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Industry Leader Mark Farris Named New GADC President and CEO

The GADC has named prominent economic development executive J. Mark Farris as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.  He was unanimously selected after a nationwide search resulted in more than 300 applicants for the position.

Mr. Farris, who will assume his new role September 15, has served as Director of Economic Development for York County, SC since 1987.  He succeeds Kevin Landmesser who has served as interim President and CEO since May 2013.  Mr. Landmesser will remain with the GADC and has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

“We are truly excited to have Mark join the GADC team as our new President and CEO,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the GADC Board of Directors.  “Mark has been a tireless advocate of smart, strategic and high impact economic development, and is widely respected as a strong leader, visionary and strategist in the industry.  He will bring knowledge, energy, and a strong collaborative spirit to our public/private partnership, and is the right leader to build upon Greenville County’s tremendous opportunities, reputation and momentum.”

During Mr. Farris’ tenure, York County announced over $4 billion in new capital investment -- an average of more than $180 million in new investment and over 1,200 new jobs annually.  He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and past President of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.  A graduate of Clemson University, he and wife Erin have three teenaged children.

“My overwhelming love of the Palmetto State and the strengths of Greenville County as an attractive and vibrant location made me realize that this was the right time and destination to commit my efforts and abilities to,” said Mr. Farris.  “The GADC is a nationally respected economic development organization with a superb team, and Greenville County is a model for planned strategic growth.  I look forward to contributing to the advancement of such an attractive and vibrant community.”