Seaman to retire, GLC names search committee

Greater Lafayette Commerce (WLFI File Photo)
Greater Lafayette Commerce (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A familiar name in our community has announced his retirement from the Greater Lafayette Commerce at year’s end.

Joseph Seaman, who has served since June 2007 as president and chief executive officer of Greater Lafayette Commerce and its predecessor organization, has announced he will retire from his post at the end of 2014.

A 13-member search committee has been named. It will begin meeting in early March under the leadership of Gary Lehman, currently vice chair of the Greater Lafayette Commerce board. Lehman chaired a similar committee when Seaman was chosen to lead the local economic development organization.

Lehman, also the chairman of the board of Oerlikon Fairfield and president of Oerlikon USA Holdings Inc., stated in a press release that Seaman was a terrific leader.

“Joe has been a terrific leader, bringing our people together on focused goals, uniting us in consensus, and landing some impressive economic development wins,” Lehman said. “He’ll continue to do this the rest of the year and help us achieve a smooth transition as we continue our positive momentum.”

The search committee will create a job description and seek applicants nationally. Committee members said they are “looking for the best of the best.”

According to one committee member Tim Powers, the President of School Datebooks, said the are looking for a strong leader, with an understanding of global opportunities. He said they want someone with bold, new ideas who will lead our community.

Seaman, who was 66 years old, has been a Lafayette resident for more than 25 years. As president and CEO, he oversaw the merger of several local organizations into one and adoption of the organization’s new name, Greater Lafayette Commerce. He’s currently overseeing implementation of the “From Good to Great” plan of community action and all economic development and quality-of-life activities.

“This community is dynamic, forward-thinking and always ready to move forward in securing our economic health,” Seaman said in a press release to News 18. “My family and I have enjoyed abundant personal and professional opportunities here. I’ve been honored to serve Greater Lafayette Commerce, and by year end, I’ll be ready for the next step in my life.”

Members of the search committee from the business community include:

  • JoAnn Brouillette – Managing partner and president, Demeter LP
  • Lisa Decker – Vice president of marketing and business development, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health
  • Al Gatmaitan – Chief executive officer, Indiana University Health Arnett
  • Gary Henriott – Chairman, Henriott Group
  • Jan Mills – Director of economic development, Purdue Research Foundation
  • Tim Powers – President, School Datebooks

Government representatives serving on the site selection committee are:

  • Tom Murtaugh – Commissioner, Tippecanoe County
  • Tony Roswarski – Mayor, Lafayette
  • Dennis Carson – Economic development director, Lafayette
  • John Dennis – Mayor, West Lafayette
  • Chandler Poole – Director of development, West Lafayette
  • Luis Lewin – Vice president for human resources, Purdue University provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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