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Johnson tapped to lead IDA marketing
SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2013
The Halifax Industrial Development Authority (IDA) yesterday announced yesterday that Kristy Johnson will serve as its manager of Marketing & Business Development. While this is a new position for the IDA, Johnson is well known to the IDA and Halifax County.
“Our search led us to our own backyard,” said IDA Executive Director Matt Leonard. “We had an excellent response from candidates local and beyond, including those with marketing experience for nationally recognized organizations.
“Kristy knows Halifax County, and believes in it deeply. She has proven that over and again through her excellent work for the IDA and REC over the last five years, and through her community involvement outside of her work. Between her previous education and experience, and her different roles and responsibilities at the IDA and the REC, she has built up many of the skills needed for the this new position.”
Johnson first came to the IDA as its Operations Manager in 2009, a position she held until 2011. Her excellent work in that capacity made her the IDA’s clear choice to become the Director of Operations & Business Development for Riverstone Energy Center (REC). REC is an IDA component, funded by the Tobacco Commission, the County and IDA, offering Business Incubation, and Product Development and Improvement. Dr. Douglas Corrigan is REC’s Executive Director, and worked extensively with Johnson over the last two years to launch and grow the REC.
“Kristy is a great multi-tasker, and a notably hard worker. She has done everything we needed her to do, and done it well,” said Dr. Corrigan. “In fact, we singled her out at this time last year for her exemplary work on the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium and C-CARE Ribbon Cutting event. Johnson spent countless hours coordinating many of the IDA’s partners, and industry stakeholders from around the country.”
Johnson's new duties will include planning and implementing targeted marketing strategies and tactics, coordinating prospect events, developing and coordinating marketing materials, deploying marketing through various media (electronic, social, print, etc.), developing and maintaining productive relationships with economic development and community partners and allies, assisting when negotiating agreements and contracts with prospects.
Johnson lives in the Town of Halifax with her husband Clint Johnson, an SVCC instructor working at the SVHEC, and their two sons. She is a Town of Halifax Council Member, Town of Halifax Planning Commissioner, Mentor Role Model Board Member, and Co-Chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs. She holds a BA in Business from Georgia Southwestern State, Basic Economic Developer Certificate, and a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program. She will start her new position on Oct. 15.
CommentsWhat has the IDA done for Halifax Co. except tear down Ziggy's? I would love to see how much she makes. Her entire family are government workers and she is on town council? Does that not seem to be a conflict of interest? That is what is wrong with the world today. I hope she has the common sense not to vote on IDA money when it comes before council. IDA should be defunded and shut down! Please support the members of the Board of Supervisors that want this!
- By allpolitical2 on 10 / 03 / 13
CommentsOh My! Another do nothing job in Halifax County. What has any of these people done for our area. Most people on the IDA are just taking double pay checks home for nothing. This looks like another social club to milk grants.
- By JamesZ on 10 / 04 / 13
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