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Board of Directors

The Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors of prominent local business and community leaders.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the following members currently:

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Russell P. Schropp
    Vice President
    Attorney At Law
    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
  • Gary Griffin
    B & I
  • Alan D. Reynolds
    Past Chair
    Regional Business Leader
  • Richard Grant
    Founding Partner
    Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, P.A.
  • Michael Wynn
    Sunshine Ace Hardware
  • Laura Holquist
    Vice President
    LAH Group Advisors, LLC
  • Susan Pareigis
    President & CEO
    Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

Board Members

  • Roger Desjarlais
    County Manager
    Lee County
  • Dr. Robert Jones
    Regional VP Economic and Community Development
    Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Jason Korn
    Managing Director
    Cohen & Grigsby P.C.
  • John Manning
    Commissioner – District 1
    Lee County Board of Commissioners
  • Michael V. Martin, Ph.D.
    Florida Gulf Coast University
  • John D. Meyer
    Hodges University
  • Leo Ochs
    County Manager
    Collier County
  • Sarah Owen
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    SWFL Community Foundation
  • Fred Pezeshkan
    Summit Management Group, LLC
  • Christopher T. Spiro
    Chief Creative Officer
    Spiro & Associates
  • John Talmage
    Lee County Economic Development
  • Penny Taylor
    Commissioner – District 4
    Collier County Board of County Commissioners
  • Christopher Westley, Ph.D.
    Director, Regional Economic Research Institute
    Florida Gulf Coast University

The organization structure also includes two sub-committees reporting to the Executive Committee:

  • The Marketing Advisory Committee comprised of participating local EDO directors.
  • The Investor Advisory Committee includes cornerstone investors who wish to participate.

Susan Pareigis, Alliance President

The organization structure also includes four sub-committees reporting to the Executive Committee:

  • The Budget / Finance
  • Investor / Communications
  • Marketing / Lead Generation
  • Nominating