LANCASTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 — Following its acceptance of President Lisa Riggs’ resignation, the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC) announces its selection of Winner Partners, a privately held executive recruitment firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida, to lead the search efforts for EDC’s next President.

In the wake of Riggs’ departure, an internal search committee was formed under the leadership of EDC Board Vice Chair Liz Martin (President, Ironstone Spring Farm and Senior Advisor, Martin Insurance Agency, a division of Enders) to identify, solicit proposals from, and evaluate executive search firms interested in partnering with EDC. Martin confirmed the committee’s engagement with Winner Partners at EDC’s Board of Directors meeting in August.

Winner Partners is a certified, woman-owned business with a proven record matching executive search consultants with successful industry leaders. Working with EDC on the President search are the firm’s managing partners, its inclusion and diversity partner, as well as a nonprofit partner who is a former economic development CEO.

“We are energized by the opportunities that Lancaster County has – the sturdy foundation and rich history of the region provides an ideal platform for fresh leadership to champion the work ahead,” shares co-founder Tina Winner. “We will work seamlessly to provide the organization with a thorough evaluation of candidates while our shared experiences will provide the appropriate avenues for bringing the EDC an inclusive spectrum of candidates with a variety of experiences and backgrounds for this critical leadership role.”

Speaking for EDC’s Board of Directors, Martin voiced her confidence in the strength and competency of the interim EDC leadership team while the President search is being conducted. Says Martin, “The experienced leadership team at EDC is doing a fantastic job working together to meet the organization’s goals, all the while remaining dedicated to EDC’s mission to enhance the economic well-being of Lancaster County. We know that the EDC staff will be an invaluable asset supporting Winner Partners’ efforts to identify a candidate that will lead the organization with the same expertise and passion for Lancaster County’s business community for which EDC has long been known.”

Also serving on the internal search committee: EDC Board Chair Troy Clair (President & CEO, Clair Global); EDC Finance Corporation Board Chair Brett Jackson (Partner, Brubaker, Connaughton, Goss & Lucarelli, LLC); EDC Finance Board Vice Chair Jordan Farrell (VP of Construction Services, Irex Corporation), Curtis Myers (President & COO, Fulton Financial Corporation), Michelle Rondinelli (Co-Owner & President, Kitchen Kettle Foods, Inc.), and Bob Shoemaker (retired President & CEO, Lancaster City Alliance).

Founded in 1960, the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (EDC) is the leading organization dedicated to promoting business development and expansion within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A private, not-for-profit, non-government organization, the EDC promotes the economic well-being of its communities with site location to financing. Through the EDC Finance Corporation, the organization provides low-interest Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loans to eligible businesses that either commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs or to the development of industrial parks, multitenant facilities, or agricultural producers. EDC seeks to engage local businesses and the local community around economic development. Learn more about Economic Development Company of Lancaster County at

Winner Partners was established in 2018 by Tina Winner & Steven Oberhoffer, capitalizing on their core desire to build a firm devoted to helping all people. The responsibility associated with a candidate’s career decisions, and therefore lives, is one they take very seriously. Winner Partners’ professional recruitment solution and process are geared towards identifying and qualifying candidates in an accelerated timeframe to meet clients’ growing requirements of top talent needs. Their methodology incorporates a respected, transparent process for clients and candidates throughout the search engagement. To learn more, visit:


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