Geauga Growth Partnership Board Chair John Epprecht announced Tuesday that Kimm Leininger will succeed Tracy Jemison as President of GGP on July 1.

Mr. Jemison, who began his tenure as president in November 2013, informed the board of directors of his intention to retire last November, according to a press release. Mr. Jemison previously served as Geauga County Auditor and as a county commissioner before succeeding GGP’s first president and founding member Frank Samuel in the position.

“I want to thank Tracy for his exceptional leadership, and passion during his six-year tenure,” Mr. Epprecht said in the release. “Our organization has grown in membership and programs and has earned the respect of the business and educational community as a vital asset under Jemison’s guidance.”

Ms. Leininger has worked as Executive Director of United Way Services of Geauga County for the past 16 years, focusing on engaging community leaders and professionals in developing solutions to meet the needs of the local community and encouraging residents’ self-sufficiency, the release states.

“I am beyond excited to have an opportunity to continue to serve Geauga County, our business community and our residents through this outstanding organization,” Ms. Leininger said in the release. “I know that I have big shoes to fill; both Frank and Tracy left their mark on this community and I look forward to continuing the great progress they made in strengthening the economic climate within Geauga County.”

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