As 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.
Joi Cuartero Austin
As Marketing Director for GREDF, Joi is primarily responsible for marketing and communications, leading the community brand implementation efforts, managing local and regional events, as well as economic development initiatives.
Her background includes non-profit management. As a former Illinois Main Street executive director, her work included leveraging local assets to enhance and redevelop Batavia’s downtown district through dedicated volunteer efforts.
In 2008, she started working on bringing an art center to the Fox Valley region, which resulted in co-founding Water Street Studios, a 16,000sq-ft art center with 28 artist studios, 3 classrooms and 2 galleries. Prior to her work with Main Street, Joi worked in music television production to primarily produce the show Soundstage.
Joi has a degree in Arts and Entertainment Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago and brings with her a passion and enthusiasm for community.
Director of Workforce Development
As Director of Workforce Development, Angela facilitates the workforce initiatives in the region focusing on career guidance, work readiness and transition planning.
Angela brings with her a background in various roles in manufacturing, including positions as a Machining and Tooling Specialist, Production Supervisor, Training Specialist and Account Manager. She was most recently an Office Manager/Training Specialist in the construction industry. It was in this role that she designed and implemented a pre-employment apprenticeship for economically disadvantaged persons in Adams County. She has been Co-Chairperson of the Adams County Work Readiness Team since its inception in 2013.
Angela earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Continuing Education and Training Management from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, in 2001.
Director – Quincy Entrepreneurship Center
As 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.
As 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.
As 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.