BCU Extends Contract with President & CEO
PRESS RELEASE: Battle Creek, Mich. – July 31, 2019 –The Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the contract extension of Joe Sobieralski as President & CEO. Sobieralski joined BCU in December of 2015, as Vice President, and then was appointed Interim President & CEO in July 2016. The Interim title was removed in October of 2016 and Sobieralski has been at the helm ever since.
Under Sobieralski’s leadership, BCU has led numerous successful initiatives including: a new five-year strategic plan for BCU, renovation of the Frederick R. Brydges Customs Cargo Center, assisted in securing the capital stack for The Milton, implementation of the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund, both a brewery and a restaurant request for proposals, multiple downtown development projects, secured multiple grants totaling over $2,700,000, and the formation of a task force on unmanned aircraft systems. In addition, for the fiscal year ending 2018-2019, BCU assisted in the creation of 185 new jobs paying an average of $17 per hour with benefits and $56,710,000 in capital investment in Battle Creek.
John Gallagher, BCU Board Chair, stated, “The BCU Board has given Joe high marks for his many accomplishments over the past 12-18 months. He has brought together and maintained a winning team that is delivering on our strategic plan. Joe’s energy, enthusiasm, and creativity are helping to close deals and move Battle Creek forward. With Joe’s leadership and that of his team, BCU is poised for another strong year in generating investment and job creation in our community.”
“I have the pleasure of leading a dynamic and talented team and working for a tremendous Board that has given us the tools and resources to execute on the mission and vision,” said Joe Sobieralski, BCU President & CEO.
Sobieralski’s contract has been extended thru June 2022.
About Battle Creek Unlimited
Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home to over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.
John Gallagher, BCU Board Chair
Joe Sobieralski, President & CEO