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Henkel’s Schmit is point-man for North Iowa Corridor’s search for CEO

This news story was published on June 25, 2014.
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MASON CITY – Anyone interested in becoming the next President and CEO of the North Iowa Corridor should contact Gary Schmit at his office at Henkel Construction.

According to an email sent by the city of Mason City on Tuesday, the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation is seeking an “experienced economic developer” to serve as President and CEO.  The last man in the position, Brent Willett, resigned in March for a better job in Des Moines.  The city of Mason City contributes about $126,000 in fiscal year 2014-2015 to the Corridor.  The Corridor is a public-private entity; it takes public dollars, but avoids saying  how those dollars are spent.

In the job posting, the North Iowa Corridor EDC claims to be “a regional economic development organization in North Central Iowa representing the cities of Mason City [pop. 28,000], Clear Lake [pop. 10,000] and Greater Cerro Gordo County.”   The Corridor fudged those numbers; the actual populations are 27,704 for Mason City and 7,777 for Clear Lake

According to the Corridor, the President & CEO “serves as a key leadership team member and reports to the Board of Directors. This position oversees all activities related to the organization’s operations. The position leads the organization towards the fulfillment of its mission and will demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honesty and openness.”  The Corridor was recently investigated by and the Des Moines Register for secret deals, including a secret payment to Iowa State Football coach Paul Rhoads and an economic development project in Clear Lake.

The salary range for the position is between $100,000 – $130,000 – based on qualifications, which include:

· Seven or more years of professional experience in in economic development or related field
· International Economic Development Council Certification [CEcD] preferred
· Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred
· Experience and relationships in with State of Iowa economic development agencies, contacts and programs preferred
Essential Duties:
· Business development and attraction
· Strategic planning and program and fiscal oversight. Collaboration with the Board to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategy for achieving that vision.
· Business retention
· Community engagement and public relations by serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization and is a tireless promoter of the North Iowa region to local, statewide, national and international audiences.
· Fundraising and financial management
· Builds and effectively leads a dedicated team that is committed to the development and execution of economic development initiatives

Interested parties should mail resume and supporting materials marked “Personal/Confidential” by July 17, 2014 to Gary Schmit, PO Box 920, Mason City, IA 5040 1-0920. Submission facsimiles can be emailed to Schmit can be contacted at 641-423-5674 for questions.

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6 Responses to Henkel’s Schmit is point-man for North Iowa Corridor’s search for CEO

  1. justsayin' Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2014 at 8:58 am

    all of the nominee’s and resume’s should be going through an independent consultant & recruiter…there are professionals out there that this is strictly what the do…placement of specific genre’s of careers…to have a local business owner being the catalyst of this level of representation is ludicrous….to say the least.

  2. Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Andrew Carnegie is rolling over in his grave.

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    This way the mayor and his buddy’s can get everything they want.

  4. Snow cones make you fat Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    SO Gary Schmit is personally taking the job apps and resumes for the Corridor right in his own office? Is the Corridor nothing more than a corrupt extension of Henkel Construction? Is there not a city council member Alex Kuhn working at Henkel, and he helps approve the funding for the Corridor? If I was a construction company owner, I would be furious! Henkel gets to pick the Corridor CEO, who has the inside track to any new economic development coming here! Competitive advantage!

  5. freedom fighter Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Well good luck with that. Let’s see, Henkel gets all the bids and contracts for local/n.iowa projects. This guy from Henkel, who is another attachment to the mayor is the recruitment chair, councilperson Alex Kuhn works for Henkel…can u say– let’s find a lackey who will fall in lock step with the rest of our so-called leaders.