North America’s Top 50 Economic Developer

The economic development professionals selected for this list are nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree

In recognition of professional achievement and for demonstration of excellence and outstanding commitment to the values of Beta Gamma Sigma, which are: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.

Robert A. Clinger Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Given to an outstanding individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner.

St. John Bosco Father, Teacher, and Friend of Youth Award

Presented each year to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to the charisma of St. John Bosco, “Father, Teacher, and Friend of Youth”


MSP Enterprise Partners

A dynamic serving leader offering high impact consulting to private and non profit sector clients in the areas of economic development, marketing, business attraction, foreign direct investment, fundraising, corporate culture, employee empowerment, operational strategy and leadership advancement. Mark's network of consulting partners stand ready to problem solve and take your business or organization to the next level.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Intersect Illinois serves as the lead business recruitment and marketing organization for the State of Illinois working in collaboration and partnership with business leaders, state, regional, and local entities actively engaged in economic development. Competing for major recruitment and expansion projects on a global basis resulted in accelerated job growth and capital investment in the state. During his tenure Mark led Intersect in the creation of more than 22,000 new jobs and $7.05 billion in new investment including foreign direct investments from eight (8) different countries. After leading jobs missions to Japan, China, Poland and Germany, in 2018, Mark was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Led 10 direct reports in all aspects of strategic plan execution. Managed a $2.5 million budget. Built positive relationships with all elected representatives, not-for-profit and university leaders, and C-level executives to create a unified approach to regional economic development. Utilized investor dollars wisely in order to attain desired results.
*Positioned Greater Rochester area as a highly attractive target destination for businesses, continually marketing the region, raising funds, and attracting new business opportunities.
*Successfully recruited scores of new companies creating thousands of new jobs and more than $2.5 billion in new investment into the region.
*Contributor to articles in The Economist, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as host and frequent guest of the highly rated and award winning radio show “Eyes on the Future” with a weekly audience of more than 15,000 listeners.
*Created a vision that aligned with organizational mission—developing and implementing widespread initiatives that encourage regional growth and a culture of economic development.


Administered $4 million operating budget for a private, Catholic high school with 500 students, offering extensive campus facilities and grounds. Directed 55 personnel, including Principal, Vice Presidents of Advancement and Finance, and Directors of Alumni Relations and Recruitment & Communications.
*Grew revenues by 37% in five years, including a 25% enrollment increase, doubled alumni donor base, an average alumni gift increase of 50%, and a record $600,000 in private gifts in first year.
*Revitalized overall branding and instituted simple steps that rapidly elevated public image, preserving tradition while presenting a fresh, youthful approach. Generated intense word-of-mouth.
*Appointed as the first lay president in the school’s history; charged with complete turnaround.
*Streamlined business operations, increasing supplementary profits by 300%.

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