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.
addressed council prior to a discussion regarding the city's role in helping fund GFI's economic development efforts.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
team also completed 1,189 retention calls on existing employers.
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
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.
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.