NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A community's high expectations greeted the new president/CEO of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation.
Nancy Windham received the public Monday as she began her new duties. The former jet setter is ready to return to home base.
"Now I am home, and I've fulfilled my lifelong dreams," said Windham, the new NEDCO director. "Plus, I'm getting to work in a profession I dearly love, which was a really neat surprise because I was hoping to come home and was wondering what I was going to do. Now I get to do both."
The career woman last sought economic prospects for the rapidly growing city of Frisco. Before that, Windham did business development for private industry, regional, and state agencies. The international jet setter built connections at every stop.
"I think the basis of what can help as with any other place is some deep relationships with site selectors and corporate real estate execs as they are out in the field looking for locations to expand, move or create businesses," Windham said.
The connections and the bond to Nacogdoches led the NEDCO Board to hire the woman who wanted to come home.
"Someone who already knows our strengths and challenges as a community," said David Alders, the NEDCO chair. "Someone who cares as deeply and passionately about Nacogdoches as we do."
Jimmy Mize, the NEDCO chair-elect said Windham's work for the City of Frisco was one of the things that inspired the Board to name her as the organization's new president and CEO. He also pointed to Windham's connections in Austin and all over the state of Texas.
For the last month, Windham relied on the expertise of her predecessor, Judy McDonald. The interim NEDCO director stressed the importance of teamwork.
"Because everybody is on the same page, working for the same goal and that is to build the community," McDonald said. "I've assured her that that's the case. All she's got to do is keep everybody informed."
Wisely, Windham informed her new bosses of a prospect for Nacogdoches during the job interview.
"I don't know if that's what put me over the top," Windham said. "I just used a tool box that I have, and I'm glad if that's what it was, I'm glad it worked."
Windham was among the field of 31 candidates. The list was narrowed to four finalists.