NLEP Selects New President

November 27, 2012

SHREVEPORT-MONROE, La. - The North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) has selected Scott Martinez as its new President, following an intensive two month long nationwide search. Martinez, age 41, has 14 years of economic development experience in Texas and Mississippi. He most recently worked as the Executive Director of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation, which serves the fastest growing suburb outside of Austin, Texas. He will take over as the NLEP President on January 2, 2013. 
“Scott was the clear choice to lead NLEP forward. His experience, accomplishments, skill set, work ethic and vision for North Louisiana set him apart from a very talented field of applicants,” said Todd Perry, NLEP volunteer Board Chair.
The NLEP Search Committee, comprised of Board Officers, worked hand-in-hand with The Pace Group, a leading executive search firm specializing in economic development. A top-notch pool of candidates was developed, and five finalists were interviewed by the Search Committee last week.  
“We had a very diverse group of national and statewide candidates who all possessed unique skill sets that could have benefited NLEP. The caliber of the applicants we interviewed was unbelievable and really speaks to NLEP’s excellent national reputation within the economic development arena,” said Perry. 
Martinez spearheaded numerous successful projects during his five year stint at the Hutto Economic Development Corporation, including efforts to develop a 57 acre East Williamson County Higher Education Center-Hutto; to become one of only 25 Accredited Economic Development Organizations® by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and to win seven IEDC Awards of Excellence in the last three years for its website, brochures and special event. 
“I am very excited to be joining NLEP and to become actively involved in the communities of North Louisiana,” said Martinez. “I was very impressed by the organization’s great reputation, partnerships with the region’s 12 colleges and universities, the talented NLEP staff and active board culture. It made a very hard decision to relocate from the Austin area much easier.” 
Martinez earned a Master of Science degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi. He is also an IEDC Certified Economic Developer® and volunteers for community and professional organizations.
“I look forward to working with the business and political leadership of the region and building upon the strong foundation that has already been laid in order to move NLEP forward,” said Martinez.  
The NLEP President will head up efforts to encourage and support the economic growth of North Louisiana by developing and implementing NLEP’s aggressive economic development marketing program focused on business expansion and recruitment, workforce marketing support, and image enhancement and marketing.
About North Louisiana Economic Partnership
NLEP is a non-profit economic development marketing organization, promoting 14 parishes in North Louisiana as a desirable and profitable business location. The NLEP and its many partners work with both existing companies and prospective employers to encourage incremental capital investment and job creation as a way to build a strong and thriving economy.