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Meet the Team

The Growth Partnership team is committed to building sustainable economic opportunities for everyone in Ashtabula County. Please contact us to learn more about our economic development services.

Board Members

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Our Board is composed of leaders of local businesses and organizations, representing industries from manufacturing to health care to finance, and more. The active engagement and leadership of our board members is central to our approach and vital to economic development in our county.

James E. Mayer, Jr., President

Managing Director, Huffman Mayer Wealth Management Advisors

Leonard Stepp, Secretary

CEO, Ashtabula County Medical Center

Craig Parker, Treasurer

Alec Raffa

Robert S. Morrison Foundation

Andy Juhola

President, Molded Fiber Glass Companies

J.P. Ducro

Ashtabula County Commissioner


Dr. Kate Reedy

Northeast Ohio Regional Airport


Scott Wludyga

Superintendent, Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech)


Derek Lebzelter

Vice President, Operations, INEOS KOH

Jim Timonere 

City Manager, City of Ashtabula, Ohio

Joseph Varckette

City Manager, City of Geneva, Ohio

Jim Hockaday

City Manager, City of Conneaut, Ohio

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