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Tri-ED Names Interim Leader, Search Committee Formed

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) has a new leader, for now.

Karen Finan will take over the regional organization on an interim basis to replace the departing Dan Tobergte, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Finan is currently president & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance and will remain in that post as well.

A search committee for the permanent replacement has also been formed and it will be led by CVG Airport CEO Candace McGraw.

“I’m extremely pleased that Karen Finan and Candace McGraw stepped forward to take on these responsibilities," said Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann, current chair of Tri-ED, a post that rotates among the three Northern Kentucky judges/executive. "Our region is at a pivotal point when it comes to economic development, and we need our best leaders to step forward during this transition.  Karen and Candace are absolute top choices for the roles they’re taking on and will be instrumental in elevating Tri-ED to even higher levels of performance.”

“Karen Finan is an accomplished leader in our region with extensive experience in talent recruitment, in addition to successful roles in national marketing and business development within the real estate and economic development industry,” said Kay Geiger, regional president for PNC in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and chair of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance. “Karen’s high energy and track record of advancing key initiatives for the betterment of this region have been a key driver of success at the Norther Kentucky Regional Alliance. At a time when our region has never needed it more, those qualities, along with her extensive community involvement, will serve Northern Kentucky Tri-ED equally well as Karen takes on an interim leadership role.”

“This is a transformational time for Northern Kentucky and one of great opportunity for our region,” Finan said. “As Tri-ED continues its self-evaluation and the search for a new leader begins, our team will continue to create opportunities that make this region stronger economically.”

“The opportunity to lead Tri-ED, with the resources available and the unified support of the community, will make this position very attractive to candidates,” McGraw said. “I believe we will find the right candidate who will position this region for much success in the decades to come.”

Wade Williams, senior vice president, business development, and Casey Barach, senior vice president, entrepreneurship will continue in their leadership roles within the Tri-ED team. 

-Staff report