By Wayne Allen
October 25, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA) met in regular session Friday to discuss a number of items which included the naming of the Top 5 applicants for the executive director position.
The finalists are Jason Kester, Harry Staven, Michael Messerly, Doug McClure and Michele Throckmorton.
When asked about the timetable moving forward Bud Sayer, Chairman of the Projects Committee for SOPA said, “We have not interviewed all of these candidates yet but, these are our Top 5. Hopefully we’ll finish next week with our interviews and after that Todd (Book, Chairman of SOPA) will call a meeting. He’ll convene the group with either one or two finalists. At that point the one or two finalists will meet with the entire group and make a choice.”
He said a special meeting of SOPA will likely be called next month to conduct final interviews.
“I’m pretty confident one of the five will be the director,” Sayer said.
Kester of Grove City, Ohio. He has attended Capital University Law School, Miami University and Shawnee State University. He is a member of the Ohio Army National Guard and is working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney.
Messerly is the former Daily Times General Manager. Previous work experience is listed as Digital Marketing Manager at Digital Technology International and Digital Media Sales Director at Morris Communications. He has a degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
McClure a resident of Wheelersburg and is an adjunct professor at Ohio University Southern and has a master’s degree in business administration from Morehead State University.
Throckmorton of Lucasville. She currently holds the position of Grants Administrator and Assistant Director of Economic Development for Scioto County. She has a degree from Shawnee State University with past work experience as the Economic Development Director for the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission for 20 years.
Staven, currently resides in Richland, Washington.
According to the Rules and Regulations of SOPA, the executive director shall, “Submit plan and programs for the board economic development activities. Develop a program for promotion and public relations of the Southern Ohio Port Authority. Develop and carry out a program to promote and publicize the advantages of the Southern Ohio Port Authority to the rail, barge shippers, trucking companies, importers and exporters and other agencies using the shipping capabilities of Southern Ohio. Seek, obtain and supervise the administration of grants, loans and other financial assistance from Federal, State and local sources to enhance Southern Ohio Port Authority programs, facilities and services.”
Based on the official job description for the position, the candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, economics, finance, public administration or a related field. Experience with state, regional or local economic development is desired.
The candidate must have excellent communication and public relations skills with the ability to influence others in a positive manner.
According to the description, the salary is commensurate with qualification and job performance with a salary range from $45,000-$70,000.
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