The Grant County Economic Growth Council has added two members and elected future leadership for its board of directors. STAR Finaincial Bank Senior Vice President Aaron Snyder has been nominated to be President Elect.

May 14, 2015

News Release

Marion, Ind. — The Grant County Economic Growth Council, a private, non-profit local economic development organization, welcomes new members who have been selected to serve on the organization's Board of Directors. The Board guides Growth Council staff in policy decisions, strategy and evaluation, resources, and marketing. At the December Board of Directors meeting, a unanimous vote accepted the following new members: Aaron Caudell and Dr. Randy Sneed. The Board has also passed the nomination for Aaron Snyder of STAR Financial Bank to be the President Elect.

Karen Turner of Salin Bank in Marion, Indiana, is the current President of the Grant County Economic Growth Council. “It has been an honor to serve as President of the Board of Directors; working with such a talented and efficient team has been rewarding. The Growth Council continues to set the bar for innovation and collaboration in Grant County. In his current role as President Elect and future role as President, Aaron Snyder will effectively and efficiently lead the Grant County Economic Growth Council to a bright future.”

Regarding what Aaron Caudell's interests are in serving on the Grant County Economic Growth Council Board, he notes, “When I was in my early twenties, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The move to Michigan was not one that was completely voluntary but out of necessity. I was in manufacturing at the time and the opportunities in the Michigan area far exceeded what was possible in Grant County, Indiana. I stayed in Michigan for nearly nine years. My wife and I both being from Grant County had a great desire to move home; we decided to start our own business in Grant County, Indiana. I am interested in the Growth Council not necessarily for me, but for my children. I would like my kids to have more opportunity to stay in the area if they choose. I hope that my business and my efforts will impact the area in a positive manner to effect change and growth to our once declining community.”

The 2015 slate of officers includes: Karen Turner, President; Aaron Snyder, President Elect; Josh Matchette, Secretary/Treasurer; Scott Adams, VP Strategy; Tade Powell, VP Marketing; Bill Gartland, VP Resource; and Scott Murphy, Past President.

“A change in leadership on the Board of Directors serves the Growth Council in several ways. Firstly, fresh insights and new perspectives infuse innovation and creativity into Growth Council meetings and conversations. Secondly, the new leaders take ownership in the Grant County community both through their role and in their respective professional roles. Each Board member, regardless of title, contributes significantly throughout the year and gives the Growth Council tremendous support,” said Tim Eckerle, Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Growth Council.

Eckerle has been in his role as Executive Director for thirty years, since the Growth Council's inception in 1984. Retiring Board members include Joe Certain, Caleb Crandall, Steve Notar Donato, Dr. Tom Lehman, and Eric Walts. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with such a distinguished group of leaders who have the best interest of Grant County's growth and development as their main focus,” said Eric Walts in reflection of his term on the Growth Council Board.

Walts encouraged the Board of Directors at December's meeting to challenge each other and continue to pursue the Grant County Economic Growth Council's mission. The Grant County Economic Growth Council works to facilitate investment and reinvestment for job retention and creation in the community. Through a diverse mix of respected and influential board members, the Growth Council staff is well-equipped to carry out its commitment to creating an optimal business environment in Grant County – a place where commerce and business talents can cultivate, prosper, and grow. – See more at:

Source: Grant County Economic Growth Council

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