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KEDC Board & Staff

2016-2017 Board of Directors 
PresidentPat Nault
Vice-PresidentBryan Johnston
Secretary/TreasurerBobby Beane
Asst. Secretary/TreasurerRuben Martin
DirectorVic Price
KEDC Staff 
Executive DirectorAmanda Nobles
Assistant Director & Marketing ManagerJana Russell
Office & Property ManagerStephanie Moore
Business Retention SpecialistKimberly Wright

Board


Pat Nault | President
 


Bryan Johnston | Vice-President


Bobby Beane | Secretary-Treasurer

 


Ruben Martin | Asst. Secretary-Treasurer

 

Vic Price | Director

 

Staff

 

Amanda Nobles  |  903 983 3522
Amanda Nobles is the Executive Director of Economic Development of KEDC. Having served in this position since 1990, she directs all aspects of economic development for the city, including primary employer retention and expansion, marketing, property development and sales, project financing, budgeting, and the creation of incentives for job creation and investment.
 
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Economic Developer, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, and graduate of both the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Basic Economic Course at Texas A&M. During her career she also has been an educator, a petroleum landman, and Manager of the City of Kilgore’s Main Street Project to revitalize downtown.
Amanda is an active member in many different organizations:
• Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), Past Board Member
• TEDC Team Texas, Past Chairman
• Texas Economic Development Sales Tax Association, Past Chairman
• International Economic Development Council
• Northeast Texas Economic Developers Roundtable, Past President
• I-20 Corridor Marketing Association
• Northeast Texas Economic Alliance Marketing Association
• North Texas Small Business Development Center, Advisory Council Member
• Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
• Leadership Kilgore Graduate and Leadership Longview Graduate
• Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation, Founding Member and President
• Texas Shakespeare Festival Guild, Founding Member
• Gregg County Historical Commission, Appointed Member
 
 
     Jana M. Russell  |  903 985 8118
Jana Russell is the Assistant Director  and Marketing Manager for KEDC. Having served KEDC since 2009, she assists in all aspects of economic development for the city and manages marketing and organizational development for the organization.  
 
Jana has worked in economic and community development for more than 15years, serving communities through strategic planning, marketing and project management.  During that time she served American Electric Power Company communities as regional project manager, managing AEP prospect leads and assisting economic developers with local activities.  
 
She earned a BFA in Journalism at Southern Methodist University. Continuing education courses include the Basic Economic Development Course and the Economic Development Institute. She is a member of TEDC, Southern Economic Development Council, and the Northeast Texas Economic Developers Roundtable. 
 
Jana is active in several organizations including:
• Texas Economic Development Council, Past Member of the Board of Directors
• Southern Economic Development Council
• North East Texas Economic Developers’ Roundtable, Past President
• East Texas I-20 Corridor Marketing Organization
• Junior League 
She has authored and taught strategic planning and community assessment at the Basic Economic Development Course as well as Surveys and Community Asset Mapping at the Community Development Institute.
 
 
        Stephanie Moore  |  903 983 3522

Stephanie Moore brings 17 years of experience as an apartment manager to KEDC, where she is responsible for office management and staff support services as well as property management. 
 
During the last ten years in the apartment industry, she worked with Dial Equities Inc., where her properties consistently won awards for best net operating income and best renewal program, among others. Before her career in the apartment industry, Moore worked in the plastics industry with quality control at Southern Plastics.   
 
She attended Kilgore College and is a graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course. She is a member of the Northeast Texas Economic Developers Roundtable.
 
 
     Kimberly Wright  |  903 985 8120
Kimberly Wright is the Business Retention Specialist for KEDC.  Having served in this position since 2017, she is responsible for communications with existing primary employers in Kilgore.  Kimberly formerly worked for KEDC in administration.
 
She has been in customer service for more than 25 years.  During that time, she managed a successful restaurant in South Louisiana where she was responsible for the day to day operations of the office, staff, and customer relations.  She went on to serve as a Criminal Evidence Specialist in law enforcement where she was responsible for evidence custody and inventory, confidential case filings, and organization of associated documents. In addition, she served as an Area Manager for a small computer company where she marketed the program to schools and centers across East Texas.  She would meet frequently with facility owners, teachers, and parents to promote business or resolve concerns. 
 
She earned an associate’s degree from Nicholls State University and is a graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course. She is a member of the North East Texas Economic Developers Roundtable.