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Economic development nonprofit names interim president and CEO

July 21, 2016
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Joe Sobieralski
Joe Sobieralski. Courtesy Battle Creek Unlimited

There’s a new leader at an economic development nonprofit in the region.

Battle Creek Unlimited, or BCU, said last week that it has appointed its former VP, Joe Sobieralski, as interim president and CEO, following the resignation of Marie Briganti earlier this month.

Sobieralksi will promote Battle Creek as an attractive destination for companies looking to expand into the region.

“Appointing Joe will allow for a seamless transition as we start the search process for a permanent president and CEO,” said John Gallagher, board chair, BCU. “With Joe’s past experience, strong leadership qualities and proven relationship-building skills, which he has already demonstrated since his arrival at BCU, we are confident BCU is in good hands.”

Sobieralski said he’s “honored that the board selected me for the interim position to help move the organization forward.”

“I plan on working on some things here, mainly focusing on retention and attraction, along with the missile defense initiative, and I look forward to working with our staff in moving our efforts forward in regards to those projects,” Sobieralski said.

A timeline has not been set for the appointment of a president and CEO.

Sobieralski’s background

Sobieralski came to Battle Creek Unlimited in December as VP.

Previously, Sobieralski spent nearly three years as the executive director of Southwestern Michigan Growth Alliance.

He has also served as the city manager of Bangor and village manager of Stevensville.

Sobieralski holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University and an M.P.A. with a concentration on local government from Western Michigan University.

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