Current Executive Director Zachary Brown will be stepping down from OCEDP as he has accepted a new position. A hiring process to replace Brown has taken place by the Board of Directors and Kristal Painter was selected to succeed Brown moving forward.
Kristal has been a leader in the Orange County community during her ten-year career at Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit French Lick West Baden) and has been apart of and watched the successful pattern of economic growth unfold. Painter began her tenure with OCCVB as the Finance Manager, eventually taking on the additional role of Group Engagement Manager and has served as Executive Director for the past three years. OCCVB is the Destination Marketing Organization for Orange County, providing Painter with extensive experience working to attract leisure and travel markets, as well as fostering and maintaining relationships with Orange County and state officials. During her extensive tourism career, Painter earned Professional in Destination Marketing and Certified Travel Industry Specialist certifications.
Kristal currently serves on the board of directors for First Chance Center in Paoli, the advisory committee for Memorial Hospital, Indiana Tourism Association, and as President of the Indiana Foodways Alliance board of directors. She most recently served on the OCEDP board of directors. Painter has also served on the tourism committee for Radius Indiana.
Over the course of her career she has been involved with many economic development projects and takes part in the Women in Economic Development cohort.
"I am truly looking forward to this new opportunity to lead the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for OCEDP, which should assist with making a smooth transition. I have promoted Orange County extensively during my ten-year tenure with Visit French Lick West Baden, I am thrilled to continue supporting and serving Orange County, its businesses, and residents as I step into this new role. Zach has been an exceptional leader, I wish him the best of luck in his new venture, but most importantly, I look forward to working with him before his departure, as we both have a passion for Orange County and watching the success of this thriving community."
Kristal Painter - Incoming OCEDP Executive Director