When I first interviewed for the position of President for Alliance Area Development (AAD), I had some anxieties. I was very young in my career and the organization was fairly new with limited resources. However, the collaborative effort between the public and private sector was something I had not experienced before. The business community was eager to get engaged and move the community forward. I wanted to be part of this winning formula of teamwork and cooperation.
I quickly got to know some great people, such as Charlie Grove, one of the greatest storytellers I have ever encountered. He shared with me story after story from flying planes to doing business in Alliance. He told me stories about Jack Peters, Terry Tolerton, Joe Mastroianni and John Robertson. . . just to name a few. I learned about their commitment toward the Alliance community, how they made the most of their opportunities here, and how they passed down that commitment to the next generation.
I’ve seen so much growth in the manufacturing and service sectors as well as new retail developments on State Street. I still hear and learn new stories about entrepreneurs, community leaders, and Alliance citizens that work and live here, making their mark in this diverse community. Next month I’ll be celebrating my 11th year as President of AAD and the collaboration continues towards improving and enhancing the overall economic well-being and quality of life in the community. I couldn’t be prouder of my role in supporting economic development in the Alliance area and I look forward to a future filled with endless possibilities.
You heard my story, but we want to hear yours. In the coming months and over the next two years, we will be sharing the positives of our community, our success stories. If you have a positive story to tell, large or small, we will find a way to incorporate it into our campaign—in the paper, radio, digitally, and socially. Our mission is to let the positives of our community shine, while addressing challenges. Let’s keep the positive momentum going.
What makes Alliance special to you? Who has inspired you? Share a positive story or fact with us. Join in the fun and reward of improving your community. Join us in making Alliance everything it can be.