Deborah is an economic development professional with a track record of demonstrated success. Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2013, Deborah served as the Director of Business Development for the Colorado Office of Economic Development where she lead a team of five business recruiters and guided projects through the site selection and incentive approval process. Deborah also worked seven years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in their economic development organization. While at TVA she served as a target market specialist where her primary responsibility was the recruitment of data centers and technology projects to the seven state TVA region. Deborah also worked previously for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, where she supervised existing business services, a staff of over 20 people, and workforce development funds of more than $4 million.
Deborah earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland. She graduated from and is certified by the Community Development Institute. She and her husband (an avid aviator and private pilot) live in Columbia with their two yellow labs and are building an RV10.
Mr. Fritz retired in early 2014 from a long career at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. His responsibilities included development of new business, both domestic and international, as well as the maintenance of current relationships that were located in South Carolina. During his career, Mr. Fritz developed a specialization in the aerospace industry. He was the Project Manager that facilitated the $1 billion investment from Toray Carbon Fibers of America in Spartanburg County that created 500 new jobs. This project represents the single largest new investment ever announced for South Carolina.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Wayne graduated with a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and the University of Oklahoma Graduate School for Economic Development. Wayne is married and has two grown children, and lives in Columbia. Wayne is interested in planes, trains and ships and is a hobby historian.