The Janus Fellow designation is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Janus Institute and its mission of advancing the community and economic development profession, its practitioners and the communities they serve. Selected by their peers, Janus Fellows represent the highest standards of professional conduct.
Gov. Branstad appointed Debi Durham Dir. of IA Depart. Economic Development (IDED) in 2011 which was restructured creating public-private partnership to The IA Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP). Debi serves Dir. of IA Economic Development Authority (IEDA) replacing IDED & oversees traditional economic development programs; develops & expands IA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem; Sr. Advisor to Gov. Branstad & Lt. Gov. Reynolds; Home Base IA program; and expanding IA’s apprenticeship. Debi has served as Pres. Siouxland Chamber of Commerce since 1995; Pres. The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), & Siouxland Chamber Foundation; board of directors Briar Cliff University; June 2014 Durham recognized as a Janus Fellow by the Janus Institute; Sioux City Downtown Rotary Club recognized Durham 2009 as Key Way award winner; recognized by IA Assoc. of Business & Industry as one of “Five Iowa Women You Should Know”; named to Jr. Achievement Hall of Fame; was the Republican Lt. Gubernatorial candidate in 2002.
Lori Huguley is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Opelika and serves as Secretary to the Opelika Industrial Development Authority. Her primary responsibilities are to recruit and retain business and industry that will bring economic growth to the city. Lori was appointed to this position in June 2011. Prior to this appointment, Lori had served as the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Opelika since June 2005.
In April of 2010, Lori became a Certified Economic Developer. This accreditation is awarded after completion of many hours of study in the field of Economic Development and passage of the Certified Economic Developer exam administered by the International Economic Development Association.
Lori currently serves as Past-President of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
Robert Ingram has over 30 years of diversified, comprehensive economic development experience in both the public and private sectors. Robert has served as president of a chamber of commerce and chairman of an economic development foundation. He has been a senior business developer and commercial lending officer in a major financial institution and has worked in economic development for the State of Mississippi. He also served as Mayor of the City of McComb.
Robert is a Past Chairman of the 17-state Southern Economic Development Council. Robert is past president of the Mississippi Jaycees, past National Vice President of the United States Jaycees, and past International President of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. He previously served as President of the Mississippi Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and President of the Mississippi Economic Development Council. Robert holds the Professional Community Economic Developer designation, is a graduate of the Community Development Institute, and served on the National Board of Directors of CDI. He is a Janus Fellow, and Honorary Life Member of both the Mississippi Economic Development Council and of SEDC.
He holds both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Miss.
Tim Martin began his service as Executive Director to the Stephens County Development Authority in June 2008. He comes to Stephens County with more than 30 years working in community and economic development. Tim also served in the Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia. Tim earned his Bachelors degree at Florida State University, where he also pursued graduate work. He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), and Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Tim’s leadership roles have included President of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (2000), President of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (2005), and President of Georgia Technical Colleges Directors Association (2006). He enjoys reading, writing, running, and traveling. Tim and his wife Esther have two married adult children and five grandchildren.
Dan has been involved in economic development since 1985 working in a variety of positions for Norfolk Southern across the 22 state coverage area, most recently serving in his current position in Roanoke, Virginia. Dan has had the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Southern Economic Development Council along with many years of service as a Captain in the Navy Reserve.
Tucson Roberts has worked in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida as a local economic developer for 35 years directing programs based in Selma, Scottsboro, Dothan, and Andalusia, Alabama; Northwest Florida and Meridian, Mississippi.
He is well known for his successful aviation and retail recruiting. He has also served as the Dean of Aviation at the Alabama Aviation Center with operations in Ozark, Mobile, Andalusia, Decatur and Albertville, Alabama. He resides in Dothan, Alabama and is currently the president of Tucson/Atlantic Consulting specializing in aviation marketing, retail recruitment, community competitive assessments and economic analysis.
He is the former chairman of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, The Southern Economic Development Council and the National Association of Installation Developers.
Tucson holds a Masters of Science in Geography and a Masters of Arts in Anthropology both from the University of Alabama.
Lewis L, “Skip” Smart, III currently serves as Director of Community Competitiveness in the Office of Small Business & Community Services with Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
Greg serves as Senior Director of Community and Economic Development for Coweta-Fayette EMC. Prior to accepting this position in 2017, he served as president of the Coweta County Development Authority and as a regional project manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. His previous economic development experience includes seven years as president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, the Chamber served as the business catalyst for the development of Central Educational Center, which became the model for Georgia’s college and career academy initiative.
Greg is the immediate past chairman of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and is a past chairman of the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE). A Coweta County native, Greg is a graduate of LaGrange College. He is a past president of the College’s Leadership Council and is a recipient of the Walter Malcolm Shackelford Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Georgia and a 2000 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.