Meet Our Team
Abbey Bemis, Executive Director
Abbey works in partnership with community leaders and the ECEDC Board of Directors to create and lead economic development initiatives that will drive businesses to start, stay and grow in Erie County.
In addition to her role with ECEDC, Abbey has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Economic Development Association, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, North Coast Young Professionals, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Sandusky YMCA. Abbey graduated with honors from Denison University, degreed in Economics and International Studies and a concentration in Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability.
Ryan Karbula, Program Manager
Ryan is responsible for executing ECEDC’s business support programs, including the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) and the Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE). In this role, he establishes relationships with businesses, entrepreneurs and community partners in an effort to facilitate existing business growth and new business development.
A native of north central Ohio, Ryan joined ECEDC in 2016 with a background in business consulting, hospitality, government relations and manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Miami University with minors in Political Science, Mandarin and Chinese Business.
Kevin Holloway, Office Manager
Kevin joined ECEDC in February of 2016 as Office Manager. In this role, Kevin’s primary duties are accounting, record maintenance and special projects.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Kevin moved to Sandusky with his wife in 1999. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Heidelberg College. He has experience working for various Non-Profits in the area: Sandusky Area YMCA, Vermilion Family YMCA, New Agrarian Center and United Way of Erie County in various accounting positions.