July 11, 2018 – Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting is leading the search for a new president and CEO for the Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority in Brunswick, GA. Mel Baxter, the organization’s current leader, announced in March that he would be stepping down. He said he will stay on until his replacement is in place. Todd Jorgenson, the search firm’s managing director and principal, is spearheading the assignment.
“This community means an awful lot to me,” Mr. Baxter told the New Brunswick News. “We’ve had some good successes, but I think we can do more. I think maybe some new blood with some invigorated thoughts and ideas could be good for us. Whatever is good for the community, I’m all for.”
Mr. Baxter said he is proud of the region and encouraged the group’s next leader to take an active part in it. “We are a diverse mix of people that make this a really great place to live and raise a family,” he said. “I hope my successor will get involved, be a part of the board of education and county and city commissions and understand what we’re looking at and our challenges.”
The incoming leader must be a self-starter capable of running the daily operations and activities of the development authority, said Jorgenson Consulting. This includes but is not limited to: managing and directing programs to secure economic growth through job creation and increased capital investment in Glynn County and providing executive management of the development authority staff, budget and all operations.
The Brunswick and Glynn County Economic Development Authority is responsible for helping to create jobs and investment in Glynn County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses.
Serving Economic Organizations
Jorgenson Consulting has more than 20 years of experience. Its clients include the Pasco Economic Development Council, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Mr. Jorgenson specializes in executive searches for non-profit, community and economic development entities throughout the U.S. His experience includes non-profit executive searches, information technology searches, executive compensation, sales operation management, business development and sales.
Jorgenson Consulting recently recruited Rodney A. Crider to his position as president and CEO of RowanWorks Economic Development. The firm has assisted economic development find leaders in Atlanta; Kansas City; Ballston Spa, NY; Golden and Longmont, CO; Lafayette, IN.; and Sierra Vista, AZ.
Turning to Search Firms
Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, OH, to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield is heading the assignment. LMHA has provided housing opportunities to Lucas, Fulton, Wood and Monroe county residents for over 80 years.
Following an extensive national search, Bialla Partners has placed Tallia Hart as president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. Ms. Hart is the first woman, minority and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization.
Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.
Raffa Non-profit Search recruited Leila Finucane as CEO of Victory Housing to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Peggy Sand, Raffa senior search and sustainability consultant, led the assignment. The organization serves as the private, non-profit housing affiliate of the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), specializing in the development and operation of affordable housing.
Waverly Partners placed Scott Martin as the president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. Debbie Galbraith, managing director and principal at Waverly Partners, led the assignment. Mr. Martin has served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media