Bios - Committees

RICHARD STETSON
PRESIDENT/CEO
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF THE TREASURE COAST
DBA "Workforce Solutions"

Richard Stetson is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Workforce Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer, he represents a group of 43 volunteers, mostly from the private sector, who identify workforce issues and bring together community resources to develop and deliver workforce solutions.

With over 30 years of experience working with the general public and people with special needs, Stetson is proud to be a part of helping people obtain, retain and maintain employment.  His career serving others is evident by the organizations he has been a part of such as Goodwill, Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy, Florida Department of Labor and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

A Certified Workforce Professional by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals he holds credentials as a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from Florida Atlantic University.  Stetson received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He received his Master in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Richard has been active with the Florida's Research Coast Economic Development Coalition and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Florida's Research Coast Economic Development Coalition.


HELENE CASELTINE, CEcD
DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Helene Caseltine is the Director of Economic Development for the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves as the county's primary agency for economic diversification on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners.

She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Multinational Business from The Florida State University in 1987. Upon graduation, she began her economic development career with the Florida Department of Commerce (which is now a private/public organization known as Enterprise Florida, Inc).

Ms. Caseltine worked 8 ½ years with the Commerce Department, in the areas of Small Business Development, Community Development, and International Trade. From there, she went on to serve as the Economic Development Director for the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Director for the City of Eastpoint, GA, and as Economic Development Manager for Collier County government, until coming to Indian River County in 2003.

Ms. Caseltine earned her designation as a Certified Economic Developer in 2000 - the highest professional status within the field, and one of approximately 40 certified practitioners in the State of Florida. She is Immediate Past-Chair of Florida's Research Coast Economic Development Coalition.

 


TIMOTHY M. DOUGHER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF MARTIN COUNTY

Tim Dougher has over 18 years of Economic Development experience and currently serves as Executive Director for the Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC). In his position, he is responsible for implementing a comprehensive business retention and expansion program and recruiting new companies to the County.

Tim is a native Floridian and graduated from The University of Missouri-Columbia, where he led the Division 1 Swim Team for four years and was honored with MVP for three years.  He began his career in marketing at The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau followed by 6 ½ years as Vice President of Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion at the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Tim was part of the Scripps Florida recruitment team for Palm Beach County which led to the emerging Life Sciences Cluster in Florida. Most recently Tim was the Business Development Division Manager for the City of Orlando. While in Orlando, Tim worked closely with the Burnham Research Institute’s relocation as well as marketing the newly developed Medical City at Lake Nona.

Tim is a member of Enterprise Florida’s Stakeholders Council and Board Member of the Research Coast.


LARRY PELTON
PRESIDENT
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY
 

Larry Pelton, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, leads the EDC with a committed strategic vision to further recruit and develop science and technology clusters and help construct a new economy that supports multiple scientific and educational advancements. He is an industry leader with an acute understanding of partnerships that help our community thrive.

A veteran business leader with over 20 years of economic and business development experience in Florida, Mr. Pelton played a leadership role in the team that recruited Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Science, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute-Florida and the Mann Research Center to St. Lucie County.

Pelton had been in private consulting-practice with developers and companies prior to being named president by the EDC. Pelton served as president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County for 15 years, and was instrumental in helping attract the Scripps Research Institute to the region. During his term as head of Palm Beach County's Business Development Board, more than 350 companies announced relocations or expansions to Palm Beach County, creating approximately 32,550 primary and 25,400 secondary jobs. In addition to Scripps, Pelton was instrumental in recruiting such leading companies as W.R. Grace & Co. and Wackenhut Corp. Pelton began his career as manager of downtown development for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and later was a recruitment and business development executive for ITT Land Corporation and for several leading banking organizations.

 


TERRY BURROUGHS
Vice President
Chamber of Commerce of Commerce of Okeechobee County

Terry Burroughs is the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County.  He currently is the Interim Director of the Chamber. He is a retired telecommunications executive with over 30 years of experience in product and project management.  He helped launch the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce in 2011 bringing a broad background of economic development experience. In addition to serving on the Florida Research Coast Board of Directors, Terry also serves on the Board of Directors for the Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast.