About the Organization

The purpose of TraverseCONNECT is to drive northern Michigan regional growth and broad-based prosperity by connecting and leveraging multiple enterprises.

TraverseCONNECT is the parent organization of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture North, 5toOne, and TCDI Inc. (see descriptions for each below). While each affiliated organization has its own mission, governing board and focus, the CEO operates in/oversees all areas.  TraverseCONNECT is a 501(c)4 non-profit regional economic organization founded in 2015.

Candidate Profile

The CEO is a visionary, dynamic leader that has the opportunity to influence and shape the development of the Traverse City region. The CEO will convene and marshal resources, as well articulate and support a path to execution. The CEO acts to bring its own and other organizations together with people and entities, including non-profits, government, business and thought leaders in the community to create and nurture a highly collaborative ecosystem to advance the economic interests of our region. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy and Planning – Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement strategy for the organization
  • Resource Development – Secure funding to support revenue and attraction activities
  • Facilitate Economic Development- Convene groups and thought leaders, create alliances and partnerships to create measurable economic growth
  • Advocacy –  Support business, non-profit and legislative issues in the community and statewide
  • Leadership – Serve as a credible voice in the community, develop and mentor the Executive Leadership Team
  • Board Engagement – Work successfully with the Board of Directors


  • Prior experience leading a complex organization
  • Community leadership
  • Proven ability to grow financial revenue and funding sources
  • Financial and business acumen
  • Undergraduate degree is required, advanced degree and/or relevant experience is preferred

Compensation for this role will be competitive and commensurate with experience. TraverseCONNECT offers benefits that include a generous 401K, group health plan, life insurance, and paid time off.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to tconnectCEO@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until December 5, 2018. All correspondence will be considered confidential.

Affiliated organization information:

Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is an active network of Traverse City area businesses who come together to learn, grow and help the region prosper.  Members find new customers through Chamber events and marketing opportunities. They learn new business strategies from other members and invited experts.  Chamber programs help develop leadership skills and cultivate rising star employees. By working with the Chamber’s government relations team of staff and outside professionals, members have a voice in guiding decisions made in the region, Lansing and Washington.

Venture North Funding & Development is the business financing and support division of TraverseCONNECT, a regional Economic Development Organization that includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. A certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Venture North’s mission is to support the region’s economic growth and community development efforts across its 10-county service area by providing almost 90 business loans totaling more than $5.2 million in capital, offering technical assistance, and building connections for viable businesses, including low-to-moderate income communities. More information is available at www.venturenorthfunding.org

Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay/5toONE works on early childhood development programming and advocacy in the 5-county area (Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Benzie and Antrim).  This is done by ensuring that a strong system of resources is available to all families and the most vulnerable children receive the supports they need to succeed.

TCDI Inc. is TraverseCONNECT’s for-profit arm, which serves as a placeholder for for-profit development activities, typically in the form of uniquely structured LLCs, that directly address bottlenecks in the region’s economy such as housing, manufacturing & warehousing, storage, agriculture and more.