July 17, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – Fort Wayne-based Michael Kinder & Sons (MKS) announced today the addition of Alan Tio as Economic Developer on the firm's business development team.

"We are thrilled to welcome one of the leading economic development professionals in Northeast Indiana to our team," said VP of Business Development Zach Kessie, "His approach to developing innovative, customer-focused solutions aligns perfectly with our work to plan, design, and build our clients' projects.

Tio brings more than a decade of comprehensive local, regional, and state level economic development experience to MKS. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients and projects throughout Northeast Indiana. Alan is among a select number of economic development professionals in Northeast Indiana who have obtained professional certification (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council. He has served as chair of the Indiana Economic Development Association (2013-2014) and has been recognized as a "40 under 40" rising star in economic development (2015).

"I have seen firsthand how well the MKS team works as trusted advisers to support their clients' success at every stage," said Tio, "I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to help our clients participate in the momentum that is building in Northeast Indiana.”

Tio joins Daryl Yost, EdD and Jill Kinder, CEcD as Executives-In-Residence on the MKS business development team led by Kessie. Tio, Yost, and Kinder bring together more than 50 years of combined experience in the economic development, public school administration, higher education, local government, and public utilities fields. The MKS business development team can support clients with business planning, site identification and analysis, ombudsman to government agencies, business incentives negotiation, and service provider referrals.

"This announcement is another milestone in the progress we are making as our company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, said CEO Bill Kinder, "We continue to provide an integrated team aligned on bringing our clients’ projects to life. That’s the MKS Way."