After beginning her career in advertising, Beth Doughty has spent the past 25 years in economic development helping to create more than 14,000 jobs and $1 billion of investment for the Roanoke region.
She has twice been executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership from 1991 to 1999 and since March 2008 to the present. She also serves as executive of the Roanoke Outside Foundation.
Beth also served as president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce for 9 years. She has lectured on economic development at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and was a visiting lecturer for the Mellon Foundation in the Czech Republic.
Beth is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a past president and a cardinal of the Virginia Economic Developers Association.
David Brandon is Senior Vice President of Site Selection Group, managing the company’s industrial and economic development business practices. Brandon brings more than 30 years of location advisory experience to the company with an extensive understanding of workforce analysis, assessment and pragmatic decision making in the investment location process.
Brandon was previously a senior vice president and principal of The Pathfinders, an economic development advisory firm. Prior to joining The Pathfinders, Brandon was the executive director of the State Departments of Commerce in Delaware and Texas, where he managed global business recruitment programs. Throughout his career, he has completed more than 1,000 economic development and corporate location advisory projects for clients, including AIG Insurance, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and UPS.
Brandon is a recognized national expert in the areas of location advisory, labor analysis, economic adjustment, reuse of military bases and project marketing. He received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Delaware, a bachelor’s degree in business from Wilkes University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Michael Chrobak is the Chief Economic Development Officer for Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey, including a focus on making New Jersey’s most distressed cities engines for growth and opportunity.
Choose New Jersey, Inc. is one of three interconnected and highly focused organizations that comprise the New Jersey Partnership for Action, which is the centerpiece of the Christie-Guadagno administration’s economic development agenda. Michael is responsible for the business development and prospect management for Choose New Jersey and assists companies seeking to create jobs and make new capital investment in the global marketplace.
Prior to assuming his current post, Michael served as the chief financial officer for the Economic Development & Tourism division within the Office of Governor Rick Perry. He also served as the director of the Texas Economic Development Bank, where he created and developed the financial due diligence practices for economic development programs in the state of Texas.
Previously, Michael was the Founder and Managing Partner of C&L Advisors, a management strategy and education consulting services business. He has served in prior leadership positions as Senior Director of Dell Ventures; as director of corporate development, computer products and Internet services for Compaq Computer; and as Manager, Product Development and International Business Development for Texas Instruments.
Michael serves as a board member for First Southwest Securities US Treasury New Markets Tax Credits Program and contributing judge for Moot Court business plan competition at UT Austin McCombs School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in economics from Southern Methodist University.
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