Canton’s Manager of Economic Development & Tourism
What is your main responsibility?
My role is responsible for creating a positive economic impact for the community through research and implementation of programs and initiatives, to recruit and expand business, and encourage travel to the community, while promoting opportunities for economic growth through innovative means. This position works closely with elected commissions and boards, which are focused on defined areas within Canton’s Roadmap.
Describe a typical day on the job.
My typical day is mostly out in the community uncovering potential opportunities for development or helping to support existing projects/businesses already in development. I work with prospective developers as well as individual small-business owners to ensure we are investing in areas and opportunities which will have the most significant economic impact for the city.
One of my main focuses, specific to economic development, is to define and create a tourism brand for the city. Canton has the perfect backdrop for a live, work and play environment,
and I hope to help market the city in that manner.
What is your background?
I have been in this role since October 2021. My professional career prior to my role with Canton was a 10-year career in mountain luxury destination sales and marketing in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
What is the most unusual job you’ve done?
To date, the most unusual request was to get on the roof of one of our downtown buildings with a prospective developer. It was a little scary, as I realized that it was a bit more technical than I had expected to access the roof, but I kept my word and accessed the roof.
What projects are you excited about?
The sale of the Jones Building to Penn Hodge Properties is a very exciting and a much-anticipated development opportunity for our Main Street and downtown offerings. Another exciting aspect of economic development and tourism is the interest from outside developers in Canton’s potential. We are in a position to responsibly brand, define and market all the wonderful attributes which make Canton special.
What do you like most about your job?
What I love most about my job is being a part of strong leadership in Canton. The city has been on a clear path defining our Roadmap on what we are looking to accomplish and how we are to get there. My position is to help continue to move Canton forward in the Roadmap, as well as identify new and exciting opportunities around defining a tourism profile for the city.
What goals do you have?
My goals all center around providing the best life for myself and my daughter here in Canton. When thinking of both personal and professional goals, my focus is to make sure to have a good balance between work and home, while helping to build a community we love to live in.
My professional goal centers around growing and learning in this role. The job presents several areas to enhance my knowledge around economic development in the city, county and state, as well as how we all work together toward common goals.
Another professional goal is to implement my combined experience and knowledge in destination marketing and tourism to help create a brand for the city of Canton which is reflective of its strong community network
Tell us about your family and hobbies.
I love the outdoors, so any opportunity to be outside is where I like to spend my time. I enjoy hiking, golfing, camping, listening to live music, getting on the river or just hanging at the park with my dog. I have a 16-year-old daughter who is involved in equestrian activities and enjoys riding her horse, Denver, so we spend a good amount of time at the barn. My second child is our sweet beagle-boxer mix, Kodie. She usually is my walking, hiking and going-to-the-park companion.