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2016 YP Meet The Consultants

2016 Directors
Wiley Blankenship
Alabama Director


President/CEO
Coastal Alabama Partnership
1 S. Royal Street, 2nd floor, P.O. Box 881
Mobile, AL 36601
Bus: (251) 436-8822 
Wiley@CoastalAlabama.org

As President & CEO of Coastal Alabama Partnership, Wiley Blankenship brings vast experience in economic development, strategic planning and community project management to the newly formed alliance formed to address issues and opportunities for the Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Previously, Blankenship served as Director of the Center for International Business and Economic Development at Troy University. The Center provided economic development assistance through research and specialized technical support to both public and private economic development entities in Alabama. In addition, Blankenship oversaw the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which administered programs for the SBA for business startups. With his skills in research and data collection, he provided adroit analysis and evaluation of a wide range of community and economic development projects.



     

Ivy Owen, PCED, EDFP
Arkansas Director


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

 

 



Troy Post, CEcD
Florida Director


Troy Post, CEcD
North Brevard Economic Development Zone
Executive Director
400 South Street
Titusville, FL 32780
Bus: (321) 264-6750
troy.post@brevardcounty.us

Since 2013, Troy Post, CEcD, has served as the executive director of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, a tax increment financing district covering approximately 180 sq. miles in northern Brevard County, Florida – home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Zone, which includes the communities of Titusville, Port St. Johns, and Mims, in addition to areas located north of the city of Cocoa, was created to facilitate job growth and economic development in an area largely dependent upon the aerospace industry. Over the last two years (2014- 2015), the Zone has leveraged its assistance programs to induce economic development projects expected to create more than 1,765 jobs and result in a local capital investment of more than $314 million.

For his work in economic development, Troy has been recognized with a Certificate of National Merit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and an economic development "best practices" award from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He has been presented as well with several historic preservation awards. Since 1998, Troy has been a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a designation bestowed upon him by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Troy received his undergraduate degree (political science/economics) from Birmingham¬-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). In 1996, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. In addition to his membership in IEDC, he is a board member of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), a member of the National Association for Business Economists (NABE), and an associate member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).



Elyse Davis, C.C.E
Georgia Director

Northwest Georgia Manager, Community & Economic Development
Georgia Power Company
800 Broad Street, BIN 76010
Rome, Georgia, 30161
706-512-2177
edavis@southernco.com


Elyse spent twenty-five years as a local economic and community development practitioner prior to joining the Georgia Power Company, in 2014 as the Northwest Georgia Manager of Community & Economic Development. Her current service territory includes the 16 most Northwest Georgia counties where she works with communities in the areas of strategic planning, product development, redevelopment and workforce development. In her capacity she also works with companies of all types looking to locate or expand in the region. Elyse is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, Leadership Georgia, Leadership North Carolina



Andrew Nave, CEcD
Kansas Director

Executive Director
Shawnee Economic Development Council
15100 W. 67th Street, #202
Shawnee, KS, 66217
Bus: (913) 631-6545
anave@shawnee-edc.com

Andrew Nave, CEcD, has served in economic development for over ten years in both Kansas and Missouri. Currently as the Executive Director of the Shawnee (KS) Economic Development Council, the lead public-private partnership of the suburban Kansas City community of 67,000 population. Andrew leads all marketing, business attraction, retention & expansion, and real estate development activities for the city and EDC.

 

 

 

 



Charles (Chuck) Sexton
Kentucky Director


Project Manager
Greater Paducah Economic Development Council
300 South 3rd St., P.O. Box 1155
Paducah, KY 42002
Bus: (270) 575-6633
chuck@epaducah.com

 

 

 



Rachel P. Delamain, E.D.F.P.
Louisiana Director

Director of Business Development
Baton 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.

 



Jennifer Tanner
Maryland Director


Industrial Development Manager
CSX Transportation
4724 Hollins Ferry Rd
Baltmore, MD, 21227
Bus: (615) 627-8990,
Jennifer_Tanner@csx.com

Jennifer Tanner brings more than 20 years of experience in economic development and site selection- consulting projects to her role as Manager of Industrial Development at CSX Transportation.  Prior to joining CSX, Jennifer co-owned her own consulting business and was a Sr. Project Manager for CH2M Hill and Lockwood Greene Engineers. She is a certified Professional Community Economic Developer.  Jennifer has consulted with communities across the nation to improve their ability to compete for new and expanding business.  Currently, Jennifer is managing all new business projects for CSX in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.  Jennifer earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.



Pablo Diaz
Mississippi Director

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

 





Scott Sattler
Missouri Director


Executive Director
Perry County Economic Development Authority
112 W. Ste. Maries Street, Suite 5
Perryville, MO 63775
573-547-1097
perryedasattler@gmail.com

Executive Director of the Perry County Economic Development Authority. The Perry County Economic Development Authority is a not-for-profit organization which works with expanding and relocating companies who are considering a location in the greater Perryville, Missouri area.

He works within the region to build relationships with business, training, workforce and government. He has helped individuals and organizations around the region, in both the public and private sectors, to gain skills and knowledge in today’s competitive work environments. Scott serves on many regional and statewide work groups devoted to business, marketing and training.

His expertise includes leadership, workforce development, finance, team building and meeting facilitation. He is currently one of two state directors on the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Board. Scott is the Past-President for the Cape Area Personnel Association (CAPA) and is the Current President for the Missouri Association for Workforce Development (MAWD). He is a graduate of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Executive Leadership Academy through the University of Alabama. He holds an Economic Development Financial Professional (EDFP) certification and is a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Cape Class through the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. The Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) recognized Scott with the Affiliate Member of the Year award in June 2010.


 



Andy Coe
North Carolina 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.



Eric K. Miller
Oklahoma Director 

Director, Industrial Development Office
Muskogee City-County Port Authority
216 W Okmulgee Street
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401
918.682.7887
eric@muskogeeport.com 

Eric Miller is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He has approximately sixteen years of progressive, professional economic development experience, at the Local, State and Regional levels.
Eric currently serves as the Director of the Industrial Development Office for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In this role, Eric is charged with the responsibility of managing his staff and stewarding all facets industrial development…expansions, recruitment and his office’s role in any workforce development efforts, impacting Muskogee County, Oklahoma.
As a Senior Project Manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Eric worked with dozens of domestic and international companies contemplating new investment and/or job creation in South Carolina. During his seven year tenure, Eric lead a team of regional and local stakeholders responsible for announcing over 50 new companies…totaling more than $800mm in new investment and creating over 8000 new jobs. In 2003, Eric was recognized by Southern Business & Development Magazine for announcing one of the top five projects for new job creation, in the southeast.



At the regional level, Eric served as Director of Business Development for the Upstate SC Alliance. In this role, Eric was responsible for both the development and execution of global business development strategy encompassing ten counties and five cities, located in the northwest region (Greenville/Spartanburg) of South Carolina.
The highlight of Eric’s tenure at the Upstate South Carolina Alliance occurred in 2010, when the upstate region was recognized as being accountable for one-half of the State’s total capital investment ($3.5B/$7B) and one-third of the new announced jobs (7000/21,000), for the year…a record that stood until 2014!
Eric earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Juris Doctorate degrees, from The University of South Carolina and The University Of South Carolina-School of Law, respectively. He is also a graduate the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Basic Economic Development School, The University of Oklahoma-Economic Development Institute and a Charter Graduate of the South Carolina Advanced Economic Development Symposium.




Will Williams, SCCED
South Carolina Director


Director
Economic Development Partnership
PO Box 1708
Aiken, SC 29802
Bus: (803) 641-3300
jWWilliams@edpsc.org

Will Williams is a native of Georgetown South Carolina where he attended public school graduating from Georgetown High School in 1985. He graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in May of 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Williams began his career in June 1989 with Burlington Industries in Raeford North Carolina as a Manufacturing Management trainee. In 2010 he returned to his economic development background by being named the Associate Director of The Economic Development Partnership that represents Aiken and Edgefield Counties. During his time at The Partnership he has been responsible for more than $1.4 billion in new capital investment and over 1000 new jobs to the region. Will is a member of The South Carolina Economic Developers Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Hitchcock Healthcare, Public Education Partners, Aiken Corporation, Aiken Technical College Foundation, and The SRS-Community Reuse Organization. He is a member of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments Workforce Investment Board. He is also a member of The Rotary Club of Aiken and a graduate of Leadership Aiken County.



Lindsay Frilling
Tennesee 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.



Frank McCrady

Texas Director 

President/ CEO
East Montgomery County Improvement District
P.O. Box 1019
New Caney, TX 77357
Bus: (281) 354-4419
fmccrady@emctx.com

Frank McCrady is an active advocate for small business development issues. He is a former owner of several small businesses and understands the issues facing the small business owner today. He has received numerous awards and recognition on community issues and has been recognized by the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce for his work with women owned businesses.

He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and began his advanced coursework at Johns Hopkins University and completed his Masters at Webster University in St Louis. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and has completed additional coursework with the US Army War College and National Defense University. Currently he is doing research on regional and national economic development issues relating to his Doctoral work.

 

 


 

 

John Kilgore
Virginia Director


Executive Director
Scott Co., VA Economic Development
180 West Jackson Street
Gate City VA 24251
Bus: (276) 386-2525
jkilgore@scottcountyva.com


Mark Whitley

West Virginia 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.