The board of directors of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance has named Susan Pareigis as interim president and CEO of the regional organization.
Most recently, Pareigis served 10 years as president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100 following four years as Gov. Jeb Bush’s appointed secretary of the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Pareigis previously was president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County and served in international business development at the Lee County Office of Economic Development.
Pareigis has served on the board of directors for Enterprise Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce and chaired the U.S. Department of Labor’s Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Outreach.
“Susan’s executive-level experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida, makes her the perfect choice to lead the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance,” said Al Reynolds, chairman of the board. “We are confident the Alliance will continue to flourish under Susan’s leadership.”
Pareigis said, “I am eager to work with the five-county region to further diversify the Southwest Florida economy through additional high-wage jobs and targeted industries.”