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2019 Committees & Chairmen

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Membership Committee

This committee will be charged with developing and implementing a formal membership recruitment and retention campaign for the membership year. Activities will involve anyone with interest from the membership with a special emphasis on the participation of the Board of Directors
Bob Helton
Bob Helton
Executive Director Morehead Rowan County Economic Development (606)784-5874
Membership Division Chairman
Ken Allen
Ken Allen
Assistant Director of Economic Development Rockingham County Center for Economic Development and Tourism (336)552-5197
Membership Committee Chairman
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Young Professionals Committee

This committee is designed for our SEDC members, age 35 or below, of the association community interested in connecting with peers and industry leaders to help them grow professionally. Events are held throughout the year at the SEDC’s planned events.
Bob Helton
Bob Helton
Executive Director Morehead Rowan County Economic Development (606)784-5874
Membership Division Chairman
Lauren Benton Stanton
Lauren Benton Stanton
Assistant Director Florence County Economic Development Partnership (843)676-8796
Young Professionals Co-Chair
Marvin Price
Marvin Price
Director of Business Development Charlotte Regional Partnership (704)347-6737
Young Professionals Co-Chair
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

State Association Committee

This committee works in coordination with the state economic development associations in the SEDC 17-state region to develop programs and activities of benefit and interest to both groups. (Membership is reserved to representatives designated by the various State Associations)
Bob Helton
Bob Helton
Executive Director Morehead Rowan County Economic Development (606)784-5874
Membership Division Chairman
Matthew  Tackett
Matthew Tackett
PRESIDENT/CEO Kentucky Association for Economic Development (502)227-9653
State Association Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Education Committee

This committee will evaluate the needs of the profession for the educational resources that will best equip them in the profession. They will also provide direction to the various committees with responsibility in planning meetings and providing online educational content. They will be tasked with forward-thinking in examining the professional development needs of our members moving into the future.
Scott Poag
Scott Poag
CEcD Director of Business Development W&A Engineering (706)726-9706
Professional Development Division Chairman
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson
Marketing Supervisor Kajima Building & Design Group, Inc. (404)812-8636
Education Committee Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Annual Conference Committee

This committee will work with staff to plan and execute the Annual Conference. Committee assistance is needed in securing sponsorships, planning of educational sessions as well as offsite and special events during the conference.
Scott Poag
Scott Poag
CEcD Director of Business Development W&A Engineering (706)726-9706
Professional Development Division Chairman
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta
Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP (336)856-7150
Annual Conference Committee Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Meet the Consultants Committee

This committee will work with staff to plan and execute our Meet the Consultants event. Committee assistance is needed in securing sponsorships, planning of educational sessions as well as a VIP & Networking events during the event.
Scott Poag
Scott Poag
CEcD Director of Business Development W&A Engineering (706)726-9706
Professional Development Division Chairman
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta
Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP (336)856-7150
Meet the Consultants Committee Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Communication Committee

The Communications committee will ensure that the quality of all SEDC publications both printed and electronic is consistent with the expectations of the membership. The association's internal technology capabilities will be evaluated to allow staff the ability to provide the best external communications to members and the world.

Additional Subcommittees will be developed to carry out certain tasks. Assistance is needed in editing, social media, content development, and technology. These committees will work with other committees to assist them in delivering their messages.
Loren Hill
Loren Hill
President High Point Economic Development Corporation (336)883-3116
Communications Division Chairman
Michelle Stark
Michelle Stark
Marketing Director Red Sage Communications, Inc. (256)560-0098
Communication Committee Chairman
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius
Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Legislative Affairs Committee

As SEDC’s face for federal ED issues, the committee will be the liaison between SEDC and other organizations with similar missions to partner and collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest. They will work to create a strong federal legislative agenda representing the interest of our members, voicing that position when necessary and to recognize those legislators supportive of our agenda.
Loren Hill
Loren Hill
President High Point Economic Development Corporation (336)883-3116
Communications Division Chairman
Thomas Long
Thomas Long
CEcD Chief Development Officer San Antonio EDF (210)802-4901
Legislative Affairs Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Long Range Planning Committee

This committee will concentrate it’s efforts on the association’s multi-year strategic plan, to include program and financial planning for the future.
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady
President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District (281)354-4419
Finance & Administration Chairman
Will Williams
Will Williams
President/CEO Economic Development Partnership (803)641-3300
Long Range Planning Committee Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison

Past Chairman Committee

Comprised of Past Chairmen, this committee works with to obtain suggestions and ideas for use by the SEDC Board of Directors to benefit the organization. The committee meets annually at the Past Chairmen’s breakfast during the Annual Conference. The committee will make recommendations to the board for Honorary Life Members.
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady
President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District (281)354-4419
Finance & Administration Chairman
Samuel Powers
Samuel Powers
CeCD Community & Economic Development Director City of Asheville (828)259-5433
Past Chairman Committee Chairman
Gene A. Stinson
Gene A. Stinson
CAE, CEcD, PCED, HLM President Southern Economic Development Council (404)523-3030
Staff Liaison