52 million themed attraction which opened in 1994 on the downtown Norfolk waterfront.

After serving as Executive Vice President of the Greater Norfolk Corporation from 1985 to 1989, he was appointed as President of the Horizons Waterfront Commission in Buffalo, NY. When the Horizons Commission was merged into Empire State Development Corporation in 1995, he was appointed Director of Research and Planning for the Empire State Development Western NY Region. In that capacity, he was responsible for planning and construction of the Erie Canal Harbor project in downtown Buffalo and various projects in downtown Niagara Falls including concept development and feasibility for the Niagara Experience Center.

Tom Blanchard has served on the following boards;


- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission representing ESD
- National Council for Urban Economic Development, now IEDC, Chairman 1986-88
- Downtown Norfolk Development Corporation
- Norfolk Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Chairman
- Buffalo Yacht Club, Past Commodore

Tom has received the following awards;


- Member Omega Delta Epsilon Honorary Economics Society
- Old Dominion University School of Business and Economics, Distinguished Alumni, 1979
- International Economic Development Council (IEDC) , Deluca Lifetime Achievement Award, September, 2001

Tom holds a US Coast Guard Master Mariner Credential for 50 ton vessels operating in the Great Lakes and US Inland Waters.



JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM
President
Saginaw Future, Inc.
Saginaw, MI

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, an advisory group representation the 10 economic development regions in Michigan. She served as the Chair of the International Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors in 2015, is a member of the Governance Committee and the Economic Development Research Partners. Crary also Chaired the Ethics Committee in 2014 and served as board liaison for the Young Professionals Task Force. IEDC is the foremost international economic development organization with over 4500 members. She has served on the IEDC Board since 2006.

Crary is serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Development Corporation, the Saginaw County Revolving Loan Fund Board, Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, FirstMerit 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. JoAnn also serves on Dow Chemical Company’s Great Lakes Bay Region Community Advisory Panel.

Crary was recently awarded the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saginaw Marsh-Princing Award for 2014. She was also recognized in 2013 as one of the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay and 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.



Gene DePrez
Founder & Managing Partner
Global Innovation Partners, Ltd.
Sparta, NJ

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.



Doug Eadie
President & CEO
Doug Eadie & Company, Inc.
Oldsmar, FL

Doug Eadie is President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, a firm specializing in developing high-impact board and CEO leadership and building solid board-CEO partnerships. Doug has provided hands-on consulting assistance to over 500 nonprofit boards and CEOs over the past quarter-century. His clients have included a wide array of nonprofit organizations, such as the International Economic Development Council, Port San Antonio, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Health Industry Distributors Association, the American Health Information Management Association, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Utah Transit Authority, among many other nonprofits of all shapes and sizes. Doug has also helped to shape the field of nonprofit board and CEO leadership through his 23 books, including his best-selling The Board-Savvy CEO (www.theboardsavvyceo.com), and over 100 articles and his frequent presentations at national conferences of organizations such as IEDC, the American Society of Association Executives, the American Public Transportation Association, and the National School Boards Association. Doug manages and writes for five national blogs, including: www.extraordinaryceo.com; www.boardsavvytransitceo.com; and www.boardsavvysuperintendent.com.



Kurt Foreman
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma City, OK

Kurt Foreman, currently serves as head of the Economic Development Division at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, one of the nation’s largest and most successful chambers of commerce. Kurt and the Chamber’s 14-member economic development team focus on job creation and capital investment by attracting new businesses, growing and retaining existing businesses, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attracting destination retail businesses. He also has either CEO or senior staff level experience at local and regional economic development organizations in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Wisconsin. In addition Kurt has worked as a site selection consultant and an executive recruiter with a leading international search firm. Kurt relishes the opportunity to work with boards and volunteer committees. He developed an interest and passion for working with boards over many years as both an economic developer and community/church volunteer. He has direct experience working on board transformation, particularly in the context of merging economic development groups, and seen firsthand the benefits that come from having a well-organized and properly positioned board. Kurt received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Kurt and his wife Julie have four children.



Jay A. Garner, CEcD, CCE, FM, HLM
President
Garner Economics, LLC
Atlanta, GA

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.



Frank Jackson
Mayor
City of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland’s 56th Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, took office January 2, 2006. He has since been re-elected twice - in 2009 and 2013.

As Mayor, Jackson is focused on ensuring that the City offers an excellent quality of life for every resident, business and visitor; and, is addressing every aspect of operations and policy to guarantee that he reaches that goal. He is committed to providing exceptional, quality service and has led positive change throughout his tenure as mayor, particularly in the areas of Public Safety, City Finances and Operations, Education, Sustainability and Development.

Mayor Jackson is a Cleveland Public Schools graduate and Army veteran. He earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and law degree from Cleveland State University. Jackson began his public service career as an Assistant City Prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. From 1990 through 2005, Jackson represented Cleveland’s 5th Ward on Cleveland City Council. From 2002 – 2005, Jackson also served as President of Cleveland City Council.



Susan Liberty
Vice President
Infrastructure & Economic Development McGuire Woods Consulting
Tysons, VA

Susan joined McGuireWoods Consulting’s Infrastructure and Economic Development team in 2000. She has extensive economic development and legislative experience. She specializes in advising national and international corporations with their relocation decisions, site selection and incentive negotiations throughout the United States. Her client list encompasses numerous business sectors with a wide-range of requirements including corporate headquarters relocations, manufacturing, food industry distribution, aerospace, government contracting and international shipping.

Additionally, Susan represents clients’ interest on a wide range of issues with state and local officials. She has been an integral part of the McGuireWoods Consulting team that played a leading role in the development and passage of Virginia’s current legal structure for public-private partnerships and innovative financing. Susan advises clients on project identification and proposal preparation using the Public-Private method for procurement for state and local governments. She has advised client’s that have built hospitals; higher education facilities; parking decks; public education facilities and Rehabilitation of Utility and Wastewater Infrastructure. She also represents clients using her relationships with state and local officials to bring about a successful outcome on land use and zoning issues in Virginia.

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 successfully marketed Fairfax County in Silicon Valley. Susan also provided the full range of relocation and business expansion services to international companies. Previously, she was the chief of staff for Thomas M. Davis, II, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.



Joseph A. Marinucci, FM, HLM
President & CEO
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, OH

Mr. Marinucci's career encompasses more than 32 years of economic development experience. Mr. Marinucci has expertise in strategic planning, real estate development, business retention and expansion, commercial and retail investment, economic development financing, business development marketing, and regional and national policy development. Mr. Marinucci currently serves as President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance and oversees numerous programs designed to spur investment in downtown Cleveland, including the staffing of the downtown property owner’s clean and safe programs and major physical development initiatives. In addition, he works closely with developers and businesses seeking to invest in downtown Cleveland. As Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland's Playhouse Square Foundation, Mr. Marinucci directed real estate activities for the country's second largest theater district. Mr. Marinucci served as treasurer for the National Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED), where he was a long time member of the Executive Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the International Economic Development Council - CUED's successor organization.



Mark O'Connell
Chief Executive Officer
OCO Global
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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.



Anne Roise MCP, CEcD
Instructor, Urban Studies & Planning
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

Anne Roise, MCP, CEcD BIO Anne Roise is an Instructor of Urban Studies and Planning at Savannah State University and the CEO of Roise & Associates in Savannah, GA. She specializes in strategic planning, project development and organizational coaching for small businesses and non-profit organizations. For several years, Anne served in senior management positions with municipal governments where she was responsible for community revitalization and economic development initiatives. She is a former Director of Economic Development for the City Savannah and also served as the Interim Director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority. Her areas of expertise are micro-business development, leadership training, and facilitating coalitions to reduce poverty and stimulate economic opportunities for disenfranchised communities. Anne has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduating from MIT, she worked as a planner for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was later employed as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. Anne is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and has provided course instruction for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) since 2002.



Kevin S. Schmotzer
Executive, Small Business Development
City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development
Cleveland, OH

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
Economic Development Manager
City of Wausau
Wausau, WI

Christian Schock to the position of Economic Development Manager. Christian comes to Wausau from Clinton County, Ohio where since 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). During his tenure the CCRPC won local, state and national recognition including the 2013 National Planning Achievement Award from the American Planning Association for innovative economic development. Christian Schock serves as Economic Development Manager for the City of Wausau, WI- the primary city of northern and central Wisconsin and brings over 15 years of expertise in both the built and natural environments including roles with the City of Los Angeles, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and served as an expert economic development consultant for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

A native of Cleveland, Ohio he holds bachelor and master degrees in urban planning from the University of Cincinnati- College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) where he served as University Student Body President and a master degree in development economics from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

Chris' professional experience has involved every level of public administration: local, county, regional, state, federal, and international through the many facets of the development process including: planner, economist, environmental regulator, developer, public administrator and consultant.



John B. Sternlicht, Esq., CEcD
CEO
Economic Development Association of Skagit County
Mount Vernon, WA

John Sternlicht, attorney and certified economic developer, brings senior executive expertise in law, economic development, community relations, public policy, finance, and government relations with a domestic and international focus (John speaks French, German and Spanish). John has over 20 years high-level experience negotiating and executing multi-billion dollar business locations and expansions involving public and private sector financing, higher education, infrastructure including all modes of transportation and legislative initiatives.

On August 12, 2015, John began his tenure as CEO of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County (WA). At EDASC, John takes the helm of an organization at an inflection point, having not changed leadership for nearly three decades. With the full cooperation of the board and community, John will lead through a period of strategic planning, innovation and change. Most recently, John served as Economic Development Policy Advisor to King County Executive Dow Constantine, where he worked to bring a regional focus to economic development in the nation’s 13th most populous county. While Senior Director of Strategic Projects for SRI International, a leading nonprofit research institute, John conceived and executed greenfield bioscience projects in Virginia and Michigan involving a total of nearly $50 million in state, local and private financing. John’s careful and strategic oversight ensured that the funding would be sufficient to launch these new ventures. Previously, after ten years in private and public law practice in North Carolina and Virginia, John served eleven years as the first General Counsel and Legislative Director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), acted as Secretary to the VEDP Board of Directors, and also created a statewide program of certification and assistance for rural communities and regions to improve their business attraction and expansion practice.

In 2002, Governor Mark Warner appointed John to serve concurrently as Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, as a key member of the team that planned and executed on strategies to establish Virginia as the top state for business for its economic development, transportation (primarily port and logistics), legal, commercial and regulatory climate. As Deputy Secretary, Sternlicht orchestrated the development and execution of the statewide economic development strategic plan, oversaw all 15 agency budgets totaling more than $800 million, and directed all agency legislative and regulatory programs. While serving in these positions, Sternlicht provided his expertise in a broad base of activities including human resources, open records, board relations, public finance, procurement, and community relations, and advised most of the 140 cities and counties in Virginia on the best structure for their economic development programs. In the mid-1990s, John made Virginia the first state in the US to require legally enforceable performance agreements to protect every discretionary dollar of state and local incentives to companies. He also designed many of the new incentive programs directed at particular regional needs or industry sectors such as manufacturing (everything from semiconductor chips to corn chips), logistics/distribution, financial services, headquarters, biosciences and IT.

John, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), speaks and writes nationally and abroad on various topics in economic development, including the design, protection and assessment of incentives, economic development practices in the US, the process of negotiation, building public consensus, strategic planning, commercialization and innovation, and others. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and studied journalism and communications at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland on a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship before earning his Juris Doctor at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. He earned his certification in economic development from the International Economic Development Council in 2001.



Taylor Stuckert, AICP
Executive Director
Clinton County Regional Planning Commission
Wilmington, OH

Taylor Stuckert serves as the Planning Director and staff consultant for the 20-member regional planning commission, and leads planning efforts across the County and nine political jurisdictions. Mr. Stuckert’s role involves regularly meeting and engaging with diverse stakeholders in communities throughout Clinton County and at the state and national level on a variety of projects and initiatives related to planning, physical, economic and community development. Mr. Stuckert is also the Co-Founder of Energize Clinton County (ECC), a non-profit organization founded to lead a community driven response to the economic crisis with support from the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). The efforts of the CCRPC and ECC, following the 2008 DHL Crisis, have led to a portfolio of community and economic development programs, which were awarded the 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development by the American Planning Association. Mr. Stuckert holds a Master Degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati- College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Butler University. Mr. Stuckert works in his hometown of Wilmington, OH was a Wilmington High School graduate, and is an 8th generation Clinton Countian.



Catherine Timko
Principal/CEO
The Riddle Company
Washington, DC

Catherine J. Timko, is the founding Principal/CEO of The Riddle Company, a Washington DC based economic development marketing firm as well as a Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions. The Riddle Company works with communities and companies across North America and positions them to effectively compete. Projects range from strategic business and marketing planning to positioning and business development strategies. We help our clients to craft strategy and language to advance business development, business attraction and investment. We leverage our relationships with the target industries and the media to enhance our clients’ public profiles. Our work has resulted in over $75M of earned media for client communities, influenced the creation of over 4,250 jobs, 3.5 M SF of new retail development, and nearly $1 Billion of investment.

Retail attraction is one of her specialties. Catherine  has completed retail marketing and attraction strategies for almost every major market on the East Coast including Miami, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark and Boston. Her recent work on the Center City Philadelphia retail campaign, Be In On It, has achieved national recognition and resulted in over 300,000 SF of new retail investment. Catherine is an active member of APA, IDA, IEDC, ULI, and ICSC, and is the former Dean for Economic Development for ICSC University of Shopping Centers.  catherine@theriddlecompany.com  www.theriddlecompany.com



C. Paige Webster
Owner/Site Selection Consultant
Webster Global Site Selectors
Phoenix, AZ

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 children and loves to play golf and scuba dive.

 

 

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