TNECD’s Project Management team is responsible for the recruitment of new industry to Tennessee.
Alex Bertelli manages the state’s aerospace and defense and energy technology projects. Alex joined TNECD from the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Fort Campbell in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A). He spent 8 years with the organization holding leadership positions from operations officer to company commander and liaison officer. During his time there his responsibilities included managing a 10,500 flying hour program, a $35 million training and administrative budget and the employment of 38 special operations helicopters valued at over $1 billion. He deployed 10 times to Afghanistan, Iraq and Europe as a joint task force detachment commander. He is qualified in 4 army aircraft and currently serves as an operations officer in the Tennessee National Guard. He is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Finance and a minor in Military Science.
Bryan Farlow oversees statewide projects in the transportation, distribution & logistics and manufacturing sectors. Beginning at TNECD in 2012 as a Business Development Consultant for the Southeast region, Bryan facilitated existing industry expansions and recruited new industries to the area totaling more than $250 million in investment and creating more than 1,110 jobs. Bryan joined TNECD after serving as a Regional Planner in the Southeast region. He holds a degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and completed additional coursework at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.
Chassen Haynes’ economic development sectors include transportation, distribution & logistics and manufacturing. Chassen came to TNECD from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce where he was the Director of Existing Industry & Special Projects. While there, Chassen worked with area partners to recruit and retain businesses for the region and promote Rutherford County as a destination for corporate headquarters, back office/shared services, advanced manufacturing, logistics and aviation. Chassen earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
Victoria Hirschberg manages projects and investments within the automotive sector for TNECD. Prior to joining the project management team, Victoria served as a Business Development Consultant in Northern Middle Tennessee where she helped facilitate company expansions and build stakeholder relationships. She was named to the Top 40 Under 40 in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council/Development Counsellors International and received the 2013 Southern Economic Development Council Chairman's Award. Victoria earned a Master of Community & Regional Planning and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Cody Huddleston’s concentration is on the chemicals, plastics, food, beverage and agribusiness sectors for the state. Joining TNECD in 2012 as a Business Development Consultant for the Upper Cumberland region, Cody worked with new and existing industries to encourage business investment and expansions. Prior to TNECD, Cody was an Account Executive for Comdata Corporation where he managed and grew more than 2,500 existing accounts valued at $2.2 million annually. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University.
Alison Sielbeck handles projects in the headquarters, R&D, business services, and health care and medical devices sectors for the department. She joined TNECD in 2013 as a Special Projects Analyst before transitioning into her current role. Previously, Alison was an Investment Banking Analyst for Avondale Partners in Nashville where she performed extensive corporate due diligence through analyzing company structure, operations, financial processes and strategic development. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Alison has a degree in Business and Enterprise Management with a concentration in Venture Capitalism in Latin America.