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Executive Director

Marion, South Carolina, United States
November 12, 2018

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Marion, SC 29571

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SUMMARY Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Certified Community Developer (CDI), Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), professional educator, trainer, consultant, and proven leader with over 25 years’ experience in public administration with emphasis on improving the quality of life for citizen in the communities I serve.



Executive Director

Plan, organize, and direct all programs and activities related to economic development, with emphasis on creating and implementing strategies to enhance the economic wellbeing of the region through the creation of jobs and capital investment. Recruit and negotiate with industry representatives to encourage location in the area, assist in the expansion of existing businesses, and work with elected officials and community leaders to secure financing and maximize returns. Serve as Treasurer for the I-95 Gateway Industrial Park board of directors.

•Announced 6 new and 5 expansion projects adding over 600 jobs and $70 million in investment.

•Secured over $6 million for infrastructure improvements, building construction, public transportation, and a workforce development center.

•Administer grants for building construction and rehabilitation, including processing all reimbursement requests and coordinating annual audit.

•Review business plans and financing structure to ascertain feasibility and economic impact of projects.

•Secured over $3 million in grants for Pee Dee Agriporium™ - a food hub, a shared commercial kitchen, and agri-tourism retail store.

•Supervised the certification of three new industrial sites and the construction of a 75,000 s.f. industrial spec building.

•Coordinate disaster relief, long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure and housing using CDBG funds under the Housing & Community Development Act.


Certified Rater – SAT, TOEFL, and Texas STAAR

Read and score student essays for the SAT, a globally recognized college admission exam, TOEFL for non-English speakers, and the Texas STAAR K12 English and Writing exams.

Apply scores for reading, writing, and analysis across multiple prompts to ascertain students’ use of evidence, reasoning, and stylistic and persuasive elements. Use a rubric to maintain accurate and consistent calibration.

2013 - 2013 WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, Columbia, SC

Adjunct Faculty

Taught graduate level courses on “Executive Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit

Organizations” and “Economic and Social Issues in Healthcare.” Participated as an expert panelist for a symposium on “Economic Development in South Carolina.”

2005 – 2013 JULIE NORMAN ASSOCIATES, LLC, Columbia, SC


Provided customized training and consulting services to business and industry, educational institutions, community-based organizations and economic development agencies. Designed and implemented comprehensive workforce development programs for companies including job

profiling, recruitment, assessment, pre-employment training, and job fairs through coordinated interagency partnerships. Professional speaking engagements for national, state and local organizations.

2007 – 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON, Charleston, WV

Assistant Professor of Business, Jones Division of Business

Taught undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Labor Relations,

Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, and Sales. Also assigned to teaching a 12week graduate program module on Leadership, Innovation, and Change for the Executive MBA program.

•Initiated the university’s participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

•Received outstanding evaluations from students.

1998 – 2007 WV DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, Charleston, WV

Deputy Executive Director, WORKFORCE West Virginia (formerly the Governor’s Workforce Investment Division)


Administered all federal and state workforce development funding for the State of WV totaling over $200 million. Designed and evaluated Request for Proposals (RFPs) for funding statewide. Managed statewide marketing and public relations activities for the agency. Wrote policies on workforce and economic development for the state. Supervised and performed human resources functions for a central office staff of over 200 and 22 field offices.

•Recruited, and/or assisted in expanding over 200 businesses.

•Served as legislative liaison for the agency and compiled annual reports.

•Coordinated an inter-agency collaborative team of 9 state agencies.

•Developed and implemented a 5-year strategic plan for the agency.

•Led the implementation and transition to the WORKFORCE West Virginia brand.

•Conducted targeted industry study for 7 Workforce Investment Boards.

•Represented the State of WV at various international events by conducting workshops on economic and workforce development.

•Served as chairperson on many community and state task forces and committees.

Manager of Workforce Development, Business and Industrial Development Division


Administered West Virginia’s customized industry-specific training program for new

and expanding business and industry by coordinating resources of providers of skill training and employment services for youth and adults. Actively participated in business recruitment, expansion, and retention efforts of entire state.

•Designed, developed and implemented organizational training and development strategies that improve performance of individuals and companies.

•Measured outcomes and effectiveness of customized programs and analyzed the overall impact on organizations and reported findings to Governor’s office and state legislature.

•Facilitated the development of innovative initiatives and structures to meet the collective workforce needs of new and expanding industry sectors.

•Developed leadership and mentoring systems to transfer process knowledge internally within organizations and build a permanent training capacity within the companies served.

•Actively supported community and economic development partnerships and programs related to education and training.

2006 – 2007 OHIO VALLEY UNIVERSITY, Parkersburg, WV.

Adjunct Faculty, ADVANCE Program,

Taught a master’s-level course on Organizational Training and Development as part of the Masters degree in Human Resource Management program.

1992-1993 MAKING-IT-COUNT, Division of

Professional Speaker

Conducted presentations to high school students on college and career success strategies.

2002 – 2002 UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON, Charleston, WV

Adjunct Faculty, Jones Division of Business,

Taught a master’s-level course on Organizational Training and Development as part of the

Master’s degree in Human Resource Management program.

1995 – 1997 LEE HECHT HARRISON, Washington, D.C.

Certified Associate/Consultant

Facilitated group seminars providing a wide variety of job search techniques, career development and outplacement processes for this international career management firm.

•Conducted self-assessment activities that examine an individual's skills, interests and values.

•Guided participants in preparing resumes and cover letters that are market focused in formats preferred by most hiring officials.

•Facilitated the development of effective networking and salary negotiation strategies.

•Provided one-on-one career counseling to individuals experiencing a work transition.


Curriculum Developer

Developed computer-based instruction for workplace education programs at several

Fortune 500 firms.

1987- 1998 WV DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Charleston, WV

Program Coordinator (JTPA) - Division of Technical and Adult Education Services

1989 - 1998

Coordinated and managed all aspects of JTPA program design and implementation including curriculum and budget development, financial analysis, EEO compliance, programmatic monitoring and technical assistance on youth and adult training programs in every vocational-technical school in West Virginia. Effectively communicated with local education and economic development agencies to devise procedures, resolve problems and counsel program operators on project administration.

•Designed and administered the Governor’s Summer Youth Enhancement program for 55 counties state-wide. Elevated the Program to a nationally recognized model after results of program participation indicated an average of one grade level increase in both math and reading over a 24-hour instructional period.

•Developed and coordinated dropout prevention/re-entry program that included mentoring, job shadowing, tutoring, alternative education/GED prep and work experience.

•Presented workforce transitional training and educational opportunities to dislocated workers as part of the state Rapid Response Team supporting the workforce development initiative.

•Authored and compiled several technical assistance guides for use by JTPA program operators in county vocational-technical centers and comprehensive high schools serving at-risk youth.

•Secured funds through grant writing and managed subsequent budgets in excess of $7M annually.

WV Adult Literacy Coordinator/Director of Adult Literacy Coalition

1988- 1989

Promoted public awareness of the problem of illiteracy while serving as facilitator within the adult education community on behalf of the West Virginia Adult Literacy Coalition.

•Generated over $45,000 in goods and services for program improvement through fundraising activities.

•Promoted a statewide literacy campaign involving the contributions of nationally renowned artists.

•Directed the recruitment and referral of approximately 20,000 individuals to literacy and adult basic education programs utilizing a toll-free hotline.

JTPA Monitor

1987 - 1988

Verified program compliance with federal and state policies and procedures relating to JTPA which encompassed financial and programmatic reviews followed by written reports containing findings and recommendations for corrective action.

•Designed the initial JTPA monitoring instruments and procedures for the department.

•Reduced annual audit disallowed costs resulting in substantial monies saved for the state.


Planner, Employment and Training Division

•Reviewed and processed JTPA contracts and subsequent modifications, and analyzed programmatic progress reports.

•Led contract negotiations for proposals submitted by various subcontractors.

•Prepared statistical reports and narratives for the U.S. Department of Labor.


. Substitute Teacher

Served as a substitute for full-time permanent teachers during their absence at both primary and secondary levels.

EDUCATION Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership)

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV – August, 2001

M.B.A. (Human Resources minor)

Marshall University, Institute, WV – May 1993

B.B.A. (Management/Marketing)

Marshall University, Huntington, WV – December 1985

Economic Development Institute graduate

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK – May 2001

RESEARCH “The Relationship between Interorganizational collaboration and the Perception of School-Business Partnership Effectiveness in West Virginia” -- Doctoral dissertation completed August 2001

PUBLICATIONS V.I.P. magazine – Summer 2016

South Carolina Living magazine – Summer 2015

WV Executive magazine – Fall 2007

Numerous newspaper articles and TV interviews

PROFESSIONAL Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)

CERTIFICATIONS Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) Certified South Carolina

& TRAINING Economic Developer (SCCED)

Community Development Institute (CDI) Graduate

Economic Development Institute (EDI) Graduate

Certified Adult Literacy Tutor

Certified Option IV Substitute Teacher

Certified “Making It Count” Presenter

MEMBERSHIPS SC Economic Developers Association

International Economic Development Council

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals

Southern Economic Development Council

I-95 Gateway Industrial Park (Board Treasurer)


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