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    May 23, 2018
    The Don Ryan Center For Innovation Appoints New CEO

    BLUFFTON, SC May, 22, 2018:  The Town of Bluffton, along with the board of directors of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) – a leader in creating the area’s vibrant business climate and entrepreneurial spirit – is pleased to announce the selection of Trent Williamson as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.  The appointment follows an intensive strategic planning process that outlines the opportunity for DRCI to emerge as the regional leader in economic development and innovation.
    “Bluffton is at an exciting and significant stage in its economic progress,” said Williamson. “Our community has so much to offer – an incredible quality of life while being progressive and innovative.  I look forward to working with our staff and Board to push for new opportunities for Bluffton.”
    “After a thorough and deliberate selection process, we are delighted that Trent will lead the Don Ryan Center as we navigate through evolving and expanding opportunities in Bluffton and the entire region,” said Matt Green, Board Chairman.
    Williamson officially assumes his leadership role after serving as the organization’s interim CEO and overseeing the incubation program while maintaining his focus on the Town’s economic development interests. 
    Prior to the Don Ryan Center, Williamson made an impact in roles with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Cobb Chamber where he created partnerships with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Tech, Georgia University and Georgia’s utility providers.  Williamson also worked to build strategic partnerships with twenty-nine neighboring counties, which directly contributed to the economic success of a dynamic and growing business community. These opportunities provided extraordinary experience spanning a variety of industries.
    “Trent’s diverse corporate experience, well-appointed skill set and track record of success, coupled with his love of life in Bluffton, will be an important catalyst that drives the mission of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation onward.” said Marc Orlando, Bluffton town manager. 
    Learn more by connecting with @donryancenter on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook or at their website.
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