Steve’s chief responsibility is business development. Steve supports all programs aimed toward the creation of new primary jobs, assists businesses with expansions and relocations, and serves as the point person for all data.
In 2014, Steve relocated to Grand Junction from Boulder, Colorado, after working in the outdoor recreation industry for over 10 years. Before this, Steve spent his time in Denver working in commercial and builder real estate development. Steve began his professional career as an electro-mechanical drafter in an advanced manufacturing operation in Syracuse, New York. Steve currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Council of Colorado, the Grand Valley Outdoor Rec Coalition and the Grand Valley Cleantech Business Coalition.
Steve is a native of upstate New York and received his B.S. in Industrial Technologies from Buffalo State College.
Business Development Manager
Matt Bell joined GJEP in August 2021. As GJEP’s Business Development Manager, Matt’s primary responsibility is business recruitment. He works alongside the Deputy Director to support businesses through expansion and relocation, providing information and assistance with real estate, incentive, local government relations and industry connections.
Prior to GJEP, Matt spent nearly five years as a Sales and Marketing Representative for a power tool company. He is a CMU Alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and Business Administration. In his spare time, Matt enjoys skiing, hiking and playing softball.
Fundraising & Events Coordinator
As the Fundraising & Events Coordinator, Nicole manages investor relations, benefits and fundraising at GJEP. She is responsible for organizing GJEP hosted events and the annual Western Colorado Economic Summit. In addition, Nicole coordinates internal office systems to support the GJEP team.
Nicole was born and raised in Grand Junction and has great passion for her community. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources. She serves on the United Way of Mesa County Board, the Blood Brothers Foundation Board, and Alpha Sigma Alpha’s National Alumnae Engagement Coaching Team. Nicole also coordinates Gate Check and Security for the annual Junior College World Series.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Cilia is responsible for all marketing and communications efforts for GJEP, as well as promoting the Grand Valley business community regionally and nationally. Cilia joined GJEP from Development Counsellors International in 2015, a place marketing agency where she worked with large metros like Houston, Texas, to smaller, rural places, like Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Cilia’s work experience spans fashion PR to public affairs at the American Water Works Association, lead generation marketing for Regis University and business development for UK Trade & Investment, as well as freelance marketing for various communities and economic development organizatons. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications, and a M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
A Swedish transplant, by way of New York City and Denver, Cilia enjoys hiking, camping and exploring Western Colorado with her husband and two children.