Managing Directors

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JobsOhio is a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. Decision makers worldwide are partnering with JobsOhio because they want an economic development partner that's flexible and responsive.  The proactive, business-minded industry experts at JobsOhio are passionate about helping businesses grow and succeed. There’s no better state in the U.S. for your business investment.

Meet the team of JobsOhio experts ready to help your business thrive in Ohio.
Kristi Tanner
Kristi Tanner
Senior Managing Director

Kristi Tanner is the JobsOhio managing director for Automotive. A member of the economic development organization’s leadership team, Tanner was instrumental in the transition and startup of JobsOhio.

Prior to joining JobsOhio, Tanner served as Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Ohio Department of Development.

Tanner is an experienced marketing and economic development professional who worked closely with the Department in her role at the Ohio Business Development Coalition. She has led economic development efforts at the local, regional, and state levels, including establishing the first Governor’s Regional Economic Development Office in southern Ohio.  She also oversaw many of the Ohio Department of Development's business incentive programs while serving in various leadership positions within the organization.

A graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky, Tanner earned a degree in Communications and Marketing. She is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council and served several years as a member of Ohio's Development Finance Advisory Council. Tanner and her husband, Tony, live in Columbus with their two daughters.

Aaron Pitts
Aaron Pitts
Senior Managing Director

As Senior Managing Director, Aaron Pitts is responsible for defining and executing growth strategies for Ohio’s BioHealth industry.  Aaron joined JobsOhio in 2013 after spending 12 years at Cardinal Health, where he focused on strategy, business development, and general management roles for the $100B global healthcare services company.

Prior to Cardinal Health, Aaron held management consulting positions with Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he executed operations strategy initiatives across consumer packaged goods, food processing, healthcare, and financial services sectors. A resident of Ohio, Aaron currently resides in Dublin with his wife and three children.

Education: University of Minnesota, MBA; The Ohio State University, BSBA.

Glenn Richardson
Glenn Richardson
Managing Director

Glenn Richardson is the Managing Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace at JobsOhio. He has experience in operations and engineering and has worked in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Energy industries.

Richardson joined JobsOhio after serving as Vice President of the Packaging and Driven Equipment Supply Chain Unit at Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. Previous to this, he was the Vice President and General Manager, Americas and China, for Dana Holding Corporation in the Off-Highway division. Richardson also worked for Honeywell in a variety of roles and across several business units.

Richardson attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned an MBA and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Ted Griffith
Ted Griffith
Managing Director

Ted Griffith is the Managing Director for the Information Technology and Logistics & Distribution sectors at JobsOhio. He brings a global dimension to leadership, acquired from 21 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he held positions in France, Germany, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and California’s Silicon Valley. During his tenure at HP, Griffith held various leadership positions across the value chain in sales, channel marketing, supply chain, and IT services, gaining a deep knowledge in both consumer and commercial marketplaces.

Griffith’s experience also includes a position as CEO of a South Korean company and a role in the Emerging Markets Distribution and Sales Operations at Procter & Gamble.

Griffith believes in making a difference in the community as well as the workplace. He is a volunteer advisor for start-up companies at Rev1 and a mentor for the leadership development program at Relā. 

Griffith holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and a BSEE from Ohio Northern University.

Dana A. Saucier, Jr.
Dana A. Saucier, Jr.
Managing Director

Dana A. Saucier, Jr. is a Managing Director for Shale Energy & Petrochemicals and Agribusiness & Food Processing industries.  Dana assists existing and new companies looking to expand in Ohio understand and leverage Ohio’s diverse energy markets and infrastructure. In addition, Dana supports Ohio entrepreneurs seeking to create, launch, and grow new businesses in the state.

Prior to joining JobsOhio, Dana spent over 20 years in the energy industry, including 10 years with Accent Energy, a retail energy company that he co-founded and grew to $350 million in revenues and over 150,000 customers.  Before launching Accent, Dana spent 11 years at Enron leading various efforts in risk management, long-term origination, retail, and project finance.

Dana and his family reside in central Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Maine, a recipient of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and an avid pilot for over 20 years.  

Valentina Isakina
Valentina Isakina
Managing Director

Valentina A. Isakina is the Managing Director, Financial Services and Select HQ Operations.  In this role, she oversees the development and execution of strategies for growing these key Ohio sectors.  She is passionate about innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and making a difference.

Immediately prior to joining JobsOhio, Ms. Isakina served as Senior Advisor to the Office of Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, working directly with heads of state and private sector leaders on a number of economic development initiatives around the world.  

Ms. Isakina spent 20 years in Financial Services, most recently as Vice President & Head of Corporate Strategy for Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company.  She honed her strategy skills by spending over a decade in global management consulting at firms that included McKinsey and Bain, focusing on financial services and private equity.  She began her Financial Services career as an actuary.

Ms. Isakina is a CFA Charterholder, has an MBA from Cornell University, and an MS and BBA from Georgia State.  Ms. Isakina is married and has three children.