Regional Partnership announces 2015 elections

March 26th, 2015

March 26, 2015

Regional Partnership announces 2015 elections

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), the investor board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, has elected the 2015 Slate of Directors to the Partnerships Governing Board. The Governing Board has also elected its 2015 officers of the corporation. The new directors and officers began their service today.

The ROC, comprised of over 100 regional leaders, oversees the Vision 2020 initiative and elects the Partnership's Governing Board. The Governing Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership oversight to the Partnership's operations and fiscal matters.

"Northeast Indiana is especially strong because we collaborate well, joining our collective strengths and ideas to cultivate a region that's both diverse and unified," said Joe Pierce, chairman of the Partnership's Governing Board and president and CEO at Farmers State Bank. "This is an exciting time in Northeast Indiana's history, one where we can seize calculated opportunities to advance the region."

The Governing Board's newly elected 2015 officers of the corporation are: Treasurer Brian Bauer (Lutheran Health Network) and Public Representative Mayor Suzanne Handshoe (City of Kendallville).

Current Governing Board members elected to a new term include Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer (City of Fort Wayne), Joe Pierce (Farmers State Bank) and Kathleen Randolph (Northeast Indiana Works).

New Governing Board members include Tamra Boucher (Haldrup USA), Jim Cook (JPMorgan Chase Bank), Sherilyn Emberton (Huntington University), David Findlay (Lake City Bank), Arlan Friesen (Ambassador Enterprises), Nancy Jordan (Lincoln Financial Group), Ray Kusisto (OrthoNortheast) Dave McFadden (Manchester University), Commissioner Jac Price (LaGrange County) and John Urbahns (Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and LEDO Council Vice Chair).

Additionally, Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown was elected to complete the final year of a term formerly held by Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters while Tim Haffner (Faegre Baker Daniels) and Bob Taylor (Do it Best Corp.) were elected honorary board members.

"Northeast Indiana is led by ambitious people marked for both ingenuity and determination," said John Sampson, president & CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "Our region is now well known for charting a new, bold course due to the commitment of volunteer leaders devoting their time and energy to service through the Partnership."

Visit the Partnership's website for a full list of Governing Board and Regional Opportunities Council members. 

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership w as formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit



Courtney Tritch
Vice President of Marketing
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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