McHenry County EDC President

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The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Jim McConoughey, has been named President. Chairman of the Board Mark Saladin, stated "we were fortunate to have Jim step in as our interim President over the past few months and are pleased that he has accepted our offer to continue his service as President."

The Board of Directors agreed that Jim's leadership experience coupled with his strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results makes him the right person to help execute MCEDC's strategic priorities and to help build a positive environment for business growth in McHenry County. His extensive economic development career includes hands on experience with county wide organizations and as a CEO has helped dozens of communities be more effective at economic development. His skills include strategic planning, deal execution, fundraising, project planning and implementation, policy interpretation, community education, workforce development, and key other aspects of Economic Development organizations.

During his tenure as interim president, Jim has met with hundreds of local business & community leaders and is excited about the future of MCEDC and the collaborative and visionary thinking of McHenry County's leadership. Jim currently sits on the McHenry County Workforce Investment Board, as well as the Board of Visit McHenry County. Additionally, he has invested in several businesses that are related to agricultural economic development.  Jim has an MBA and has taught Economic Development to a national audience and written extensively on contemporary practices for economic growth.  His business acumen includes local and regional economic development projects, infrastructure development, regional planning scenarios, and experience with incubators, research facilities, industrial/commercial parks. 

"There have been over 200 board members, hundreds of investors, several highly qualified presidents and talented staff-- that have built a foundation of success for economic growth in McHenry County. I am pleased to be appointed as the next President and take the responsibility for continuing that effort and expanding it. The future is exciting and I am confident that together we'll do great things for our community and for our children's future economic opportunities." Jim McConoughey





McHenry County EDC Vice President

jean smlJean Schober joined MCEDC in 2003 bringing to the Economic Development arena her wealth of managerial experience in the not-for-profit and retail business fields and a strong history of working with volunteers. In 2007, she became Vice President of the organization.

A graduate of the University of Illinois/Chicago, Jean has built a solid career in sales, marketing, communications and organizational management. Prior to joining MCEDC, she owned her own consulting business providing sales, marketing, training and office management services to a wide variety of businesses from executive recruiters, to manufacturers. She also created and conducted sales/motivational/training seminars for the cosmetic industry in St. Louis, San Francisco, New York, and Cincinnati and was a twenty year volunteer and proponent of Junior Achievement, a business youth education program.

A believer in giving back to the community, Jean served on the Board of Directors of Family Alliance, which provides services for seniors, was a commissioner on the McHenry County Housing Commission, and former President Algonquin Garden Club and remains active in many other civic, governmental organizations in McHenry County.

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