Travis Alden | President
A native of Southwest Michigan, Travis comes to Barry County from Manistee, MI with a diverse background in Community & Economic Development. In Manistee he served as the community’s first Executive Director of their Main Street Downtown Development Authority, fostering a number of catalytic developments to fruition. The highlight was the $2.6 Million historic rehabilitation of the Vogue Theatre, a 1938 art-deco cinema that had sat vacant and deteriorating for nearly a decade.
Travis was then tapped to help the Vogue as its Executive Manager during the startup and stabilization phase of operation, beginning with the grand opening in December 2013. Under his leadership, the Vogue welcomed over 125,000 ticketed patrons through its doors…changing the landscape of Downtown Manistee and proving that a well-run downtown cinema could in fact be successful in the community.
Prior to his time in Manistee, Travis worked as the Community Development Director in Tipton, Iowa – effectively serving as the Director of the Tipton Chamber of Commerce and Tipton Economic Development Corporation. His work in Tipton consisted of event management, industrial park development and member relations.
Travis is happy to now call Barry County home, along with his wife Sarah and daughters Natalie and Molly. He also will enthusiastically join in any game of Ultimate Frisbee that he can find.
Cindy Vujea | Economic Development Coordinator
Cindy serves as the Barry County Economic Development Coordinator for the Economic Development Alliance. In this capacity, she provides leadership and support to Barry County municipalities, school districts and businesses in the areas of intergovernmental cooperation, economic growth through entrepreneurship and business development, and workforce/talent development. Cindy’s background in economic development stems from her experience as a Superintendent of Schools for Delton Kellogg and Lakeshore Public Schools and the volunteer work she has provided to Barry Township. Cindy has earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Michigan State University.
Nichole Louden | Office & Special Projects Coordinator
Nichole is a native of Barry County and has resided in Hastings for the past 12 years. She earned an Associate’s degree in Administration and a MOS Master Prep Certification for Microsoft Office from Kellogg Community College. In December 2015, she graduated with honors from Davenport University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Skills include customer service, website & social media management, and administrative & office support.
Kim Martin | Business Manager
Kim is the Bookkeeper for the Chamber of Commerce and EDA. Kim comes to us with over 15 years of various accounting and customer service experience from a large grain company in Michigan. She is in her 25th year of coaching Competitive Cheer at Lakewood High School where she has won 7 Conference titles in a row and took her team to the State Finals in 2013 & 2015. Her interests include spending time with her husband Marty, her 2 children Nicholas and Nadia, coaching and scrapbooking.