The Research Valley Partnership, the regional economic development corporation, today announced the appointment of Matthew L. Prochaska as President and CEO effective September 1, 2017. Prochaska was selected after a five-month nationwide search.
“The Partnership’s search for a new Chief Executive was comprehensive and thorough,” said Casey Oldham, Chairman of the Partnership’s Board of Directors. “I applaud the work of the members of the search committee for their deliberate work to find a new President/CEO with Matt’s background and qualifications. Matt has a proven record of leadership, character and public service. He will prove to be a transformative leader for the RVP and I am confident he is the right choice during this especially important time in the Partnership’s history.”
“The committee worked with The Pace Group, a leading executive search firm specializing in economic development,” said Michael Beckendorf, Immediate Past Chairman of the Partnership’s Board of Directors and Search Committee Chair. "As potential candidates were screened and interviewed, Matt continued to stand out. He truly is an all-around excellent fit for the organization.
Prochaska comes to the Partnership with over 25 years experience in various positions in industry and economic development. Most recently, Matt served as the Sales Director for a California, growth based commercial furniture company 9to5 Seating. In industry, Matt served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Neutral Posture and National Sales Manager for Flexsteel Corporation, with prior executive experience in other commercial furniture companies including; Chromcraft Contract and ErgoGenesis. Matt has led successful teams in acquisitions, joint ventures and launched hundreds of new products in the commercial furniture industry over the span of his career.
In economic development, Matt served as a Board Member and Chair for the Tate County Economic Development Foundation in North Mississippi from 2008 to 2014 during which time he and the Board successfully recruited, launched, relocated and helped expand various companies to the area including, Carlisle SynTec, a commercial roofing material company, PKUSA, a Tier 1 Auto supplier, Calbe North America and BMW. Matt also worked with the Mississippi Community College system at Northwest Community College to enhance and support workforce development programs such as the John Deere Technology Program.
“I am delighted to join the Research Valley Partnership and serve the community in this new role,” said Prochaska. “The Partnership has a track record of growth, a strong team and a very supportive and proactive Board. I look forward to working with Brazos County, both cities, Texas A&M, Blinn and all of our partners to aggressively accelerate job growth in our area through collaboration with the Partnership.”
Prochaska received both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University with emphasis in international business development. He is married to Merrilee Derrick Prochaska and has two children, Anne-Marie and Joshua.
About The Research Valley Partnership
The Research Valley Partnership is a public-private economic development corporation serving the citizens of Brazos County, Texas. The Partnership pursues economic growth in the county without regard to jurisdiction through its programs, services and initiatives to help launch, grow and locate companies in Brazos County.