The leadership conference is one of my favorites of all conferences I attend each year. The topics provide real insight into how to be the best leader I can be- plus the one-on-one time with other people in similar jobs really allows me to compare notes and bring back ideas for implementation. Plus- I've made a connection that's just one phone call away when I need some guidance. Tracey Nichols, Director, Economic Development, City of Cleveland, Department of Economic Development, Cleveland, Ohio
Brittany Ashby

Vice President/Consultant
Cheyenne, WY

Ivan Baker, CEcD, FM, AICP

E.D. Corporation of North Central Illinois
Oglesby, IL

Howard C. Benson

Founder and CEO
National Community Development Services, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Lakey Boyd, CEcD, AICP

Re:Posit Strategies
Birmingham, AL

Dyan Lingle Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM

Executive Vice President
Economic Development The Beacon Council
Miami, FL

Marva Bryan, CEcD

Accounting Manager
Development Authority of Fulton County
Atlanta, GA

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM

President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
Charlotte, NC

Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP

Director, Economic Development
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

Kim Chestney

Director, Creative Industries Acceleration
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh, PA

Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM

Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, MI

Hilary C. Coman, CEcD

Vice President, Enterprise Operational Risk Management
Wells Fargo
Charlotte, NC

Paul Crawford

Deputy Director
City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Calandra Cruickshank

StateBook International
Kingston, NY

Dariel Y. Curren

Senior Vice President
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Lenny Curry

City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Gene DePrez

Founder & Managing Partner
Global Innovation Partners, Ltd.
Sparta, NJ

Fredrik J. Eliasson

Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Jacksonville, FL

Robert Fine

City of Kelowna
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD

President & CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Amity Farrar, J.D.

Vice President, Project Operations
Atlanta, GA

Raymond Gilley

Decide DeKalb
Decatur, GA

Vanessa Goeschl, CEcD

Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Charlotte Regional Partnership
Charlotte, NC

Jacob Gordon, J.D.

Downtown Vision Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

Todd Greene, CEcD

Vice President, Community & Economic Development
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Emily Gresham

Assistant Vice President for Research
Florida International University
Miami, FL

Robert Grieser

Chief, Marketing, Research, & Corporate Support
Federal Prison Industries
Washington, DC

Cecilia Harry

Executive Director
Greater Fremont Development Council
Fremont, NE

Chris Hart, IV

President & CEO
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Tallahassee, FL

Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, CEcD

Assistant Director of Economic Development
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX

James Hizer, CEcD, CCE

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Michelle Isabelle-Stark

Division Chief
Arlington E.D. Cultural Affairs Division
Arlington, VA

Chris Jackson, PLA

PLA, Office Strategic Leader
TBG Partners
Austin, TX

Mark J. James, CEcD

Vice President, Economic & Business Development
American Electric Power
Columbus, OH

Cassie Jensen, CWWS, CWPC

Wellness Consultant
Jacksonville, FL

John Karras

Austin, TX

Ronald Kitchens, CEcD

Chief Executive Officer
Southwest Michigan First
Kalamazoo, MI

Jeff Kline

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Accrisoft Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Lynn A. Knight, CEcD

Vice President
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Jason El Koubi

President & CEO
One Acadiana
Lafayette, LA

Maureen Krauss

Chief Economic Development Officer
Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Thomas Kucharski, CEcD

President & CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo, NY

Mark Lamping

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville, FL

Mary Lynn Landgraf

Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Jane L. Landon

SVP and Chief Technology Officer
Jacksonville, FL

Michael Langley, FM

Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN

Amy Liu

Vice President and Director - Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC

Thomas Lyons

Professor and Director
Michigan State University Product Center, Food-Ag-Bio
East Lansing, MI

David Maahs, CEcD

Executive Vice President
Economic Development Greater Des Moines Partnership
Des Moines, IA

Jerry Mallot

JAXUSA Partnership
Jacksonville, FL

Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, FM

President and CEO
Greater Richmond Partnership
Richmond, VA

Alex McCoy, MBA, CEcD, IOM, EDFP

Garrett County Department of Economic Development
Oakland, MD

Tracye McDaniel

President and CEO
Texas Economic Development Corporation and TexasOne
Austin, TX

Kenny McDonald, CEcD

Chief Economic Officer
Columbus, OH

Flint McGlaughlin

Managing Director
MECLABS Institute
Jacksonville, FL

Justin McLaughlin, CEcD

Executive Vice President and COO
Tulsa Regional Chamber
Tulsa, OK

Michael Meek, CEcD

Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
New Braunfels, TX

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM

VP Economic Development and Marketing
Ridgeland, MS

Crystal P. Morphis, CEcD

Creative Economic Development Consulting
Elkin, NC

Cecilia A. Mowatt, Esq.

Strategies in Site, Inc
Chicago, IL

Dr. Steven Murawski

Population Dynamics/Marine Ecosystem Analysis Professor
University of South Florida
St. Petersburg, FL

Tracey A. Nichols

Director of Financial Services
Project Management Consultants
Cleveland, OH

Karen Niparko

Executive Director, Office of Human Resources
City & County of Denver
Denver, CO

Colin O'Leary

Manager, Business Retention & Expansion
Venture Kamloops
Kamloops, BC, Canada

John Pernsteiner

Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development
Moscow, ID

Jonas Peterson

President & CEO
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
Las Vegas, NV

Leslie Peterson

Chmura Economics
Richmond, VA

Don Pierson

Louisiana Economic Development
Baton Rouge, LA

Benjamin Pratt

VP of the Growth Partnership
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
Erie, PA

Victoria Pratt, CEcD

Executive Director
Jefferson County EDC
Jefferson, WI

Stefan Pryor

Secretary of Commerce
State of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Chris Pumphrey

Executive Director
Douglas County Economic Development Authority
Douglasville, GA

Dr. Robert L. Quigley MD, D.Phil

Senior VP and Regional Medical Director, Americas Region
International SOS Assistance
Philadelphia, PA

Henry Ravenel

President and CEO
Southeastern Chamber of Commerce
North Charleston, SC

Craig J. Richard, CEcD

President and CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Tampa, FL

Jon M. Roberts

TIP Strategies, Inc.
Austin, TX

John R. Sampson

President & CEO
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Fort Wayne, IN

Darnell Smith

Market President, North Florida Region
Florida Blue
Jacksonville, FL

Jim Stallings

Managing Partner
PS27 Ventures
Jacksonville, FL

Crystal Stiles

Director of Economic Development
Florida Power & Light
Juno Beach, FL

Bob Swindell

President and CEO
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ben Teague, EDFP

Executive Director
E.D. Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County
Asheville, NC

Allison J.H. Thompson, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Economic Development and Tourism
City of Cedar Hill
Cedar Hill, TX

Marty K. Vanags, CEcD

Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
Malta, NY

Tim Vanderhoof

Vice President, Business Development
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Steve W. Weathers, CEcD

President & CEO
Erie County Industrial Development Agency
Buffalo, NY

Rick L. Weddle, FM, HLM

President and CEO
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Norfolk, VA

Kirk Wendland

Executive Director
City of Jacksonville- Office of Economic Development
Jacksonville, FL

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl

Chief, Louisville Forward
City of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Patricia C. Williams, CEcD

Callouch/Williams & Associates
Atlanta, GA

“There’s never a dull moment at IEDC’s Leadership Summit – from the keynote presentations during plenary, to the many concurrent sessions, networking receptions and tours throughout the host communities, there’s plenty to do and see. This is the most important event for leaders in the economic development profession.” Mr. Jeffrey Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development, Gainesville, Virginia