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KEDC Board & Staff

2017-2018 Board of Directors 
PresidentBryan Johnston
Vice-PresidentBobby Beane
Secretary/TreasurerVic Price
Asst. Secretary/TreasurerRuben Martin
DirectorBob Davis
KEDC Staff 
Executive DirectorAmanda Nobles
Assistant Director & Marketing ManagerJana Russell
Office & Property ManagerStephanie Moore
Business Retention SpecialistAustin Clark


Bryan Johnston | President

Bobby Beane | Vice-President

Vic Price | Secretary-Treasurer


Ruben Martin | Asst. Secretary-Treasurer




Bob Davis | Director




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 Past 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 15 years, 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. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Basic Economic Development Course at Texas A&M. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Texas Economic Development Council, 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
  • Northeast Texas Economic Alliance Marketing Association
  • 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.

     Austin Clark | 903 985 8120

Austin Clark is the Business Retention and Expansion Specialist for KEDC.
A graduate of UT Austin with a BA in Government and Economics, Austin is positioned to be an asset to KEDC and the Kilgore community.  His college volunteer experience includes serving on the Executive Board of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity as well as membership in the Texas Advertising Group and Texas Economics Association.
He worked as a Senate Messenger in the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.