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Board of Directors

"The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation was formed because the citizens of Jacksonville recognized the importance of creating jobs and bringing capital investment in our community.

The original board knew the footprint we laid would become a pattern for those that followed.  In the first seven years, JEDCO identified about 1,200 jobs that were either brought into Jacksonville or saved.

I was very proud to be the first chair and to have served for those seven years."

-Senator Robert L. Nichols.


Board of Directors

  

Darrell Dement

Currently serving as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Dement is the CEO and owner of D&L Tooling and Plastics Inc., a plastic manufacturing company serving several industries with injection molded products.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas. Mr. Dement is past President and board member of the Jacksonville Kiwanis club, served as a board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Christian School and past Treasurer of the Cherokee County Livestock Board.  Mr. Dement is a native of Jacksonville, Texas.  Darrell is married to Melissa and they have 3 children.  He has served on the JDC board since 2015.

     

 

Nathan Jones

Mr. Jones serves as Vice Chairman of the JEDCO Board of Directors. He has been employed with Austin Bank for over 27 years and is Executive Vice President/Regional President as well as an Advisory Director to the board of directors.  Nathan currently serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Division of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He has also held the title of Chairman of the Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  The many organizations and clubs Mr. Jones has chaired or served on include Lakeview Methodist Assembly, United Fund of Cherokee County, Citizen’s for Community and School Advancement (CCSA), Friends of Scouting, Rotary, Nan Travis Foundation, Crisis Center, Child & Family Services, and Kiwanis. In 2009, Mr. Jones was recognized as Jacksonville’s Outstanding Businessman and in 2012, he was named Jacksonville’s Citizen of the Year.  Nathan is married to Lisa and they have two sons, Christopher and Jonathan.

     

 

Robert Haberle, DC, CPM

Serving his second term on the JEDCO Board of Directors is Robert Haberle. He is employed with Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. as a Community and Government Relations Specialist and holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas-Tyler, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker University in Dallas and is a Texas Certified Public Manager. He proudly served as a member of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department prior to attending Chiropractic School. Upon returning home to Jacksonville, he was elected Mayor - terming out after 3 consecutive terms.  He currently serves on a variety of local and regional boards including: Chairman of the East Texas Workforce Board, member of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation board, and member of the East Texas City Management Association. You will find Mr. Haberle attending 3 - 4 City Council and Commissioner Court meetings each week as he is a firm believer that "all government is local".

 

     

 

 

Robert Cudd

Robert Cudd currently serves as CFO of Southern Multifoods, Inc. He was appointed to the JEDCO Board of Directors in July 2017 but previously served from July 2001 - June 2009, acting as Chairman of the Board for seven of those years.

 

 

     

 

 

Tim McRae

Returning to the JEDCO Board of Directors in 2018 is Tim McRae. Tim previously served from July 2004 - May 2007 and then from July 2008 - June 2011.  Tim is a graduate of the JHS Class of 1978 and Stephen F. Austin State University Class of 1983. He is the President of Bill McRae Ford Lincoln. Tim was named Businessman of the Year in 2004 and Citizen of the Year in 2009. The many boards and organizations Tim has served on and chaired include: Rotary, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Airport Advisory Board, Nan Travis Foundation, and Jacksonville Industrial Foundation. He and his wife Dawn have two children and four grandchildren.

     

 

 

Lana Cook

Currently serving as Treasurer of the JEDCO Board of Directors is Lana Cook. Mrs. Cook is the Senior Vice President, Banking Center Manager of Prosperity Bank. Lana has worked in banking for 44 years. She graduated from Tyler Commercial College and is a native of Jacksonville. Mrs. Cook serves on the board of the Jacksonville Industrial Foundation, Nan Travis Foundation and Peoples Church. Lana is married to Weldon Cook. She has served on the JEDCO board since 2018.

 

     

 

 

 

Matt Rowe

Newly elected to the JEDCO Board of Directors is Matt Rowe, owner of Rowe Farms. Being a Jacksonville native, Matt has a real desire to improve the community for future generations. His keen busines ability has been integral to growing his own company and will serve him well on the current board.