Research Triangle Regional Partnership Expands Search for Executive Director

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October 11, 2016 — The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) today announced that has retained The Nautical Group to expand its search for a new executive director. Reporting to the RTRP Board of Directors, the executive director will be responsible for supporting and managing all activities and affairs of the RTRP.

Under the guidance of the RTRP board of directors, a committee has been actively reviewing candidate profiles for the RTRP executive director position.

“At this time we are expanding our search efforts to ensure we identify the most highly qualified candidates that can be considered to lead the RTRP organization,” said Harvey Schmitt, consultant and former President of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to enlist the executive search services of The Nautical Group to advance our recruitment efforts in a timely manner.”

The incoming RTRP executive director will be required to work with the Economic Developers Advisory Committee (EDAC) and the RTRP Board of Directors to develop a vision and execute the strategic business plan to guide the organization.

With the retirement of RTRP CEO Charles Hayes in June 2016, the RTRP engaged Harvey Schmitt, former president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Partnership’s fiscal, staffing and operational needs as part of a re-organization strategy to meet the future interests of its members and investors in the region, which continues to see strong growth.

About the Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. RTRP works to generate competitive advantage and economic growth for member counties and investors. For more information, visit or follow @TriangleRegion.

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Harvey Schmitt, RTRP Consultant