EDO Support Team

Our team of economic development specialists strengthens Oklahoma communities by recruiting a diverse portfolio of industries to the state. We work directly with Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) from across Oklahoma to prepare site selection proposals and win projects that will create new jobs and investments.

Commerce’s Business Development team is aligned with our sector-based recruitment of economic development projects.

Leadership

Jennifer Springer
Jennifer Springer
Director, Business Development
Evan Brown
Evan Brown
Deputy Director, Business Development

Aerospace + Defense and ACES Program

The ACES program is a comprehensive approach to recruiting and retaining and expanding Oklahoma’s aerospace industry. 

Geoffrey Camp
Geoffrey Camp
State Director of Aerospace and Defense
Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
ACES Program Manager
Brent Wright
Brent Wright, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)
Aerospace & Defense Special Projects
Ryan Tillison
Aldwyn Sappleton
Aldwyn Sappleton
Deputy Director of Research & Economic Analysis Services

Automotive

An automotive team was established in 2020 due to economic factors that make Oklahoma a prime location for the automotive industry, including OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and tiered parts suppliers.

Sarah Short
Sarah Short
Foreign Direct Investment Manager
Tina Lindsay
Tina Lindsay
Economic Development Specialist
Christy Busch
Lesli Crofford
Lesli Crofford
Research Specialist

Energy

One of the state’s largest sectors, the Business Development team is targeting all subsectors of the energy industry.

Christopher Suttle
Christopher Suttle
Economic Development Specialist
Michael Craig
Michael Craig
Senior Research Analyst

Bioscience

As home to multiple research organizations, Oklahoma is poised to take advantage of current reshoring initiatives to further grow this industry.

Connie Lake
Connie Lake
Economic Development Specialist
Kimberly Tidwell
Research Analyst

Agriculture

One of the state’s largest industries, Oklahoma is positioned to be a leader in food processing and manufacturing.

Evan Brown
Evan Brown
Deputy Director, Business Development
Sierra Simpson
Kimberly Tidwell
Research Analyst

IT/Distribution/Financial Services

Oklahoma’s central location, proximity to I-35 and I-40, and low cost of doing business make the state competitive in these industries.

Tina Lindsay
Tina Lindsay
Economic Development Specialist
Michael Craig
Michael Craig
Senior Research Analyst

Regional Development Team

Ray Little
Ray Little
Director, Business Retention & Expansion/ Central Region
Steven Bratcher
Steven Bratcher
South Central Region

Small Business + Startup Team

Ken Talley
Ken Talley
Small and Minority Business Specialist
Cathy Curtis
Cathy Curtis
Small Business Incubators / Women-owned Business Certifications
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