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Gone to Texas

Gone to Texas

Welcome to "Gone to Texas," the official podcast of the Texas Economic Development Connection. On every episode, we share the stories of business owners and CEOs who have relocated or expanded their business into Texas. Our goal is to use these stories as a guide to helps others who are ready to hang a sign on the door that says, Gone to Texas.

Recent Episodes

Episode 19, Bart Day Provost for Texas State Technical College, Marshall Campus & Richelle Langley, Ed.D Superintendent - Marshall ISD

March 15, 2023

A thriving economy is only as good as the workforce development that a community is willing to build. Helping attract new students and work candidates to the city of Marshall, as well as preparing their current student body,…

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Episode 18, Lester Thornhill, CEO of Life's Abundance

Jan. 7, 2023

When they needed a more central location for their company, Texas seemed like the perfect spot. However, finding a place just anywhere in Texas wasn’t going to cut it. After Lester Thornhill, CEO of Life's Abundance, did som…

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Episode 17 - Carsten Wagner, President/CEO, Wagner Tuning

Dec. 15, 2022

Expanding your company to a new state can have many challenges, but imagine expanding to a whole new country. It’s the story of Carsten Wagner, President and CEO of Wagner Tuning, and he joins Dave on this episode of Gone…

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Episode 16 - Nick Ohman, General Manager, Aermotor Windmill Company

Dec. 1, 2022

You may take for granted the sight of a windmill while driving. However, its an industry that's still thriving, and one of the industry leaders is right in the heart of Texas. Aerator Windmill was started in 1883, and has…

Guest: Nick Ohman

Episode 15 - Wendall Hirschfeld, Wendland Manufacturing’s President and Co-Owner

Nov. 15, 2022

A town with just as much history as it has charm, nestled between two lakes, San Angelo has so much to offer. The beautiful thing is that not only is this a great place to raise a family, with a small-town feel, but it’s a g…

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Episode 14 - Rocky Christenberry, Vice President, Priefert

Aug. 1, 2022

Find a need, make a great product, provide excellent customer service, and a business is born. It’s the story of Priefert, a company founded by Marvin Priefert in 1964 and continues to be a staple in Mount Pleasant, TX. O…

Recent Blog Posts

Snavely Forest Products Expands in Gonzales, TX

Snavely Forest Products Expands its Business and Positions itself for Growth in Texas with the rail-served site in the Alamo region of Texas.

Local Bounti Breaks Ground in Mount Pleasant Texas

Local Bounti Corporation, a leading U.S. controlled environment agriculture (CEA) company, breaks ground on a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in…

Skeeter Boats Inks Expansion Deal in Kilgore, Texas

Kilgore EDC announces major expansion deal with Yamaha/Skeeter Manufacturing Facility in former Halliburton Property.

About the Host

"Super" Dave Quinn, CEcD

Managing Partner and Founder

"Super" Dave Quinn, CEcD, as he is known around the country, is a seasoned Certified Economic Development Professional, delivering a range of consulting, training, and coaching services for Economic Development Agencies and their executives.

He is a professional speaker, podcast host, and economic development coach, inspiring others to take ownership of their lives and positively impact the world by sharing their God-given talents and abilities. He travels the country encouraging audiences to pursue their purpose and live their personal best. He coaches

Dave is the founder of Day One Experts, a collection of the country's best-known Public-Private interaction specialists. Day One Experts offers fractional and interim economic and community development services for communities around the country. Dave is currently serving as Interim Economic Manager for the Town of Fairview.

Dave also founded the Texas Economic Development Connection in 2020 to help reduce the cost and stress business owners face when relocating or expanding into Texas. By connecting business owners with professional economic developers from across the state, the TexasEDConnecton gives business owners access to the resources needed to help minimize the impact on their bottom line when expanding or relocating their business.

Before leaping into entrepreneurship, Dave served as Vice President of Frisco Economic Development Corp. in Frisco, TX. He helped lead a team of highly skilled economic developers in one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Delivering 58 projects totaling 21 million square feet of potential development, 43,000 potential jobs, and capital investment over $3 Billion since 2015.

Known as a difference-maker, Dave is an established trust agent in his community and among his peers. He is a highly sought-after speaker and panelist at industry conferences on wellness, leadership, economic development, marketing, and social media topics.