Energize-ECI Selects CEO

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Muncie-based Energize-ECI Inc. has named Mindy Kenworthy president and chief executive officer. She succeeds Dennis Maloy, who was let go after less than two months on the job. Kenworthy recently served as a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP in Indianapolis. The Star Press in Muncie reported last month Maloy was fired after a heated email exchange with a business owner.

May 19, 2014

News Release

MUNCIE, Ind. - Lori Luther, Chair of the Energize-ECI, Inc. Board of Directors, announced

the selection of Mindy Kenworthy as the new President/CEO of Energize-ECI, Inc., the regional economic development partnership representing Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Rush counties. "Ms. Kenworthy's expertise in new business development combined with more than sixteen years experience in economic development at state and local levels, plus a firsthand knowledge of the region establish Mindy as a perfect fit to lead Energize-ECI, Inc. to the next levels of success. She joined Energize-ECI, Inc. on May 19th," advised Ms. Luther.

"Mindy is a true professional and dedicated force helping companies locate and expand in Indiana," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "While at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), she was committed to promoting Hoosier job growth and was a critical player in helping Indiana's private sector become one of the fastest growing in the nation. I look forward to working with her to continue that mission in East Central Indiana."

Ms. Kenworthy comes to Energize-ECI, Inc. from Ernst & Young LLP, Indianapolis where she served as Senior Manager, Indirect Tax/Tax Credits & Incentives. In that position, Mindy provided consulting and advisory assistance to companies that were expanding, consolidating or creating new facilities. From 2007 - 2013, she served as New Business Development Director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity she identified target markets for new business attraction, coordinated sales trips to major U.S. markets, developed professional relationships with leading site selection consultants and participated in professional conferences and events. At the IDEC, she managed a staff of five project managers covering a 39 county area. Ms. Kenworthy managed projects that resulted in job announcements totaling 11,000 jobs and capital investment of $1.2 billion. Projects included Jarden Home Brands, Amazon, Cooper Tire, Nestle, Brevini Wind, Covance, Medco, Dow AgroSciences, Fronius USA, Progress Rail (Caterpillar), Newegg, AES headquarters and Wayzata Cabinets.

Ms. Kenworthy holds a BS degree in Business Administration (with distinction) from Indiana University East in Richmond, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute - University of Oklahoma, and the Indiana Economic Development Academy - Ball State University. In 2013, Mindy received the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Mike Pence, one of the highest awards given out by the State of Indiana to Hoosier residents who have uniquely brought admiration and respect to the state through their character and accomplishments.

"I’m proud to be representing East Central Indiana," advised Ms. Kenworthy. "I've lived and worked in the region my entire economic development career so I believe it will be an easy transition. My experience and relationships from working as a Local Economic Development Officer (LEDO) in Wayne County and Blackford County, along with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will be a great benefit as I partner with the member counties to build collaboration and trust."

About Energize-ECI, Inc.

Founded in 2005, Energize-ECI, Inc. is a public/private partnership providing pro-active services and programs to encourage new business investment and job creation in East Central Indiana. Energize-ECI, Inc. acts as the initial point of contact for promoting the many advantages of operating a business in the region - researches, collects and cultivates leads and assists individuals, site consultants and companies researching the area. Energize-ECI, Inc. answers inquiries regarding sites, buildings and regional information, directing leads to the appropriate local economic development groups within the region. Energize-ECI, Inc. leverages the resources of the member counties to regionally, nationally and globally market the many assets of East Central Indiana to business decision-makers with plans for expansion and new job creation. Energize-ECI, Inc. benefits Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Rush counties. Energize-ECI, Inc. has established a subsidiary, Energize-ECI EB-5 Visa Regional Center, to specialize in building area businesses and local jobs through low-cost foreign investments in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) EB-5 Visa program.

Details about Energize-ECI, Inc. and information about East Central Indiana may be viewed at the comprehensive Energize-ECI, Inc. website www.energize-eci.org. The organization may be contacted at P.O. Box 1912, Muncie, IN 47308-1912; by phone at (765) 254.1420; fax (765) 254.1450 and by email info@energize-eci.org.

Sources: Energize-ECI Inc., The Star Press