The Pasco EDC Staff

Bill CroninBill Cronin 


Bill joined the PEDC as President/CEO as of January 2016 after a nation-wide search.  He has a long career in economic development spanning 25 years in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Political Science as well as a certificate in Asian Studies from Michigan State University. Bill has extensive knowledge and experience which includes ten years with Enterprise Florida, specializing in international trade and business development.

John WalshJohn Walsh, CEcD

Vice President

John is responsible for business recruitment, project management, and marketing. He has over 19 years of economic development work experience. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, and received his professional certification, CEcD, from the International Economic Development Council and a graduate of Leadership Pasco 1991.

Krista CoveyKrista Covey

SMARTStart Business Incubator Director

Krista is responsible for business assistance to companies in the Pasco County area. Her initial responsibilities include researching and coordinating help for local businesses with respect to training, finances, marketing, and other issues.  She manages the Pasco Microloan Fund, the Pasco Economic Gardening program for established companies, as well as, the Pasco Enterprise Network. Krista holds a B.S. in Business Marketing  from Southeastern University and her MBA from Saint Leo University. Krista is also a Certified Program Director with GrowFL, a Certified Incubator Manager with the National Business Incubator Association, and a graduate of Leadership Pasco 2012.

Tom RyanTom Ryan

Economic Development Manager

Tom is responsible for business development of new and expanding office, technology, and industrial related businesses and parks. His responsibilities also include coordinating strategies to support economic development efforts in targeted areas, including, confidential site analysis, regulatory assistance, compiling location data and incentive programs. Tom holds a B.A. in Communication Management from University of Dayton, a licensed Realtor, and a graduate of Leadership Pasco 2014.

Devon BarnettDevon Barnett

Economic Development Manager

Devon is responsible for local business retention and expansion as well as international development within Pasco County.  Her responsibilities include assisting businesses with workforce training programs, evaluating financing options, international trade opportunities, recruiting foreign direct investment and developing complementary programs and resources to support those efforts.  Devon holds a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration with a double emphasis in Travel & Tourism and Special Event Planning from Florida State University.  She also earned minors in Business and Communications. 

Suzanne RenczkowskiSuzanne Renczkowski

Office Manager

Suzanne is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations, procedures, events, and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Before joining Pasco EDC in 1994, Suzanne served as Public Affairs Coordinator at Saint Leo University. Suzanne is a graduate of Taylor Business Institute in Paramus, New Jersey.

Jennifer LachtaraJennifer Lachtara

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications. She has over 15 years of experience in the marketing, communications, and advertising fields and holds degrees in Advertising and Public Relations as well as Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida.  Her background in both agency and private company settings gives her a broad range of experience from marketing planning and strategy to graphic design and copywriting.

Becky MartinBecky Martin

Special Program Assistant

Becky provides administrative support for the Pasco EDC staff at various levels with emphasis placed on event coordination and excution, marketing support of social media distribution, all aspects of the Pasco Microloan Program, and support of the SMARTstart Business Incubator program.  She is also responsible for updating the programs and information on the SMARTstart website and tracking of leads received through Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN). Prior to joining Pasco EDC, Becky worked for the Department of Health and The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Leadership Hernando 2009.

Holly CarapellaHolly Carapella

SMARTstart Program Assistant, Dade City

Holly assists small business entrepreneurs who are members of the SMARTstart Incubator in Dade City. She engages incubator members to encourage company growth while remaining committed to their overall business objective. She also assists the Program Director with daily operations, the contact and follow-up of prospective clients, as well as facilitating communication between incubator members to ensure continued individual and group growth. Holly has a varied background with over 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors doing transportation planning, land use development and demographic research. Most recently she worked as a research associate at the University of South Florida. Holly holds degrees in Public Administration from New York University and Political Science from Bradley University.


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