Staff

Tim Eckerle
Executive Director
Tim Eckerle - Executive Director
Tim Eckerle
Executive Director

Contact Tim at: teckerle@grantcounty.com

Since 1984, Tim has been the Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Marion, Indiana. As the Growth Council’s initial director, Tim has been responsible for developing the organization’s mission and overseeing its development. During his tenure, the Growth Council has participated in attracting 22 diverse new manufacturers such as furniture, plastic lids manufacturers, and an ethanol plant as well as participated in over 12 billon dollars worth of modernization and expansion projects. In 2008, he actively participated with the City of Marion to recruit TriEnda, LLC, a thermal plastics pallet manufacturer from Wisconsin to Marion.

These projects and many others have garnered national recognition by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Site Selection Magazine and Mid America Economic Development Council. Marion was named as one of the Top 100 Small Cities for Economic Development from 1989 to 1999 by CoreNet and as a Top Economic Development Group in 2005 by Site Selection Magazine.

Prior to joining the Growth Council, Tim was Director of Planning and Development of Harvey, Illinois; Assistant Director of City of South Bend, Indiana; Redevelopment Commission and a Planner with the Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County, Indiana, and the City of Elkhart.

Tim is a Past President of the Indiana Economic Development Association, Northeast Midwest Leadership Council and was named as one of the Top Ten Young Economic Developers in the USA by the Industrial Development Council, as well as several inclusions in Who’s Who in Real Estate Development. In 2008 Tim received an Honorary Secretary of Commerce award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Governor Mitch Daniels bestow a Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2009. Tim has been a speaker at the Center for Automotive Research’s prestigious Management Briefing Seminar, as well as for the National Council for Urban Economic Advance Training Seminars, National Association of Counties, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indiana Association of Counties, and other regional organizations.

Tim is a graduate of Indiana University.

Victoria Herring
Director of Business Development & Operations
Victoria Herring - Director of Business Development & Operations
Victoria Herring
Director of Business Development & Operations

Contact Victoria: vherring@grantcounty.com

Victoria Herring joined the growth council in September of 2017. She is a graduate of Indiana University at Fort Wayne with a B.S. in Marketing. She has been a Marion resident for 7 years, and has become involved with several community organizations including Youth for Christ and the Grant County Rescue Mission. Victoria’s professional background includes a variety of roles at several nonprofits throughout Grant County, where she has experience in sales and marketing.

Victoria attends College Wesleyan church where she is active in the hospitality ministry, combining two of her favorite things: meeting new people and coffee.

When Victoria is not working, you can most likely find her running on the Cardinal Greenway or enjoining the outdoors with her family.

Mikayla Marazzi
Director of Marketing and Communications
Mikayla Marazzi - Director of Marketing and Communications
Mikayla Marazzi
Director of Marketing and Communications

Contact Mikayla: mmarazzi@grantcounty.com

Mikayla Marazzi joined the Grant County Economic Growth Council in August 2017. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with B.A. in English.

Originally from BC, Canada, Mikayla moved to Indiana to play tennis at IWU—and she never expected that she would stay in Indiana after graduation. When she first moved to the Midwest, she experienced culture shock and longing for the community she had left behind; however, slowly but surely, Indiana became a new sort of home to her. She fell in love with the Grant County community: full of warmth, kindness, and intimate familiarity. Thus, after graduation she re-routed her plans to stay rooted in Indiana—and she is thrilled to expand her involvement in Grant County with her work at the Growth Council.

Mikayla is constantly exploring new restaurants, coffee shops, books, festivals, parks, and concerts. She is passionate about highlighting the beautiful spaces, fun opportunities, and wonderful people that exist in Grant County.

You can usually find Mikayla walking (sometimes running) alongside the river in Matter Park, sifting through a new book at The Abbey Coffee Co., or conversing with a friend over tacos at El Taco.

Mikayla has experience in a variety of international development projects. In 2011, she volunteered at Hogar Bethel, an orphanage in Argentina, where she managed meal schedules, played with the kids, and learned Spanish language and culture. In 2016, she worked with Project Elea at Eleonas Refugee Camp, distributing food and clothing, teaching English, and facilitating recreational activities. Mikayla hopes to bring her intercultural experience into her work with Grant County, as she aspires to cultivate a community of warmth, inclusion, and diversity.

In addition to the Growth Council, Mikayla is on leadership of The Place, a multiple purpose community center and restaurant that will soon occupy the old nautilus building in the downtown Marion area.

Bill Gartland
Bill Gartland
President
Scott Adams
Scott Adams
VP of Strategy
Kyle Hawkins
Kyle Hawkins
VP of Marketing
Anne Duncan
Anne Duncan
VP of Resources
Josh Matchette
Josh Matchette
Secretary/Treasurer
Tim Street
Tim Street
Past President
Brett Carey
Brett Carey
President Elect