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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, a regional economic development organization working for the City of San Marcos, Hays and Caldwell Counties, established to encourage and nurture economic growth in the heart of the Austin-San Antonio corridor. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in economic development and marketing at the state and regional level, he leads the organization’s efforts to diversify and strengthen the region’s economy through high quality jobs and investment by implementing a comprehensive multi-year economic development strategic plan. As part of this plan, he promotes the region across the U.S. and abroad.

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. In addition, he has been selected as a 40 under forty recipient for both Connecticut Magazine and the Hartford Business Journal. Most recently in 2018, Jason was nationally recognized by Consultant Connect as one of the top 50 economic developers in the country.

For more information on national and international business relocation, call Jason at the link below or call (512)-393-3408.
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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) 393-3406.
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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. She oversees the relationships of new and potential business to the Greater San Marcos region, including recruiting new companies, managing international relations and advising legislative affairs.

Originally from Connecticut, Jessica moved to Texas for its diverse, business-friendly environment. She brings a wealth of experience in economic development to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, including several years in business recruitment. She is also fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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 (CERC).

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.

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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Laurie Hartz
Director of Investor Relations
Laurie Hartz is the Director of Investor Relations for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She oversees communications with the Board of Directors and Investors as well as maintains a strong relationship with our public and private sector parties.

Hartz has carried streamlining of communications with the GSMP Board of Directors regarding meetings and implementing informational books for new members. She also facilitates logistical details for our major annual events as well as monthly EDC meetings with Investors.

Her background in meeting planning and tourism is critical in her role organizing meetings, events and planning. 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) 393-3401.
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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)393-3408.
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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) 393-3401.
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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) 393-3430.
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Board Members

John David Carson
Acting Chair
John Schawe
Secretary
Scott Burton
Treasurer
Patrick Rose
Immediate Past-Chair
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
Pat Fernandez
Board Member
Jennifer Finch
Board Member
Cassie Frow
Board Member
Jeanne Garza
Board Member
Fred Heldenfels
Board Member
Mike Kamerlander
Board Member
Joe Kenworthy
Board Member
John Kroll
Board Member
Lorraine Lane
Board Member
Bert Lumbreras
Board Member
Dr. Joca Marquez
Board Member
Ed Mihalkanin
Board Member
Terry Mitchell
Board Member
Chuck Nash
Board Member
John Navarrette
Board Member
Jeff Nydegger
Board Member
Anna Sanchez
Board Member
Scott Sellers
Board Member
Mark Sheffield
Board Member
Lon Shell
Board Member
Lance Spruiell
Board Member
Ed Theriot
Board Member
Dr. Denise Trauth
Board Member
Lee Urbanovsky
Board Member
CJ Watts
Board Member
Dr. Eric Wright
Board Member
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