One Project, One Team
Dean Barber, Principal
Dean Barber has worked with economic development organizations nationwide to help communities become better places for business investment and job creation. 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, Dean was the Director of International Development at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, assisting companies establish business operations in that state. He also served as the Vice President, Business Development, at Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Before his career in economic development and location advisory consulting, Dean was the Business Editor of The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Ala.
Dean is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having received a bachelor’s degree in business and journalism. He plays banjo, guitar and sings, poorly he might add, in the duo Pace & Barber.
Here is the rest of the BBA team in alphabetical order.
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 directly been involved in the recruitment, relocating and expansion 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.
He is a recipient of the Department of the Army, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his 29 years of service providing support to Army Installations, its missions and supporting the creation of new job opportunities programs for military families and transitioning military personnel.
Linda DiMario, Economic Development
Linda DiMario is a multi-dimensional economic development professional with experience in public, private and non-profit sectors. As the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Executive Vice President for over seven years, she lead a full scope of economic development program.
Her work included award-winning business retention programs, skills gap and talent attraction solutions, a successful foreign direct investment initiative to secure expansion-ready life science and technology companies for Irvine, growing the impact and influence of the Irvine/OC innovation eco-system and winning the 2018 Presidential “E” Award for export assistance.
No stranger to consulting, DiMario was the owner of DiMario & Associates, an economic development, community branding and tourism consulting practice, working with over 100 cities, counties and organizations across the U.S.
Linda was also president and CEO of the Arlington (TX) Convention & Visitors Bureau instrumental in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium development; CEO of the Long Beach Area (CA) CVB taking a lead role in the city’s economic transformation; VP Sales & Marketing, Greater Tucson (AZ) CVB and Oakland (CA) CVB. She has also held senior management with the Hotel Queen Mary and Disneyland Hotel as well as two Hilton hotels in northern California.
Linda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council, Orange County World Affairs Council and OCTANE, Orange County’s premiere startup incubator and accelerator.
Linda holds a B.A. degree in political science from Central Washington University and she is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Tim Feemster, Supply Chain & Logistics
Tim Feemster has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, real estate, transportation, logistics, distribution, and marketing. He is quoted frequently in the industry trade publications and makes more than 20 keynote presentations a year to professional organizations.
He has been a senior logistics manager in three manufacturing companies, a general manager, a consultant, an executive in two third party logistics providers, and a practice group leader in two commercial real estate firms.
Tim has been responsible for economic development strategy consulting, corporate client site selection; network optimization; building construction management, transportation & warehouse operations; strategic planning; lease management; marketing; inventory planning & deployment; lean systems & quality management; and private fleet management.
Based in Dallas, Tim is also principal of Foremost Quality Logistics. Golf is Tim's game and you can find him on the links often.
David Gaines, Rural Development
David Gaines has great experience in rural economic development, having served in leadership roles in multiple economic development organizations in rural communities.
In his consulting capacity, David has worked on feasibility projects involving housing and hotel development in smaller markets in addition to manufacturing and the transportation industries.
David was the founding member of a 14-county regional economic development organization in which he was the board chairman for two terms.
During his 30-year business career, David has founded several small businesses and has held positions in ownership, management, sales and marketing in the financial services, broadcast media, food and services industries.
In addition to being a member of the BBA team, David is the Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group, LLC, a Moberly, Missouri-based consulting firm. He and his wife Dara enjoy travel and spending time with their seven children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Julie Glover, Downtown Development
Julie Glover was the Economic Development Program Administrator for the City of Denton, Texas, for 23 years, during which time she managed the city's Downtown Development and the Downtown Tax Increment Finance Zone (TIRZ #1), the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program, and various capital improvement projects.
In addition to the aforementioned duties and projects, Julie coordinated creation of the Bell Avenue Conservation District, the West Oak Historic District, and the
Downtown National Register District.
Julie initiated several city festivals, including the Arts and Autos Extravaganza, Thursday Twilight Tunes, WassailFest, and Dog Days of Denton.
She supported entrepreneurship through Stoke Denton (co-working space), annual small business workshops, and helped establish the Denton Community Market.
Downtown Denton aesthetics were improved through implementing though downtown design standards, addingt bike racks, capital improvements, the Denton Arts Walk of Fame, and the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program.
Julie assisted with implementing the sidewalk sandwich sign ordinance, valet trash program, food truck ordinance, the Downtown Master Plan, the Downtown Implementation Plan, and the city's Historic Tax Abatement Policy.
Julie is a past recipient of the Texas Historic Commission’s Anice B. ReadAward of Excellence in Community Heritage Development. She was awarded the 2015 Texas Downtown Association’s Susan H. Campbell Award for Professional Excellence.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Texas Woman’s University and has a Professional Certification in Downtown Management from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Susan Munroe, Renewable Energy
Susan Munroe advises communities on how to best navigate the opportunities for clean energy development to help them prosper.
As a past chamber of commerce president in the heart of Midwest wind-farm country, Susan brings leadership and experience to guide communities to clean energy development resulting in economic growth.
Now more than ever, businesses have committed to aggressive clean energy goals and are basing their site selection decisions on accessibility and local/state level support for renewable energy investment.
Susan lives in Raleigh, NC and currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. A graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she also earned a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Susan loves to hike, cook, read books and looks forward to adopting her next rescue Beagle.
Rob O'Brian, Resource Development
Rob O'Brian has led chambers of commerce in economic development for more than 30 years. As President of the Joplin (MO) Area Chamber, Rob led development of a small business incubator; a workforce training center, and development and marketing of one of the premier business parks in southwest Missouri.
Rob excels in organization structure and resource development. 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 is also a strong advocate for workforce development and worked closely with numerous companies and partners to make Joplin (Jasper County) the first ACT Work Ready Certified Community in the U.S. Working regionally, Rob helped partner counties in Kansas and Oklahoma become the first WRC communities in their respective states.
While in leadership of the Missouri Economic Development Council, Rob helped legislators craft the Enhanced Enterprise Zoned and the Quality Jobs (Missouri works) legislation. He was a leader in rebuilding Joplin after a devastating 2011 tornado and was recognized by the Small Business Administration for those efforts.
Rob is also the principal of O’Brian & Associates. He is an avid reader of Civil War history and enjoys weekend getaways with his wife in their Mustang convertible.
Christine Wong Rambo, Marketing
Christine Rambo, CEcD, MBA, has nearly 30 years of economic development, marketing and communications experience, having led business development, marketing and branding efforts for communities.
As an International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) — one of only 1,110 CEcDs in the world, Christine's awarding-winning work promotes communities, regions and companies. Her work garnered an IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award for Video/ Multimedia Promotion in 2017.
For more than a decade, Christine led the marketing, branding and business development efforts for North Louisiana Economic Partnership, a regional economic development organization that serves a 14 parish (county) region. 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.
In addition to being a member of the BBA team of consultants, Christine is the President and Founder of Upsize Marketing Strategies, a full service marketing firm, specializing in economic development and workforce development marketing and community development strategies.
Christine received a MBA from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a BA in Communications from American University in Washington, D.C. She was named to the 2018 list of Trademark Women of Distinction, a national registry of accomplished women from every business sector.
Jeremiah Quarles, Community Development
For nearly two decades, Jeremiah Quarles has created creating mutually beneficial strategic partnerships across a broad range of industries, negotiating and structuring mid-to-large development projects, corporate relocations, workforce development and helping to craft public policy.
Jermiah has successfully negotiated and facilitated more than $725 million in private development (i.e. office, industrial, retail, healthcare) for communities resulting in 4,150 new full time jobs.
Jeremiah was also instrumental starting a revolving loan fund for the City of Dallas aimed at supporting start-up and small businesses in retail, hospitality and healthcare.
Additionally, he was successful in crafting policy on a $6.3 million dollar city bond package for economic development that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2014.
Jeremiah has served as Chairman of the Dallas Regional Chambers’ economic development arm – the DFW Marketing Allies Group, as well as, Advisory Council for the University of North Texas at Dallas’ Business School.
In addition to being a BBA team member, Jeremiah is Founder & 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.
Jeremiah earned his Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame with concentrations in Strategy and Design Thinking. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University.