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April 12, 2017 4:36pm

New Faces Grace GLI

Greater Louisville Inc. is pleased to welcome seven new staff members to our team.  These professionals are serving in a variety of roles, across all of GLI’s departments.  Here is a little inside information about the people working hard to advance the regional economy and serve you at the Metro Chamber in their own words.

Keisha Lamb

Keisha Lamb: “My role is to assist the President & CEO in a variety of tasks, which includes scheduling.  I am also responsible for board and committee meeting tasks.  I came to work for GLI because of its role in creating jobs and attracting talent to the area.  I also enjoy the challenges of scheduling—each day is like a miniature jigsaw puzzle.  In addition, working with directors and their assistants is rewarding.”

John Launius

John Launius: “As the Economic Development Manager I am responsible for identifying and managing opportunities for new business attraction. This is accomplished through relationship development and outreach to businesses and key gatekeepers within the industry. I moved to Louisville over 10 years ago from a small town of 900 residents and quickly fell in love. The music, arts, food, recreation, and overall sense of community were like nothing I had experienced and excite me still today. This region has afforded me lifelong relationships and experiences that regularly reinforce the love and gratitude I have for my chosen home. That said, I believe there is no greater impact we can have as citizens than to ensure regional success for future generations. It is an honor to join GLI and to promote the region thathas given so much to me.”

Mae Marks

Mae Marks: “My new role is Manager, Special Projects in Economic Development and Talent. I will be facilitating the Greater Louisville International Professionals program, working on the upcoming Familiarization Tour, as well as touching on Talent Attraction efforts, the Regional Air Coalition, and Economic Development outreach! I chose GLI because I have been an active member of the Louisville area business community for many years. I was an Investor at GLI as a small business owner, a regional partner of the 2020 Strategy as the Assistant Director at the Oldham Chamber, and jumped at the chance to join such a talented team doing such valuable community-focused work.”

Erin McKinney

Erin McKinney: “My role is the new Administrative Assistant for the Investor Development & Relations Team. I help the team with scheduling investor meetings, coordinating ribbon cuttings, and perform administrative tasks all to assist with new and existing investor development.  GLI really is a career-dream-come-true.  I love to help and learn something new every
day! I am honored to be a part of an organization that benefits the community. I am amazed by the resources and dedication GLI has continued to provide over the years.  I am excited to see even more economic growth and success come to the Derby City.  Louisville has always been my home and I could never imagine living anywhere else!”

Miriam Nally

Miriam Nally: “As the Event Coordinator, I handle the internal event registration logistics and registration onsite at GLI Events. My husband and I recently moved to the Louisville/Southern Indiana area from Texas. At my previous job, I was involved with my local chambers and enjoyed being a part of an organization that helps build community and business. I jumped at the opportunity to work for GLI and to be a part of the team that is in the business to helping grow the Louisville community and economy.”

Ellie Puckett

Ellie Puckett: “My role as Commercialization Director is focused on assisting entrepreneurs grasp the importance of attaining early paying customers. I facilitate this through multiple programs and initiatives including Vogt Awards Accelerator (invests 12 weeks of training and $25K into 6 local start-ups), Mentor Louisville (pairs entrepreneurs and industry experts), and the soon to be developed Sales Bootcamp for Startups. I chose GLI because it combined my love for startups and serving the community. I wanted to nurture and grow the Louisville economy, while helping individuals get their dreams up and running. I also deeply valued the mentorship and training I would be receiving from my direct supervisor who has proven herself in the community. “

Iris Wilbur

Iris Wilbur: “I advocate for pro-business policies at the local, state, and federal levels of government on behalf of our investors. Greater Louisville must attract jobs and businesses to stay competitive- and I help give our region’s business community a voice in the policy-making process. GLI represents some of the most innovative and successful businesses in the country and I want to play a role in shaping policy to make my hometown a better place to live and work. The Greater Louisville is in the center of all the action and getting to work with community leaders, officials, and businesses is a great opportunity to make a difference.”