Our ED Team

Gregory Myers

Executive Director

Gregory Myers has served as the Executive Director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) since 2005.  His major project since arriving at WAEDC has been the development of the 760-acre West Central Ohio Industrial Center – now one of Ohio’s first certified manufacturing sites in November 2010.  

Myers is an active member of the Ohio Economic Development Association and currently serves as a board member for the Ohio Sales Partnership, the state’s economic development sales team.

Prior to accepting the position with WAEDC, Myers spent eight years as the first executive director of the SW Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce.  Before establishing the Chamber he worked for 18 years as a regional sales representative for a Midwestern distributor of industrial and construction supplies.  He also served eight years as the mayor of Cridersville, Ohio and eleven years as a member of the Board of Education for the Wapakoneta City School District.  

He serves on the board of directors for the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Auglaize County Public Libraries System, Auglaize & Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.  Myers lives in Cridersville, Ohio where he is actively involved in the local historical society and serves as the volunteer museum director. 

 

 

WAEDC Board Members

Michael Burton

Michael Burton​

Michael A. Burton is a partner with Jauert & Burton LLP and has practiced in Auglaize, Shelby, Allen, and Mercer Counties since 1995. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse in Columbus for five years. Mike’s practice focuses on administration of estates; medicaid and elder law planning; commercial, probate, and domestic litigation; and municipal law. Mike also devotes significant time to real estate, tax and debt resolution matters. Mike graduated from Ohio University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1995. Mike is a member of the Ohio and Auglaize County Bar Associations. Mike serves on the board of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and served as vice president of WAEDC 2005-2010.

Andrew Farley

Andrew Farley

Andrew Farley is a Senior Vice President, Regional Executive, for The State Bank and Trust Co. Andy has assisted many business banking relationships in the Wapakoneta region with opportunities to use both conventional & government loan and account programs to help grow or start their business activity. Andy attended Wright State University and graduated through Excelsior University with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. A longtime resident of the neighboring Lima/Shawnee area, Andy has been working and serving the Wapakoneta area through volunteer activities and initiatives since 1991.

Chad Doll

Chad Doll

Chad Doll is a high school social studies teacher, Social Studies Department Chair, and quiz bowl coach at St. Marys Memorial High School.  Chad earned his BA in Political Science and BS in Social Studies Education at Miami University and a Master's Degree in Education at Bluffton University. Chad is Chair of the Communications & Rules Committee and also serves on the Lands, Buildings & Building Code Committee and the Finance Committee.  Chad and his wife Kristin have three children, John, Lauren and Nathan.  Following spending time with his family, Mr. Doll's other favorite interests include reading, following sports, and trivia.

Ron Gasior

Ron Gasior

Ron Gasior is the Plant Manager at Ametek Westchester Plastics, the nation's leading independent toll compounder of engineering resins, alloys, reactive modifiers, and other thermoplastic materials. He has a BSME and MBA with extensive experience in manufacturing and operational responsibilities, including P&L, strategic planning and finance management. Ron has experience working with Fortune 200 firms as well as privately held businesses in the telecommunications, chemicals, and plastics industries. His strengths include assessing organizational effectiveness, analyzing systems and processes, identifying and implementing cost reduction and containment projects and developing effective safety, health and environmental management systems. Ron moved to Wapakoneta from Princeton, MA in 2005.

Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson

Steve is currently the Vice President of Planning & Development, Cristo Rey Dayton Project. Previous to this, he owned Dome Financial Services and worked in New York for two years. He was recently appointed to the position of Wapakoneta City Council President when the seat became vacant. Steve serves on the board of the Wapakoneta Rotary Club and is a past member of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve currently serves as Vice President on the WAEDC Board of Directors. Steve is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School and Ohio University.

Bob Hager

Bob Hager

Bob’s nearly 34 years of entrepreneurial and professional management experience includes years working internally inside organizations as well as outside through sales development, speaking and consulting experiences.  He has been President of Miller’s Textile Services since 1998 leading the company thru successive years of increasing growth and expansion. Personally, Bob is an accomplished martial artist and enjoys spending time with his wife Lorrie and their four children.  Other pursuits include travel, college sporting events, fly fishing, snow skiing, and reading.

Aaron Rex

Aaron Rex

Aaron Rex is the Superintendent of Wapakoneta City Schools.  He has worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in the Wapakoneta School System.  Aaron received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University where he majored in Social Studies Education and Educational Administration.  He is a member of Rotary, Sertoma, and the Lions Club.  In addition he attends and is a member of Harvest Baptist Church.  Aaron has three children, Layne, Lydia, and Ella, and he is married to Kami.  He is proud to be a Redskin!

Jackie Martel

Jackie Martel

Jackie is the Executive Director of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has over 20 years experience in management and consulting for international organizations and start-up businesses. Jackie holds degrees from Xavier University and the University of Akron in Industrial Psychology and Business. Active in our community, Jackie is a board member of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, the Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Bureau and the Wapakoneta Community Development Center.  She enjoys being the adviser to the high school Octagon Club and a member of the Rotary and Sertoma clubs.

Mark Jarvis

Mark Jarvis

Mark Jarvis is President and owner of The Building Company of Wapakoneta and of Mark R. Jarvis Management Company and the President and founding member of Health Professionals Management Company.  Since 2007, Mark has also worked as realtor for Yocum Realty, focusing on Commercial and Industrial Sales and Leasing.  Prior to earning his MBA from Tiffin University in 2002, Mark worked in education at the secondary and post secondary levels, including Vice President and Chairman of the University Cabinet at the University of Northwestern Ohio.  Mark is very active in the local community, serving on the Wapakoneta City Schools District Leadership Team, Home Savings Bank Board of Directors, Wapakoneta Area Job Ready Sites Community Improvement Corporation, and Allen County Visionaries Board of Trustees.  Mark has lived in Wapakoneta for twenty years.

Clay Kantner

Clay Kantner

Clay Kantner is the President of AIP Logistics, Inc., a local company that specializes in multi-mode logistics with a heavy dose of technology. Clay received his business degree from Ohio Northern University and has worked in this family owned company for many years. Clay sits on the board of the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce and is a Wapakoneta Rotary Club member. Clay is a life-long resident of Wapakoneta.

Tom Stinebaugh

Tom Stinebaugh

Elected Mayor of Wapakoneta in 2015,  Tom Stinebaugh is employed as a realtor with Binkley Real Estate and is the owner of Stinebaugh Building and Remodeling.  He is co-owner of “Woody’s at the Lake” and a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Tom worked for the Wapakoneta Fire Department for 25 years.  He is a life-long resident of Wapakoneta.

Lonnie Pedersen

Lonnie Pedersen

Lonnie Pedersen has a long history in the telecommunications field, and he currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at TSC, Wapakoneta's local telecommunications provider. Lonnie serves in many leadership roles around the community, including Board of Director positions for Com Net Inc., Minster Bank, Telcom Insurance Group and OSLECA, Ohio Small Local Exchange Carrier Association. Lonnie earned a degree in business administration from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. He moved to Wapakoneta in 1990 from Spencer, Iowa.

Erica Preston

Erica Preston

Erica Preston is the County Administrator for Auglaize County. Erica grew up in Wapakoneta and returned to the area after spending seven years in the Columbus, Ohio area where she practiced law at an international law firm. Erica graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 2000 and obtained both her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Ohio Northern University. Erica is on the board of directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Floyd Gregg

Floyd Gregg

Floyd Gregg is the Director of Public Service and Safety for the City of Wapakoneta. He is a graduate of Celina Senior Highschool and the University of Toledo’s College of Business. Before joining the city in 2018 he served as a police officer for the Village of Minster for nine years. Floyd is on the recreation board, planning committee, and serves as a board member of the CIC. Floyd and his wife Rachel have three children, Evan, Warren, and Natalie.

Kirk Azbell

Kirk Azbell

Kirk Azbell is the Vice President of Sales and Procurement for the G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.  Prior to his employment with G.A. Wintzer in 1993, he was the Vice President of Rex Douglas Corporation inFt Lauderdale, FL.   Kirk studied business and logistics at Wright State and Ohio State and spent several years with PepsiCo, immediately following college, in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago, and Detroit.  Kirk and his Wife, Gayle reside in Wapakoneta.

Natalie S. Bice

Natalie S. Bice

Natalie S. Bice is a Certified Public Accountant and an Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent. Natalie serves as an Accounting Manager with J M Green & Associates, CPA and is the Business Services Manager of WAJ Management Co. since October 2017. Prior to moving back to Wapakoneta, she served as a Tax Senior Manager with Ernst & Young US, LLP, a multinational professional services firm (“Big Four” accounting firm) for 12 years serving the Dayton and Cincinnati middle market communities.

Natalie has over 15 years of experience in Federal Tax Consulting, Accounting for Income Taxes, and Corporate and Individual Tax Compliance experience. She has deep tax compliance knowledge in partnership, S-Corporation and C-Corporation tax areas. She holds a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting and an M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of America Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). Additionally, she serves as Treasurer and on the Board of Trustees for West Ohio Community Action Partnership (WOCAP) headquartered in Lima, Ohio.

Natalie and her husband Rick, a General Foreman with the Dayton Ironworker’s Union, reside in Wapakoneta with their children.

Being Beyond Shovel Ready Saves Your Company Time & Money!

The phrase “Shovel Ready” is a widely used term in economic development circles. While it might have many different definitions, here’s what makes our location Beyond Shovel Ready:

          

Available Acres

Price per Acre

Highway Access

Rail Access

Workforce

Utilities

Zoning

Telecom

Electric

Natural Gas

Water

Incentives

Sanitary Sewer

Up to 200 Acres

$27,500

I-75 @ US 33

CSX

350,000 within 50 mi.

All on Site

Industrial

Fiber on Site

69KV Substation on Site

4" Lines on Site

10" - 15" Lines on Site

Max. Incentives Avail.

10" & 12" Lines on Site

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