Wyoming Business Council Chief Executive Officer Shawn Reese has appointed an interim Agribusiness Division director following the resignation of Director Cindy Garretson-Weibel.
Garretson-Weibel resigned her position effective Oct. 9, 2015. She plans to start her own small business.
Business Council Southeast Regional Director Lisa Johnson will serve as interim Agribusiness Division director beginning Oct. 12.
Johnson, a 22-year economic development professional, served as executive director of the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation prior to joining the Business Council in March 2015.
“Lisa comes to this position with a strong agricultural background. She has worked closely with producers and is one herself,” Reese said. “She has helped develop rural agricultural economies for much of her professional life.”
Additionally, Heather Tupper will serve as interim southeast regional director. Tupper is the Business Council’s marketing and outreach program manager in the Business and Industry Division.
“Heather is well-versed in business recruitment and expansion, as well as grant management going back to her days at the State Energy Office,” Reese said.
Reese said the Business Council executive team, directors and staff will continue to evaluate priorities and actions to support the agency’s strategic plan before determining the next steps in the staffing process.
Garretson-Weibel joined the Business Council in 1998 after working for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association for 12 years – the final five years as executive director.
“I have enjoyed working at the Wyoming Business Council and I am proud of the many great things we have accomplished,” Garretson-Weibel said.
Reese commended Garretson-Weibel for her efforts in helping grow Wyoming’s third-largest industry, agriculture, as well as future agricultural leaders.
“Thank you, Cindy, for your years of advocating, developing and marketing agriculture,” Reese said. “Cindy consistently reminds us of the importance of agriculture to our economy and Western heritage. Beyond that, Cindy’s leadership has helped shape the Business Council.
“We wish Cindy the best. Agribusiness will remain important as we move forward.”
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