December 17, 2015 – Greensboro, North Carolina-based Jorgenson Consulting has recruited William C. Cronin as president and chief executive officer of the Pasco Economic Development Council. He will succeed John Hagen, who served in that capacity since January 2010. Todd Jorgenson, managing director of Jorgenson Consulting, began the search in April.
Mr. Cronin’s 25-year career has spanned across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. His experience includes business and economic development, international trade, logistic, and operations in both the private and public sectors.
Mr. Cronin’s most recent job was director of economic development for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as director of international trade and business development for Enterprise Florida. In addition, he has worked at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Atlanta Development Authority and the American Red Cross.
Barbara Wilhite, the Pasco Economic Development Council chairwoman, said that Mr. Conin’s breadth of knowledge and experience helped him stand out from the crowd.
“Pasco County is at a pivotal moment for economic growth,” said Ms. Wilhite. “We looked for a leader that could harness the momentum started under John Hagen’s leadership and take it to the next level. We are confident Bill is that person to lead our organization forward.”
“The experience Bill brings with him from Atlanta and Charlotte in creating jobs is a tremendous advantage for PEDC and the community,” said Pasco County Commissioner Ted Schrader. “This is an exciting time in Pasco County.”
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Pasco Economic Development Council was created in 1987 to foster the economic and business development opportunities of Pasco County, Florida. It is a private, non-profit organization that strives to create a sustainable and diversified economy with corporate and public investments. Its mission is to lead Pasco County in the creation of a sustainable and diversified economy.
Mr. Jorgenson specializes in recruiting for non-profit, community and economic development entities throughout the U.S. His experience includes identifying executives in a number of functional sectors, including non-profit, information technology, executive compensation, sales operation management, business development and sales.
Jorgenson Consulting is currently leading the CEO search for the president and CEO of Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. The firm recently recruited a CEO for Greensboro Partnership and placed the president of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership Inc.
The economic strength of the non-profit sector has increased in recent years and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly two million non-profit organizations employ 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion.
According to recruiters, however, finding talent can be problematic within the industry. According to the Nonprofit HR’s Employment Practices Survey, 33 percent of respondents say that finding the right talent the biggest staffing challenge they face.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media