The Wyoming Business Council has hired two regional directors to fill vacancies in the south central and northwest regions of the state.
Amy Quick will replace Leah Bruscino as the northwest regional director and Rebecca Eusek will replace Pat Robbins as the south central regional director.
Quick is the director of marketing and sales for Meridian Partners, a Cody design firm. She moved to Wapiti in 1999 to work for the U.S. Forest Service.
“That job gave me an incredible introduction to Wyoming and instilled in me a true passion for this area,” Quick said.
Quick gained budgeting and grant writing experience as the recreation coordinator with the City of Cody. The position required close cooperation with a variety of community partners, which she said would serve her well as she joins the Business Council to increase the area’s prosperity.
“The economic developers in this region are motivated and active, so there’s already great infrastructure in place for this type of work,” Quick said.
Quick will also draw on lessons learned while stationed in West Africa with the Peace Corps for two years where she had to work independently in remote, rural areas of Togo.
Park, Washakie, Hot Springs and Big Horn counties have a mix of rural, outdoor adventure and family-friendly culture that is beginning to attract a young, talented workforce back to the area, Quick added. She looks forward to working with community development proponents and the local business community to ensure those arrivals can stay and thrive in good careers.
“I’m thrilled at the chance to advocate for the region I’ve called home for nearly two decades,” Quick said. “We have so many individuals, organizations and businesses here working to move our area forward. They are innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial risk-takers, and I’m excited to be there for them.”
Quick and her husband, a third-generation Wyomingite, enjoy whitewater kayaking, singletrack, powder days, live music and great lattes.
On the opposite side of the state, Eusek established herself in the Sweetwater County business community right out of college as an administrative assistant and grant specialist for the Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Board. She spent the last five years as the chief executive officer of the Green River Chamber of Commerce.
Her work for the chamber and tourism board has provided her with an intimate knowledge of the local workforce, major industry executives, downtown entrepreneurs and other community and business developers that make her region hum.
Eusek pointed to Business Council-supported projects like additional infrastructure at the Sweetwater County Fairgrounds created to draw bigger events and the new terminal under construction at the Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport to better serve private air traffic as economic development work she wants to be a part of in her new role.
Looking east to Carbon County, she eyed the Sierra Madre-Chokecherry wind farm as a major opportunity for industrial development, energy services jobs and manufacturing work in the region.
Above all, she’d like to help Carbon and Sweetwater counties to move forward as a cohesive group to attract new business and help regional industry expand.
“With the economy the way it is, I think working together is going to be important. We need to focus regionally, not just city by city,” Eusek said. “Together, we have a larger workforce, more resources and deeper pool of talent.”
The wide-open spaces and independent, resourceful ethos of the south central region is a natural fit for Eusek, who enjoys running and exercising outdoors and recently began teaching herself to build furniture. Her newly-built table and shelving fit well in her new home, she said.
Growing up with seven brothers and sisters, Eusek appreciates the sense of community she has found in Sweetwater County.
“My dad was in the Air Force, so I’ve lived all over the country and even in Korea,” Eusek said. “This is the longest I’ve lived in a place, and it’s because of the people that I love it here. People here have pride in where they live, and I want to help them thrive.”
The Wyoming Business Council features seven regional directors throughout the state who work closely with local officials, business leaders and community advocates to nurture a skilled workforce, strengthen local companies, create expansion opportunities, attract new firms and diversify the economy.
Regional directors work closely with other area partners like Manufacturing-Works and the Small Business Development Center to meet company’s needs.