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Mr. David Berzina, CEcD, FM
Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle
Dallas, TX

David Berzina is the Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The economic development department of the Chamber is charged with the recruitment and retention of jobs and tax base for the Fort Worth community.

Prior to joining the Fort Worth Chamber in March, 2004, David served in management and CEO capacities for chambers of commerce and economic development organizations in Texas, Michigan, and Louisiana for 16 years.

David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. A graduate of the Institute for Organizations Management from the University of Delaware and holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. Statewide, David sits on the Texas Economic Development Council board In 1993, David was named one of the outstanding Leaders in Geo Economics by Site Se/action magazine. In 2009 Site Selection magazine recognized the Fort Worth Chamber as one of the nation's "Top 20" economic development organizations, the third time in the last four years to attain that designation.

Economic development projects that Berzina has managed, recruited, stolen or cajoled have resulted in excess of 10 million square feet of building space, 3 billion dollars in capital investment, and over 14,000 jobs.

Locally, David sits on the Dallas/Fort Worth Economic Development Marketing Team Executive Committee, serves on the Board of Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County, served on the Mayor's Commission for the Homeless, the City's Development Advisory Committee, past president of the Greater Fort Worth Area Economic Development Association, currently serves on the City's Minority and Women's Business Advisory Council, and also stays active coaching little league football, baseball and basketball.

David and his wife, Kim, have a ten year-old son, Christopher, and a four year-old daughter, Brooke.

Ms. Marva Bryan, CEcD
Accounting Manager/Tax Incentives Analyst
Development Authority of Fulton County
Atlanta, GA

As Accounting Manager/ Tax Incentives Analyst, Marva supports the Executive Director of the Authority with the organization’s strategic plan and annual budget; management of the Authority’s financial records, preparation of financial reports, and tax analysis. She supports programs that encourage industries to locate or expand facilities in Fulton County and all its municipalities. Marva oversees the state economic development grants REBA; analyze potential job creation and retention in Fulton County; provides project analysis and justification as well as cost benefit information for the Board; and guides investments in projects and programs.

Prior to taking on full time responsibilities with the Development Authority, Marva served as Economic Development Manager for Fulton County administering Fulton’s three small business loan programs and providing management and technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

In addition to her day to day responsibilities with the Development Authority, Marva serves or has served in leadership positions on a number of civic boards including:

Founding Board Member and Treasurer – Tapestry Homes (Past)- South Fulton County, a residential facility for teenage mothers age 17 and under; Treasurer- Pride Rings in Stone Mountain (PRISM)- Stone Mountain, a community advocacy and information resource for businesses and communities in Central DeKalb County. Marva also holds membership in several economic development organizations: International Economic Developers Council (IEDC); Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), and is a past board member of the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Elder and Treasurer- Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Marva grew up in Jamaica, West Indies; travelled to New York City as a teenager; earned her BBA – Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY, NY; has earned her CEcD and EDFP designations, successfully passed all parts of the CPA examinations and is the adoptive mother of an incredibly talented son, Gregory Broxton. Marva has called Georgia home since 1993. Favorite pastimes include cooking, dancing and tennis and providing Radical Hospitality to a diverse refugee and immigrant, as well as a growing homeless community surrounding Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Chris Camacho
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Phoenix, AZ

Chris Camacho was recently named President & CEO by the Board of Directors at one of the longest standing public private partnerships for economic development across the country. He most recently served as the interim president, having previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President.

He is a proven leader with over ten years in executive management roles and was recently appointed to the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Board of Directors.

Camacho oversees organization’s top line performance measures. During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of 174 companies creating 26,688 jobs and $2.2 billion in capital investment. Some of the more notable projects include Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin, General Motors and many others.

Camacho was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Renewable Energy Tax Credit Program, Quality Jobs Tax Credit, Qualified Facilities Tax Credit and other economic development policies in place today. He holds leadership roles in several of GPEC’s strategic councils including the International Leadership Council, Community Building Consortium, Economic Development Directors Team and Healthcare Leadership Council.

In 2013, he was named among an international group of “40 Under 40” by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm recognizing rising talent in economic development. And in 2012, he also received a “40 Under 40” award from the Phoenix Business Journal, which each year identifies talent throughout Arizona. Camacho is the past president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), the statewide association of economic development practitioners. In 2011, AAED named him Economic Developer of the Year. He is also involved in the community boards including the Chicanos Por La Casa, United Way Campaign Cabinet and the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission.

Camacho graduated from Southern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. He also attended the University of Oklahoma for the Economic Development Institute. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife and three children.

Mr. Robert J. Camoin, CEcD
President & CEO
Camoin Associates, Inc.
Saratoga Springs, NY

After working in the financial services industry in New York City, Rob entered the economic development field in 1993 as Director of Community Development for Saranac Lake, NY. In that role, he facilitated the community’s first downtown revitalization strategy and tax incentive program that led to significant new investment in commercial, residential, infrastructure and visitor attraction projects. Rob subsequently served as Managing Director for River Street Planning & Development where he managed staff and firm finances, as well as provided consulting services to economic development organizations and municipal clients throughout New York State. Rob started Camoin Associates in 1999 specifically to provide revitalization and economic development services to Economic Development Organizations (EDO’s), government, real estate developers and businesses. The firm has provided an array of economic development services in 30+ states.

Rob is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and has served on the IEDC Board since 2011. Rob is a past Northeast Economic Developers’ Association (NEDA) Board member and currently serves on the Bollinger Foundation Board and the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Governors. Rob has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and economics from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rob is a regular instructor for IEDC’s Real Estate Redevelopment Course and is the New York State Basic Economic Development Course Director. He also has made numerous presentations to municipal officials and economic development professionals on the topics of economic and fiscal impact analysis, real estate market analysis, the future of economic development competitiveness, and organizing for successful economic development strategy execution.

Ms. Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP
Director of Economic Development
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

Danielle Casey is responsible for the oversight of the Economic Development Department, which includes executing the City’s initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, and employment center revitalization. Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, Ms. Casey served in various executive roles at the City of Maricopa since June 2005, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. Departments under her oversight included economic development, community services, development services, and City-wide marketing and communications activities. She managed a number of noteworthy tasks in the establishment of the City’s economic development office, such as the creation of the Industrial Development Authority and a City-wide branding initiative and Five-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. Ms. Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). In May of 2010, Ms. Casey was the proud recipient of the ‘Economic Developer of the Year – Small Community’ award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development and was recently named one of the Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate of 2015 by Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine.

Mr. Michael Catsi, CEcD
Business Development & Communications Director
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Anchorage, AK

Michael Catsi pursues business development opportunities, conducts initial financial and economic analysis of new finance applications, provides client assistance services, and oversees business and community outreach and communications for the Authority. He serves as the Chair of AIDEA’s Project Suitability Committee, and as a member of AIDEA’s investment review committees. AIDEA is Alaska’s development finance authority providing commercial and project finance in support of the state’s private sector with more than $1.3 billion in net assets.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Catsi was the Executive Director of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. SWAMC, a regional economic development organization, provides an important link between the public and private sectors with a coalition of local government, business, tribal, and non-profit members, all with an interest in Southwest Alaska. The region includes 54 communities with approximately 30,000 people, and is responsible for approximately 25% of the nation’s total seafood harvest.

Mr. Catsi began his economic development career as the Executive Director of the Skagway Development Corporation in Skagway Alaska. As the first ED of the corporation, he created the economic development program for the community and elevated the need for the City to proactively support and finance a permanent entity to undertake the City’s economic development efforts. After 16 years, SDC continues to serve as the City’s economic development arm.

Michael currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Launch:Alaska, an energy business accelerator, and The Blue Pipeline, an ocean cluster incubator startup, and is a member of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Advisory Council. In the past, Mr. Catsi has served as President of the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development and of the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership. In addition, he was elected to the Skagway City Council, and served on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Municipal League.

Mr. Catsi is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP), and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Ms. Barbra Coffee, CEcD, EDFP
Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Henderson

Barbra Coffee serves as the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Henderson. She is responsible for the city’s economic development and tourism strategy, which includes local business retention and expansion programs, business and tourism attraction, small business and entrepreneurial development. In addition, Coffee oversees the city's destination marketing efforts and the Henderson Convention Center operations.

Barbra actively participates in several international and national organizations that focus on key aspects of economic development and redevelopment. In 2003, she joined the International Council of Shopping Centers and from 2011-2013 served as their Georgia State Alliance Co-Chair. In addition, she is a member of NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute.

In 2008, she earned her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council and attained her Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) credential from the National Development Council in 2012.

Dr. Jim Collard, PhD
Director, Planning & Economic Development
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Shawnee, OK

Dr. Collard currently serves as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) and on the CPN Community Development Corporation Small Loan Review Committee. In this capacity Dr. Collard is developing a rail-anchored industrial park that will serve as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment and Import/Export Center for U.S. domestic companies. Additionally, he evaluates and facilitates business development proposals and tribal franchise opportunities. Dr. Collard is the immediate past Chair of the OK Governor’s International Team and current Chair of the International Economic Development Council’s Public Policy Advisory Committee; He was recently appointed as a member of the Oklahoma District Export Council and is a past Board Member for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. Previously Dr. Collard Chaired the Morgan County, CO Economic Development Corporation and served on the Executive Committee of the St. Charles County, MO Economic Development Corporation. For over 25 years Dr. Collard has facilitated and packaged numerous economic development projects and agreements and guided the development of a community-based Fiscal Impact Tool and a Computable General Equilibrium Model. Dr. Collard has traveled extensively internationally on business and as a participant on trade missions and diplomatic delegations. He served seventeen years in city management and five years as an executive in the environmental services industry.

Mr. Rodney Crim, CEcD, EDFP
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
St.Louis, MO

Rodney Crim is the President of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, a regional economic development organization for St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The organization provides business attraction, retention and expansion services, facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship and owns and manages five business incubators, sponsors a World Trade Center, develops and manages strategic real estate projects, facilitates the connection between businesses and workforce providers and leads a number of initiatives including the Mosaic Project, an effort designed to make the region more welcoming to foreign born. Rodney enjoyed a career in the public and private sectors in Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis including Pillsbury, The Musicland Group, Ameriprise, Microtron, Shorebank and the St. Louis Development Corporation before entering his current role. Rodney has a passion for economic development and utilizes his financial and leadership skills to make our communities better. Rodney is involved on local and national boards that focus on improving quality of life and economic development. Rodney’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Masters in Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant-Inactive, Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and ongoing continuing education.

Ms. Calandra Cruickshank
Founder & CEO
Statebook International
Kingston, NY

Calandra Cruickshank is founder and CEO of StateBook International, the first nationwide online marketplace for economic development and corporate site selection headquartered in NY. Calandra specializes in designing and implementing creative campaigns using sustainable and socially responsible programs and strategic alliances between for-profit and non-profit companies and government agencies. She has created and consulted for internet and mobile companies for the past 10 years.

Calandra previously co-founded and served as president and on the board of directors for CommonKindness.com, an online coupon hosting platform that benefits nonprofits while saving consumers money and driving traffic and sales to brands and retailers. Calandra also co-founded and served as senior vice president for Good Deed Foundation, a national branding and licensing company that leveraged existing supermarket products to support non-profit organizations benefitting climate change and women and families in poverty.

Calandra is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the University Economic Development Association, and Council of Development Finance Agencies.

Calandra graduated with a BS in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She now splits her time between Manhattan, and the Catskill Mountains in NY.

Mr. Bryan Daniels, CEcD
President & CEO
Blount Partnership
Maryville, TN

Mr. Daniels was born and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee which is located within the Tennessee Cherokee Mountains. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications & Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University.

Mr. Daniels began his career with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development based in Nashville, Tennessee. During his time with the State of Tennessee he was involved in reform of the Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Program and the Industrial Training Service program. Mr. Daniels left the State of Tennessee in 1997 and begun work as a contract Economic Development Planner for the firm of Barge Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon based in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time Bryan worked with several communities within Tennessee and Virginia. His clients were municipalities trying to develop their local economies and seeking state and federal support for their goals.

From 2001 thru 2010, Mr. Daniels accepted the role of Executive Vice President under the Blount Partnership. Bryan managed the Blount County, the cities of Maryville, and Alcoa’s Economic Development efforts. Mr. Daniels was directly responsible for the Economic Development offices and staff located in Maryville, Tennessee; Munich, Germany; and Yokahama, Japan. Mr. Daniels managed the operations of the community’s 4 industrial parks, 2 science/technology parks, and the Economic Development Programs for Blount County, City of Maryville, and City of Alcoa, Tennessee. The Economic Development Board is one of the four partner agencies of the Blount Partnership (Chamber, Foundation, Tourism Bureau, and Economic Development Board) with an annual $4.5 million dollar partnership operational budget.

In 2010, Mr. Daniels was named President and CEO of The Blount Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Economic Development Board, the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, and the Blount Chamber Foundation. The 24 person staff is responsible for all Economic Development activities within the jurisdictional boarders of Blount County and the Cities of Alcoa, Maryville, Townsend, Rockford, Friendsville, and Louisville.

During Mr. Daniels tenure, Blount County has recruited over 70 new and expanding companies in the areas of research & development, corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and back office support centers. The total capital investment of these companies has exceeded 4 billion dollars and created more than 15,000 direct new jobs with average wages above Tennessee’s average. The Blount County local governments adopted the new tourism authority structure which was written by Bryan and Senator Doug Overbey. The authority was unanimously adopted by the 107th Tennessee general assembly as a new local/state entity and has been championed by the Department of Tourism as a best practice for local governments to adopt. Blount County has now been a destination for large recreational organizations such as (HOG Rally, Destination Vacations, etc.) Preparations are being made for a new venue that will provide meeting and convention space which will attract more opportunities for the Blount County region.

Mr. Daniels has continued his professional education by graduating from the Economic Development Institute located at the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. Bryan is also a graduate from the US Chamber’s Institute of Non Profit Management and attained the designation of IOM. Mr. Daniels has attained the status of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives; International Economic Development Council; and the US Chamber of Commerce.

Bryan is very active in the community and has participated in the following leadership activities:
• 2001 - Graduate of Johnson City, Tennessee Leadership 2015 program
• 2005 - Graduate of Blount County, Tennessee Leadership Program
• 2001–2010 - East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, Marketing advisory member
• 2002-2009 - Blount County Hearing and Speech Foundation
• 2004 - President, East Tennessee Industrial Council (16 county region)
• 2004 -Relay for Life Board Member
• 2007- 2016 - East Tennessee State University Foundation Member
• 2007 - United Way Industry Campaign Chair
• 2009-Present - Secretary, East Tennessee State University Alumni Board
• 2010-Present - East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, Board Member
• 2010-2013 - Tech 2020 Board Member (Tennessee High Technology Incubator Program)
• 2012-Present - East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member
• 2013–Present - President, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives
• 2013–Present - Vice Chairman, S.E. Board of Regents - US Chamber of Commerce
• 2013–Present - Board of Directors – International Economic Development Council
• 2014 - Chairman, Blount County Relay for life
• 2016- Present - East TN Director, Tennessee Economic Development Council

• 2011 - Knoxville Metro Area 40 under 40 Inductee
• 2011 - East Tennessee State University Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2015 - Tennessee’s Executive of the Year, awarded in August by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Linda DiMario
Executive Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Irvine, CA

DiMario leads the economic development and tourism promotion divisions of the biggest Chamber in Orange County. Engaged in a full scope of work designed to help enhance the economic vitality of Irvine and help businesses grow and thrive, the Chamber and its ED and destination marketing divisions work with the Chamber membership and community leadership to sustain an aggressive business retention and attraction program, a pro-active industry cluster and skill development initiative, an impressive start-up resource, a broad scope of international development work and a targeted leisure travel, meetings and conventions strategy.

Before joining the Chamber, DiMario was the owner and principal of DiMario & Associates for six years, an economic development, community branding and tourism consulting practice, working with over 100 cities, counties and organizations in the U.S.

Prior to opening her consulting practice, DiMario was president and CEO of the Arlington (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau for six and half years where she led the market share recovery after 9/11, produced their first community -wide Three Year Destination Marketing & Development Plan, worked with leadership to campaign for, build and secure the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium and created, launched and managed the destination’s first and nationally recognized brand, FUN CENTRAL, Arlington, Texas.

Before moving to Texas, DiMario helmed the Long Beach Area CVB for over seven years as president & CEO. She took a leadership role in re-inventing the city’s economy - Trade, Technology and Tourism, driving a transformative downtown and waterfront tourism development program, managed the Downtown Long Beach Associates Business Improvement District and transitioning it to a PBID tripling its revenues, increased hotel occupancy by 20 points in less than three years and expanded convention business by 400%.

In addition, DiMario served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Greater Tucson CVB, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Oakland CVB; Sales Manager at two Hilton hotels and National Sales Manager at the Hotel Queen Mary and the Disneyland Hotel.

DiMario is an active member, speaker and instructor with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a former Board member of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI); former president of the Western Association of CVBs and a frequent speaker and trainer at industry conventions including DMAI, IEDC, California, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas, Connecticut, Washington, Pennsylvania and Texas as well as the British Association of Cities & Towns.

DiMario holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington State University and is a Vietnam War-era Air Force veteran.

Ms. Kristen Fish, CEcD
Managing Partner
Redevelopment Resources, LLC
Wausau, WI

Kristen Fish has 20 years of direct experience leading the business development efforts of a small municipality, and working in media and manufacturing sectors. In the public sector she managed all aspects of a business development program including recruitment, retention, entrepreneurial programming, marketing, loan fund management and deal structuring. She took a leading role in planning, design, construction and programming for a new 42,900 square foot business incubator including successful grant writing and other funding acquisition. She managed the land sale and development in the City’s 400+ acre industrial park, including a recent $30 million corporate headquarters/manufacturing development. Kristen managed the City’s Tax Increment Financing program, creating and amending several TIF districts. She was the president of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association 2007-2008, and a board member for the International Economic Development Council in 2006-2008. Kristen is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). In the private sector she performed business development activities for two daily newspapers, and a small manufacturer. She was responsible for generating over $3.5 million in Department of Defense contracts for critical safety items in six months. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of North Dakota.

Ms. Lara Fritts, CEcD
Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development
Salt Lake City, UT

Lara Fritts is a certified economic developer with over 2 years of experience in economic development, management, and technology. Her experience spans city, county, and regional levels in both the public and private sectors. Known for her strengths in strategic planning, collaboration, marketing, and leadership, Lara has proven to be an invaluable asset to Salt Lake City and the creation of their newly formed Department of Economic.

Currently, Lara is the Director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development (SLC DED). The department was formed in July, 2016. Lara was appointed to her position after a nationwide search, and oversees the three divisions that make up the new department: Business Development, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, and the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Under Lara’s leadership, Salt Lake City is now home to more than a dozen new companies like UPS, Amazon, Post Consumer Brands, and others totaling over 7,000 jobs (as stated by the companies) and over $650-million in capital investment since the department’s creation.

Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Lara served as the President and CEO of the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation where she was responsible for the startup of the Maryland Economic Development Association’s award-winning program. Prior to that, Lara was the Executive Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) where she was responsible for the redevelopment of a 7.5-mile commercial corridor – now a thoroughfare from Capital Beltway to Fort Belvoir with six thriving Community Business Centers (CBCs). Lara has also served as the Executive Director of the Greater Rockville Partnership and the President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. Technology Council.

Lara has a Master’s in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.

Ms. Gynii A. Gilliam
Coeur D'Alene Area EDC - Jobs Plus
Coeur D Alene, ID

Gynii Abracosa Gilliam is the President and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (Jobs Plus). She is charged with helping create vital communities within the region by diversifying the economy and empowering its citizens with good jobs. She joined Jobs Plus in March of 2015, and since then has helped several companies bring 1500+ new jobs and $150M in capital investment into a region with 150,000 in population. She served as the chief economic development officer for the state of Idaho, where her team helped bring over $800 million in capital investment and 3500 new jobs to the state over an 18-month period. Prior to joining Jobs Plus, Gynii had a private consulting firm focused on providing workshops to help “Elected Officials and Stakeholders become Champions for Economic Development.” Gynii has over 25 years of experience in the field, in both the private and public sectors, from rural communities of 500 to urban centers, like Los Angeles and Detroit. She was a Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan where she received her Master in Urban and Regional Planning, and a California State Scholar at UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Gynii has two sons, Jonathan, an architect in Los Angeles; and Michael an ER Nurse in Boise.

Ms. Cecilia Harry, CEcD
President and CEO
Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc
Fond Du Lac, WI

Cecilia Harry is the first President and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc., is a new organization that combines the efforts of the area’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization.

Prior to joining Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc., Cecilia was the Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council in the Greater Omaha region of Nebraska. She led the efforts that resulted in Costco selecting Fremont as the preferred location for their first fully integrated poultry processing facility, a $550 million project that will impact the GDP of Nebraska by 1%. She has also practiced economic development in the regions of Kansas City and St. Louis.

Cecilia is a social worker by training and spent several years with the Department of Child Services in the State of Indiana prior to finding her way to economic development. She loves the idea of helping families achieve stability and safety through economic opportunities like skills enhancement and quality jobs with quality wages. This dedication to the impact a strong business community can make on the greater community will shine through Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc. as she and her talented team complete this game-changing transition.

Ms. Harry earned her certified economic developer designation in 2015. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work degree in Social and Economic Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She moved to Fond du Lac County in July 2017 with her family to take on this challenging, exciting new role. Her husband Andrew is a physical therapist, and they have a toddler son, Theodore.

Mr. Gregory Hitchin, CEcD
Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Waynesboro
Waynesboro, VA

Greg Hitchin is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with 19 years of Economic Development experience and has served as the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Waynesboro and Secretary / Treasurer for the EDA since April 2010. Before joining the City, Greg spent 11 ½ years as the Business Development Manager and the Treasurer/CFO of the IDA for the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development in Syracuse, New York.

Prior to public service, Greg’s background includes Consumer Goods and Services Sales and Marketing in a variety of positions, from Sales Representative to Senior Management. He has a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduated from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is an IAMC fellow.

In addition to serving on the IEDC Board, he recently completed serving as Chairman of the IEDC Marketing Advisory Committee, and is the Chairman of the Program Committee and past Director of the Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA); is Chairman of the Marketing Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP); a member of the Member Retention Committee of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC); and has recently been appointed to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Committee on Business Development and Marketing.

Ms. Molly Howey, CEcD
Sr. Vice President, Economic Development
GO Topeka
Topeka, KS

Molly Howey is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for GO Topeka. She joined the organization in 2011 after spending 6 years in a private sector marketing firm. She graduated from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute in 2014 and received her CEcD through IEDC in September of 2016. The ever-changing industry and lack of two identical days is what makes Molly love her job. She is a lifelong Kansan who is passionate about helping her community prosper.

Ms. Howey has spent the last six years marketing the capital city, Topeka, Kansas. In her role she manages two industrial parks the organization owns and oversees all economic development efforts in the county. Her organization is a public-private partnership funded mostly by a ½ cent county-wide sales tax that was just renewed for another 15 years.

Some companies that have grown in or relocated to Topeka during Molly’s time with the organization are Mars Chocolate, Big Heart Pet Brands, Target, Federal Home Loan Bank, Home Depot and Frito-Lay.

Mr. Clarence L. Hulse
Executive Director
Economic Development Council of Michigan City
Michigan City, IN

Recognized as a visionary leader in the community and economic development profession, Clarence Hulse is known for his passion and talent in implementing and executing a community’s vision. His diverse background includes achievements in performance management, affordable housing, strategic planning, redevelopment, marketing, business recruitment, project financing and building community partnerships. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City IN, his main objective is implementing the new Economic Development Action Initiative developed by community stakeholders engaged by Crowe Horvath LLP.

In City of New Bern NC, he coordinated a project based economic development strategic plan, recruited retail investments, improved distressed neighborhoods by implementing an EPA funded Brownfield plan, partnered with New Bern Housing Authority Choice Neighborhood initiative and created models to finance community and economic development projects.

As the former Director of Economic Development in Jeffersonville IN, he was instrumental in creating 3,500 new jobs and $300 million in capital investment. In creating the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute, he improved the city’s neighborhoods and won recognition by the Indiana Planning Association winning the 2011 Outstanding Community Initiative Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association implementing strategies to assist small businesses on Mainstreet, promote tourism and augment historic preservation in the downtown.

His private sector experience includes employment at Intrawest Placemaking, a premier resort developer where he managed $150 million real estate portfolio, master planning and development of condo/hotels, town centers and golf courses; and also as an economic development consultant advising municipalities on implementing comprehensive community and economic development plans.

Previous employers include Martin County, Florida where he administered 7 Community Redevelopment Districts (TIF) rebuilding and revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods; the City of Cocoa, where he was the driving force for their economic revival and public infrastructure improvements while serving as the Deputy City Manager. Clarence also worked in Tampa Bay as Senior Business Development Manager coordinating major relocation/expansion projects that resulted in 16,000 new jobs and $500 million in capital investment within a 5 year period.

In 1999, he was honored by his peers (International Economic Development Council) winning the national award “Outstanding New Developer of the Year.” His current and past memberships include Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, Rotary Clubs, State Economic Development and Redevelopment Associations, Leadership Florida, Leadership Southern Indiana, Workforce Development Boards, Chamber of Commerce, Planning and Zoning Boards and One Southern Indiana Economic Development Committee.

Clarence earned his BS at Harding University, AR in Public Administration, magna cum laude and an MS in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. In his spare time, the native of Belize keeps up with current events-global and national, travel, art and music festivals, Roman and Greek history, biographies, golf and fishing.

Mr. Jeffrey Kaczmarek
Executive Director
Prince William County Department of Economic Development
Gainesville, VA

Jeff joined the Department of Economic Development as Executive Director in April 2012 and leads the Department’s team in fulfilling its mission to facilitate a robust, diverse Northern Virginia economy with more jobs and an expanded commercial tax base by attracting new companies, retaining and expanding existing businesses, and growing new enterprises.

He brings over 30 years of experience to Economic Development in having led a variety of agencies and departments in economic development activities. Prior to joining Prince William County, Jeff was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) in Missouri, where he led a staff of 35. During his 6-year tenure, KCEDC was significantly involved in over 100 business projects that resulted in $1.6 billion in private investment and the creation and retention of over 11,000 jobs. Additionally, KCEDC provided substantial assistance to more than 30 development/redevelopment projects, resulting in more than $2 billion in private investment.

Prior to this, Jeff served as Senior Vice President, Business Services & Community Development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) where he was responsible for MEDC’s local community assistance, infrastructure financing, small business assistance, and economic development job training and export promotion programs. Before this Jeff had a long career with Oakland County, Michigan, which culminated in his trial position as Director of Community & Economic Development.

Jeff earned a B.S. in urban planning from Michigan State University and did his graduate work at Wayne State University. He serves on a variety of professional boards and organizations, and since coming to Prince William County, has completed the FBI Citizens Academy and Leadership Greater Washington programs.

A resident of the county, Jeff enjoys traveling, reading, photography, music and bicycling. Jeff and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.

Ms. SeonAh Kendall
Economic Health Manager
City of Ft. Collins
Ft. Collins, CO

SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Collins’ Economic Health Manager, where she focuses on business retention and expansion, talent development/recruitment and special projects to ensure a vibrant Fort Collins economy. SeonAh is the project manager for the City’s broadband strategic plan and business engagement action plan.

SeonAh has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in financial and tax accounting from Colorado State University.

SeonAh serves on several boards such as Front Range Community College Foundation, the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Sustainability Committee, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). She is also members of the Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP), IEDC, EDCC and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Ms. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, PhD
President & CEO
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Economic development expert Eloisa Klementich has spent the last two decades solving complex problems at the city,state and national levels. Currently, Klementich is president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development authority where she has been lauded by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for her involvement in nearly all recent economic development wins for the City of Atlanta.

Previously, Eloisa served as managing director of business development at Invest Atlanta. In this position, she worked to attract new businesses and create initiatives that promoted job growth in Atlanta. Before coming to Invest Atlanta, Eloisa served as special assistant for economic development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Secretary. She served as California’s assistant deputy secretary for economic development and commerce and has held various roles with city governments, including a consultant for Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, working on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests.

Eloisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College, as well as master’s degrees in urban planning and Latin American affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from el Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. She received her doctorate degree in public administration from the University of LaVerne.

Eloisa is also active in various business and civic organizations. She serves as a board member for the International Economic Development Council, Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, WorkSource Atlanta, Latin American Civic Association, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Atlanta Technical College, and Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Eloisa to its list “People to Watch in 2017,” and she is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017.

Ms. Heather Lalonde, CEcD, EcD
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Developers Council of Ontario
Cornwall, ON

Heather Lalonde is the Chief Executive Officer for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. She has been with EDCO since 1997. Prior to joining EDCO, Heather was employed with the City of Peterborough as the Economic Development Officer for Peterborough.

Ms. Lalonde holds a diploma from Fleming College in Peterborough – Tourism & Transportation, a certificate from the University of Waterloo Economic Development Program, and is a certified Economic Developer. In 2013 she was one of the first Canadians to receive the International Certification, CEcD from the International Economic Development Council. She also spent time at the University of Quebec studying language and culture. Ms. Lalonde sits as a Governor at St. Lawrence College, is an adjudicator for the Invest Canada Community Initiative, and is active on all EDCO committees.

Ms. Lalonde and her husband Mike are the proud parents of five daughters, and six grandchildren.

Ms. Allison Larsen, CEcD
Buckeye, AZ

Allison Larsen, CEcD, leads TadZo, an economic development and site selections firm, started in 2013. With extensive experience in economic development, international business management and sales, Allison’s core competencies include competitiveness assessments, action-oriented strategic planning, target industry analysis, workforce development, marketing, economic development training, along with innovative engagement and graphic facilitation skills. Her ideas spawn from her diverse background – from growing up in a small, rural community in California to award-winning salesperson at a Fortune 100 Company. Allison’s entrepreneurship endeavors did not start with TadZo. She established an international distribution network for a venture capitalist, and even put herself through college by raising a herd of sheep. Working at Madera Industrial Development Corporation and the EDC serving Fresno County, she sited companies yielding >9,000 jobs. Allison worked 12 years as Principal of Chabin Concepts, consulting for local, regional and state economic development organizations. She helped create CompetitiveReady, a community certification program. Allison is a graduate of University of California, Davis; OU EDI; California Agricultural Leadership Program; and a Fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Her company is named after her two dogs: Tadich and Enzo (yes, they are the inspiration behind the TadZo name).

Ms. Carol Kraus Lauffer
Business Cluster Development
Palo Alto, CA

Since joining Business Cluster Development (BCD) in 2002, Carol has helped communities and universities across the U.S. to plan and create successful strategies and programs that support entrepreneurship, create new businesses, move innovative products to market, and build strong ecosystems and clusters, resulting in economic diversification, job creation, technology commercialization, and economic growth. Prior to joining BCD, Carol was Managing Director of Panasonic’s corporate, venture-backed incubator in Cupertino, California and a Principal in its $100 million venture fund. Carol has 30+ years of experience in economic development. As a dedicated member of the industry, Carol has served on the boards of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA, formerly NBIA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She held the post of Chair of the Board of Directors of InBIA in 2010-11. Carol is a course instructor for both organizations’ certification programs, and a frequent speaker on best practices for business acceleration/incubation, entrepreneurial support organizations and targeting technology clusters for economic development. In April 2015, InBIA honored Carol with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing her significant contributions to the association and the industry. Carol earned a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Northwestern University.

Mr. Andrew T. Levine
President & Chief Creative Officer
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Andrew Levine is President of Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes exclusively in economic development and tourism marketing.

Since 1960 his firm has worked with over 350 cities, regions, state and countries helping them to attract both investors and visitors. He is the primary author of “Winning Strategies in the Economic Development Marketing” (a continuing survey of corporate executives with site selection responsibilities).

He has spoken before a range of audiences including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), European Assocation of Development Agencies (EURADA), Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) and the World Investment Conference (WIC).

Ms. Penny Lewandowski
Senior Consultant, External Relations
Edward Lowe Foundation
Cassopolis, MI

Recruited to the foundation in 2005, Penny Lewandowski first served as director of entrepreneurship and then as vice president of external relations and strategic direction from 2013 to 2016. Now as a senior consultant for external relations, she is responsible for developing a strong national presence for the foundation, and for cultivating and managing relationships with the foundation’s partners in entrepreneurship and economic development.

Recognized as a thought leader in entrepreneurship and building an entrepreneurial culture, Lewandowski is a board member of the International Economic Development Council. She is a frequent speaker on new ways to think about economic development – especially how a grow-from-within strategy leads to thriving and sustainable economies — and author of a blog, “Penny on the Edge.”

Prior to joining the foundation, she was executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and served as director of entrepreneurship and education for the Morino Institute, a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program in Reston, Virgina. She also directed George Mason University’s Century Club, a group formed to build alliances between the university and business community.

In 2003 the Kauffman Foundation, in conjunction with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, named Lewandowski as the recipient of its prestigious “National Supporter of Entrepreneurship” award. She is a native of Elkins, West Virginia.