Fort Wayne Economic Group Names CEO

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has named the deputy mayor of the Allen County city its first chief executive officer. Mark Becker was selected after a national search. He has held senior positions at several private and public organizations including Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and the Logansport Economic Development Foundation. July 19, 2013

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Greater Fort Wayne Inc. announced today that it has named Mark Becker as its chief executive officer.

“We are very pleased to announce Mark Becker as our selection for CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.,” stated Mike Packnett, board chairman for the organization. “After interviewing several highly‐qualified candidates from our local community and across the country, we believe Mark’s proven leadership ability and experience in business services and economic development clearly offer the best fit for Greater Fort Wayne Inc.’s community vision.”

Becker comes to Greater Fort Wayne Inc. from the City of Fort Wayne, where he has served as deputy mayor since early 2012, as well as in an earlier administration. His passion for building communities and positioning them for the future is evident in his rich career history. In Fort Wayne, Becker has held executive and senior management positions in economic and business development for private and public organizations including the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), the Northeast Indiana Fund, the City’s Division of Community Development and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

Elsewhere, he held similar positions for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina, the Logansport Economic Development Foundation, and the Logansport/Cass County Planning Department. Becker’s demonstrated ability to act as a servant‐leader in both the public and private sectors uniquely positions him to inspire vision, foster collaboration and build community.

Becker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and has served on the board of directors for numerous community organizations.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be appointed as chief executive officer for Greater Fort Wayne Inc.,” said Mark Becker. “The goal for the organization is to gain recognition of the greater Fort Wayne area as a top ten city in the Midwest and, ultimately, one of the nation’s top 100 cities. I will fulfill that goal by enhancing business services and economic development to make our community a premier destination for companies seeking a place to locate their business, a place where people are eager to be part of something greater.“

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the new organization that unifies the Fort Wayne‐Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, serving as a single point of contact for economic growth in Greater Fort Wayne. Together, we're growing a more prosperous, vibrant community in Greater Fort Wayne.Source: Greater Fort Wayne Inc.