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Link Hires Vice President to Handle Clay County

Posted by Steve Rogers | July 25, 2012 / 10:01am | Top Story, Local News, Business
WEST POINT, Miss. (WCBI) -- A Florida economic development recruiter with experience in international trade will lead efforts to bring new businesses to West Point and Clay County.

Ron Maloney of Sarasota will join the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link next month as vice president for Clay County.

His hiring comes after a months-long search to fill the new position created after the Clay County Growth Alliance contracted with the Link to form a regional job creation effort.

Maloney was one of four finalists.

He's owned his own consulting firm in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Sarasota. He's also was a vice president with the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota and vice president of global marketing for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

His experience in international trade could be helpful given the region's growing list of foreign companies with local investments, ranging from Russia with Severstal to France with American Eurocopter.

Clay County will host a reception for him on Aug. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Ritz in West Point.


COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Columbus Lowndes Development LINK has hired Ron Maloney as the new Vice President of Economic Development, Clay County.


Maloney comes to the LINK from Sarasota, Fla., where he served as proprietor and CEO of Dynamic Impact Consulting. He brings more than 13 years of experience in business recruitment and expansion, program and project management and tactical execution to the LINK team. Prior to founding Dynamic Impact consulting, Maloney served as the vice-president of global marketing and coordinator of the Southwest Regional Export Network with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance in Pittsburgh, Penn.


In his role at the LINK, Maloney will bring his extensive expertise to growing existing and recruiting new businesses in the Clay County area.


"Ron is a uniquely qualified individual for the Clay County development position,' said Joe Higgins, CEO of the Columbus Lowndes Development LINK. "His experience with domestic and international business recruitment and energetic attitude will bring a new element to the LINK economic development team."


While at the PRA, Maloney held a number of titles spanning nearly 10 years. Accomplishments include:


-          Assisting 40+ companies to export over $100 million in goods and services.

-          Increased the performance rating of the Regional Export Network (REN) from 84 percent to 121 percent.

-          Converted13  international leads into investment projects, 11 projects resulting in the potential creation of 700+ jobs created and $186 million in capital investment from 2005-2007.


In May 2012, the LINK and Clay County reached an agreement in which the LINK would provide economic development services to Clay County including but not limited to workforce development, existing business expansion and retention, new business attraction and development, research and planning and organizational capacity.


"We are very excited to work with Ron as he begins to work in the Clay County area," said Jackie Edwards, LINK Executive Committee member and president of the Clay County Growth Alliance.


"We're ready to have someone full-time, selling West Point full-time," said Robbie Robinson, LINK Executive Committee Member and former Chancery Clerk of West Point. "We think Ron is the man for the job."


For more information about the LINK, or to view the Clay County- LINK agreement, contact Macaulay Whitaker at (662) 328-8369 or email

Below is Maloney's resume taken from his Linked In site:
Ron Maloney's Overview


Realtor at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Proprietor at Dynamic Impact Consulting


Executive Vice President; VP for Recruitment and Internation at Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Proprietor at Dynamic Impact Consulting
VP, Global Marketing (Trade) at Pittburgh Regional Alliance


Duquesne University
Brigham Young University
Grossmont College


Personal Website

Ron Maloney's Summary

Seasoned and highly successful economic development professional, who has started up and run companies in the private sector.

Economic development, marketing, foriegn-direct investment promotion & recruitment, providing export assistance, international trade etc.
Ron Maloney's Experience
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; H; Real Estate industry

March 2012 -- Present (5 months) Sarasota, Florida Area

I specialize in:
--Helping you understand the market you are in,
--Helping you discover the present market value of your home,
--Pricing your home to sell,
--Marketing your home locally, nationally and globally,
--Bringing the sale of your home to a successful conclusion.

If you need a realtor who understands cultural differences and has successfully concluded over a $1 billion dollars in global business deals, then again you have found the right person.

The question is not "What countries have I worked in, but, more appropriately, "Where have I not worked?" This is just a small list: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the Netherland, the United Kingdom, etc.

I have also had the pleasure of assisting executive transferees from companies such as Bayer, Fox Sports Network, Nova Chemical and Sony.
Dynamic Impact Consulting

August 2011 -- Present (1 year) Sarasota, Florida Area

Dynamic Impact Consulting helps businesses prepare for and sustain growth in international markets through strategic planning coupled with strong execution & implementation. Two most recent examples of clients and services performed are:

1. Established Florida-based Cardiology Medical Practice - Helped to develop a new revenue stream based on medical tourism by devising marketing strategies and tactics, identifying out-of-state and international markets to recruit patients from, identifying strategic partners in the Caribbean and building a network of referring physicians in Canada and Germany,
2. Midwestern Regional Economic Development Organization (EDO) - Assisted the EDO to revive dormant ties with a Japanese city and its business community for the purposed of inducing additional foreign direct investment.
Executive Vice President; VP for Recruitment and Internation
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

May 2010 -- June 2011 (1 year 2 months) Sarasota, Florida Area
Dynamic Impact Consulting

August 2009 -- April 2010 (9 months) Greater Pittsburgh Area
VP, Global Marketing (Trade)
Pittburgh Regional Alliance

May 2007 -- December 2008 (1 year 8 months)
Coordinator, Southwest Regional Export Network (REN)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

May 2007 -- December 2008 (1 year 8 months)
VP, Global Marketing (FDI Promotion in Asia)
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

October 2005 -- May 2007 (1 year 8 months)
Business Development Consultant & Regional Development Liason
Data Storage Systems Center, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

January 2006 -- April 2007 (1 year 4 months)
Advisory Board Member
Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence, University of Pittsburgh

March 2006 -- March 2007 (1 year 1 month)
Interim Coordinator, Southwest Regional Export Network (REN)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

August 2006 -- October 2006 (3 months)
Interim Senior Director of Trade
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development

August 2006 -- October 2006 (3 months)
VP, Business Investment
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

November 1999 -- September 2005 (5 years 11 months)
Ron Maloney's Skills & Expertise

Economic Development
International Trade

Ron Maloney's Education

Duquesne University
1994 -- 1996

Brigham Young University
1990 -- 1993

Grossmont College
1989 -- 1989

Community College of Allegheny County
1982 -- 1984
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