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Patrick Hayakawa

January 28, 2019

Patrick Hayakawa is Vice President of Innovation & Emerging Technologies for the Chester County Economic Development Council. In this role he oversees CCEDC’s initiatives advancing new technology development, startup activity, and the innovation economy across the region, including the Ideas x Innovation Network, Keystone Innovation Zones, the ITAG industry partnership, and direct support for employers of all sizes working in life sciences, IT, clean tech, and other key sectors.

Prior to joining CCEDC Patrick served as director at Life Sciences Pennsylvania, the statewide trade association supporting biotech and medical device innovation. Patrick brings a track record of working closely with innovative companies to advance their technologies while navigating the many private and public resources available across the region, including access to funding and strategic partnerships, workforce development, scientific advising, and other key connections. Patrick previously served as the membership director with the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and as a government affairs advisor at a private firm in Harrisburg.

Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the The University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Ursinus College.

Mary Kay Owen

Mary Kay Owen is the Project Consultant leading the Health Care Connect industry partnership, where she is working collaboratively with representatives from health care, education and economic development to build strategies to grow the regional health care industry.

Previously Owen was Director of Marketing for Exton Square Mall (owned by PREIT and previously by The Rouse Company), where she designed and developed marketing campaigns that generated public awareness, ROI and community outreach.

Integral to the launch of the Coatesville Grand Prix, which has become the city’s signature event, Owen managed public relations, media outreach and organizational strategies.  Owen has volunteered for a variety of community initiatives including the Chester County Workforce Development Board and CCEDC’s Marketing Committee.

 Mary Kay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Goucher College and is a Downingtown resident.

Marie Shires

Marie Shires joined  Seedcopa as Vice President and Relationship Manager in April 2018.  Shires comes to Seedcopa with a decade of SBA 504 experience providing commercial real estate and equipment financing to the region’s small to mid-sized businesses.

A certified Economic Development Financial Professional, Shires has completed rigorous training in business credit, loan packaging procedures, real estate finance analysis and deal structuring. As a long-time program director and Vice President at a not-for-profit certified development company, she has been responsible for all phases of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans, including business development, processing, closing and servicing. She also draws on enduring relationships with local banks, professional partners and community-based organizations to facilitate the loan process for Seedcopa clients.

Shires is a member of Advocates for Small Business, where she holds a seat on the board of directors. Over the course of her career she has taken a participating lead role in a variety of special events and summits for small business owners, including round table discussions and group training sessions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Widener University.

Lori Pickford

Lori joined CCEDC in April of 2017 as the administrative assistant for the Business Development Services Team.  Most recently she took on the title of Coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Engage Program, a statewide business retention and expansion (BRE) program facilitated through CCEDC.  In that role, Lori oversees budgets and invoicing for six Pennsylvania county partners who participate in the program.

Lori came to CCEDC while co-owning a manufacturer’s representative company with her husband which works primarily with QVC, Inc. – a televised home shopping channel based in West Chester, PA.   Currently, she guest hosts on-air at QVC, selling personal care products.

Lori spent 15 years working in the field of public relations in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia respectively, before she and her family moved to Chester County in 2000.   Lori is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a B.A. in Business Economics.  She is married and has two children.  Lori also volunteers with the “Adopt A Pig” charity in Glenmore, PA.  The charity was developed to help children and their families cope as they face the challenge of fighting cancer.

Sherry Cockerham

January 11, 2017

Sherry Cockerham serves as Project Coordinator for AgConnect and the Smart Energy Initiative at CCEDC.

Previously, Sherry worked for the Phoenixville Area School District as an elementary aide as well as administrative positions at Siemens Medical Solutions, USA and CSG Health Services Organization.

Sherry served two years as the secretary then president on the Home and School Association board at Barkley Elementary in the Phoenixville Area School District. She also enjoyed years of active volunteerism in her children’s schools.

Sherry earned a degree in Office Administration from Delaware County Community College.  She also has attended Immaculata University, taking coursework in Organizational Dynamics within the College of Lifelong Learning.  A Phoenixville resident and mother, Sherry continues to volunteer her time along with her sons who are active members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tracey Oberholtzer

October 21, 2014

Tracey started with the CCEDC in the Fall of 2013 and has worked as the Project Coordinator for Hire One, the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties, Health Care Connect and the Youth Programs. In her current role as Events Manager, Tracey primary responsibility is the planning and execution of major events for the CCEDC Industry Partnerships and Youth Programming.

Tracey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to joining the CCEDC, she worked as a Program Director and Volunteer Director in the non-profit sector.

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