January 17, 2018 – This morning, GJEP officially welcomed four new board members to our board:
- Matthew Breman, Cranium 360
- David McGee, ProStar Geocorp
- Quint Shear, Shear Inc.
- Mike Sneddon, Wren Industries
We also welcomed Dr. Brian Davidson from St. Mary’s Hospital as our new board chair. Dr. Davidson takes over from Tim Fry, whose term ended with the calendar year. Doug Simons takes Dr. Davidson’s previous position as vice chair, while Kelly Flenniken and Tom Walch stay on as secretary and treasurer respectively. Jay Seaton and Pat Tucker round out our executive team.
We are grateful to them, and all of our board members, for their time and valued contributions to our economic development efforts. See all of our board members here.
We asked Dr. Davidson to share his thoughts on GJEP and the forthcoming year:
The climate for growth and advancement of our local and regional economy is strengthening. The upward trajectory of economic development supported by the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and related organizations is something to be proud of and built upon as we enter 2018.
GJEP experienced a number of successes in 2017 and further solidified a path toward economic diversification and prosperity that our entire community may enjoy. Investments in our local economy continue with the support of our investors and community leaders, including continued and valued support of public partners (City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Town of Palisade, Mesa County). Working with each other for the betterment of all is the culture we all strive for and the mainstay of successful organizations working toward a common vision.
2017 brought transition to GJEP. We thank Kristi Pollard, former executive director of GJEP, for her service to the organization. We are so grateful for the advancements in our public profile, innovative solutions, and collaborative approach Kristi brought to GJEP and entire community. She set GJEP on a path that has reinvigorated so many and propelled hope for the future. We wish Kristi well as she takes on the President/CEO role with the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation.
GJEP engaged in a collaborative process to recruit a new leader in fall 2017. I was so please with the engagement and support of our ED partners and community leaders. The commitment of the recruitment and transitions committees was commendable and provided for a stable and efficient transition. The interest in the executive director position was competitive and we are fortunate to find an outstanding person to lead GJEP into the next chapter.
Robin Brown joined GJEP as executive director in December 2017. Robin’s experience and work toward promoting the Grand Valley in a number of roles made her a standout candidate for the executive director role. The GJEP Board is excited for the years to come with Robin and our entire GJEP team or professionals. The transition really shed light on the strength and professionalism of the entire GJEP team. It is clear that we have a great team and will continue on the economic development journey with yet another great leader.
Please join me in also thanking Tim Fry, 2017 GJEP board chair, for his year in leadership. Transition is always challenging and Tim kept the board and organization aligned with ease and confidence. We are fortunate to continue working with Tim as immediate past chair on the executive committee. So many board members stepped up in 2017 and I offer my thanks to each.
Together, we look forward to advancing our mission of inviting business relocation and growth to the Grand Valley. 2018 is looking good and I am certain we will have another great year of achievement!
Brian M. Davidson