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“I am not going away, just passing the baton for day to day incubator operations,” said Fred Green, the current director.
The new director should be in place by October. Green will work with the candidate through the end of the year and then conduct project management for PEDC on implementing its business plan.
Green had the background Paris needed when R3bi started, PEDC Director Steve Gilbert said – corporate, manufacturing and retail businesses, both domestically and internationally. He also worked for many years as a small business consultant.
“Fred will be hard to replace,” Gilbert said. “He really was the perfect guy at the perfect time for the incubator.
Advertising for the position says the ideal candidate’s qualifications will include:
“He is credited with implementing an idea and working tirelessly to get the incubator facility remodeled, up and running in a very short period of time,” Gilbert said. “If we can find somebody with a similar mix of experience I would be very pleased. We also need fund-raising experience.”
Green told Gilbert when he came on board that he never planned to run the operation forever. His mission was to establish and operate an incubator. Now that that’s been accomplished, it’s time to let someone else take the reins, he said.
“Part of it’s personal,” Green said. “I want to be able to go when I hear from my daughter that my grandson is playing in a football game in Quanah, Texas, on Thursday night.”