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TJ Thomas

Executive Director

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Kathryn Bianga

Marketing & Communications Manager

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A Delta County native, TJ earned an A.S. in Business Administration from Bay College in Escanaba, MI before completing a B.S. in Marketing at Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI.

He first joined the EDA in 2014, serving as Assistant to the Director. This role exposed him to Delta County's business community and to the many collaborative partners of the EDA. TJ then left Michigan to pursue a private-sector sales career in the steel industry, working and living in Seattle, WA and Washington DC.

In Fall 2018, TJ returned home to rejoin the EDA as Executive Director. In this role he has incorporated his pride in the community with diverse life experiences to continue growing the EDA's reputation as a trusted leader in the region's economic growth and vitality.

"Being raised in Delta County instilled me with a great love for the Upper Peninsula. Spending time outside the region gave me new perspective on what makes our community special, what Delta County can offer better than anyone else; but also what opportunities we have to evolve. Being fortunate enough to make the decision to return home has given me renewed enthusiasm for giving back to the community through hard work, facilitating connections, and championing the future of Delta County."

Having grown up in Delta County, Kathryn earned her A.S. in Business Administration from Bay College in Escanaba, a B.S. in Business Administration - Management from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, and is pursuing her MBA from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Kathryn first joined the Commerce Center team during a brief undergraduate internship in 2013. She returned as a graduate student in the summer of 2019 to work with the EDA team. In her role, she helps the organization establish a passionate and clear identity and helps communicate why Delta County can be the perfect place to live, work, and do business.

"Over the years, I've had the pleasure of watching Delta County expand since I've always called it home. My role allows me to bring vision and excitement to the community and business partners, and spread the enthusiasm to keep improving our area."

Along with our staff, the efforts of the EDA are supplemented by our Commerce Center partner organizations. Housed under the same roof, the partners specialize in specific aspects of Delta County business. We work together seamlessly to deliver the best Customer Service possible to you.