Cornerstone retains James Hettinger, searches for next president

The national search for a new president for Cornerstone Alliance is under way and while that search proceeds the economic development organization has asked James Hettinger to step in as interim.

Hettinger just finished a job as interim CEO with his longtime employer Battle Creek Unlimited, which recently hired Marie Briganti as its new CEO. She started there May 1. At Cornerstone, Vicki Pratt resigned her position as president in April.

Hettinger's strong economic development background includes serving as Chief Executive Officer for Battle Creek Unlimited for 30 years. He founded his own consulting firm in 2009.

“I am looking forward to a change of scenery and helping Cornerstone Alliance continue their momentum," Hettinger says. "I have always been a big promoter of the West Michigan region, and this engagement fits perfectly in my wheelhouse. I am delighted to represent this great organization and work with its staff to continue to deliver economic development outcomes.”

Hettinger began his responsibilities with Cornerstone Alliance the week of June 1, and he is expected to work 16 to 24 hours per week.  He has been asked to work with staff and represent Cornerstone Alliance in market outreach and other events.

Greg Vaughn, Cornerstone Alliance’s Chief Operating Officer and VP, Business Development will continue to oversee the economic development organization’s daily operations.

“Jim brings years of successful economic development expertise to Cornerstone Alliance, and we are looking forward to have him hone in on our focus and achieving our goals laid out in our 2014-2016 Strategic Plan,” says Chairman John Janick.

Source: Cornerstone Alliance