Lee County Names New Economic Development Director

The Lee County Economic Development Office will have a new director effective Monday in JohnPatrick Boland. Boland, who moved to Southwest Florida as part of the Hertz headquarters relocation, was cited for his “visionary, global experience … focused on transforming new and growing companies,” according to a press release from the county regarding the hire. Boland was extended an offer Dec. 17, after a national search that started in late August by Strategic Government Resources that yielded 56 applicants. The North Naples resident was traveling Tuesday and unavailable for comment. He will earn $137,500 annually. He most recently was vice president for strategy and business development for Hertz Equipment Rental Company, which is separating as an independent, publicly traded company from Hertz Corp., parent of Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty. From 2010-14, he worked for IDEX Corp., including serving as vice president and general manager for IDEX Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University. He also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. In 2015, Boland retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. For his last assignment, he taught economic development at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He completed two combat tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as an economics officer. Boland is well acquainted with the local economic development community and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Horizon Council annual meeting. The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. Boland replaces Glen Salyer, who has been in a dual role for the last year and a half as acting economic development director and assistant to the county manager. The economic development office reports to Salyer in county administration. “We’re excited to have an executive of John Boland’s stature join our team to help promote economic development in Lee County,” Salyer said in an emailed statement. “His education and skill set distinguish him from the typical applicant. As a lawyer, MBA and accomplished business manager, he understands a growth company’s needs and can clearly communicate with its leaders. John will be able to collaborate with our local business community at an extremely high level.” The economic development office was created to help expand and diversify Lee County’s economy. In addition to providing site selection assistance, customized research, financial incentives and other resources, the office works closely with a regional network of economic development partners to make companies and site selection professionals more successful in Southwest Florida’s business environment.