Speakers

Troels Adrian

Manager, Business & Industry Team
Prosper Portland
Portland, OR

Juan Pablo Alcantar

Director
Economic Development Tuxpan
Tuxpan, Ver. MX

Irene Alvarez

Vice President, Brand Marketing and Communications
Columbus Partnership
Columbus, OH

Jared Arnett, MBA, IOM

Executive Director
Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR)
Pikesville, KY

Deisha Barnett

Chief Brand and Communications Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA

Katie Belous

Research Analyst
Pipeline AZ
Phoenix, AZ

Ron Bertasi

CEO
GIS WebTech
Atlanta, GA

Hardik Bhatt

Leader, Digital Government
Amazon Web Services
Chicago, IL

Christina Bibler

Director, Economic Development Department
City of San Diego
San Diego, CA

Joe Bowling

Executive Director
Englewood CDC
Indianapolis, IN

Hon. Jim Brainard

Mayor
City of Carmel, Indiana
Carmel, IN

Laura Brown, CEcD

Community & Economic Development Educator
UConn Extension
Bethel, CT

Brant Birkeland, AICP

Business Recruitment Manager
Ogden City
Ogden, UT

Aaron Bolzle

Executive Director
Tulsa Remote
Tulsa, OK

Didi Caldwell

Founding Principal
Global Location Strategies
Greenville, SC

Raju Chinthala

President
Indianapolis Hyderabad Sister City Committee
Carmel, IN

Chris Chmura, Ph.D.

CEO & Chief Economist
Chmura Economics & Analytics
Richmond, VA

Ralph Chow

Regional Director, Americas
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
New York, NY

Brad Coffing

Research Analyst
MIBOR
Indianapolis, IN

Dariel Curren

Executive Vice President
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Julie Curtin

President, Economic Development
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, CEcD

Assistant Professor
International Studies Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Gene DePrez

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

Brett Doney, CEcD, FM

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

Dennis Donovan

Principal and Owner
Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting
Bridgewater, NJ

Jeanine Duncliffe

Director, International Economic Development
Louisville Forward/Louisville Metro Government, Louisville, KY

April Eads, CEcD

Business Development Manager
Bristol TN Essential Services
Bristol, TN

Winona Dimeo-Ediger

Editor in Chief
Livability Media
Franklin, TN

Paul Ellis, CEcD, AICP

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

Kristen Englert

Apprenticeships & External Partnerships Representative
Northrop Grumman
Linthicum Heights, MD

Brandon Freeman

Smart Cities Practice Lead
Leidos
San Diego, CA

Chelsea Levo Feary, CEcD

Director of Economic Development
City of Owasso
Owasso, OK

Rebecca Gehman

Director of Talent Attraction
DCI
New York, NY

Larry Gigirich

Executive Managing Director
Ginovus
Fishers, IN

Tim Giuliani

President & CEO
Orlando Economic Partnership
Orlando, FL

Marek Gootman

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagements
Brookings Institution
Washington, DC

Carla Hinkle

Workforce Development Manager
Defiance County Economic Development
Defiance, OH

Cary Hirschstein

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

Sean Hutchinson, CEPA

Partner
SVA Value Accelerators
Chicago, IL

Sarah Iglehart

Director
Indianapolis Economic Development Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Steven Jast

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

Ron Kitchens, CEcD

Senior Partner / CEO
Southwest Michigan First
Kalamazoo, MI

Susanne Knutsen, CEcD, EDFP

Economic Development Manager
City of Davenport
Davenport, IA

Jeff Kingsbury

Managing Principal
Greenstreet Ltd.
Indianapolis, IN

Justin Kocher, CGBP

Sr. Manager, Asia Business Development
JobsOhio
Columbus, OH

Maureen Krauss

CEO
Donohue Krauss L.L.C.
Indianapolis, IN

Debra Kunce, FAIA, LEED, AP

Managing Principal
CORE Planning Strategies
Indianapolis, IN

Chris Knight

COO & Co-Founder
WAVTEQ
London, UK

Allison Larsen, CEcD

Principal
TadZo
Buckeye, AZ

Andrew T. Levine

Chairman
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Sean Maguire, CEcD

Vice President
SUNY Schenectady
Schenectady, NY

Scott Martin

Executive Director
River Heritage Conservancy, Inc.
Jeffersonville, IN

Callie Jo McFarland, PCED

Director, Community Development
City of Monticello
Monticello, IL

Bethany Miller, CEcD

Vice President of Domestic Investment
Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
Richmond, VA

Olga Molnar, CEcD

VP, Global Investment
Greater Richmond Partnership
Richmond, VA

Harry Moser

President & Founder
Reshoring Initiative
Trevett, ME

Rebecca Moudry

Vice President, Business Development
ROI Research on Investment
Washington, DC

Trung Ngo

Apprenticeship Manager
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA

Lori Odom

Vice President, International Business
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville, TN

Mark O'Connell

Chief Executive Officer
OCO Global
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nicolas Pantaleo

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist
Toronto Global
Toronto, ON, Canada

Katherine Pappas

Director of Workforce Strategy
Pipeline AZ
Phoenix, AZ

Courtney Pogue, CCIM

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

Anthony Price

CEO
LootScout
Hartford, CT

Ryan Price

Senior Associate
Lisa Sturtivant & Associates
Alexandria, VA

Leo Reddy

Chairman President and Founder
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
Alexandria, VA

Colin Renk

Executive Director
America China Society of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Russell Riblett

Vice President of Sales
FT Specialist
San Francisco, CA

David Robinson

Principal
The Montrose Group, LLC
Columbus, OH

Lynn Sand, CEcD

Director, Strategic Partnerships
Leidos
Orlando, FL

Jolene Schalper, CEcD

Vice President
Great Falls Montana Development Authority
Great Falls, MT

Emily Scott

Economic Development Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Indianapolis, IN

Daniel Silverman

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

Joel M. Simon

Executive Vice President
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Chicago, IL

BoĊĦtjan Skalar

CEO
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
Chatelaine Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Alissa Sklar, PhD

Vice President of Marketing
GIS Planning, Inc.
Montreal, QC, Canada

Paula Sorrell

Director
University of Michigan - Economic Growth Institute
Ann Arbor, MI

Michael Southard, CEcD

Economic Development Director
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Durant, OK

Christopher Steele

COO & President North America
Investment Consulting Associates
Boston, MA

John B. Sternlicht, JD, CEcD, FM

CEO
Economic Development Association of Skagit County
Mount Vernon, WA

Melanie Stover

Director of Business Engagement
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA

Cynthia Stewart

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

Lauren Swartz

Senior Director, International Business Department of Commerce
City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Philadelphia, PA

Bruce Takefman

Founder and President
Research Consultants International
Montreal, QC, Canada

John Urbahns, AICP

President/CEO
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN

Lorie Vincent, CEcD

President
ACCELERATION by design LLC
Austin, TX

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

Kurtis Wells

Marketing and Events Coordinator
City of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada

Peter Westlake

Manager, Strategic Customer Projects
Orlando Utilities Commission
Orlando, FL

Matt Wetli, AICP

Principal
Development Strategies
St. Louis, MO