Nicole Potvin is an entrepreneur, marketer, and SBDC small business consultant. Her business focus has been in hospitality, writing, and marketing. She has also held corporate positions in marketing and communications with a medical device manufacturer and led a destination marketing organization to surpass its annual revenue goals. Nicole works with small businesses throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to help them increase sales through expanded marketing efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Oakland University. Click Here to learn more about the session Nicole will be presenting at "Just Imagine. . ."!
Jamie Gilbert has served as Director of the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development since 2016. He has successfully built and led economic development programs at the county level in South Carolina, Maryland and Georgia. Since arriving in Lancaster County, Jamie has brought a record number of projects to the community. In May 2019, Jamie was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect. Over his career, Jamie has facilitated the recruitment and expansion of hundreds of global businesses in a variety of sectors including advanced manufacturing, customer and financial services, food processing, headquarters operations, and much more!
Jamie will speaking at the Economic Development Update panel at "Just Imagine. . ." where he will share his expertise and insight on a variety of economically related subjects. The panel will also be moderated by CN2 anchor Lucas McFadden!
Ryan Sanderson is a military transplant and former Air National Guard Airman who has lived in York County for the last 15 years, and currently resides in Rock Hill with his wife and two children. He is one of two Co-Founders of Knowledge Perk, is very active in the community, and highly involved in the York County Regional Chamber. Ryan currently sits on the board for Historic Rock Hill and past boards include Rock Hill Area Council, Executive Committee, and YC Regional Board of Directors. He was chosen as the York County Regional Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year in February 2020.
Ryan will be leading the “Securing Capital for Growth” session at “Just Imagine. . .” in which he will share the knowledge he’s gained from as a successful small business owner in regards to finding sources of capital and taking your business to the next level.
A native of Philadelphia, Joanie Winters is an attorney with Winters Law Firm. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Winters worked in the private industry as the Director of Human Resources for a nine hundred-employee site development company. She also serves as a Director for the Chester Development Corporation and for the Workforce Initiative Act Board for Catawba Regional Council of Government, among many other local positions. Ms. Winters has received many prestigious honors over the years as she has helped build and mentor her community, including the Human Resource Professional of the Year award by the York County Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management in 2008, as well as the Small Business of the Year award by the York County Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Joanie will be leading the “Managing Employees Across Generational Gaps” session at “Just Imagine. . .” wherein her incredible skill set and history will be of great use in teaching you how to manage the difference in employees who have been raised in various generations. You will leave with a valuable combination of tactics and knowledge to ease tensions and create interconnectivity in your business!