• GREDF Staff


    Marcel Wagner



    Marcel Wagner, President, Great River Economic Development FoundationAs President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, Marcel Wagner is furthering GREDF’s mission by maintaining and improving the economic vitality of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois through aggressive retention and attraction efforts.

    Marcel Wagner has spent the past 21 years with the Allen Economic Development Group in Lima, Ohio, the last 19 of those years as its President and CEO before retiring from that position in January. Marcel is a Certified Economic Developer and former Chair of the International Economic Development Council Certification and Education Committee. He was an Executive Committee Member of Team Ohio through the Ohio Economic Development Council as well as former chair of the Allen County Workforce Investment Act Board and Allen County Revolving Loan Fund.

    During his tenure with the AEDG, Marcel developed and implemented a regional marketing plan and targeted industries marketing program, established a Foreign Trade Zone, oversaw the development and sale of 5 spec buildings, participated in the start up of two entrepreneurship centers and administrated a private loan fund, among many other activities. Marcel also served as chair of the Lima, Ohio, Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

    Marcel is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

    Maggie Strong

    Vice President


    Maggie Strong, Great River Economic Development Foundation Marketing & PR Project ManagerAs Vice President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, Maggie’s primary focus is marketing and communications, as well as membership. She is also involved in the organization’s business retention and expansion efforts.

    Prior to joining GREDF in 2007, Maggie worked as Director of Client Relations at a marketing communications firm.

    Maggie graduated summa cum laude from Quincy University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts Management. She received the Bonaventure Award for graduating with the highest distinction.

    Maggie serves on the boards of the Midsummer Arts Faire and Quincy Preserves and is a past board member of the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design. She founded the Quincy Parks Foundation Pauline Wessels Memorial Fund and is a member of YP Quincy. Maggie was named to the 2010 Quincy Herald-Whig’s 20 Under 40 list and was the recipient of the 2013 City of Quincy Arts Volunteer Leadership Award.

    Maggie is married and has three children.

    Charles Bell

    Director – Quincy Entrepreneurship Center


    Charles Bell, Director of Quincy, IL Entrepreneurship CenterAs Director of the Quincy Entrepreneurship Center, Charles provides expertise in the areas of business planning and loans, incentives and financial assistance. He also administers several revolving loan funds.

    Charles joined GREDF as a business consultant in 2002 and became Director of the Entrepreneurship Center which is located at GREDF in 2005 when it was created by the State of Illinois.

    Prior to joining GREDF, Charles worked for the Small Business Development Center and Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials. He also owned commercial printing and publishing businesses.

    Charles serves as a GREDF liaison to the Rural Adams Development Corporation and Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials. He is a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a Board Member of the Quincy Business and Technology Center, past legislative committee member for the Illinois Manufacturing Association and Past Club President and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis.

    Charles is married and has six children and six grandchildren.

    Pete Pohlman

    Energy Specialist


    Pete Pohlman, Great River Economic Development Foundation Energy SpecialistAs GREDF’s Energy Specialist, Pete assists in the attraction and development of renewable energy projects. He has worked with developers of ethanol, biodiesel, hydropower, wind power and biomass for electric production projects. He also assists on projects with large or unique energy requirements.

    Prior to joining GREDF, Pete worked as an area manager with AmerenCIPS. He has over 45 years of experience in the energy business. Pete is a past GREDF Board Member and coordinated the Quincy Community Energy program.

    Pete has degrees in Management from Quincy College and Western Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

    Pete is married and has three children and eleven grandchildren.

    Nikki Albright

    Office Administrator


    Nikki Albright, Great River Economic Development Foundation Office AdministratorAs GREDF’s Office Administrator, Nikki is responsible for keeping everyone on track. Her responsibilities include scheduling, bookkeeping and office management.

    Prior to joining GREDF in 2005, Nikki worked as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper for the Area Agency on Aging and Adams County Homemaker Health Services.

    Nikki is a Quincy native. She is married and has three children; two daughters and a son.