South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership Appoints Meissner and Seitz to Board of Directors

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Dec. 21, 2018) — The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership recently appointed Rose Meissner and Jim Seitz to its board of directors. Both will serve as voting members for the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership’s Board of Directors.

“The Regional Partnership restructured its governing board in 2019 in order to ensure strategic leadership by a broad group of stakeholders from the private, public, academic and philanthropic sectors,” said Regional Partnership Board Chair, Pete McCown. “We are pleased to welcome Rose and Jim to the board and look forward to the insight and thought-leadership they will provide going forward.”

Rose Meissner is the president of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Meissner joined the Foundation when it was established in 1992, and under her leadership, the Foundation has grown to be one of the top 100 community foundations in the United States, with combined assets of over $185 million. Meissner has created multiple proactive initiatives that address challenges and opportunities faced by our community.

Meissner holds an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and an MA in English Literature and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Seitz currently serves as president of 1st Source Bank and is responsible for all of the bank’s business and commercial banking areas, specialty finance lending units and banking centers. Since joining 1st Source in 1980, Seitz has served as a supervisor of banking centers, regional manager, manager of consumer and electronic banking and executive vice president.

Seitz received his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his B.S. in Business Marketing from Indiana University. He is active in the community with the Community Home Buyers Corporation and the Indiana South Bend Education Council.

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About South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
The South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership is a collaboration of the economic development partners from 47 smart connected communities in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The Regional Partnership focuses on a long-term systemic approach to advance the region’s economy by aligning the efforts of various stakeholders around five key areas: Educating a world-class WORKFORCE, Recruiting and retaining great TALENT, Attracting and growing new economy companies in complement to our remarkably strong manufacturing INDUSTRIES, Promoting INCLUSION and sparking opportunities for minorities and Helping ENTREPRENEURS thrive. The Regional Partnership seeks to unify and collaborate so that together, the communities across the region to work together to achieve what cannot be done individually. For more information about the Regional Partnership, visit


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