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The Great Lakes Economic Development Council Advisory Council is comprised of an impressive class of economic development professionals with a passion for the Great Lakes region.  All share a passion for the Great lakes region and optimism for for its future prosperity.  

As members of the Great Lakes Economic Development Council Advisory Board, this diverse and talented group will serve as stewards of the organization and the Great Lakes region. They will end their talents, knowledge and expertise to growing a propserous region for future generations.  Take a look at the outstanding lineup of the leadership team of the Great Lakes Economic Development Council below.  You can connect with them by clicking on their name to visit their LinkedIn profile 

Advisory Council Members

Representing Illinois

Representing Indiana

Teresa Nortillo
President & CEO
Nortillo Consulting Group

Eric Pitcher
Regional Director, Economic Development
BNSF Railway Company

Isaac Lee
Executive Director
Steuben County
Economic Development Corporation

Clarence Hulse
Executive Director
Economic Development Corporation Michigan City

Representing Michigan

Representing Minnesota

Jim Robey
Robey Analytics

Paul Krutko
President & CEO
Ann Arbor SPARK

Tom Lambrecht
Manager, Economic Development Services
Great River Energy

Janelle Greschner
Director of Business Recruitment
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

Representing New York

Representing Ohio

Joe Sayre
Senior Economic Development Specialist 
 and NYSEG

Tracy Williams
TLW Group Inc

Janie Hanna
Economic Development Manager

Mark Barbash
Founder & Director
Ohio Economic Development Institute

Representing Ontario

Representing Pennsylvania

Brad Hammond
Development Officer
City of Woodstock 

Donna Gillespie
Chief Executive Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corp.

James Grunke
President & CEO
ERIE Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

Sean Ziller

Deputy Director of Economic Development
City of Bethlehem PA

Representing Quebec

Representing Wisconsin


Mark Maclean
Senior Director – Americas, Asia & Entrepreneurship
Montreal International 

Dean Prestegard
Economist &
Economic Development Strategist
DMP Development Analytics LLC

Diane Lupke
Diane Lupke & Associates, Inc.

At-Large Members

Mark Litten
Vice President, Economic Development 
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Alia Abbas
Alia Consulting - Economic Development Firm