On Wednesday, August 1, the Ada Jobs Foundation Board of Directors held a special meeting for the purpose of hiring a new President & CEO. During this meeting, the Board decided unanimously to hire Michael Southard for this position, which has been vacant since late April 2007. Southard's community and economic development experience made him an ideal candidate for this position. Southard officially started on Monday, August 20, 2007.
During his first two weeks Southard has “hit the ground running.” He is familiarizing himself with all aspects of the Ada community. Southard is excited to become a part of the Ada community and to have a role in the continued economic growth of the area.
On August 30, the Ada Jobs Foundation held a reception to welcome and introduce Southard to the community. Thanks to all of those who attended, you helped to make the event successful. For those who were unable to attend, Southard would to have an opportunity to hear your ideas and perspectives. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Southard, please contact the Ada Jobs Foundation office at 580 235-0070.