TIFFIN, OHIO – December 3, 2013 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that David Zak, the current Chief of the Business Services Division at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), has been selected to be its next President and CEO. Zak will replace Rich Focht, who is retiring after leading economic development for Tiffin and Seneca County for the last 24 years. Zak will begin his new duties on January 6, 2014.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Rob Huntington, Chair of the SIEDC Board of Trustees and President of Heidelberg University. “To gain someone of David’s experience, knowledge, and track record of results is a real win for this community. We already share a vision for growth!” “We had over 30 applicants for this position and David rose to the top of our finalist pool,” said Mike Spragg, Vice Chair of SIEDC and President and CEO of Old Fort Banking Company. “I am excited to have David join us.” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz agreed, “I really look forward to working with David. His poise and credentials impressed me. Most importantly, he believes in our community.” Jim Roberts, Tiffin City Council Member agreed, “We look forward to working with David on retail and manufacturing growth opportunities.” Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller was equally confident, “Economic development is key to this county’s future, and David has the energy, ideas, and understanding of business we need in the next SIEDC leader.”
In announcing this appointment, Rob Huntington also confirmed that Tiffin Tomorrow will merge with SIEDC. “When Bill Reineke of Reineke Family Dealerships and Mitch Felton of United Insurance brought this recommendation to SIEDC from the Tiffin Tomorrow Board, we were thrilled about it,” said Huntington. “David Zak was very impressive with his knowledge of our plan and vision for things that could happen,” said Reineke. “He was specific about growth in the downtown, the industrial parks, and the mall.”
Prior to joining the State in 2011, Zak served for almost five years as Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (Ohio), four years as Fairfield County’s (Ohio) Economic Development Director, and nearly seven years as International Business Liaison for the Ohio Department of Development. He also ran a private real estate management and development company.
“It’s been an honor to help manage and administer state programs that have a big impact on Ohio’s businesses, but I’m very excited to get back to leading economic development efforts at the local level,” Zak said. “Tiffin is a great college town on a state scenic river that has ranked in the top twenty percent nationally for economic development seven of the last ten years. Industry and agribusiness are thriving across the region, the downtown has great potential, and the people here are hard-working, creative, and committed. I can’t wait to get started.” Zak is a northwest Ohio native, with relatives still in Toledo, and he plans to move his family to Tiffin this summer.
Rich Focht, current SIEDC President and CEO, commented, “We are very fortunate to have David join us. He definitely has what it takes to move this community to the next level, and I can retire now knowing things are in very good hands.”
About the Seneca County Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)
Established in 1983, SIEDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. It is also a partner of the northwest JobsOhio network, led by the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo.
The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), founded in 1983,
is the leading local economic development organization dedicated to promoting
business development and expansion throughout The City of Tiffin and Seneca County,
in northwest Ohio.
Whether you are starting up your business, thinking about expanding your operation or
considering an entire corporate relocation, SIEDC can assist you. We have buildings
available for any type of business; acreage in local industrial parks - and if you don’t
find exactly what you are looking for, we can build a building for you. Our mission is
to provide our business partners with the right location, business climate, workforce, and
incentives to grow and succeed. Call or email today to find out how we can assist your
business development needs!
Located approximately 60 miles from Toledo and 90 miles from Cleveland, Columbus, and Detroit, the City of Tiffin / Seneca County’s location puts it within a days drive of the major east coast, midwestern, and southern markets.
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