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CEO Advisory Committee

The following leaders making up the CEO Advisory Committee have over the course of their illustrious careers not only produced extraordinary results, but have also played a key role in guiding and shaping the rapidly change field of nonprofit leadership and management. The primary purpose of the CEO Advisory Committee is to ensure that www.extraordinaryceo.com is an ever more powerful resource for CEOs and CEO-aspirants, helping them to realize more fully their leadership goals and to heighten their impact on the field. CEO Advisory Committee members propose blog topics and share their leadership experience via blog posts and podcasts. CEO Advisory Committee members are not accountable for opinions expressed in blog posts.

Abe Abraham, President and CEO
CMI Management, Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia

CMI Management, which Abebe (“Abe”) Abraham founded in 1986, provides business solutions to the Federal Government in the areas of program, facilities, records, and supply chain management.  The author of the highly regarded book Thinking Your Way Out of the Ditch, Abe has been featured in the Black Enterprise “Top 100” list for three consecutive years.

Amy Clickner, Chief Executive Officer
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, Michigan

The first CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Amy led the LSCP through the process of becoming the first Accredited Economic Development Organization in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  A member of the IEDC Board of Directors, Amy has chaired all three of its Board standing committees.  Amy is also past chair of the Economic Developers Research Partnership and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Economic Developers Association.

Bill Cronin, President/CEO
Pasco Economic Development Corporation
Lutz, Florida

Prior to taking the helm at the Pasco EDC, Bill served as Economic Development Director of the City of Charlotte, North Carolina.  His career also includes serving as Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Invest Atlanta/Atlanta Development Authority, Director of Field Operations for Enterprise Florida, and Director of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  Bill is a member of the IEDC Board of Directors.

Lee Crume, President & CEO
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Before taking the helm at Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed, Lee served as Global Director of Business Development at JobsOhio and as a business development consultant.  A board member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone, Inc., he was recognized in 2018 as a Top 50 United States Economic Developer by Consultant Connect.

Brett Doney, President & CEO
Great Falls Development Authority
Great Falls, Montana

Before becoming CEO of the Great Falls Development Authority, Brett served as President & CEO  of EnterpriseMaine and Director of the Ft. Devens Reuse Center.  Recipient of the Arthur D. Little Excellence in Economic Development Management award, he serves on the Accreditation and Public Policy Committees of the International Economic Development Council.

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Jeff Finkle, President/CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, D.C.

Jeff has been President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council since it was formed in 2001, and prior to taking the helm at IEDC served as President of the Council for Urban Economic Development and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is also the founder of the Bollinger Foundation.

Kurt Foreman, President & CEO
Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Wilmington, DE

Before taking the helm at DPP in spring 2018, Kurt served as CEO of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  He has also served as a senior manager in regional economic development programs in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the Washington, DC metro area and as a site selection consultant and executive recruiter.

Jamie-Joe Harris, President
Clay County Economic Development Corporation
Florida

Prior to taking the helm at the Clay County EDC in April 2018, J. J. served as President & CEO of the Laramie (Wyoming) Chamber Business Alliance and the Laramie Economic Development Corporation.  His nonprofit/public career has also included serving as Executive Director of the Bedford Urban Enterprise Association and in a variety of military positions, including Commander, Bravo Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Rick Homans, President & CEO
Tampa Bay Partnership
Tampa, Florida

Before taking the helm at the Tampa Bay Partnership, Rick served as President & CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.  During his 32 years in New Mexico, Rick founded New Mexico Business Weekly and was a member of  Governor Bill Richardson’s cabinet, serving first as Secretary of Economic Development and later as Secretary of Taxation and Revenue.

Kevin D. Johnson, President and CEO
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Detroit, Michigan

Before taking the helm at DEGC, Kevin headed Invest Atlanta.  His career also includes serving as the assistant county manager and director of economic development for Casswell County Municipal Government,   president of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, vice president of business development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and vice president of business development for the Research Triangle Foundation in North Carolina.

Sheree Anne Kelly
President & CEO
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Alexandria, VA

Before taking the helm at ACCE, Sheree Anne was senior vice president of the Public Affairs Council, where she served as chief public affairs expert, managed a team of thought leaders, ran organizational strategic planning, and opened the Council’s first international office in Brussels.  Sheree Anne also previously held executive positions at the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Prior to taking the helm at Invest Atlanta, Eloisa served as managing director of business development at Invest Atlanta and as special assistant for economic development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Secretary and as California’s assistant deputy secretary for economic development and commerce.  She is a member of the IEDC Board of Directors.

Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer
One Columbus
Columbus, Ohio

Before taking the helm at One Columbus in 2010, Kenny served as executive vice president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.  He has also held executive positions at the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation and the Savannah Economic Development Authority.  In October 2019, Kenny was elected to serve as chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and he is a member of the Board of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

Joseph Marinucci, President & Chief Executive Officer
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, Ohio

Prior to taking the helm at the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Joe served as President and Executive Vice President of the Downtown Cleveland Partnership, Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland, and Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Development.  He also served as Chair of the International Economic Development Council and received IEDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Quentin Messer Jr., President and CEO
New Orleans Business Alliance
New Orleans, LA

Prior to taking the helm at the New Orleans Business Alliance, Quentin served as Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development in the State Department of Economic Development.  Before entering the field of economic development, he served as an experienced hire consultant in Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office.  Quentin was named by Biz New Orleans as Businessperson of the Year in 2019. He is a member of the IEDC Board of Directors.

Rodrick Miller, Chief Executive Officer
InvestPR
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Before taking the helm at InvestPR, Rod headed Ascendant Global and served as President and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the public-private partnership charged with leading the economic revitalization of the city of Detroit, and as  founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the official economic development organization for the City of New Orleans. Rod is a member of the IEDC Board of Directors.

Michael Neal, President and CEO
Tulsa Regional Chamber
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Prior to coming to Tulsa, Mike spent four years as president and CEO of the Nashville, TN, Area Chamber of Commerce, and 12 years as president and CEO of his hometown, Monroe, LA, Chamber of Commerce. Previously he served as District Office Manager for U.S. Congressman Jerry Huckaby and as Trust Officer for Central Bank (now Chase) in Monroe, LA.  In 2018, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) inducted Mike into their Hall of Fame in recognition of his 30 years of service to the chamber industry.

Craig Richard, President and CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Tampa, Florida

Before taking the helm at the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Craig served as President and CEO of Invest Atlanta, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., and Chief Economic Development Officer for the Greater Houston Partnership.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council and serves on the boards of the Downtown Tampa Partnership and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

David  Rumbarger, President/CEO
Community Development Foundation of Tupelo/Lee County
Tupelo, Mississippi.

Before taking the helm at the Community Development Foundation, David served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet in Alabama, heading the Department of Economic and Community Development, and in the private, for-profit sector.  David has been actively engaged in the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, serving on the ACCE Board of Directors.

Doug Eadie