Northern Kentucky Economic Development

January 16, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Metropolitan Club
50 E. Rivercenter Blvd #1900
Covington, KY 41011

Northern Kentucky Economic Development featuring Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

Lee Crume | President & CEO

Lee previously served as Global Director of Business Development for JobsOhio, the private, non-profit corporation that drives job creation and new capital investment in Ohio. In this capacity, he led the creation and implementation of JobsOhio’s global business development operations and strategy which includes activities in eight countries. He also created and implemented JobsOhio BusDev2.0 to optimize and better focus business development efforts with the goal of increasing sales and improving velocity of sales through the pipeline while deriving greater ROI from existing resources and investments. Lee was part of a team that delivered 15-20 project wins each year for JobsOhio.

He offers over 25 years of business development experience, including: leading domestic and global business development organizations, multi-million-dollar pursuits, and developing the marketing for and rolling out of new products and services. His clients include: Fortune 10 to 1,000 organizations, Big 4 and international consulting firms, and various public and private organizations. Lee began his career in leadership roles at UPS, Pitney Bowes, IKON, and most recently before joining JobsOhio in 2013, DMA. Read more about Lee HERE.

Christine Russell | Vice President of Strategy

Christine is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the organization as well as managing the day-to-day operations and finances. She previously served as Economic Development Director for the City of Springdale, Ohio where she focused on expanding the economic base of the city through business attraction, business retention/expansion, and project development.  Her work resulted in $120 million in additional payroll and over 1,350 new/retained jobs in Springdale.  In her former roles with Hull & Associates and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, Christine secured over $14 million in grant funding that led to the cleanup and redevelopment of 11 contaminated brownfield sites in southwestern Ohio.

Christine has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations including Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), for which she currently serves as the Chair of the Cincinnati District Council.  She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 33) and the winner of the 2016 CREW Leadership Award. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Science from University of Findlay. Read more about Christine HERE.

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11:30: Networking and Registration 

12 - 1PM: Program - Please note program and lunch promptly begin at noon.

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Janet Heil at [email protected] or 859-630-2068.

Online registration closes at 5 pm on 01/13/20. Anyone (including members) wishing to register after this cutoff date will be charged the walk-in rate. Kindly register in a timely manner to avoid paying additional fees.

Lunch: Grilled chicken with sundried tomatoes, artichokes and basil butter. Fresh vegetable. Rice. Garden green salad. Rolls & butter.


$40.00 Greater Cincinnati SMPS Member
$75.00 after 5:00 pm January 13

$55.00 Partnering Organizations (ACI, ABC, NAWIC, SDA, ASPE)
$75.00 after 5:00 pm January 13

$65.00 Guest Ticket
$75.00 after 5:00 pm January 13

$15.00 Student SMPS Member
$30.00 after 5:00 pm January 13