Speakers

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Paul Adler

Principal
Paul Adler LLC
Chevy Chase, MD

Irene Alvarez

Managing Director Marketing and Communications
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

Mark Arend

Editor in Chief
Site Selection Magazine
Peachtree Corners, GA

Mark Barbash, FM

Lecturer
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Casey Barnes, CEcD

Vice President, Business Development
Orlando Economic Partnership
Orlando, FL

Lacy Beasley

President
Retail Strategies
Birmingham, AL

Alison Benton, CEcD

President
Aliquantus Consulting
Southlake, TX

Anna Bentson

Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Lynchburg
Lynchburg, VA

Isabella Bertani, FCPA, FCA

Partner
RSM Canada LLP
Toronto, ON, Canada

Ron Bertasi

CEO
GIS WebTech
Atlanta, GA

Tsedey Betru

Manager, Community Affairs & Strategic Initiatives
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

James Blair

Managing Director
Navigator Consulting
Atlanta, GA

Stephanie Blank

Founding Chair
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students+Educate
Atlanta, GA

Jamai Wallis Blivin

CEO
Innovate+Educate
Santa Fe, NM

Aaron Brossoit

CEO
Golden Shovel Agency
Little Falls, MN

Arthur L. Brown, CEcD, CMC

President
LeScot Enterprises, Inc.
Mableton, GA

Deb Brown, IOM

Co-Founder
SaveYour.Town
Webster City , IA

Emily Brown

Economic Development Strategist
Fourth Economy Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

Scott Bryan, MBA

Senior Partner
WAVTEQ
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM

President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
Charlotte, NC

Andy Buffington, CEcD

Business Marketing & Research Manager
Cedar Hill EDC
Cedar Hill, TX

Steven J. Budd, FM

President
CityWide Development Corp.
Dayton, OH

Chris Burke

Director of Community Relations
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Stacey Button

President & Economic Development Director
REDI & City of Columbia
Columbia, MO

Dr. Mitchell Byrne, BA (Hons), M.App.Psych, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Tim Cairl

Director, Education Policy
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Atlanta, GA

Jane Campbell

Former Mayor
City of Cleveland
Washington, DC

Michael Capilets

Managing Director
SVAM International, Inc.
Great Neck, NY

Cathy Chambers

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
JAXUSA Partnership
Jacksonville, FL

Milton Chambliss, CEcD, MBA

Executive Director/Port Director
Claiborne County Economic Development District & Port Commission, Port Gibson, MS

Tim Chase, CEcD, FM

National Sales Manager
ProTRACKPlus
Georgetown, TX

Tedra Cheatham, CEcD

Director of Business Partnership Development
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Chris Chmura, PhD

CEO & Chief Economist
Chmura Economics & Analytics
Richmond, VA

William Chun

Deputy Mayor of Economic Development
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM

CEO
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, MI

Erik Collins, MA

Director - Community & Economic Development
Montgomery County
Dayton, OH

Lisa Corcoran

VP Marketing & Communications
Calgary Economic Development
Calgary, AB, Canada

JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM

President
Saginaw Future, Inc.
Saginaw, MI

Calandra Cruickshank

Founder & CEO
StateBook International
Kingston, NY

Dariel Y. Curren

Senior Vice President
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, CEcD

Assistant Professor of International Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Bryce Davis

City Administrator
City of Eagle Grove
Eagle Grove, IA

Joy Davis, CEcD

Executive Director
Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation
Logan, OH

Gene Deprez

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

Tom DiFiore, MBA

President
National Community Development Services
Atlanta, GA

Joel Dixon

Principal - Community & Business Development
Urban Oasis Development
Atlanta, GA

Brett Doney, CEcD, FM

President & CEO
Great Falls Development Authority, Inc.
Great Falls, MT

Dennis Donovan

Principal and Owner
WDGC
Bridgewater, NJ

Karl R. Dorshimer, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Business Development
Lansing Economic Development Corporation
Lansing, MI

Steve Duncan

Director Lead Generation
DCI
Denver, CO

Erik Dunnigan, MBA

Managing Director
Coastal Cloud
Louisville, KY

David East, BSc Joint Hons

Head of FDI & Economic Products
Bureau van Dijk - a Moody's Analytics Company
London, UK

John F Ellingson, MBA, MPP

Economic Development Graduate Student
Georgia State University
Decatur, GA

Jason Elliott

Chief Technical Officer
GIS WebTech
Atlanta, GA

Bob Ellis

Fulton County Commission Vice Chairman
Fulton County
Atlanta, GA

Paul Ellis, CEcD, AICP

Director of Economic Development
City of Fairview Heights
Fairview Heights, IL

Enoch Elwell

CEO
CO.STARTERS
Chattanooga, TN

Janyce B. Fadden

Director of Strategic Engagement
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL

Chris Fair

President
Resonance Consultancy
Vancouver, BC, Canadas

Amity Farrar, J.D.

Executive Vice President
POWER 10
Sandy Springs, GA

Tammy Fate

Manager of Retail Development & Recruitment
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma City, OK

David Feehan

President and CEO
Civitas Consultants LLC
Silver Spring, MD

Jennifer Fine, AICP

Vice President, Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Anthony Flynn

Executive Director
100 Black Men of Atlanta
Roswell, GA

Cynthia Forland

Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
Washington Employment Security Department

Kirby Fowler Juris Doctorate

President
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Dennis Fraise, CEcD

Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Economic Development Group
Burlington, IA

Dr. James Fraser

Visiting Scholar/Professor
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Lara Fritts, CEcD

Director of the Department of Economic Development
Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development

Gerry Gabinet, CEcD

President
Economic Developers Association Canada (EDAC)
Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

Jay A. Garner, CEcD, CCE, FM, HLM

President and Founder
Garner Economics, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Dr. John Gatto

President
FrankfurtRheinMain Corp.
Chicago, IL

Robert Van Geons, CEcD

President & CEO
Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

Angie Gheesling

Executive Director
Development Authority of Houston County
Warner Robins, GA

Natalie Gibson

President
InnoVisions and Associates
Airdrie, AB, Canada

Reet Gill

Senior Consultant
OCO Global
London, UK

Gynii A. Gilliam

President
Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation
Coeur D'Alene, ID

Dell Gines, MBA, MSF, CEcD

Senior Community Development Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch

Jason Giulietti

VP of Business Recruitment
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.
Rocky Hill, CT

Fred Glickman

Principal
Thrive Global Advisory
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Rob Gordon

Director
UGA Archway Partnership
Athens, GA

John D. Gower

Urban Design Director
CityWide Development Corporation
Dayton, OH

Todd Greene, CEcD

Executive Director
Atlanta University Center Consortium
Atlanta, GA

Dale Greer

Director
Cullman Alabama Economic Development Agency
Cullman, AL

Adam Grinold

Executive Director
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
Brattleboro, VT

Rob Grunewald

Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

Alejandra Guzman

VP Performance Management & Strategy
New Orleans Business Alliance
New Orleans, LA

Leann Hackman-Carty

CEO
Economic Developers Alberta
Calgary, AB, Canada

Edward Eliyah "Eli" Hamner

Alumni Member
Back on My Feet Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Quinten Harris, JD, MPA

Deputy Director of Jobs and Economic Development
City of Columbus
Columbus, OH

Cecilia Harry, CEcD

President and CEO
ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc.
Fond Du Lac, WI

William N. Hearn

Director, Real Estate
Origis Energy
Atlanta, GA

Mary Hebert

Senior Vice President, North America
WAVTEQ
Scottsdale, AZ

Courtney Hendricson

VP of Municipal Services
Connecticut Economic Resource Center
Rocky Hill, CT

Cary Hirschstein

Partner
HR&A Advisors, Inc.
New York, NY

Hon. Shawn Hogan

Executive Consultant
City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency
Hornell, NY

Chris Holen

Chief
Chef Outta Water
Astoria, OR

J. Mac Holladay, CCE, PCED, LM, HLM

Founder and CEO
Market Street Services
Atlanta, GA

Amy Holloway

President & Chief Sherpa
Avalanche Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX

Jean Horstman

CEO
Interise
Boston, MA

Devin Howland, CEcD

Director of Economic Vitality
City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Nicole Felix Huesca

Trade & Investment Commissioner for Alabama Georgia & Tennessee
ProMéxico, Atlanta, GA

Rob Hunden

President
Hunden Strategic Partners
Chicago, IL

Sarah Iglehart

Deputy Director, Develop Indy
Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Daniel Immergluck

Professor, Andrew Young School
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

William J. Jabjiniak

Director of Economic Development
City of Mesa
Mesa, AZ

Randall Jackson

Director
WVU Regional Research Institute
Morgantown, WV

Waymond Jackson

SVP Public Policy
Birmingham Business Alliance
Birmingham, AL

Shannon James

President & CEO
Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Steven Jast

Founder and President
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC, Canada

Tamika Jenkins, MSM

Project Coordinator
Mississippi County Economic Development
Blytheville, AR

Savannah Jermance, CEcD

Economic Development & Business Relations Manager
City of Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho

Corey R. Johns, CEcD

Director of Business Development - Interactive & Creative Technology,
Nashville, TN

Alison Johnson

Member
Housing Justice League
Atlanta, GA

Ean Johnson, CEcD

Regional Manager, Economic Development
BNSF Railway
Fort Worth, TX

Nancy Flake Johnson

President
Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Haile Johnston

Founding Partner
The Common Market
Philadelphia, PA

Sheoyki Jones

Program Manager, Creative Industries
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Annika Jostmeier

Manager - Foreign Direct Investment
Conway Advisory
Berlin, Germany

Rebecca Karp, MCP

CEO
Karp Strategies, LLC
New York, NY

John Karras

Senior Consultant
TIP Strategies
Austin, TX

Justin Kelly, M.A.

Clinical Psychology Director of Clinical Services - Eastern Massachusetts Adult Services May Institute
Middleboro, MA

Julian Kiganda

CEO & Founder
JBK Brand Design LLC
Silver Spring, MD

Christopher King, CEcD

President
Economic Developers Alberta
Grande Prairie, AB, Canada

Dr. Eloisa Y. Klementich, CEcD

President and CEO
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Jeff Kline

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Accrisoft Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Chris Knight

CCO & Co-Founder
WAVTEQ
London, UK

Jessica Kolterman

External Affairs
Lincoln Premium Poultry
Seward, NE

Maureen Krauss

Chief Economic Development Officer
Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Robin Roberts Krieger, FM, HLM

Owner
RRK Resources
Edmond, OK

Thomas A. Kucharski, CEcD

President & CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo, NY

KV Kumar

Chairman
U.S. Indian American Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria, VA

Jim Kumon

Executive Director
Incremental Development Alliance
Minneapolis MN

Heather Lalonde, CEcD, EcD

Chief Executive Officer
Economic Developers Council of Ontario
Cornwall, ON, Canada

Marcus Lam

Vice President
InterVISTAS Consulting Inc.
Washington, DC

Thomas Lamb

Senior Vice President, State & Local Government Affairs
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Langley, FM, HLM

CEO
GREATER MSP
Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN

Allison Larsen, CEcD

Principal
TadZo
Buckeye, AZ

Carol Kraus Lauffer

Principal
Business Cluster Development
Palo Alto, CA

Mark Lautman, CEcD, CRE

Economic Architect
Community Economics Laboratory
Albuquerque, NM

Ellen Lee

Director
Community and Economic Development, City of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

David Leezer, CEcD, FM

Director of Economic Development
City of St. Charles
St. Charles, MO

Andrew T. Levine

Chairman
Development Counsellors International (DCI)
New York, NY

Dan Levine

Practice Leader, Location Strategies
Oxford Economics, Inc
New York, NY

Penny Lewandowski

Senior Advisor
Edward Lowe Foundation
Grand Rapids, MI

Tracy Lewis, Life Coach

Public Relations/Marketing Specialist
Biz kidz Academy
Ackworth, GA

Ryan Lilly

Vice President of Business Creation
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
Ocala, FL

Joseph Lillyblad

Education and Workforce Development Manager
Georgia Power Company
Atlanta, GA

Paul Lipson

Principal
Barretto Bay Strategies
New York, NY

Susan Longworth

Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Matt Lowell

Manager
Ryan, LLC
Orlando, FL

Diane C. Lupke, CEcD, FM, HLM

President
Diane Lupke and Associates
Newton, WI

Debra Lyons

Director, Employer Strategies
ACT
Macon, GA

Pilar Madrigal

Head of Investment Promotion and Aftercare
Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency-CINDE, New York, NY

Ben Magill

Executive Director
Labor Market Intelligence Center Dallas County Community College District

Anthony Mak, MBA

Director
HKTDC
New York, NY

Lee Malleau, Ec.D.

EVP, International Investment and Trade
Edmonton Global
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Dr. Anthony Margida, Ph.D.

CEO
TechGrit
Alliance, OH

Joseph A. Marinucci, FM, HLM

President & CEO
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, OH

Mike Martin

Vice President, Industrial Development
OmniTRAX
Atlanta, GA

Misti Martin, CEcD

President & CEO
Cherokee Office of Economic Development
Woodstock, GA

Scott Martinez, CEcD

President
North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Shreveport, LA

Rodrigo Masses Artze

President
Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association
San Juan, PR

Sunni Massey

Specialist, Partnership Development
NIST MEP
Gaithersburg, MD

Rebecca Matheny

Executive Director
Louisville Downtown Partnership
Louisville, KY

Barry I. Matherly CEcD, FM

President & CEO
Greater Richmond Partnership
Richmond, VA

John Matthews

Senior Director, Small Business Services
Louisiana Economic Development
Baton Rouge, LA

Jon Maynard

President & CEO
Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation
Oxford, MS

Ashton McCombs

Chairman of Board
Spectrum Living Solutions
Fayetteville, AR

Tracye McDaniel

Founder and CEO
McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems
Austin, TX

Kenny McDonald, CEcD

President & Chief Economic Officer
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

Molly McKay, CEcD

Principal
Willdan Group, Inc.
Washington, DC

Thomas McNair

Executive Director
Ohio City Incorporated
Cleveland, OH

Matt McQuade

Managing Director, Business Development
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

Dan McRae, Esq.

Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Atlanta, GA

Joe Melvin, CEcD

Director of Business Development
North Carolina's Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership
Elizabethtown, NC

Quentin L. Messer Jr.

President and CEO
New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
New Orleans, LA

Maria Meyers

Founder
SourceLink
Kansas City, MO

Simon Millcock, ACEcD

CEO
Legatus Group
Clare, SA, Australia

Rodrick T. Miller

President & CEO
Ascendant Global
Detroit, MI

Sarah Miller

Associate Vice President
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chicago, IL

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP

Principal
Urban3
Ashville, NC

Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Economic Development Manager
City of Carrollton, TX
Carrollton, TX

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM

Vice President
TICE ENGINEERING, INC.
Ridgeland, MS

Benjamin Moore

Senior Economic Development Manager
Louisville Forward
Louisville, KY

Crystal Morphis, CEcD, LEED Green Associate

Founder & CEO
Creative Economic Development Consulting
Elkin, NC

Linda Mosley

CEO
365 Degree Total Marketing
Saint Simons Island, GA

Rebecca Moudry

VP Business Development
ROI Research on investment
Washington, DC

Tom Mullins, CEcD

President/CEO
Tyler Economic Development Council
Tyler, TX

Michael S. Neal, CCE, CCD, HLM, IOM

President and CEO
Tulsa Regional Chamber
Tulsa, OK

David Nelson

Senior Vice President
Carter
Atlanta, GA

Edward A. Nelson, Jr., CEcD, FM, HLM

Chairman
EANI Consulting
Stone Mountain, GA

Tracey Nichols, EDFP, HDFP

Director of Financial Services
Project Management Consultants
Cleveland, OH

Zachary Nieder

Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Boston, MA

Mark O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer
OCO Global
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Dr. Fred Olayele, Ph.D., PMP

President
Global Economic Institute
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Michael J. Olivier, CEcD, FM, HLM

CEO
Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA

Larisa Ortiz

Principal
Larisa Ortiz Associates
Jackson Heights, NY

Kathleen O'Shea

Senior Research Analyst
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
Boston, MA

Richard Overmoyer

President & CEO
Fourth Economy Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Ann Pacelli

Workforce Development Manager
NIST MEP
Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Erik R. Pages, PhD

President
EntreWorks Consulting
Arlington, VA

Sharon Panek

Chief, GDP by Metropolitan Area
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Washington, DC

Dave Parsell

Co-founder & CEO
Localintel
Calgary, AB

Justin Pearson

Regional Manager
BNSF Railway
Fargo, ND

Steven Pedigo

Associate Partner
Resonance Consultancy
Vancouver, BC

Michael Phillips

President
Jamestown LLP
Atlanta, GA

Scott Poag, CEcD

Director of Business Development
W&A Engineering
Athens, GA

Courtney Pogue, CCIM

Director of Economic Development
City of Dallas Office of Economic Development
Dallas, TX

Robert A. Radcliff

Managing Principal
Resource Development Group
Columbus, OH

Paul Raetsch, MRP

Director, Philadelphia Regional Office (retired)
Economic Development Administration, Mays Landing, NJ

Chantal Ramsay

Associate
Global BMT
Mexico City, DF, Mexico

Dan Restuccia

Chief Product and Analytics Officer
Burning Glass Technologies
Boston, MA

Lyneir Richardson

CEO
Chicago TREND
Chicago, IL

Jean Riemenschneider

Project Manager, Workforce Education Manager
Bastrop Economic Development Corporation

José A. Colucci Ríos

Southeast Regional Manager
NIST MEP
Gaithersburg, MD

Ashley Rivera

Managing Director
Atlanta Regional Commission - CATLYST
Atlanta, GA

Jon Roberts

Managing Director
TIP Strategies, Inc
Austin, TX

Gillian Robbins, M.S.L.S.

Library Coordinator, Business Resource and Innovation Center
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Joel Robideaux

Mayor-President
Lafayette Consolidated Government
Lafayette, LA

Johnna Robinson

Manager of Land Sales
Georgia Power
Atlanta, GA

Jack Rogers

Editor in Chief
Group C Media
Tinton Falls, NJ

James Rojas

Founder
Place It!
Alhambra, CA

Todd Rufo

Economic Development Advisor
Bloomberg Associates
New York, NY

Janet Salazar, MLIS

Executive Director
Charles County Public Library
La Plata, MD

Sara Saxner, MPA

Manager, Regional and Strategic Partnerships
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Atlanta, GA

Jolene Schalper, CEcD

Vice President
Great Falls Montana Development Authority
Great Falls, MT

Paul Scheuren

Principal/Economist
Impact DataSource, LLC
Austin, TX

Norm Schleehahn, CEcD

Manager, Business Development
City of Hamilton
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Kevin S. Schmotzer, E.D.

Executive, Small Business Development
City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development

Emma Schwartz, CEcD

President
Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
El Paso, TX

Adam Schwegman

Senior Vice President
Brookfield Properties Retail
Atlanta, GA

Brad Segal

President
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
Denver, CO

Douglass Selby, JD

Partner
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Atlanta, GA

Mim Senft

CEO of Motivity and Co-founder of GW4W
Motivity Partnerships and Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W)

Daniel Silverman

Executive Vice President, Investment Attraction
Toronto Global
Toronto, ON, Canada

Boštjan Skalar

CEO
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
Istanbul, Turkey

Alissa Sklar, Ph.D.

VP Marketing
GIS Planning, Inc.
Montreal, QC, Canada

Kostas Skordas

Director, Research and Planning
Appalachian Regional Commission
Washington, DC

Heath Slapikas

Regional Marketing Director
365 Degree Total Marketing
Saint Simons Island, GA

Jared Smith, CEcD

Chief Operating Officer
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
Las Vegas, NV

Nathaniel Smith

Founder and Chief Equity Officer
Partnership for Southern Equity
Atlanta, GA

Chuck Spangler

President
South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Columbia, SC

Sandy Sponaugle

CEO
Platinum PR
Frederick, MD

Ron Starner

Executive Vice President
Conway Inc.
Norcross, GA

Christopher Steele

COO & President North America
Investment Consulting Associates
Boston, MA

Nicole Steele

Project Manager
CityWide Development
Dayton, OH

John B. Sternlicht, Esq., CEcD

CEO
Economic Development Association of Skagit County
Mount Vernon, WA

Cynthia Stewart

Director, Community Relations
International Council of Shopping Centers
Washington, DC

Derieth L. Sutton, CEcD, EDFP, MS EPM

Director of Economic Development & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Groveland, FL

Jeff Swanson

Real Estate Manager
Shaw Industries Group Inc.
Dalton, GA

Bruce Takefman

Founder and President
Research Consultants International
Montreal, QC, Canada

Frank Thompson, DBA, CEcD

Assistant Professor
Troy University
Troy, AL

Nicole Thompson, EDFP

President & CEO
Downtown Durham, Inc
Durham, NC

Catherine Timko

Principal/CEO
The Riddle Company
Wilmington, DE

Brian Tolleson

Interim CEO
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta, GA

Linda Topoleski

Vice President, Workforce Programs and Operations
Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Rachel Van Tosh

Deputy Commissioner
NYC Department of Small Business Services
New York, NY

Daniel Ujczo, JD

Practice Group Chair, International and Regional Practices
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Columbus, OH

Marjette G. Upshur

Director, Economic Development
City of Lynchburg
Lynchburg, VA

Mickie Valente, MBA

President
Valente Strategic Advisers, LLC
Saint Petersburg, FL

Marty Vanags, CEcD

President
Saratoga Partnership
Malta, NY

Jason Vangalis, EDFP, MPPA

Strategic Consulting and Site Selection Practice Area Leader
Ady Advantage
Madison, WI

Toyasha Vaughn

Project Manager
Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Decatur, GA

Laith A. Wardi, CEcD

President
ExecutivePulse, Inc.
Erie, PA

Sherron Washington M.A.

CEO
The P3 Solution
Silver Spring, MD

Ford Weber, CEcD

Director of Economic Development
City of Dayton
Dayton, OH

C. Paige Webster, CEcD

Owner/Site Selection Consultant
Webster Global Site Selectors
Phoenix, AZ

Rick Weddle, FM, HLM

President and CEO
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Norfolk, VA

Glen Weisbrod

President
Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
Boston, MA

Dale Wheeldon

President & CEO
British Columbia Economic Development Association
Chilliwack, BC, Canada

Joy Wilkins, CEcD

Economic Development Practitioner
Serving Communities
Atlanta, GA

Mike H. Williams, CMC

General Manager
City of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada

Dr. David Wilson, PhD

Chair, Chief Executive
Economic Development NZ, Northland Inc
Whangarei, New Zealand

Dennis Winters

Chief Economist
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Madison, WI

Li Wong, MBA

Director of Entrepreneurship
Partnership Gwinnett
Duluth, GA

Ben Wright

Chief Executive Officer
Atlas Integrated
Denver, CO

Joshua Wright

Director of Economic Development
Emsi
Moscow, ID

Julia Youngs

Acceleration Program Manager
Creative Startups
Santa Fe, NM

George Zaharatos

Principal
KPMG LLP
Atlanta, GA

John R. Zakian, CEcD

Chief Resilience Officer
City of Minot
Minot, ND

D. Paul Zito, MBA

Vice President of International Development
RGP Northwest Ohio
Toledo, OH

Andrea Zopp

President & CEO
World Business Chicago
Chicago, IL