Last week, IL reported that Terry Gill, vice president of EnterpriseCorp, was leaving Greater Louisville Inc. after only eight months to enter the private sector. Gill still won’t relay details of his new employer, save that he’s “been named president of a national marketing services company and will be running their eastern division, which is located in Cincinnati.” He starts on Aug. 31, and the company will make an announcement at the end of the week.
But Gill did share a few thoughts with us as he stepped down.
When we asked about the high turnover rate of leaders at GLI and EnterpriseCorp, he said, “I don’t think the turnover is anything other than coincidence.” However, he went on to say: “Given the public nature of our role in the community, our visibility and role in executing large initiatives often exposes us to new opportunities. Call it an occupational opportunity or risk, based on what side of the desk your seated at.”
Gill also celebrated some of the new hires at EnterpriseCorp: Amelia Gandara as the new director of commercialization and engagement and Brittain Skinner as the new assistant director of the Kentucky Innovation Network. They, along with the continued leadership of Lisa Bajorinas, director of KIN, represent a “talented team,” said Gill.
In the wake of his departure, Gill will maintain ties with EnterpriseCorp. “I’ll be moving on to the Advisory Board at EnterpriseCorp to provide some continuity during the search for my replacement and to stay connected to the important work that’s being done at EnterpriseCorp, especially the concept of creating our own enterprise center,” he said. “My board role will also allow me to bring new ideas from the northern Kentucky and Cincinnati entrepreneurial community back to Louisville.”
According to Gill, during his tenure, he assisted in funding 18 companies thus far in 2015. He also initiated the discovery process around the creation of a enterprise center, as he described in an IL editorial earlier this summer. He also helped revitalize the advisory board and bring in more angel investors.
“I love this community and really enjoyed my time at EnterpriseCorp,” Gill said. “Despite my leaving, I really believe we are building momentum in the right areas.”
Gill’s last day was Aug. 13.