Board Members

The governing board of the South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of our operations and fiscal matters. There are 19 voting members in the following ex officio positions:

Regional Development Authority (1)
Local Economic Development Corporations (3)
Local Government Officials (3)
Representative from each of the Advisory Committees (5)
At-large private-sector members (6)
Southwest Michigan Representative (1)

Additionally, non-voting members include representatives of the following key stakeholder groups:

Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Conventions & Visitors Bureaus
Chambers of Commerce

The South Bend Elkhart Regional Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) entity to support South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership’s mission. The work of the SBER Foundation board ensures that we have the funding, support, and vision needed to make positive, progressive change to grow the region.

Regional Partnership Board Members

Pete McCown, Chair
RDA, REDS Chair
Community Fdn. of Elkhart County.
Jerry ChavezJerry Chavez, Secretary
LEDO, Marshall County
Marshall County EDC
Andy KostielneyAndy Kostielney
Local Gov. St. Joseph County
St. Joseph County Commissioner
Tracy GrahamTracy Graham
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Graham Allen Partners
John Affleck-Graves, Member
Private Investor
University of Notre Dame
Michael DaigleMike Daigle, Treasurer
Private Investor
South Bend International Airport
Dave Behr
IEDC Regional Representative
Indiana Economic Dev. Corp.
James Turnwald
Michiana Area Council of Governments
MACOG
Jeff ReaJeff Rea, Vice Chair
LEDO, St. Joseph County
South Bend Regional Chamber
Suzanne WeirickSuzanne Weirick, Public Rep.
Local Gov. Elkhart County
Elkhart County Commissioner
Chuck LehmanChuck Lehman
Talent Committee
Lehman & Lehman, Inc.
Gary NeidigGary Neidig
Startup South Bend-Elkhart, Chair
ITAMCO
Jim Seitz
Private Investor
1st Source Bank
Jim KeenanJim Keenan
Private Investor
Judd Leighton Foundation
Levon JohnsonLevon Johnson
Northern IN Chamber Coalition
Greater Elkhart County Chamber
Mark Dobson
LEDO, Elkhart County
EDC of Elkhart County
Kevin OvermyerKevin Overmyer
Local Gov. Marshall County
Marshall County Commissioner
Shelley KlugShelley Klug
Industry Growth Committee
Indiana Michigan Power
Brian Wiebe
Education & Workforce Committee
Horizon Education Alliance
Larry Garatoni
Private Investor
HQ Investments
Barkley GarrettBarkley Garrett
Southwest Michigan Representative
SMEGA
Diana LawsonDiana Lawson
Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Elkhart County CVB

Executive Committee & Officers

Pete McCown, Chair
RDA, REDS Chair
Community Fdn. of Elkhart County.
Jerry ChavezJerry Chavez, Secretary
LEDO, Marshall County
Marshall County EDC
Jeff ReaJeff Rea, Vice Chair
LEDO, St. Joseph County
South Bend Regional Chamber
John Affleck-Graves, Member
Private Investor
University of Notre Dame
Michael DaigleMike Daigle, Treasurer
Private Investor
South Bend International Airport
Suzanne WeirickSuzanne Weirick, Public Rep.
Local Gov. Elkhart County
Elkhart County Commissioner