BigWigs & New Gigs: Economic Development
BEDC Names Director
The Bloomington Economic Development Corp. has named Clark Greiner business development director. He most recently served as sales manager for Garden Tower Project. Greiner's earlier work included business development and planning coordination for the city of Columbus. He also has more than a decade of experience in operations and manufacturing management.
Galbraith Chosen to Lead Ft. Wayne District
The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District has named Michael Galbraith as its new President and chief executive officer. Galbraith succeeds Bill Brown, who stepped down in July. Galbraith was chosen by a search committee made up of D.I.D. board members and stakeholders. Galbraith was most recently director of the Road to One Million at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Wheatley Group Hires VP
The Wheatley Group in Sellersburg has hired Jill Saegesser as vice president of redevelopment and grant services. She most recently served as executive director of River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission (River Hills), serving the local units of government within the southern Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington.
Regional Partnership Adds Two
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has made additions to its business development team by naming Brandon Noll as director and Nicole Satalino as manager. Noll most recently served in a similar role at Reusser Design in Fort Wayne. Satalino previously held a successful sales position with Ash Brokerage.
Crossroads President & CEO Resigns
The Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce based in Merrillville has announced president and chief executive officer Sue Reed has resigned. She has served in the position for nine years. The chamber serves Crown Point, Merrillville, Winfield and several other areas surrounding Northwest Indiana.
IEDC Names Director of U.K. Office
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has named Stephen Bridges director of the recently opened U.K. and Ireland office in London. He previously served as managing director for Grant Thornton USA in Chicago where he focused on business development and client relations as well as public policy issues such as transatlantic and transpacific trade issues and Brexit.
Radius Indiana Adds New Position
Radius Indiana, a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in southern Indiana, has named Keeley Stingel vice president of talent attraction and retention, a newly created position. She most recently served as executive director of Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana.
Westfield Mayor Promotes Todd
Mayor Andy Cook has promoted Kevin Todd to director of community development. He previously served as senior planner. Todd has been with the city for fifteen years and played an integral part in the planning and implementation of the Grand Park Sports Campus and the Grand Junction District in downtown Westfield. He is a graduate of Anderson University and holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.
South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership Names Director
The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership has named Leighton Johnson director of education and workforce. He has extensive workforce development and education policy experience most recently serving at Dallas County Promise, Boston-based education and workforce group JFF and The Boston Foundation.
Eastern Indiana Works Announces Promotions
Eastern Indiana Works has promoted Shauna Jester (pictured) to senior director of fiscal services and Robin Douthitt (pictured) to senior director of contracts and grants. Jester previously served as director of fiscal services and as manager of the Delaware and Henry County WorkOne offices. She is a member of the Indiana National Guard, where she holds the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Develop Indy Welcomes IUPUI Fellow
Develop Indy has added IUPUI fellow Stacia Murphy to provide analysis of equity related initiatives underway at the Indy Chamber and the City of Indianapolis. She is part of the American Studies doctoral program of IUPUl's School of Liberal Arts. Murphy is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis.
Indy Chamber Hires Director
The Indy Chamber has hired Rick Proctor as the Executive Director of Business Ownership Initiative, the anchor organization of the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services division. Proctor will oversee the day-to-day operations including business coaching and low-cost workshops. He formerly served as vice president at BMO Harris Bank. Proctor holds a degree from Pensacola Christian College.
HCEDP Appoints Manager
The Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership has named Victoria Ross-Frost manager of business development. She most recently worked for the Town of Brownsburg as a management intern and for Indiana State University as a supplemental instructor for college algebra and economics courses.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Announces Promotions
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has promoted Chad Ruston to senior vice president of economic development and chief operating officer and Vanessa Hurtig to vice president of administration. Ruston joined the Regional Partnership in 2017 with over 20 years of leadership experience in the medical device industry. Hurtig has been with the organization since 2007.
Posey County EDP Hires Executive Director
The Posey County Economic Development Partnership has hired Jenna Alka as its new Executive Director. Alka comes to Posey County having previously served as the Executive Director for Ancillary Services for St. Vincent Warrick. She served in several positions for St. Vincent, including as manager of employer based services. She holds degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Phoenix.
SBA Adds Economic Development Specialist
The U.S. Small Business Administration – Indiana District Office has hired Lindsay Beckman as an economic development specialist. She recently returned from two years of Peace Corps service in Kosovo. Beckman previously served as business development director for the Morgan County Economic Development Corp. and promoting exports for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Ohio Development Services Agency.
Flagship Enterprise Center Names CEO
The Flagship Enterprise Center has named Terry Truitt chief executive officer, effective in June. He currently serves as dean of Anderson University’s Falls School of Business and has been a member of the FEC board of directors since 2003, serving as a member and officer.
Indiana Chamber Names Berry VP
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has appointed Adam Berry vice president of economic development and technology. He is a former policy director and attorney for Governor Mike Pence’s administration, where he focused on small business economic development and entrepreneurship policies. Berry is also co-founder of PoliticalBank.com.
Terre Haute Chamber President to Retire
Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President David Haynes has announced he is retiring, effective June 30. Since 2014, Haynes has led the chamber, its membership and staff through an uptick of overall members, an increase of advocacy efforts, creation of the regional initiative West Central Indiana 2025, the implementation of casino legislation support with “Terre Haute Is All In” and the adoption of Downtown Terre Haute as a branch of the chamber.
Economic Development Coalition of SW Indiana Names Manager
The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana has added Andrea Deutsch as program manager of the community development team. She is a certified grant administrator. Deutsch previously served as southeast community liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, as well as the city of Evansville's Office of Metropolitan Development.
Ginovus Names Hay to Lead Marketing
Fishers-based Ginovus has added Lily Hay as principal. She brings 18 years of marketing experience to her new role, in which she provides strategic communications expertise to the company’s growth efforts regionally and throughout the country. Hay previously served as director of marketing for a global IT business consulting firm, where she advised and implemented on local, national, and worldwide marketing efforts for increased client engagement.
Daviess Co. Economic Development Names Director
The Daviess County Economic Development Corp. has selected Bryant Niehoff as its new executive director. He currently serves as director of the city of Shelbyville's planning and building department. Niehoff will officially assume his new position December 4. He will succeed Ron Arnold, who led the economic development group for 17 years and announced last summer that he would be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.
16 Tech Hires New Director
16 Tech Community Corp. in Indianapolis has selected Starla Hart as director of community initiatives. In her new role, Hart will work with various neighborhoods in Indianapolis and help 16 Tech launch the new 16 Tech Community Investment Fund. Hart previously served as a program officer for Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Indianapolis, focusing on the Great Places 2020 initiative. She also served as director of community initiatives with the Marion County Commission on Youth.
Indy Chamber’s REDi Program Makes Promotion, Hire
The Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative has hired Emily Hawk as business coach for the organization’s ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative. The program’s former Business Coach, Neil Metzger, has been promoted to program manager. Hawk previously served as a defense attorney with the Public Defender of Indiana and in private practice. Metzger also previously served as a research project consultant for Thomas P. Miller and Associates.
South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership Hires Director
The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has named Bethany Hartley director of diversity and Inclusion. For the past decade, she has served in leadership roles including director level positions at the Women's Business Development Center, in Chicago and the Family and Children's Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County. Most recently, Hartley served as deputy director at RISE | Regional Innovation and Startup Education.
Flagship Enterprise Center CEO to Retire
The longtime chief executive officer of Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson has announced plans to retire. Chuck Staley, who has served in the role since 2003, says he will step down by the end of the year while the center's board of directors searches for a successor. Dennis Carroll, chairman of the FEC Board of Directors, says Staley has positioned the center for continued success.
Todd Mosby Returns to EDC Field
Todd Mosby has been named chief executive officer of the Perry County Economic Development Corp. Mosby, the former longtime CEO of the Gibson County Economic Development Corp., most recently served as chief operating officer of Evansville-based telecommunications provider Sitco Solutions. Mosby is also former Gibson County Chamber of Commerce executive director and former vice president of marketing for the Louisville-based Churchill Downs Corp.
Tio to Succeed Robertson at Kosciusko EDC
The Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. has named Alan Tio chief executive officer. Tio, who was president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. until 2015 when he became senior vice president of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, will succeed the retiring George Robertson. Tio currently serves in an economic development role with Fort Wayne-based design-build firm Michael Kinder & Sons Inc.
Indiana Chamber Welcomes Bearce as VP
Jason Bearce has been named the vice president of education and workforce development for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He has spent his nearly 20-year professional career with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Commission for Higher Education, most recently serving as senior associate commissioner at CHE. Bearce will lobby for state education and workforce policy, coordinating the Indiana Chamber’s newly-created Institute for Workforce Excellence.
South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership Hires Director
The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership has hired Jill Scicchitano as director of industry growth initiatives. She has more than 10 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Scicchitano most recently served as executive director of Downtown South Bend Inc., where she maintained relationships with community partners, industry professionals and residents.
Start Fort Wayne Adds to Team
Start Fort Wayne has hired Daniel Butler as marketing and events manager. He previously served as executive director of the BAALS Music Festival and Fort Wayne’s first New Year’s Eve Ball Drop that helped bring 10,000+ people to the downtown area. Also, Pasjion Weaver has been named Atrium supervisor.
Bloomington Chamber Lines Up Next CEO
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has gone local for its next chief executive officer. Monroe County United Ministries Executive Director Erin Predmore will take the helm Monday. Chamber Vice President Anne Bono has been serving as interim CEO, since Phil D'Amico departed in March after just two months on the job. Bono will resume her VP and director of advocacy role when Predmore permanently becomes CEO and president.
Greenwood Hires Director of Economic Development
Shayla Pulliam has joined the city of Greenwood as director of economic development, serving as a primary liaison to businesses, developers and others exploring Greenwood as a potential home for future operations. She previously served as a licensed domestic relations mediator for the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.
New Leader For The Speak Easy
The Speak Easy in Indianapolis has a new executive director. Julie Heath, who previously served as a vice president with software-as-a-service startup Boardable, succeeds Danielle McDowell as head of the coworking space and entrepreneurial organization. McDowell left in April. Prior to Boardable, Heath was director of strategy & partnerships at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.
Southwest Indiana Chamber Makes Leadership Changes
The Southwest Indiana Chamber has named Tim Hayden vice president and chief operating officer and Ellen Knapp vice president and chief financial officer. Hayden most recently served as chief communications and engagement officer for the past year, in addition to interim president and chief executive officer upon Christy Gillenwater’s resignation in September 2017. Knapp has served as COO since 2005.
Regional Partnership Names Startup Ecosystem & Communications Manager
The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has named Catlin Bulger startup ecosystem and communications manager. She will work closely with the entrepreneurship committee (Startup South Bend - Elkhart Board) to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the region. Bulger most recently served as property manager for Headquarters at Ignition Park in South Bend.
Arnold Leaving Daviess Co. Economic Development Post
Officials in Daviess County are looking for a new economic development leader. Ron Arnold, executive director of the Daviess County Economic Development Corp. and the Daviess County Economic Development Foundation, has announced plans to step down by the end of the year. Arnold has led the organizations for 15 years. He says during that time, his team has dramatically changed the economic outlook of Daviess County.
Downtown Evansville EID Hires Manager
The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District has hired Adam Trinkel as events and marketing manager. He most recently served as major gifts coordinator for the St. Vincent Evansville Foundation. Trinkel held similar positions at the University of Southern Indiana Foundation and the Arc of Evansville.
Greater Fort Wayne CEO to Step Down
Eric Doden is stepping down as chief executive officer of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., effective December 31. During his tenure, GFW Inc. has assisted with 79 business expansions and relocations in Allen County, including expansions by General Motors ($1.2 billion investment) and Fort Wayne Metals ($51 million investment), and locations by Walmart (a $181 million dairy processing facility) and Multimatic ($39 million investment).
Experienced Leader to Manage Kokomo Chamber
The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance has hired the former longtime chief executive officer of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce. Kimberly Pinkerton, who retired from her previous role in Wabash County in 2016, will serve as manager of the Kokomo Chamber. She spent 18 years with the Wabash Chamber, including 13 as CEO, and was named the Indiana Chamber Executives Association's Chamber Executive of the Year in 2011.
LaGrange County EDC Taps Next Leader
The LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. has named Bill Bradley its next chief executive officer. He has served as executive director of the Jay County Development Corp. for the last 11 years. Bradley succeeds Ryne Krock, who left in January after two-and-a-half years in the position. The IPFW and Ball State University graduate, who has more than 30 years of economic development industry experience, will begin serving as CEO and president June 25.
D'Amico Out as Bloomington Chamber CEO
Less than two months after becoming chief executive officer of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Phil D’Amico has left the position. The chamber’s board of directors says it has decided to go in a different direction and has selected Anne Bono, who served as interim CEO prior to D'Amico's hiring, to resume that position.
McDowell Moving on From The Speak Easy
The Speak Easy in Indianapolis is searching for its next executive director. Danielle McDowell, who has led the nonprofit entrepreneurial organization for three years, has resigned but will remain in the position until April 13. In an exchange through Twitter, McDowell told Inside INdiana Business she's "an entrepreneur at my core and I’m ready to build something new."
Starke County Economic Development Foundation Elects Executive Director
The Starke County Economic Development Foundation has elected Larry Wickert executive director. He has been serving as interim executive director since January 1. Wickert was raised in Starke County and has lived and worked in Starke County his entire career. After receiving his BS degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, he returned home and worked as plant manager for a retail fertilizer plant.
New Director For Women's Entrepreneurial Center
The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center has named Leslee Hill (pictured) director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center. She previously owned and operated Hill Image Consulting. Also, Suzanne Haga has been promoted to WEOC coordinator. She previously served as The NIIC Business Concierge, serving in the Emerging Growth Center.
South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership Names VP
The South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership has promoted Sarah Niespodziany to vice president of marketing and strategic communications. In this role, she will oversee the communications, marketing and brand strategy, events, stakeholder relations and execution of other initiatives. Niespodziany began her career with the partnership in February 2016. Most recently, she served as manager of marketing and communications.
Kosciusko County EDC President to Retire
The president of the Kosciusko County Economic Development Corp. is retiring. George Robinson, who became the organization's first full-time leader in 2010, will step down at the end of the year. Jim Tinkey, chairman of the KEDCO Board of Directors, says during his tenure, Robertson built a board of about 30 members and helped grow a network of volunteers involved with economic development throughout the county.
Southwest Indiana Chamber Names CEO
The Southwest Indiana Chamber has appointed Tara Barney president and chief executive officer. She served as CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce from 2010 through mid-2017; the Quad Cities metropolitan area consists of a six-county, bi-state region comprised of Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott counties in Iowa; and Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island counties in Illinois.
Start Fort Wayne Names Community Manager
Start Fort Wayne has named Sheri Replane community manager. She previously served as director of development, events and possibilities for Watershed School, a small private school in Boulder, Colorado. Replane has executed more than 500 events nationwide, including large outdoor festivals, corporate events, trade shows, educational seminars, youth entrepreneurial camps and national teaching conferences.
Serbin Named Indy Chamber VP of Membership Sales
The Indy Chamber has named Steve Serbin vice president of membership sales. He previously held executive sales leadership roles with Culligan International, Aramark, Lee Hecht Harrison and Konica Minolta. Serbin has previously been an active member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, as well as a board member of Junior Achievement of Chicago.
Electric Works Announces First Hire
The 31-acre redevelopment project in downtown Fort Wayne has named its first full-time hire. Electric Works, the proposed mixed-use innovation district at the former GE campus, has selected Crystal Vann Wallstrom as managing director of innovation. She most recently served as director of the Center for Creative Collaboration at Indiana Tech, which last month announced it would be the first tenant at Electric Works.
Greater Bloomington Chamber Names CEO
Phil D’Amico has been named president and chief executive officer of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. He will assume his new duties February 1, replacing Jeb Conrad who left the position in July. D’Amico most recently served as president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Madison County Chamber Appoints Interim CEO
A former member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has stepped in to serve as interim president and chief executive officer of the organization. Dirk Webb (pictured) will fill the role left vacant by Dennis Ashley, who parted ways with the chamber in November. The chamber says Webb will step away from the board until a permanent successor is named.
South Bend Regional Chamber Details Exec Changes
The executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka is taking on an additional leadership position with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rob DeCleene will succeed Paul Laskowski, who is retiring at the end of the year, as the chamber's executive vice president. VSBM is an affiliate of the chamber where DeCleene has worked for more than seven years. Mari Bishop (pictured) has also been promoted from controller to director of operations.
Kuhn Joins One Southern Indiana
One Southern Indiana, the chamber of commerce and local economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, has named Ellen Kuhn member relations and sales manager. She is a sales professional with more than 15 years of experience. Kuhn previously served as senior sales territory manager for a technology company in Louisville.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Adds VP
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has named Chad Ruston vice president of business development. In this role, he is responsible for attracting new businesses to northeast Indiana. Ruston will lead the development and execution of the overall business development strategy to maximize lead generation for the region and contribute to the organizational strategic planning process. He most recently worked for Hollister Inc.
Konyha Named President of Regional Chamber of NE Indiana
The Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana has appointed Bill Konyha president. In this role, he is responsible for planning, overseeing and executing all efforts for the Regional Chamber. Konyha most recently served as executive director for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs where he led efforts to replace the state Historic Tax Credit program with the Historic Renovation Grant program.
Hollenbaugh Joins Whitley County EDC Team
The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. has named Riley Hollenbaugh director of workforce and community development. He previously served as executive director of Saline Main Street in Michigan. His other work experience includes: serving as executive director for the Grayling Downtown Development Authority in Michigan and serving as a preservation specialist for the Lake City Downtown Improvement and Revitalization Team in Lake City, Colorado.
Gillenwater Leaving Southwest Indiana Chamber
Christy Gillenwater is resigning as president and CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber to become president and CEO of the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. In June, Gillenwater was named Chamber Executive of the Year at the annual conference of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. In 2015 she led the Southwest Indiana Chamber to be named Indiana Chamber of the Year by ICEA.
Kallio Joins Ginovus as Client Advisor
Fishers-based Ginovus has named Jason Kallio a client advisor. He previously spent several years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant, conducting research and analysis, compliance reporting and identifying incentive opportunities for clients. Kallio has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
IEDC Adds Richter as Senior Advisor
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has named Andrea Richter as senior advisor to the secretary of commerce for international engagement, supporting the state’s foreign affairs and global economic outreach efforts. She previously held the role of advance lead to President Barack Obama at the White House, where she led teams to prepare the logistical, security and communications aspects for his foreign and domestic travel.
Boone County Names Community Development Director
The Boone County Economic Development Corp. has appointed Megan Swain director of community development. In her new role, she will be responsible for "championing creative placemaking efforts and cultivating new business relations" for the organization. Swain has previously held sales and customer service positions with Coca-Cola Co. and the Indianapolis Colts.
Roberts to Lead Innovation Efforts at IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has a new chief innovation officer. Dave Roberts, who previously served as president of the Battery Innovation Center at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, will oversee innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at the IEDC. He succeeds Ian Steff, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing by the Trump Administration in March.
Conrad Leaves Greater Bloomington Chamber
After four years on the job, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer and President Jeb Conrad has resigned. Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Anne Bono has taken over on an interim basis. A search committee has been launched and it will be co-chaired by Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington campus Chancellor Jennie Vaughan and First Financial Bank Market President Cindy Kinnarney.
16 Tech Names First CEO
Bob Coy has been named the first president and chief executive officer of 16 Tech. The 60-acre innovation community near IUPUI is billed as a transformational development in Indianapolis’ bid to attract talent. Coy most recently served as CEO of Ohio-based venture development organization CincyTech, which pumped more than $680 million into 70 different startups during his nearly 12 years at the helm.
Rhodes to Lead Angola Area Chamber of Commerce
The Angola Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed Jeff Rhodes executive director. He has nearly 30 years of experience in corporate management and public affairs, most recently as global account delivery executive at Hewlett-Packard. In addition, Rhodes serves as a board member and volunteer for Steuben County Junior Achievement and is past chairman of the Cameron Memorial Hospital Benefit Ball.
Start Fort Wayne Names First Executive Director
Entrepreneurial nonprofit Start Fort Wayne has hired Rhonda Ladig as its first executive director. The organization aims to help northeast Indiana entrepreneurs through networking, coworking and training opportunities. Her entrepreneurial background includes creating her first business at 18, then selling it five years later to help put herself through college.
Birge Picked to Lead 'Next Level' Coworking Space
Katie Birge will become executive director of Launch Indy June 1. She calls coworking spaces "a critical component" to entrepreneurship and the Hoosier startup community. She previously served as director of the Bloomington Economic Development Corp.'s Bloomington Technology Partnership and digital marketing strategist for Bloomington-based Envisage Technologies LLC.
Gibson County EDC Adds to Team
Gibson County Economic Development Corp. has named Paul Waters president and chief executive officer and Tami Muckerheide associate director. Waters previously worked for German American Bank and co-founded Leadership Gibson County. Muckerheide previously served as director of the Gibson County Community Foundation.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Adds VP
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has named Kate Virag vice president of marketing & strategic communications. She has experience in marketing, communications and public relations in retail and fashion, most recently with Matilda Jane Clothing and Vera Bradley.
Johnson County Names Kosky Director of Tourism
The Johnson County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Commission has appointed Kenneth Kosky its first director of tourism. He will play a critical role in shaping the way Johnson County communicates to destination consumers, leading the development of organizational capabilities, acting as spokesperson and serving as the county’s official tourism liaison.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Promotes Two
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has promoted Kylee Shirey to vice president of stakeholder relations. She joined the Regional Partnership in 2014. Shirey is responsible for overseeing investor relations and fund development for the organization, including engaging investors and other stakeholders in the mission and work of the Partnership. The organization also promoted Ryan Twiss to vice president of regional initiatives.
Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Names VP
The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance has promoted Traci Lutton to vice president of economic development. She has been serving in the role on an interim basis since October 2016. Lutton began work with the Economic Development Alliance in 2005 as a staff person for the Muncie and Delaware County Redevelopment Commissions.
Everett Joins Indy Partnership
The Indy Partnership, the business attraction and marketing initiative for the nine-county Indianapolis metro, has named Jacob Everett senior director of economic development. He previously served as executive director of the Blackford County Economic Development Corp. Everett also previously served on the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership Board and as president of the East Central Indiana Development Council.
Speedway Selects Town Manager
The town of Speedway has named Jacob Blasdel town manager. He will begin his role April 17. Blasdel previously worked for the AES Corp., the parent company of Indianapolis Power & Light. At AES, he supported utility and power plant construction and refinancing transactions, navigating local land use laws, engineering requirements, and budget forecasting.
Growth Alliance Appoints President
The Growth Alliance For Greater Evansville has appointed Ellen Horan president. She most recently served as chief executive officer of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania. Horan succeeds Chris Kinnett, who resigned in December in order to seek other opportunities. The Growth Alliance says Horan will lead the organization's efforts to retain, expand, incubate and attract business throughout Evansville and Vanderburgh County.
Alliance For Strategic Growth Makes Two Promotions
Muncie-based Alliance For Strategic Growth Inc. has promoted Stephanie Clawson to senior manager of strategic initiatives and Denny Cochran to senior manager of employer engagement. Clawson previously served as strategic initiatives manager. Cochran previously served as a member of the employer engagement team. Cochran has also served in executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.
Boone EDC Names Director
The Boone County Economic Development Corporation has named Kim Heffner director of marketing and communications. She most recently served as communications and events director for the Indiana Builders Association and as a senior press secretary for the Indiana House of Representatives.
Gropp Joins Town of Speedway
The Town of Speedway has named Tim Gropp economic/redevelopment director. He previously served as assistant director of economic development for the city of Fishers. Gropp brings 12 years of hands-on economic development and redevelopment experience to Speedway. He spent six years in LaPorte County where he worked for the Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corporation and the LaPorte County Economic Development Alliance. He served in leadership positions with both organizations.
Northeast Indiana Works Names President
Northeast Indiana Works has promoted Edmond O'Neal to president. The regional work force development board says Kathleen Randolph will remain chief executive officer. O'Neal has served in several work force development positions throughout the region for the last nine years, including as senior director of WorkOne Services for Northeast Indiana Works.
Posey County Partnership Names Executive Director
The Posey County Economic Development Partnership has named Brittaney Johnson executive director. She previously served as Posey County director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Johnson succeeds John Taylor, who retired late last year. She is a University of Southern Indiana graduate and is a board member with Visit Posey County Inc. and Posey County Junior Achievement.
Alliance For Strategic Growth Names VP
Muncie-based Alliance For Strategic Growth Inc. has named Joe Frank vice president of policy and compliance. He will oversee the policy, compliance, outreach, communications and information technology functions. Frank previously served as policy analyst, director of communications and deputy commissioner with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
One Southern Indiana Hires Director of Talent Development
One Southern Indiana has named Paul Holba director of talent development and Skills Up partnerships. He previously served as a senior training consultant with NIKE in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was the training development team lead responsible for developing current and new hire training content for all levels of employees located in the Memphis market distribution centers.
zWORKS Names First Executive Director
The zWORKS Entrepreneurial and Coworking Center in Zionsville has named Kate Swanson its first executive director. Before spending time as a stay-at-home mom, she previously worked in fundraising capacities for community leaders and on several political campaigns. Swanson's work experience also includes time with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Bedel To Become President of IEDC
Elaine Bedel has been named president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. She is founder and chief executive officer of Bedel Financial Consulting Inc. Bedel succeeds Jim Schellinger, who transitions to secretary of commerce in the new administration. She is a regular contributor to Inside INdiana Business' Perspectives section. She previously served as director of personal finance planning at Coopers and Lybrand.
Workforce Initiative Adds to Team
The Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative has added: Chad Timmerman (pictured), Sally Reasoner (pictured) and Kate Broshears to its team. Timmerman serves as the vice president of education and community partnerships. He previously served as director of education policy for the Governor of Indiana and special adviser to the State Board of Education.
Pence Appoints OneAmerica Chairman to IEDC Board
Governor Mike Pence has appointed Dayton Molendorp to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors. He served as president and chief executive officer from 2004 to 2014 for OneAmerica. Under his leadership, the business grew from under $15 billion in assets to more than $36 billion. OneAmerica's sales exceeded $2 billion during his time leading the company, where he is credited with advancing the organization to growth during the Great Recession.
Johnson County Development CEO Resigns
Cheryl Morphew, president and chief executive officer of the Johnson County Development Corp., has resigned. The organization says she left to pursue other opportunities. Morphew led the JCDC for 11 years. A committee of investors and other stakeholders will begin the search for Morphew's successor. The organization expects to hire someone for the position by the second quarter of 2017.
Alliance For Strategic Growth Appoints Managers
Alliance for Strategic Growth Inc. has appointed: Denny Cochran, Tod Howard and Jocelyn Wiegand managers of employer engagement. Cochran previously served in executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Howard previously served as WorkOne manager in Blackford, Jay and Randolph Counties. Also, CJ Hutchison has been promoted to manager of corporate services.
Alliance For Strategic Growth Makes Promotions & Appointments
Muncie-based Alliance For Strategic Growth Inc. has made several promotions: Karen Bailey to vice president of workforce operations; Lyndsey Hellems to vice president of strategic initiatives; Gus Linde to vice president of workforce strategy and Lisa Price to director of workforce operations. The firm also named Heather Flannigan, Shauna Jester and Darren Roberts as workforce services managers.
Whitley County Chamber Names Executive Director
Jennifer Zartman Romano has been named executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce. She started as a volunteer for the organization more than 10 years ago. A small business owner in Whitley County, Romano has been a member of the Chamber for the past nine years.
D'Amico to Lead Wayne County Chamber
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has named Phil D'Amico president and chief executive officer. He is currently chief marketing officer for South Bend-based Majority Builders Inc. and previously served as director of business growth for the Saint Joseph County Chamber of Commerce.
Indy Chamber Adds Economic Exec
The Indy Chamber has hired Maureen Donohue Krauss as its first chief economic development officer. She previously served as vice president of economic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Krauss' responsibilities include oversight of the "Accelerate Indy" initiative, which launched last week.
Northwest Indiana Forum Names Director
The Northwest Indiana Forum has named Joe Rurode director of economic development. He succeeds Matt Saltanovitz, who left to become regional director of northwest Indiana for the Indiana Economic Development Corp. In his new role, Rurode will be responsible for leading economic development efforts in the seven-county region.
IEDC Promotes Two Execs
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has promoted two executives to lead business development efforts for the state. Rollie Helmling has been named vice president of domestic business development, and Dale Buuck has been promoted to vice president of international business development.
BEDC Names Project Assistant
The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation has named Anne McCombe project assistant. She will assist in carrying out BEDC's mission of retaining, developing and attracting quality jobs in Monroe County. McCombe is a graduate student at IU in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs earning her degree in Arts Administration. She most previously served as economic development assistant for the Arts & Entertainment Commission in Nashville, Indiana.
IEDC Names Chief Innovation Officer
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has appointed Ian Steff executive vice president and chief innovation officer. In his new role, he will oversee the development of the state's innovation and entrepreneurial sectors, as part of the $1 billion initiative to boost innovation and entrepreneurship announced by Governor Mike Pence last month. Steff previously served as a science and technology adviser for the IEDC and has helped expand the state's public-private partnerships.
Mosby to Leave Gibson County EDC
Todd Mosby is stepping down as chief executive officer of the Gibson County Economic Development Corp. He has guided the organization since it was launched in 2005. Mosby says he is resigning to take a private sector job in Evansville. An executive committee search for Mosby's successor is underway. Prior to his role with the GCEDC, Mosby previously served as vice president of marketing for Ellis Park in nearby Henderson, Kentucky and sales manager for Holiday World in Santa Claus.
Radius Indiana Promotes Quyle to CEO
Bedford-based Radius Indiana has appointed Jeff Quyle chief executive officer. He has served as president and chief operating officer since January and succeeds Becky Skillman, who will become a senior advisor for the organization. Quyle leads the organization on major initiatives and provides strategic oversight and direction for business development.
Michigan City EDC Hires Manager
Economic Development Corp. Michigan City, Indiana has hired Katie Eaton as economic development manager. She previously worked with Junior Achievement La Porte County and The Center of Workforce Innovations. In her new position, Eaton will focus on EDCMC's Business Retention and Expansion program, Workforce Development initiatives and community partnerships.
Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Names VP
Kristin Craig has been promoted to vice president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. She has worked for the chamber since 2002 and was previously director of operations and communications. Craig serves on the board for the organizations Art Spaces, Inc., Hamilton Center, Inc., Terre Haute Young Leaders, Wabash Valley Leadership Institute and Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers.
ISBDC Names State Director
Jane Rich has been named the state director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC). She previously served as a business advisor for the Northeast ISBDC and was promoted to the regional director position in 2010. In 2014, Rich was named Associate State Director for ISBDC.
Chamber Selects Ellis as VP
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has selected Greg Ellis as vice president of energy and environmental policy. He is an administrative law judge for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Ellis will succeed Vince Griffin, who retired in April. Ellis has served with the IURC since 2010.
Morgan County EDC Selects Executive Director
The Morgan County Economic Development Corp. has announced Mike Dellinger will take over as executive director. He most recently served as executive director of Advance Southwest Iowa Corp. Dellinger has also worked for other local organizations including Indy Partnership and Shelby County Development Corp.
Brainard Appoints Mestetsky to Redevelopment Commission
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has appointed Henry Mestetsky to serve on the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. He was also elected by the Commission to serve as secretary. Henry previously served as the secretary and treasurer of the Carmel Redevelopment Authority.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Hires Membership Manager
Monica Chamberlain has joined the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as membership manager for the north central and northeastern regions. She previously spent seven years at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, serving as associate vice president of enrollment management.
Hancock Joins Center City Staff
Center City Development Corp. has hired Marty Hancock as director of programs and marketing. He previously worked as account executive for Brewer Broadcasting. Hancock serves on several boards and committees for local organizations and is an active community volunteer and youth leader.
Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Names Chair, Vice Chair
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has named Cathy Langham chair and Jack Phillips vice chair of the organization. Langham, who is president and CEO of Langham Logistics, succeeds Doug Esamann. Phillips is currently the Roche Diagnostics president and CEO.
Terre Haute Chamber Announces Board Chair
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce has announced Dan Doan as 2016 chair of the board. Doan has been with the Chamber since 2012 and is the central region CEO of Old National Bank. The Chamber also promoted Jessica Cox to member engagement and events director. She was previously administrative assistant and events coordinator.
Sizemore to Lead Chamber, Growth Council
Shance Sizemore has been named chief executive officer of the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. The boards decided this year to combine the CEO positions to "better serve the organizations and maximize partnership opportunities."
Thomas P. Miller Welcomes New Staff
Kelly Armstrong (pictured) has been hired as director of economic development at Indianapolis-based Thomas P. Miller and Associates. Justin Heet has also joined as assistant director, Danielle Hosey is the new project assistant for workforce, Candace Rider has been named project assistant for economic development/work force and Kelly Karbowicz Riley is a project consultant specializing in grant writing.
Kosciusko County CVB Hires New Executive Director
Jill Boggs has been named executive director of the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She previously served as chief marketing officer and assistant vice president for the Office of University Marketing and Communications at Trine University.