Staff

Nathan Sparks

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Executive Director

As Executive Director, Nathan is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the EDC.  He has held prior economic development leadership positions with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, the St. Joe Company and the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority (Georgia).  Nathan was awarded a B.A. from Oglethorpe University and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.  He received the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council and was awarded the prestigious Business Ambassador Award from Governor Rick Scott in 2016. Nathan serves on the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton County Board. In his free time, Nathan enjoys travel, golf, and college football.

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Caroline McCoy

Director of Business Expansion

As the Director of Business Expansion, Caroline is involved in activities supporting business retention, expansion and attraction.  Her main focus is to successfully assist existing businesses by maintaining their competitive position and assist targeted businesses looking to locate into Okaloosa County. Caroline has been part of the EDC team since 2007 and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of West Florida. She received the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council. Caroline serves on the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Women's Advisory Council and as a mentor in Take Stock in Children Okaloosa. In her free time, Caroline enjoys crafting in all forms and spending time with family. 

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Kay Rasmussen

Associate Director

Serving as the Associate Director, Kay oversees the business and financial operations for the council and manages the tri-county Defense Support Initiatives Committee.  She has held prior positions within the organization to include Director of Defense, Vice President and Interim President.  Kay advocates for the military and military-community partnerships at the local, state and Federal levels.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and earned the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council. Kay is a member of the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution National Society.  In her free time, Kay enjoys antiquing, working out and the great outdoors.

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