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2015 Alternate Directors

Matt Arnold
Alabama
Alternate Director

 

President/CEO
Marshall County Economic Development Council
2208 Ringold Street, Suite 1-A
Guntersville, AL 35976
Bus: (256) 582-5100
mattarnold@marshallteam.org

Matt Arnold is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He began his career in economic development in 1995 and began working at MCEDC in 2000. He was promoted to President/CEO in August 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

He is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and is a past board member of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. His community involvement includes past-president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Guntersville Rotary Club, United Way, the Boy Scouts of America and the First United Methodist Church of Guntersville. He is a 2002 graduate of the Marshall County Leadership Challenge and a member of Leadership Alabama (Class XVII). He currently serves as Vice-President of the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association board of directors.   He is the 2013 Recipeint of the President's Award from the North Alabama Industrial Development Association.

Matt resides in Guntersville with his wife Anjanette, two daughters, Madeline and Chloe and a son, Miller. 


 



Ivy Owen
Arkansas Alternate Director


Executive Director
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
7020 Taylor Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Bus: (479) 452-4554
iowen@chaffeecrossing.com

   



Shannon Olgetree
Florida Alternate Director

Director
Santa Rosa EDO
6491 Caroline Street - Suite 4
Milton, FL 32570
Bus: (850) 981-2070
shannon@santarosa.fl.gov



F.J. (Josh) Fenn           
Georgia Alternate Director


President/CEO- Director of Economic Development
Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce
270 Athens Street
Jefferson, GA 30549
Bus: 706 387-0300
fjfenn@jacksoncountyga.com

Mr. Fenn is the President/CEO/Economic Development Director of The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is the lead Business and Economic Development Organization for Jackson County located in The Northeast Metro Atlanta Market. He has served as an Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Development Executive for the past 13 years in Georgia Including tenures in Ware, Dodge, and Bryan Counties.

During his career Fenn has led efforts in the locations of Industrial projects including Fortune 1000 Firms Alcoa, Graphic Packaging, and Smurfit-Stone. He has also worked to locate International Firms Haier, Caesarstone and CZM to Georgia. Fenn also led efforts in the relocation for the Headquarters of The Jones Company, one of Georgia’s largest privately held firms.

A native of Atlanta and graduate of Wayne County High School, Fenn holds a B. A. in Political Science from LaGrange College. Fenn is an avid runner and hiker and resides in Jackson County, GA.

 

 




Lona Duvall        
Kansas Alternate Director


Finney County Economic Development Corporation
1509 Fulton Terrace
Garden City, KS 67846
Bus: 620 271-0388
Lona@ficoedc.com

 

 

 



Bob Helton          
Kentucky Alternate Director


Economic Development Manager
RJ Corman Railroad Group
P.O. Box 788, 101 R. J. Corman Drive
Nicholasville, KY 40340
Bus: 859 881-2462
bob.helton@rjcorman.com

Bob is a graduated from Morehead State University, 1975. He resides in Georgetown, Ky and has been in the Lexington, Ky area for the past 30 years other than a couple of years in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bob has been involved with marketing, sales, and public relations within the construction industry for 30 plus years. A good deal of Bob’s time has also been with the mining industry, both aggregates and coal operations in Kentucky and North Carolina. He has been with R J Corman Railroad Group for the past seven (7) years, five years as their Construction Company’s Business Manager and this past 2 years as Economic Development Manager working within the Public Relations Department. Bob’s efforts include both rail industry development and governmental relations in this position.

Bob is involved with several industry associations and business groups including, Kentuckians for Better Transportation – Rail Committee Chair, American Railroad Maintenance Engineers – Past Ballast Subcommittee Chair, State Economic Associations in the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi; as well as a long standing member of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is also active with American Short Line Railroad Association – Public Policy committee, along with state level rail associations in the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi with a focus on rail related industry development and public policy.

 


Rachel Pierson Delamain
Louisiana Alternate Director


Director of Business Development
Rouge Area Chamber
564 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Bus: (225) 381-7146
Rachel.pierson@brac.org

Rachel serves as director of business development by driving business attraction initiatives and working with state and local officials, utilities, and community foundations to communicate strengths and resources to companies and consultants seeking locations for new facilities within the nine-parish Capital Region. Originally from Bossier City, LA, Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in marketing from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to working at BRAC, Rachel was an account executive at KTAL News Channel 6-NBC in Shreveport, LA. Rachel is also a graduate of Donaldson Real Estate School and is EDFP certified. She is among North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015, a distinction conferred by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency that works with economic developers and location consultants. Recipients of this prestigious recognition are nominated by their colleagues in economic development and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation, and success in building the communities they serve.

 

 



Shawn Hershberger           
Maryland Alternate Director


Economic Development Coordinator
City of Cumberland
57 N Liberty St.
Cumberland, MD, 21502
Bus: (615) 627-8990,
shawn.hershberger@cumberlandmd.gov




Pablo Diaz, CEcD
Mississippi Alternate Director


Executive Director
Grenada County Economic Development
2000 Gateway St. Suite A
Grenada, MS 38901
Bus: 662 229-9502
pablo@grenadameansbusiness.com




John Adams            
Missouri Alternate Director


Executive Director Economic Development
Barton Couny CDC
102 W 10th Street
Lamar, MO 64759
Bus: (417) 681-2500 
director@bartoncountycdc.org

John is responsible for all the Sales & Marketing Economic Development in Barton County Missouri. His major focus is: attracting new businesses to locate or relocate their industry operations, or add a Distribution Center for strategic and profitable shipment of their products throughout his region.  John also assist in area business retention and expansion of current industry/businesses and stimulates and encourage entrepreneurship along with establishing college satellite operations. He is involved in developing the EB5 Regional Center which will presently serve 6 adjacent counties as well as adding more counties as International Foreign Investment projects develop. Mr. Adams am a member of MEDC and SEDC.


Andy Coe          
North Carolina Alternate Director


Principal
Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, LLC
308 Lindemans Drive
Cary, NC 27519
Bus: 919 518-3223
acoe@convergentnonprofit.com


With more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit experience, Andy Coe is a highly-skilled, well-respected and exceptionally versatile professional. He is an equity principal of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, a national consultancy focused on developing sustainable funding strategies and raising capital for organizations looking to improve involvement and investment from their constituencies. Andy’s primary responsibility with Convergent is to create opportunities for the firm to apply its unique philosophy about fundraising – known as “Asking Rights” – which includes a practical approach to working with executive and volunteer leadership to create short- and long-term goals that are ambitious but obtainable and always outcomes-based.

Having co-owned a multi-site small business and led the sales and marketing efforts for a global, multi-million dollar aerospace corporation, Andy understands that attention to detail, clear communication, tenacity and resourcefulness are critical components to any successful endeavor. His ability to navigate the nuances of internal and external situational pressures has made him a favorite with clients, which leads them to often refer him to others in their network and seek him out again for additional projects.
Andy has a BA in marketing and a MBA in advanced marketing and international business from the University of South Florida (Tampa). He keeps his skills fresh by overseeing Convergent’s marketing and communication efforts as well as presenting at national industry conferences and writing the occasional blog post or article.

 

 

 


Richard Cornelison           
Oklahoma Alternate Director


Economic Development Project Manager
OG&E Electric Services
321 N. Harvey, MC 206
Oklahoma City, OK, 73102
Bus: (405) 553-3977
cornerl@oge.com


 



Stuart Ames
South Carolina Alternate Director


Manager-Economic Development-SC
Duke Energy
1755 Mechanicsville Rd.
Florence, SC 29501
Bus: (843) 661-4195
stuart.ames@pgnmail.com



Lindsay Frilling
Tennessee Alternate Director 


Economic Development Director
Obion County Joint Ecnomic Development Council
214 East Church Street
Union City, TN 38261
Bus: (731) 885-0211
lfrilling@obioncounty.org

Lindsay Frilling serves as Economic Development Director for the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council.   Lindsay started this position August 2009. 
Prior to joining the OCJEDC, Lindsay was the Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee in Union City. Lindsay is also the former Customer Service Supervisor Midwest-CBK. 

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master of Business Administration from UTM. 
Lindsay is an active member of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, Tennessee Economic Partnership, and Southern Economic Development Council and currently serves on the board of directors for all three organizations. Lindsay is a graduate of TN Chamber Institute and will completed her Institute for Organization Management accreditation from US Chamber Institute in June 2014.  

She is a graduate of the 2012 TVA Rural Economic Development Leadership class, 2011 WestStar Leadership class, 2005 Adult Leadership Obion County class.  Upon graduation, she was selected to serve on the Adult Leadership Obion County board, where she is a past President.  Lindsay served as President of Main Street Union City after joining the board in 2007.  Lindsay has been a member of the Union City J’Cettes since 2001.  She has held several offices including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Lindsay also dedicates time to Discovery Park of America, Chimes for Charity, CornFest, United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club.



James O'Donley, HLM     
Texas Alternate Director


Regional Manager Economic Development
BNSF Railway Company
P. O. Box 961051
Fort Worth, TX 76161
Bus: (817) 867-6137
james.odonley@bnsf.com




Lisa Lyle      
Virginia Alternate Director


Director of Marketing & Recruiting
Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 631
Martinsville, VA 24114
Bus: 276 403-5942
llyle@yesmartinsville.com

Lisa serves as the Director of Marketing and Recruiting for the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. In this role she implements the organization’s comprehensive marketing strategy, and is responsible for new business recruitment and business retention. Throughout her 3+ year tenure at the EDC, Lisa has specifically focused on developing awareness and partnerships between local K-12 schools, colleges, and local industry to create innovative training solutions and meaningful connections between education and industry.

Although a native of the Northern VA area, Lisa has made Martinsville-Henry County her home for the past 23 years. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College, and holds an MBA from Averett University. Lisa is a 2013 alum of the LEAD VA program.



Mark Whitley            
West Virginia Alternate Director


Executive Director
Jackson/Roane County EDA
104 Miller Drive
Ripley, WV  25271
Phone: (304) 372-1151
director@jcda.org

Mark has been in the economic development industry for 24 years. He has served as Executive Director for the Roane County Development Authority for 17 years and the Jackson County Development Authority for 11 years.  Prior to that, he served various roles for the state of West Virginia including Manager of Federal Programs.  He is responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention in Jackson and Roane County, West Virginia. He serves on the board of directors for the West Virginia Economic Development Corporation, and many other organizations including Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Rotary and the Jackson County Visitors and Convention bureau.    Mark has published economic development articles in trade publications including ED Review and has taught a section of Community Development Authority  course offered by University of Charleston and West Virginia University.