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The BBA Network

We speak to and act on the truth.  We strive to find the truth by asking questions and not presuming that we know the answers beforehand. We treat others with respect, reject political divisiveness, and bring people together to achieve meaningful results. Most importantly, we bring our clients, the doers, into the planning process so as to ensure that we develop practical solutions that work. We help the doers do.

 

Dean Barber, Principal

Dean Barber has worked to help communities become better places for business investment and job creation for more than 20 years. He has also provided a wide array of national and international companies with location advisory analysis, incentive negotiation, and startup transition.

Prior to founding BBA in 2011, Dean was the Director of International Development at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, assisting companies to establish business operations in that state. He also served as the Vice President of Business Development at Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Before economic development and consulting, Dean was the Business Editor of The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Ala.

NOTE: Please do not send mail to the BBA consultants below at the Dallas BBA address. Email each for their individual mailing addresses.

Barry Albrecht, Site Selection, Defense

Barry Albrecht has been in economic development for over 29 years, having served as the CEO of multiple regional economic development organizations in Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

He is a creative designer of community strategic partnerships and “game-changing” marketing initiatives and transactions with national and international companies.

Barry has led in the recruitment, relocating, and expansion of numerous tech-based industries and federal agencies which accounted for thousands of new high-tech and government-related jobs. He also worked 12 years with Hughes Aircraft as a business development executive and served 6 years in the Army as an aviator.

Linda DiMario, Economic Development
 

Linda DiMario's work included has award-winning business retention programs, skills gap and talent attraction solutions, foreign direct investment initiatives, and startup incubators and accelerators.

 

DiMario has worked with more than 100 cities, counties and organizations across the U.S. in the economic development sphere.

 

Linda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council, Orange County World Affairs Council, and OCTANE, Orange County’s premier startup incubator and accelerator. 

 

David Gaines, Rural Development 

David Gaines has served in leadership roles in multiple economic development organizations in rural communities and was the founding member of a 14-county regional economic development organization in which he was the board chairman for two terms. 

As a consultant, David has worked on feasibility projects involving housing and hotel development in smaller markets in addition to manufacturing and the transportation industries.

He has founded several small businesses and has worked in the financial services, broadcast media, food and services industries. David is the Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group, LLC.

Josh Mejia, Entrepreneurial Development

Josh Mejia is the founder of Mejia & Company which helps communities across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America develop and implement entrepreneurship-led economic development strategies and commercial development projects.

 

With more than a decade of experience in economic development, grant writing, entrepreneurship, government relations and marketing, Josh Mejia has excelled in delivering results through strategic leadership and collaboration amongst a variety of stakeholders.

 

Mejia’s background and upbringing as a child of immigrant parents inspired him to create a unique and proven approach toward increasing engagement with minorities across the U.S and helping disadvantaged communities with inclusive and equitable economic development strategies.

 

In addition, Mejia has a proven record in expanding his economic development strategies by engaging stakeholder groups in order to address foundational challenges which impeded socioeconomic mobility.

Susan Munroe, Renewable Energy

Susan Munroe coaches and supports community leaders on how to best navigate renewable energy development to help their communities prosper.

She shares best practices, impressive stories, and data to help chambers of commerce and economic development organizations advocate at local, state and federal level for clean energy development.

As a former chamber president, she understands that companies need to set short, medium and long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because doing so is "critical to the long-term economic interests" of shareholders. She also knows that companies are now basing their site selection decisions on accessibility and local/state-level support for renewable energy investment. 

Rob O'Brian, Resource Development

Rob O'Brian has led chambers of commerce in economic development for more than 30 years, most recently as the president of the Joplin (MO) Area Chamber.

 

Rob led the development of small business incubators; workforce training centers, and the development and marketing of business parks. He has created a number of 501-c-3 not-for-profit organizations, including the regional Medical School Alliance which raised $30-million, resulting in the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years.  

He was instrumental in making Joplin (Jasper County) the first ACT Work Ready Certified Community in the U.S., and helped partner counties in Kansas and Oklahoma become the first WRC communities in their respective states. Rob is the principal of O’Brian & Associates.

 

 

Christine Wong Rambo, Marketing

Christine Rambo, CEcD, MBA, has nearly 30 years of economic development, marketing, and communications experience, including leading the marketing, branding, and business development efforts for North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

 

Christine previously worked as the state marketing specialist for a network of ten Louisiana Small Business Development Centers statewide.

 

Prior to entering economic development, Christine worked for 12 years as an award-winning anchor/reporter for KTBS, the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, LA and KNOE, the CBS affiliate in Monroe, LA. ​ Christine is the President and Founder of Upsize Marketing Strategies.

Jeremiah Quarles, Community Development

Jeremiah Quarles has a long history of negotiating and structuring mid-to-large development projects, corporate relocations, workforce development, and helping to craft public policy.

Jeremiah has facilitated more than $725 million in private development (i.e. office, industrial, retail, healthcare) for communities resulting in 4,150 new full-time jobs. He also has been instrumental in starting revolving loan funds aimed at supporting start-ups and small businesses in retail, hospitality, and healthcare. 

Jeremiah is the managing principal of Dallas-based Q Development Partners, a real estate development and consulting firm focused on community-oriented projects and social impact business strategy.

Robin Joseph-Williams, Urban Planner

 

Robin Joseph-Williams, founder and Principal of the J. Williams Group, LLC,  is an Urban Planner and Public Involvement Specialist with over 20 years of experience on a variety of public sector projects.

 

She has led successful planning studies, alternatives analyses, categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, and environmental impact statements, and been a task lead on regional transportation analyses and plans, and corridor feasibility and rail studies. She’s managed all public and agency involvement, and public relations efforts associated with these numerous project types in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines.

 

Her areas of expertise include community impact analysis, land use analysis, Indirect and Cumulative Impact Analysis, group facilitation and general planning documentation. She has a keen interest in urban revitalization initiatives which include mixed-use development with pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environments. In addition to her planning certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, she is LEED-certified for building design and construction.