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LEAP Team Grows with Three New Employees

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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February 19, 2014
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LEAP Team Grows with Three New Employees

Former MSUFCU and CEDAM employees included in new hires

LANSING, MI – On the heels of a record year of job creation and investment, three new employees have joined LEAP as part of the business development and new economy division teams. Each of the three new hires brings a can-do mentality and exceptional professional background to the organization which now has 11 full time employees.

The business development team welcomes Keith Lambert as the Tri County Development Manager. Lambert will work closely on the Agriculture Development workgroup, on development projects with the tri county communities in the non-immediate greater Lansing area and with the MI Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority.

Lambert most recently was the Coordinator of the Microenterprise Network of Michigan at Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, CEDAM. Lambert received his BA in International Relations through the James Madison College at Michigan State University. Additionally, Lambert specialized in economics and political economy during his time at Michigan State University.

The New Economy Division welcomes on two new staff members after the departure of the department Co-Director in late 2013. Quin Stinchfield will take on the Manager of Business Incubation role providing maintenance management and oversight of the LEAP-run incubators in the region. She will work closely with incubator tenants to assist with setting and meeting the goals of the incubator programs. Additionally, Stinchfield will work closely with the Regional Incubation Network to create an ecosystem of incubation throughout the community.

Stinchfield most recently was the Business Advancement Director for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, SC. Stinchfield also founded BIZ INC, the first business incubator program in Mount Pleasant, SC prior to joining the Chamber. Stinchfield earned her BA in Interpersonal and Public Communications from the University of Akron and her MPA in Public Administration from the College of Charleston.

Tony Willis joins LEAP as the Manager of Business Acceleration. Willis will assist business owners and entrepreneurs to get their ideas from concept to market. He will help businesses tap into the vast amount of resources greater Lansing has to offer whether it is the Business Accelerator Fund, business pitch competitions, local incubators, and other programs.

Willis spent the past three years as a Business Services Specialist at MSU Federal Credit Union. In this role, Willis specialized in business development, account management, and commercial lending with a focus on startups. Willis earned a BA in Communications with specialization in PR from Michigan State University.

"With these new hires, LEAP is fully staffed and ready to continue our hard work in economic development on behalf of the region,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. "Every member of our team has a specific skill set needed for our organization and region to thrive. We are happy to welcome these individuals to our team.”

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The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.


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