Our region is led by ambitious people who are marked by ingenuity and positivity.
With hard work and determination, our region’s leaders are demonstrating that we can support and execute our big visions, with many catalytic projects developed in just the past few years alone. These developments are transforming the face of downtown Fort Wayne and are serving as regional amenities, allowing people to convene and experience the regional city.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s governing board is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of our operations and fiscal matters. Our board members serve three-year terms and are elected by the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), our investor board of more than 120 members. All 11 counties participate on the governing board: There must be more non-Allen county participants than Allen County participants, no fewer than 10 private-sector members, and no more than six elected official members.
Thanks to the guidance of our board members and regional collaborators, you’ll find us at the forefront of innovation and progress—that’s always good for business.
Meet Our Governing Board Members
Scott Glaze | Fort Wayne Metals
Paul Chodak | Indiana Michigan Power
David Findlay | Lake City Bank
Brian Bauer | Lutheran Health Network
Interim Regional Opportunities Council Chair
Ray Kusisto | Orthopedics Northeast
Immediate Past Chair
Joe Pierce | Farmers State Bank
Mayor Suzanne Handshoe | City of Kendallville
LEDO Council Chair
Ken McCrory | DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership
- Karl Bandemer | City of Fort Wayne
- Wendell Bontrager | Old National Bank
- Tamra Boucher | Haldrup USA
- Therese Brown | Allen County Commissioner
- Jim Cook | JPMorgan Chase Bank
- Sherilyn Emberton | Huntington University
- Arlan Friesen | Ambassador Enterprises
- Mayor Richard “Dick” Hickman | City of Angola
- Nancy Jordan | Lincoln Financial Group
- Jon Myers | Whitley County Economic Development Corp.
- John Lefever | Star Insurance
- Bob Marshall | Noble County Economic Development Corporation and Campbell & Fetter Bank
- David McFadden | Manchester University
- John Miller | Best-One Tire & Service
- Mark Millett | Steel Dynamics, Inc.
- Tom Niezer | Barrett McNagny
- Mike Packnett | Parkview Health
- Kathleen Randolph | Northeast Indiana Works
- John Urbahns | Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
- Mayor Joseph Thallemer | City of Warsaw
- Jeff Turner | Metal Technologies
Honorary Board Members
- Tim Haffner | Faegre Baker Daniels
- Jim Marcuccilli | Star Financial Bank
- Maclyn Parker | Olive B. Cole Foundation
- Bob Taylor | Do it Best Corp.
Non-Voting Board Members
- Vince Buchanan | Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana
- Linda Fortner | Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Northeast Region
Are you ready to join in our collective success? From our low taxes to our affordable cost of living, we can find a fit for you. Give us a call today, and let’s chat about our future.Call Us