Ray De Winkle steps down from The Right Place Inc.

October 16, 2008
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Ray De Winkle, vice president of business development for The Right Place Inc. is stepping down after joining the organization in 1989. De Winkle has accepted the position of president and CEO of GreaterFindlay Inc., an economic development enterprise serving Findlay and Hancock counties in Ohio.

“Ray served our region with distinction,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place Inc. “We accept his decision to resign with sincere appreciation for the lasting contributions he made to West Michigan’s economy and quality of life.”

Right Place said in his tenure, De Winkle has helped secure 3,040 existing jobs, generate 5,521 new jobs, and add $229 million in new payroll in the last five years as well as leverage more than $450 million of new capital investment.

De Winkle was instrumental in many regional efforts including the CEO Roundtable for manufacturers, the Technology Council of West Michigan’s Fourth Friday Forum and others.

De Winkle begins his new position Nov. 17.

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