Shannon Ogletree has worked in economic development on the Gulf Coast since 2000 and in Santa Rosa County since 2003. He has worked with a wide range of industries, from aviation/defense companies to Internet security to renewable energy manufacturing to call centers. Experience has taught him that growing a successful local economy is driven by investing in the businesses you have, engaging the community, and developing industry diversity.
He earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from the University of West Florida and has completed training with the International Economic Development Council to become a Certified Economic Developer (CEdD).
Tina Stewart knows the Santa Rosa County business community. She has worked in Economic Development since 2004. Her extensive research and knowledge make her the key contact for existing businesses seeking assistance at the Santa Rosa Economic Development Office. Stewart focuses on nurturing industry and providing businesses with the resources they need for growth and success. She is trained in Economic Development and Business Retention and Expansion.
From financing and site selection to market research and employee recruitment, Stewart guides local businesses through the many channels required for optimal growth. Growth in existing local businesses echoes through the community with new jobs and new opportunities for affiliated businesses. A healthy local business community draws more industry to the area. Coordinating all of these efforts to work together and multiply effects is the strategic thinking Stewart provides to Santa Rosa County.