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Vice President , Business Attract...

Quad Cities Chamber
130 West Second Street
Davenport , Iowa 52801
United States

Company Description: The Quad Cities Chamber works to strengthen and enhance the business environment, represent the interests of our members and foster balanced growth in the Quad...   more

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  • B.B.A. , Finance
    Grand Valley State University
  • University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute
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Ray De Winkle, CEcD, ..., 28 Feb 2014 [cached]
Ray De Winkle, CEcD, EDFP
SVP, Global Business Development
Ray has served as President and CEO for GreaterFindlayInc. in Findlay, Ohio, with oversight of the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Council. Prior to that, De Winkle spent 19 years with The Right Place, Inc., in Grand Rapids as Vice President of Business Development, Director of the Small Business Development Center and Economic Development Consultant. Ray has extensive experience in all aspects of economic development as well as strategic and business planning in addition to working as a Business Analyst for Foremost Insurance Company.
Ray holds a B.B.A in Finance (Magna Cum Laude) from Grand Valley State University and is a Certified Economic Developer and Business Counselor .
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Findlay Hancock County Alliance.: Archive: 2009 News Releases [cached]
"The outcome of these issues will deeply impact our community," said Ray De Winkle, GreaterFindlayInc. President and CEO.
said De Winkle.
"The leadership programs will benefit from Sheri's enthusiasm and extensive service learning background," said Ray De Winkle, GreaterFindlayInc. President and CEO.
"Angela's position as interim director will allow both HL and HYL programs to continue moving forward while GreaterFindlayInc. and the Boards consider how best to assure leadership for the organization," said Ray De Winkle, GFI President and CEO.
This type of growth may be attributed to Hancock County's diverse local economy, said Ray De Winkle, GreaterFindlayInc. President and CEO. "As the retail and employment hub for many surrounding counties, Findlay•Hancock County attracts many residents with its moderate cost of living and high quality of life," said De Winkle.
"Findlay•Hancock County is proud to contribute to Ohio's success of the 2008 Governor's Cup Award," said Ray De Winkle, GreaterFindlayInc. President and CEO.
"We're sorry that we are losing Alissa's leadership to a bigger market, but wish her well in her new position in Columbus," said Ray De Winkle, GFI President & CEO.
"Angela's position as interim director will allow both HL and HYL programs to continue moving forward while GreaterFindlayInc. and the Boards consider how best to assure leadership for the organization," said Ray De Winkle, GFI President and CEO.
Findlay Hancock County Alliance.: Archive: 2008 Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce News Releases [cached]
Audio clip from Ray De Winkle
Funding Finalized at City Council Meeting
(November 19, 2008)-Ray De Winkle, President and CEO of GreaterFindlayInc. was formally introduced to Findlay City Council Tuesday night.
De Winkle addressed council prior to a discussion regarding the city's role in helping fund GFI's economic development efforts. De Winkle noted that the public-private partnership of GreaterFindlayInc. eliminates duplicative management and allows leverage of marketing resources. This leverage allows Findlay and Hancock County to enjoy services of a well staffed economic development organization, seasoned executives and use of a sophisticated retention analysis tool.
GreaterFindlayInc. will voluntarily accept a reduction of funds from the City, taking a nearly 75% reduction compared to City department's reductions of 9%. The final figure will be used to continue GFI's relationship and provide economic development services to Findlay-Hancock County.
Although considerably less than current contributions, De Winkle said Findlay and Hancock County are not alone in belt-tightening.
With a mission to help the Greater Findlay region to grow and prosper, GFI's De Winkle officially began his duties on Monday, and already is doing a selling job: (click to listen to the following podcasts)
De Winkle Hits the Ground Running
Incoming GFI President and CEO Ray De Winkle is involved with the efforts, despite not taking office until November 17.
"As a newcomer to the area, I am impressed with the unified focus of both the public and the private sector," said De Winkle.
The Community Task Force has representation from City/County Government, Regional and State Offices and a number of other profit and not-for-profit offices. This group of community leaders is working collaboratively to present a proposal to Cooper's Corporate Office by Dec. 1.
"It is evident that Cooper Tire and this community have a long and strong history. The Task Force is very serious about retaining that relationship and we are all focused on presenting a proposal to the Cooper Corporate Office to protect that partnership," said De Winkle.
(October 16, 2008) -The Board of Directors of GreaterFindlayInc. (GFI) announced today that Ray De Winkle, CEcD, EDFP, has been named President & CEO for the organization. He plans to assume his post on November 17, 2008.
De Winkle comes to Findlay, Ohio from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served as Vice President of Business Development for The Right Place, Inc., a private/public regional non-profit economic development organization in West Michigan, focused on building the region's economy.
As Vice President, De Winkle has been responsible for leading the company's development services including global attraction, as well as retention and expansion of the existing firms in the region. In the last five years, De Winkle and his business development team have assisted companies in retaining 3,040 jobs, creating 5,521 new jobs with $229 million in new payroll and adding $452 million of new capital investment. He and his team also completed 1,189 retention calls on existing employers.
De Winkle is experienced in outlining the company's strategies and goals, financial planning and budgeting, and developing products and services to fulfill unmet market needs. He has represented business interests at local, state, and federal levels and also served as director of the company's Small Business Development Center.
De Winkle's major accomplishments include organizing and creating the Technology Council of West Michigan. He also was deeply involved in organizing and creating the first strategic plan for the West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative (Grand Rapids SmartZone). In addition, he developed a CEO Roundtable for manufacturers and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce's Tax Calendar, among other activities.
"Ray has a tremendous amount of talent that will continue to advance the Greater Findlay community," said GFI's Chairman of the Board, Randy Lohoff of Marathon Petroleum Co.
De Winkle holds a B.B.A. in Finance Magna Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University, and is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids. He is the 2001 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Involvement from Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. In addition, De Winkle has earned professional certifications in Economic Development, Economic Development Finance, and Business Counseling.
MEDA - Michigan Economic Developers Association || Board of Directors, 3 Dec 2008 [cached]
Ray DeWinkleVice PresidentThe Right Place, Inc. 161 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 400Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2701Phone: 616-771-0571Fax: 616-771-0555
The Quad Cities Chamber of ..., 18 Aug 2014 [cached]
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and Quad Cities First, which leads external marketing and business attraction for the six-county region, have hired Ray De Winkle as the new vice president for business attraction.
"Ray has an extensive background in the industry, and we look forward to bringing his depth of experience to the chamber's economic development team."
Mr. De Winkle has 25 years of economic development experience. He most recently worked as senior vice president for global business development for the Lansing, Mich., Economic Area Partnership, where he worked with regional partners on business attraction efforts, and regularly engaged in new business attraction opportunities in target sectors.
Before his work with LEAP, Mr. De Winkle was president and CEO of Greater Findlay Inc., a combined chamber, economic development and convention and visitors bureau organization in Findlay, Ohio.
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