The Michigan Economic Development Corp. in Lansing announced four new hires: Kerry Ebersole Singh as chief talent solutions and engagement officer; Terri Fitzpatrick as chief real estate development and engagement officer; Joe Melvin as senior vice president for global business attraction; and Eric Miller as president of domestic and foreign direct investment.
The positions are designed to lead initiatives around business attraction, talent development, and site readiness as MEDC positions Michigan to win deals within an increasingly competitive economic development landscape and create more attractive places and employment opportunities for Michiganders.
“As we work to build a championship economy here in the state, we are excited to welcome Kerry, Terri, Joe and Eric to Team Michigan here at the MEDC,” says Quentin Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC.
“These hires allow us to execute more rapidly our goal of making Michigan the No. 1 four-season economy in North America by bringing additional expertise to an already outstanding team that is laser-focused on delivering Pure Opportunity to every region and business here in our state.”
Singh most recently served as director of the Office of Sixty by 30 in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and has also served as director of the Protect Michigan Commission and as statewide census director.
Fitzpatrick most recently served as COO and vice president at Boji Group and brings 30 years of corporate, tribal — as she is a member of the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians — and public sector real estate experience to the role.
Melvin joins the MEDC from North Carolina’s southeast region where he served as director of business development for the 18-county regional partnership. In his new role, he will head MEDC’s global business attraction and expansion initiatives and strategy.
Miller joins from the Greater Richmond Partnership, where he served as senior vice president of business development. He will be focused on international and U.S. investment attraction efforts in Michigan building on extensive travel for economic development in Europe, Asia, and Canada.