Non-Profit Executive Resume
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / CHAMBER EXECUTIVE
Success-driven visionary with 14 years of experience driving dramatic results in economic development
Practiced in revitalizing strategies and staff to meet a wide
variety of challenges including those of an economically
diversified, rapidly growing county. Skilled in economic
analysis and implementing strategies, processes and technologies
that position communities to effectively compete in the global
marketplace. Adept at working with multiple political
subdivisions and facilitating change in a community to support
organizational objectives. Strong background in budgeting and
management, cross-departmental project management, information
technology utilization, human resources development and public
speaking. Additional expertise in:
Industrial Recruitment - Retail & Commercial Development - Program Development -
Strategic Planning - Team Building -
Business Credit Analysis & Finance - Real Estate Finance -
Rural Development - Organization Development - Industrial Park
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 2003 - PRESENT
FLOWER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, TOPTER, MS
Challenged to locate growing companies in a stagnant economy and
increase visibility and attractiveness of 34,000 population
county located in the Mississippi Delta. Directly responsible
for functions involving strategic planning and implementation;
program development, implementation and coordination;
fund-raising; marketing plan development; implementation and
coordination of an existing business and industry visitation
program; industrial recruiting activities including prospect
acquisition; development and coordination of incentive packages,
and developing relationships with internal and external economic
Overhauled entire program to tighten focus, streamline
operations and foster an atmosphere of empowerment and
accountability. Outsourced selected operations to local
providers and Chamber of Commerce to reduce costs, improve
effectiveness and sharpen internal focus on development
activities. Leveraged extensive database of site selection
consultants to raise awareness of county incentives. Prepared
numerous targeted direct mail campaigns.
Quickly acquired 3 manufacturing
prospects with 1 having selected the county as their site
resulting in $10M investment and 25 new jobs in the first year.
Revitalized industry visitation program
and identified 7 companies with expansion plans resulting in
140 new jobs and $2.5M investment.
Currently working with a local foundation
to establish the B.B. King Blues Museum in Indianola to
drive a comprehensive rural tourism program promoting the
blues culture that originated in the Mississippi Delta.
Wrote and received approval for a matching grant to upgrade the District's computer network.
PRESIDENT, 1994 - 2003
BILL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, DURVIS, MS
Recruited by search committee to turnaround failing ED program
for 40,000 population county located in the Hattiesburg MSA.
Directed functions involving strategic planning and
implementation; program development, implementation and
coordination; marketing plan development; industrial park
acquisition and development; existing business and industry
support and industrial recruiting activities including prospect
development and development and coordination of incentive packages.
Fully developed over 280 acres of rural
county-owned industrial property and 100 acres of private
industrial/commercial property resulting in 44 new
businesses, 1,000+ new jobs and over $40M in new investment.
Completed major projects in communities with populations under 2,500.
Acquired 136 rural county-owned
industrial acres, recruited 2 businesses producing 50 jobs
and $1M investment.
Spearheaded effort that resulted in the
establishment of $2M multi-purpose facility in the City of Purvis.
Successfully negotiated and prepared
packages that resulted in industrial expansions creating 215
new jobs and $13M in investments.
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BILL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CONTINUED
Recognized for initiating the
establishment, development and staffing of a retail and
commercial recruitment department that successfully
recruited over 50 new businesses, generated 2,000+ new jobs
and over $100M in new investments.
Facilitated meetings with county and
municipal officials to increase economic development budget by 400%.
Created powerful marketing messages and
incentive programs to attract new companies.
Designed, implemented and monitored incentive programs to lure high pay, high technology companies.
Developed website that was awarded Best of Class by the American Economic Development Council.
Developed brochure and won Best of Class by the American Economic Development Council.
Formed, staffed and recruited membership
for first Chamber of Commerce at County level. Consolidated
3 flailing local chambers and grew membership to over 400
members in the first year.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, 1992 - 1994
AREA DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP, HATTIESBURG, MS
Managed the economic development and research
departments of this countywide program representing the City of
Hattiesburg and Forrest County, population 68,000. Raised $1.25M
in working funds through community outreach program and built a
professional marketing program to significantly increase new
business recruitment and expansion.
Delivered $75M investment and over 1,000
jobs by preparing proposal and negotiating initial
incentives for Sunbeam-Oster's 750,000 square foot
manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facility.
Prepared financial pro formas
highlighting tax and financial incentives for the expansion
of 5 local industries resulting in the creation of more than
250 jobs and investments exceeding $10M.
Conducted study that analyzed
telecommunications infrastructure in the City and identified
properties and locales with the infrastructure necessary to
effectively recruit high technology industries that produced 150 new jobs.
Developed targeted recruitment campaign
focusing on polymer-related and telecommunications intensive
companies, successfully attracting Oster and several other key firms.
Won Best of Class by the American Economic Development Council for targeted direct mail campaign.
Facilitated strategic planning process for the Hattiesburg MSA (City of Hattiesburg, Forrest and Lamar Counties).
Worked closely with Chamber of Commerce Division.
Served as Partnership liaison for the SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) Committee.
Assisted HugFest and Old Time Festival Committees in planning and working events.
Worked with FirstFriday (Breakfast Networking Event) Committee.
Assisted Retirement Connectors Committee in recruitment of retirees to the Hattiesburg MSA.
Provided marketing assistance to the
Convention & Tourism Division and served as liaison for the
Southeast Mississippi Rural Tourism Association.
MANAGER, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE, 1991 - 1992
MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE, HATTIESBURG, MS
Directly responsible for delivery of all
Mississippi Development Authority programs in a 15-county region
in Southeast Mississippi. Delivered consulting services to area
businesses in the areas of cash flow management, inventory
control and other business related activities. Assisted
entrepreneurs in the development of business plans including
financial pro formas and marketing plans. Directly responsible
for delivery of strategic planning assistance to local municipal
and county governments including facilitation of strategic
Provided consulting services regarding
offshore manufacturing locations for apparel manufacturing
operations in South Mississippi. Conducted marketing studies
for small businesses regarding introduction of new products
in the national marketplace.
Assisted small businesses in the
identification of new customers. Provided workforce training
assistance for small businesses.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 1989 - 1991
WAYNE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, WAYNESBORO, MS
Directly responsible for the management and program development of the county's first economic development agency.
Successfully located the county's first new industry in several years resulting in the creation of 50 new jobs and a
capital investment of $500K. Subsequently, assisted the same industry in an expansion resulting in an additional 25 jobs and $250K investment.
Acquired financing to double the capacity of the City of Waynesboro's sewage treatment facility and to pave and/or resurface
approximately 4 miles of road in the city's industrial park complex.
Prepared financial/incentive packages for the expansion of two local industries resulting in the creation of 35 new jobs
and a capital investment of $1.5 million.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
Master of Science, Economic Development
Bachelor of Science, American Studies, Cum Laude
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Professional Education & Certification
Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), National Development Council
Certified Economic & Community Developer, International Economic Development Council
Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop, International Economic Development Council
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies Workshop, International Economic Development Council
International Economic Development Council
Mississippi Economic Development Council
Southern Economic Development Council
Mississippi Delta Developer's Association
Mississippi Manufacturer's Association
Mississippi Economic Council