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Staff & Board

At the Greater San Marcos Partnership, we've hired the best and brightest from across Texas and the U.S. to form an award-winning team of economic development professionals committed to the betterment of our region.

Staff Members

Jason Giulietti
President
Jason Giulietti is the President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, with more than 15 years of leadership experience in economic development and marketing at the state, regional, and local levels.

In these roles, he has taken transformative and innovative approaches to economic development, both by having built a ground-up business attraction strategy, and by strengthening business retention efforts while engaging and leveraging public and private partners. Jason has been nationally recognized by Consultant Connect as one of the top 50 economic developers in the country and by the IEDC as a member of the 2018-2020 40 Under 40 Class. He also received Top 40 Under 40 awards by both the Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine.

Jason relocated from Connecticut where he served as the Vice President of Business Recruitment at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. where he led the state's business development team and recruitment initiatives by cultivating and managing relationships with strategic partners and prospective business clients, both national and international. Prior to CERC, Jason served as Senior Vice President of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, he collaborated with the Northwest Hills Council of Governments and the Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation on a comprehensive economic development strategy. Jason holds a Master of Public Administration degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

For more information on national and international business relocation, call Jason at the link below or call (512) 781-2096.
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John Ellis
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
John Ellis is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Greater San Marcos Partnership responsible for overseeing the marketing, branding, and communication strategies focused on growing the economy of the Greater San Marcos region. He directs strategic marketing initiatives that promote the benefits of the region to attract, retain, and grow targeted industry sectors and its supporting workforce.

Previously as the Vice President of Communications & Membership at SAEDF, Ellis' marketing efforts contributed to the acquisition of 12,000 new jobs resulting in over $4 billion in annual economic impact for San Antonio. He also improved market awareness by 13% and increased new membership revenue by 300% during his four year tenure. Ellis is a native of San Antonio and a graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word.

For information about marketing opportunities, events, community engagement, and media inquires, contact John using the email link below or call (512) 781-3065.
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Jessica Inacio
Senior Director of Business Attraction
Jessica Inacio is the Senior Director of Business Attraction at the Greater San Marcos Partnership. With over 10 years of experience, she oversees the Job Growth team at GSMP, which includes business retention and expansion, business attraction, and workforce development. She focuses on recruiting new and potential businesses, nationally and internationally, to the Texas Innovation Corridor, ensuring that the needs of existing companies to thrive and grow are met. In addition, she is instrumental in securing the current and future talent pipeline to meet the workforce needs of companies that call the Texas Innovation Corridor home.

Jessica recently achieved her CEcD certification through IEDC, becoming one of only 155 certified economic developers in the State of Texas. Prior to joining the Greater San Marcos Partnership, Jessica was the Strategic Development Coordinator for the City of Fort Worth, and previously the Associate Director of Business Recruitment for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

Originally from Connecticut, Jessica moved to Texas for its diverse, business-friendly environment. Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Bucknell University and a dual master’s (MPA and MA in Survey Research) with a certificate in public financial management from the University of Connecticut. She is also fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

For information about relocating your business to the Greater San Marcos area, contact Jessica at the email below or call (512) 781-2094.
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Barbara Thomason
Director of Workforce, Business Retention and Expansion
Barbara Thomason is the Director of Workforce, Business Retention and Expansion. She is responsible for assisting existing businesses maintain and expand their footprint in our region. In addition, Barbara supports the development of our current and future workforce.

Barbara most recently served as the president of LeaderShift, LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in leadership and team development, strategic planning, and non-profit board development. For the previous 14 years, she served as president and CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, boosting the economic health of northwest Harris County. Prior to her time at the chamber, she served as the dean of workforce & continuing education at Lone Star College-North Harris in Houston - one of the nation’s fastest-growing community college systems.

In 2009, she earned her Chamber management certification from the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) and her Professional Community and Economic Developer certification (PCED).

Barbara has served as president of the Gulf Coast Chamber Executives organization, the president of the Northwest Houston Women’s Business Forum and as an officer on the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Board. She has been honored with various Leadership awards.

Barbara holds a BA in psychology with honors from The University of Texas at Austin and an MS in management specializing in human resource development from Houston Baptist University.

For more information on growing your company and/or locating the ideal workforce in Greater San Marcos, contact Barbara using the email link below or call (512) 781-2074.
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Laurie Hartz
Manager of Workforce, Business Retention and Expansion
Laurie Hartz is the Manager of Workforce, Business Retention and Expansion for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She is responsible for assisting businesses that exist in the Texas Innovation Corridor in maintaining and expanding their footprint in the region. In addition, Laurie also supports the development of our current and future workforce.

Laurie was previously the Sales Manager for the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB), where she handled the meetings and small convention market, primarily working with state associations, for over 7 years. Prior to that, Laurie worked as Sales Manager at the Austin CVB and the San Diego CVB.

Hartz studied Business and Public Administration at the University of Arizona.

For more information about becoming a GSMP investor, contact Laurie using the email link below or call (512) 781-3035.
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Emily Mathes
Project Manager
Emily Mathes is the Project Manager for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She oversees GSMP’s responses to incoming inquiries and requests from clients, site selection consultants, partners, and other lead sources. As the first point of contact for visitors, from local guests to out-of-town corporate executives, Emily handles RFIs, economic impact analyses and data related to recruiting businesses to the Greater San Marcos region.

Prior to joining GSMP, Emily facilitated commercial real estate transactions nationally and locally as a Tenant Representation Broker for The Retail Strategy. A native Austinite, Emily offers a wealth of local knowledge to the Central Texas market and has also worked extensively with the regional business community.

For more information on relocating or expanding your business to the Greater San Marcos area, contact Emily using the email link below or call (512) 781-2097.
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J.D. Moore
Marketing & Communications Manager
J.D. Moore is the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. He is responsible for the organization’s marketing and communication aspects in the region, including media content, digital communication and social media. He creates a wide variety of content for GSMP and its partners to benefit job growth in Hays and Caldwell Counties.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, J.D. became a converted Texan in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from TCU and his bylines have been found in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Kerrville Daily Times and Sirius XM Radio, among others. He also has worked as a communications specialist for a variety of Texas businesses.

When not in the office, J.D. can likely be found reporting at a college football game, fruitlessly attempting to improve his golf swing or officiating a wedding. For information about marketing opportunities, media inquiries, sharing good news about your company or connecting on social media, contact J.D. using the email link below or call (512) 781-3028.
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Shannon Webb
Office Manager
Shannon Webb is the Office Manager for the Greater San Marcos Partnership as of April 2020. Originally from Orange County, California, she managed a law firm for over 12 years that focused on creating living trusts, wills, and custom estate plans for clients. Shannon has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. She then studied in Prague where she obtained a teaching certificate and went to teach English in Taiwan.
Shannon’s diverse background and great communication skills are the reason she is the first point of contact for visitors, from both local guests to out-of-town corporate executives. In addition, Shannon provides administrative support and coordinates business operations for GSMP.
For more information about GSMP events or activities, contact Shannon using the email link below or call (512) 781-3023.
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Katherine Terry
Research Analyst
Katherine Terry is the Research Analyst for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She is responsible for collecting, cleaning and analyzing data to support the attraction of new job producing investments to the region. She also provides compelling fact-based information that is critical to the organization’s marketing message and to outbound RFIs.

A native of California, Katherine made her way to Texas in 2020. She is a two-time graduate from BYU, with a bachelor’s in sociology and a MPA from the BYU Marriott School of Business. Her previous work has included research for non-profit organizations, municipalities and grant funds.

When not in the office, Katherine can likely be found baking a new cookie recipe, crafting cards, or hiking nearby trails. For information about research and data about the Greater San Marcos region, contact Katherine at (512) 855-3152 using the email link below.
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Board Members

John David Carson
Chair
John Schawe
Chair-Elect
Scott Burton
Secretary
Jennifer Finch
Treasurer
Patrick Rose
Ex-Officio
Jane Hughson
Honorary Co-Chair
Debbie Ingalsbe
Honorary Co-Chair
Dr. Hector Aguilar
Board Member
Jon Barton
Board Member
Michael Cardona
Board Member
Kevin Carswell
Board Member
Bucky Couch
Board Member
Laura DuPont
Board Member
Pat Fernandez
Board Member
Michelle Fischer
Board Member
Cassie Frow
Board Member
Saul Gonzales
Board Member
Mike Kamerlander
Board Member
Lorraine Lane
Board Member
Bert Lumbreras
Board Member
Meagan McCoy Jones
Board Member
Thomas McKinney
Board Member
Jason Mock
Board Member
Jeff Nydegger
Board Member
Jason Otto
Board Member
Shane Scott
Board Member
Scott Sellers
Board Member
Megan Shannon
Board Member
Mark Sheffield
Board Member
Lon Shell
Board Member
Alfonso Sifuentes
Board Member
Jennifer Storm
Board Member
Ed Theriot
Board Member
Dr. Denise Trauth
Board Member
Erin Warren
Board Member
CJ Watts
Board Member
Jim Wimberly
Board Member
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