Jorgenson Consulting Selected to Find New Leader for the Wayne Economic Development Council

June 20, 2017 – Greensboro, NC-based executive search firm Jorgenson Consulting has been selected by the Wayne Economic Development Council to lead in its search for its next president. Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal, is heading the assignment.

The organization has formed a search committee to identify, interview and recommend candidates to replace president Rodney Crider. Jorgenson Consulting will conduct a national search to recruit a professional with the credentials and leadership to leverage growth opportunities from existing business, attract businesses, and to maintain a competitive business environment in Wayne County, OH. The ideal candidate will have a background in economic development, strategic leadership, program development, and collaboration. The firm met with members of the search committee, board, partners and other key leaders earlier this month to launch the search.

“We selected a firm that would best serve our needs and chose Jorgenson Consulting, a national executive search firm that has been working with economic and community development organizations for over 25 years,” said Scott Boyes, board chair-elect of the Wayne Economic Development Council. “We like the firm’s focus, expertise, excellent reputation and extensive knowledge within the field of economic development.”

The Wayne Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership dedicated to the economic development of Wayne County and Northeast Ohio. In serving the interests of the local community, its primary role is to stimulate new capital investment and job growth through business expansion and attraction initiatives.

Serving Economic Organizations

With over 20 years of experience, Jorgenson Consulting serves organizations in non-profit, economic and community development. Its clients include 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.

In April, Jorgenson Consulting recruited Mr. Crider to his new position as president and CEO of RowanWorks Economic Development. The firm conducted two rounds of interviews and the search involved direct outreach to more than 150 economic development professionals. The organization said it invested over three months in the search and interviewed candidates from multiple states across the country

Sector In Search of New Leaders

The economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here is a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

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.

Elinvar was recently retained by the Research Triangle Foundation to lead its search for a new CEO. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, is heading the search along with strategic search partner Jim Ahlerand. Research Triangle Park is focused on orchestrating industry, university and government collaborations to attract research, scientific and technology-based organizations and support the creation of quality jobs and opportunities.

Bialla Partners recruited Tallia Hart as president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. She is the first woman, first minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization. Ms. Hart previously served as president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

The Chason Group placed Sarah H. McKinney as president and CEO of the Athens Area Community Foundation. Tim Chason, the firm’s president, led the assignment. Ms. McKinney previously was the director of development for the Georgia 4-H Foundation based at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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