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Honorary Life Member Designation (HLM)

Honorary Lifetime Member (HLM) status is conferred upon active or former members of IEDC who have furthered the profession of economic development and have been a teacher or inspiration on the part of the profession to others in many communities.



Timothy Chase, CEcD, FM, HLM

In September 2017 Mr. Chase was named National Sales Manager for ProTrackPlus, a combined software program and mobile App used by economic development organizations to track active projects, manage contacts and report activities. The tool measures the overall success of an economic development program and provides customized dashboards to maximize transparency, accountability and communication with stakeholders.

In August 2015 Mr. Chase became the President and CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation (HEDC). Hutto is a community in the north Austin/Round Rock MSA and has experienced 1,500% population growth in the last decade. The HEDC is charged with accelerating the growth of export industries and thereby increase the non-residential tax base.

In February of 2013 Mr. Chase was named President of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. In assuming this new role he managed the strategic direction for retention, recruitment, and expansion for the 637,989 population MSA and marketing for a nine county region in South Central Kansas.

In May 2001 Mr. Chase was named President and CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry after having served as its Vice President of Economic Development since 1999. The Chamber provides economic development, workforce development, military affairs, and community-wide marketing services for the City and region.

In May 1988 Mr. Chase became the first Executive Director of the Dixon Industrial Development Association (DIDA) located in Dixon, Illinois. The DIDA was a countywide organization charged with building wealth throughout Lee County, Illinois. During this time Chase obtained his Illinois Real Estate License and completed the training for a Broker’s license.

Prior to his career in economic development Mr. Chase worked in retail store management for twelve years serving eight years as manager of three full-line department stores, and served four years in the U. S. Navy repairing and maintaining aircraft ground support equipment.

Mr. Chase has been a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) since 1988 concluding three terms on their Board of Directors in 2017. He is also participated in the Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP) a sub-group of IEDC and Co-chaired the Metric project in 2014 titled “Making it Count” and Chaired the “Incentives in the 21st Century” project published in 2015.

James Plump, CEcD, FM, HLM

Jim Plump is executive director of Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) in Seymour, IN, and has been in that position since the organization's inception in 1984. Plump has led economic development activities which not only have resulted in job growth and a dramatic increase in assessed value, but he also has created innovative programs, including the Workforce Partnership of Jackson County.

A native of Salem, IN and a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism, Plump also is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI), and earned his Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) in 1992 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He also was awarded the “Fellow Member” designation at the 2013 IEDC annual meeting in Philadelphia.

He served on the OU/EDI Executive Board and headed the EDI mentoring program in addition to lecturing on site selection, managing economic development organizations and ethics at the IEDC basic courses at both Ball State and New England.

Plump served as founding President of the South Central Indiana regional marketing group, he is past president of the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) as well as the IEDA Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Indiana.

Plump and his wife, Jana, reside in Seymour, and are the parents of two grown sons, and have two grandsons. Plump is involved in many civic and service organizations, and was honored in 2001 as Seymour’s Citizen of the Year. In 2004, he also was designated as a Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of the State of Indiana, was named to his high school alma mater’s “Wall of Fame” in 2016 and was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IEDA during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2018.

Previous Honorary Life Members

• Maureen Elbert, HLM
• Kevin Ham, CEcD, HLM
• Robert Ady, HLM 
• Jack Allston, CEcD FM, HLM
• J. Frank Alspaugh, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Herbert Bailey, HLM
• Terry Bailey, CEcD, EDFP, FM, HLM
• William B. Barrett, FM, HLM
• C. Harry Behney, FM, HLM
• Bernard Berkowitz, HLM
• Frank Birkhead, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Thomas Blanchard, HLM
• Henry Bostwick, Jr., FM, HLM
• LaDene H. Bowen, CEcD, FM, HLM
• M. Ross Boyle, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Dyan L. Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Ronnie Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Steve Budd, FM, HLM
• Austin Burke, HLM
• Robert B. Cassell, CED, FM, HLM
• William M. Castoro, FM, HLM
• Kurt Chilcott, CEcD, FM, HLM
• John P. Claypool, HLM
• J. B. Coffey, Sr., FM, HLM
• Larry D. Cohick, HLM
• Ronald Cooksley, HLM
• Gary Conley, HLM
• John E. Corrigan, HLM
• James A. Covell, CEcD, FM, HLM
• George W. Cregg, Sr., CEcD, FM, HLM
• Walter D'Alessio, HLM
• Richard L. DeChant, FM, HLM
• James A. Devine, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Kenneth Dobson, FM, HLM, HLM
• Robert T. Dormer, HLM
• John R. Drummy, FM, HLM
• Donald G. Dunshee, CED, FM, HLM
• Murray A. Elder, HLM
• Thomas J. Flood, Ec.D., FM, HLM
• Harry G. Foden, FM, HLM
• Charliegh Ford, Jr., CEcD, HLM
• Thomas J. Ford, CEcD, FM, HLM, Emeritus
• Danny G. Fore, CEcD, FM, HLM, HLM, AICP
• Tom L. Gage, CED, HLM
• Jay Garner, CEcD, CCE, FM, HLM
• James A. Garver, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Vernon George, HLM
• John L. Gescheider, CED, FM, HLM
• Victor Grgas, HLM
• James W. Griffin, CEcD, FM, HLM
• James H. Gullyes, HLM
• Daniel C. Gundersen, FM, HLM
• John M. Hamilton, FM, HLM
• James Hankla, HLM
• Fred H. Harris, FM, HLM
• L. S. Hickman, Jr., HLM
• Emery D. Hoenshell, FM, HLM
• James M. Jennings, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Rex Jennings, FM, HLM
• George T. Karras, HLM
• James K. Keefe, FM, HLM
• Gilbert Gib Keith, CED, FM, HLM
• Richard L. Kelso, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Richard M. Kinne, FM, HLM
• James R. Kinnett II, CEcD, FM, HLM, EDFP
• Robert L. Koepke, CEcD, HLM, PhD
• Eugene A. Kraut, HLM, CED
• Noreen Krewer-Scott, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Ronald Kysiak, HLM
• Mark Lautman, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Robert E. Leak, Sr., HLM, CED, Emeritus
• Ted M. Levine, HLM
• Joe Marinucci, FM, HLM
• William McDermott, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Harry K. McLemore, FM, HLM, CED
• Jack H. Mikula, HLM
• Paul W. Miller, FM, HLM
• James W. Monroe, CEcD, HLM
• Joseph A. Montgomery, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM
• John D. Morand, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Ioanna Morfessis, HLM, PhD
• Bruce Murray, HLM
• Stewart Neel, FM, HLM
• Edward Nelson, CEcD, HLM
• Michael Olivier, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Stephen Paquette, FM, HLM
• D. Kenneth Patton, HLM
• Donis N. Petersan, Ph.D., CEcD
• Otto W. Pongrace, FM, HLM
• James O. Roberson, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Melvin Roebuck, HLM
• Judie A. Scalise, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Rosemary Scanlon, HLM
• Robert B. Seal, FM, HLM
• Bill R. Shelton, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Robert W. Shively, CEcD, EM, FM, HLM
• C. Mark Smith, FM, HLM
• William R. Smith, FM, HLM
• William A. Spitzenberger, FM, HLM
• Walter C. Sprouse, CEcD CCE FM, HLM HLM
• Robert J. Stapleton, CEcD, FM, HLM
• Wayne L. Sterling, CEcD, FM, HLM
• John Sternlicht, JD, CEcD, HLM
• Wes Stucky, HLM
• Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, HLM
• David C. Sweet, PhD, FM, HLM
• Merrill J. Teulon, HLM
• Richard Thrasher, CEcD, FM, HLM
• John F. Walsh, HLM
• Mark Waterhouse CEcD, FM, HLM
• Rick Weddle, FM, HLM
• David A. Wilcox, FM, HLM
• Andrew Wilson, HLM
• April Young, HLM, PhD