Economic Development News
|Tim Dougher named interim executive director of Business Development Board of Martin County|
|Published Friday, May 18, 2012 7:00 am|
STUART — Tim Dougher will serve as interim executive director of the Business Development Board of Martin County until the agency decides whether to give him the job permanently or undertake a search for a new executive director.
Dougher, who has served as co-director of the board since January 2010, will work with the agency's president, Ed Weinberg, to formulate a reorganization plan in the wake of the resignation of the other co-director, Crystal Stiles.
"Tim has expressed a desire to take over the executive director position," Weinberg said Thursday.
They will present their reorganization recommendations to the agency's executive board on June 21, Weinberg said. The executive board's recommendations would be presented to the full board on July 19.
Dougher, whose annual salary is $89,000, was in Chicago Thursday attending an event for consultants who advise companies looking for sites to develop new facilities, Stiles said.
Tom McNicholas, a board member, expressed support for Dougher being named executive director based on his performance as co-director.
"I personally don't want to spend one dime on a head hunter this go around, if Tim is interested in the position," McNicholas said. "He's already proved himself. He's obviously a co-director. We all chose that."
Tammy Simoneau, a board member who serves as executive director of the Economic Council of Martin County, also expressed opposition to a national search for a new executive director.
Simoneau pointed to Dougher's experience working for the city of Orlando as a business development manager and for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County as a vice president of business recruitment, retention and expansion.
Dougher is responsible for the board's business retention and expansion program as well as recruiting new companies to the county, agency records show.
"We would be totally remiss if we didn't look at our existing staff," Simoneau said. "I think we have a great team in place."
But Don Cuozzo, an executive committee member, expressed some reservations about promoting Dougher to the executive director post.
"I don't really want to appoint somebody executive director. The time is too uncertain," Cuozzo said. "I certainly would want to see what's available to us. I can't say that I'm comfortable that he has the skill set to do that job."
Stiles' last day with the board is May 28. She is set to start for working for FPL as an economic development project manager on May 29.
Weinberg and other board members praised Stiles for her service to the board.
"Whenever somebody you work with has an opportunity of this nature, I'm more proud of their opportunity for growth," Weinberg said. "Although it's a great loss to the organization, I think it's the best thing for (Stiles) and we'll figure out how to keep going forward."
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