Within the last few months, the Board of Directors and staff have developed a strategy to catapult ETHOS into the future and have chosen Jim Finan to lead the way. While building strategic partnerships, developing program excellence, and formulating a regional model for growth, CEO Jim Finan will lead a reorganized team of dedicated staff members committed to STEM education and innovation for our community and region. He will follow the work of John Taylor who will continue in a newly designed role, Director of STEM Education.
Jim has a rich professional track record in forging relationships between stakeholders, community partners, and investors in all positions of his Economic and Business Development career. Prior to joining ETHOS in 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer, he managed Economic Development initiatives for AEP’s Indiana Michigan Power and for organizations within the South Bend / Elkhart region comprising St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshal counties in Indiana and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan. He is experienced in fundraising, budgeting, management, and public speaking. Jim earned a Bachelors in business operations and a MBA from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is married to Ellen and collectively they have six adult children and eight grandchildren with No. 9 coming in December.