Team Neo Announces Staff Promotions

Team NEO Announces Staff Promotions

Team NEO is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacob Duritsky to managing director, research, Camille Billups to senior director, business attraction, Steve Fritsch to senior director, strategic network engagement and Nina Holliday, senior director, marketing and communications.

Team NEO is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacob Duritsky to managing director, research, Camille Billups to senior director, business attraction, Steve Fritsch to senior director, strategic network engagement and Nina Holliday, senior director, marketing and communications.

Duritsky, who joined Team NEO five years ago in the research department, most recently headed up the efforts

of the emerging energy sector for business attraction. He will manage Team NEO’s research staff and the growing scope of research efforts within Team NEO.

Billups has been focusing her efforts on identifying and pursuing minority-owned business attraction opportunities to grow Northeast Ohio’s diversity in the business community. In addition, she manages and executes other select business attraction projects. She will continue in this capacity and also act as the liaison for business development partner initiatives.

Fritsch will be responsible for network development and engagement for the regional business development group. He will create a more collaborative and interactive approach to increase effectiveness of the system. He will continue in his capacity of regional coordination of business retention and expansion opportunities.

In Holliday’s nine years at Team NEO, she has worked in the marketing and communications department. In her current role she develops and directs the implementation of marketing and communications strategies, programs and initiatives to inform, motivate and engage in-region stakeholders and external audiences in target markets and channels. She promotes the assets of Northeast Ohio and the value and mission of Team NEO. 
 
“We are pleased to announce these promotions,” said Team NEO CEO Tom Waltermire. “Each individual has demonstrated their expertise and energy for their area and their efforts will help enhance our business growth and job creation efforts.” 

Duritsky has been with Team NEO since 2008. He joined as a research associate and most recently served as an integral part of the organization’s business attraction efforts, focusing on the advanced energy sector. Previously he was a graduate and research assistant for The Center for Public Management/Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, where he also holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies. Jacob is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Economic Development from Cleveland State. He is a member or the Urban Studies Association, American Economics Association and American Planning Association. 

Billups, who joined Team NEO in 2008, has managed numerous projects to successful conclusions for the organization. She joined Team NEO with eight years of deal execution experience in the banking industry. While at Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase) and Societe Generale, she structured and helped to sell Asset Backed Securitization bonds in a variety of industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Albion College and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. 

Fritsch rejoined Team NEO in late 2011. Previously, he served as a business systems analyst for agency automation at Westfield Insurance in Westfield Center. Prior to this he was Team NEO’s director of marketing and business attraction. Fritsch earned a bachelor of arts and sciences degree from Kent State University.  He has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Economic Development Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council Demographics Committee and most recently was recognized for his excellence in economic development with the profession’s “40 Under 40” award.

Holliday joined Team NEO in 2004 in the organization’s start-up phase. Previously she was regional marketing supervisor for Alltel where she managed public relations, events/ sponsorships, sports marketing, crisis management, employee communications, community relations and philanthropic giving for a five-state region. She was also a senior account executive with Liggett-Stashower, Inc., which at the time was one of the largest communications companies in the Midwest. Holliday holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College.