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Macomb County

BUSINESS STAFF

 

Department Leadership

 

 

Vicky Rad
Director
Department of Planning and Economic Development
vicky.rad@macombgov.org

Prior to joining the county in 2013, Vicky Rad worked at the Detroit Regional Chamber and was responsible for the program management of Connection Point. She also worked at the Macomb Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center. 

Rad has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Baker College, a Master of Science in administration with a concentration in leadership from Central Michigan University and a master’s certificate in government contracting administration from George Washington University. She currently serves as vice president of the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense and chair for the Michigan Automotive and Defense Cyber Awareness Team (MADCAT). Rad is also involved in the program council for Leadership Macomb, the membership committee for Michigan Economic Developers Association and is a board member for Advance Michigan.

 

 

 

Jeff W. Schroeder, AICP
Deputy Director
Department of Planning and Economic Development
jeff.schroeder@macombgov.org

Schroeder previously served as a program director for Macomb County Planning and Economic Development's planning and GIS mapping services. Throughout his tenure, Schroeder focused on a broad range of regional and local planning and policy issues. He also led work related to Macomb County’s Brownfield Program, community planning, grant administration, recreation and non-motorized planning, community visioning and placemaking.
 
Schroeder has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan, along with an undergraduate degree in land use planning from Northern Michigan University. He received his AICP certification from the American Planning Association and currently belongs to the American Planning Association and the American Planning Association: Michigan Chapter. Schroeder is also a graduate of Leadership Macomb - Class XIX.

 


 

Staff Listing Alphabetically

 

 

James Ahee
Program Director
Economic Development Services Group
james.ahee@macombgov.org

Industry areas: Aerospace, Automation and Robotics, Automotive, Cyber Security, Defense, and Information Technology

Geographic areas: Middle East

Jim Ahee assists local companies in the region as well as firms that are based outside of southeast Michigan, both nationally and internationally, that may be interested in expanding or relocating to Macomb County. Before joining the economic development team in Macomb County, Ahee owned two market research and consulting firms which served a number of Fortune 500 companies across the country.

Ahee obtained his Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and marketing from Lawrence Technological University.

 


 

Janelle Arbuckle
Economic Developer Senior
Economic Development Services Group
janelle.arbuckle@macombgov.org

Janelle Arbuckle worked in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder, resolving constituent concerns; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, helping businesses with pro bono services; the Detroit Regional Chamber; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. She brings knowledge in state government, economic development and special events.

Arbuckle has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a Master of Science in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University.

 


 

Curt Chowanic
Economic Developer Senior
Economic Development Services Group
Curt.Chowanic@macombgov.org

Industry areas:  Automotive, Advanced Manufacturing and Defense

Curt Chowanic works on behalf of all industries within Macomb County to support business attraction, retention, growth and development.  As an advocate for businesses, he works on their behalf to help drive job creation and investment within the county.  He has extensive experience in real and personal property tax incentives and abatements.

Prior to joining the Macomb County, Curt Chowanic worked at Paradigm Tax Group and was responsible for securing incentives on behalf of his clients.  He has also worked for DTE Energy, Arthur Andersen LLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and Oakland County.

Chowanic has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Wayne State University and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Wayne State University and is a member of the Michigan Economic Developers Association.

 


 

Jack Johns
Project Manager
Economic Development Services Group
jack.johns@macombgov.org

Industry Areas: Automotive, Energy, Food and Agriculture, and Retail Geographic Areas: Asia and Australia

Jack Johns specializes in working with food processing, agriculture, automation, robotics, connected vehicles, energy and retail businesses on the retention side. He works with all business sectors on the attraction side to help make Macomb their home. He has 12 years of prior experience in workforce development at Michigan Works! as the employment service supervisor.

Johns has a master’s degree in human resource administration from Central Michigan University, with an undergraduate degree in human resource management from Oakland University. He is a member of the Michigan Economic Developers Association, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and Macomb Food Collaborative Conference Committee. He served as a former Mount Clemens city commissioner.

 


 

Gerard Santoro, AICP
Program Director
Land and Water Resources Group
gerard.santoro@macombgov.org 

Gerard Santoro provides support for projects, grants and the administration of various levels of programming associated with our Blue Economy Initiative. Santoro is a certified planner with the American Planning Institute. He has 18 years of experience in the professional planning occupation; the last 12 years have been with Macomb County. He previously served as a research specialist and as an area manager for Silicon Valley-based Etak Digital Maps.

Once Santoro completed his graduate studies in urban planning, he made a transition to the professional planning occupation. He has commendations from the Michigan Association of Planning, Michigan Society of Planning, Clinton River Watershed Council and Michigan Boating Industry Association.

 


 

Dan Rochon
Economic Developer
Economic Development Services Group
daniel.rochon@macombgov.org

Industry areas: Automation and Robotics, Automotive Tool and Die, Blue Economy and Water Technology, Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Geographical areas: Mexico, Central America and South America

Dan Rochon is the lead economic development liaison to the Blue Economy Initiative and is the secondary lead in the information technology and cybersecurity, automation, and automotive sectors. Rochon specializes in research and business intelligence. Prior to joining the department in 2014, he interned with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Export Team in the southeast Michigan region.

Rochon holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Oakland University.

 


 

Camille A. Silda
Project Manager
Economic Development Services Group
camille.silda@macombgov.org

Industry Areas: Logistics and Transportation, Medical and Health Care, Automotive, Energy, Agriculture and Food Processing, Blue Economy, Advanced Manufacturing and Retail

Geographic Areas: Germany and Eastern Europe

Camille Silda is the lead economic developer in health care, medical and logistics industries, with extensive work in the automotive sector. Her background in the Community Development Block Grant program has given her the tools needed for business expansions with building projects. In addition, prior work done in the Planning and Environmental Services area developed a proficiency that is beneficial to new clients coming to Macomb County or those currently here who need a larger footprint.

Silda holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in human resource development from Oakland University and a University of Michigan Business Leadership Certificate. She serves on Sterling Height’s Local Finance Development Authority, is a member of the Michigan Economic Developer’s Association and is a 30-year member of Michigan Association of Planning.

 


 

Maria Zardis
Program Director
Business Outreach and Communications Group
maria.zardis@macombgov.org

Maria Zardis and her team help to tell the good story about Macomb County while providing opportunities for people to interact and learn. She also serves as the liaison for the Macomb County Film Office.

Zardis earned a Masters of Management from Walsh College and a Bachelor of Science in public administration from Grand Valley State University. Involved professionally as well as personally, she represents the department on Macomb County’s Great Start Collaborative and Human Services Coordinating Body. She serves on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and the city of Center Line Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.