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Networks Northwest Executive Committee Selects New Chief Executive Officer

News Release
September 2, 2022

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Networks Northwest Executive Committee has unanimously endorsed a candidate to be the new Chief Executive Officer at Networks Northwest. The committee is recommending that the full Networks Board approve the hiring of Terry Vandercook for the leadership position at the organization which provides workforce, business, and community development services in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan. Vandercook has accepted the position pending a vote by the full board later this month.

Vandercook served as Chief Program Officer at Networks Northwest until February of 2022 before leaving for a position with a northern Michigan company that helps agricultural businesses meet their workforce needs. Prior to his past position at Networks Northwest, Vandercook was a Business Development Manager for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He also had a 20-year career in the United States Air Force.

Vandercook is tentatively scheduled to begin working as CEO on September 26. He replaces former Networks Northwest CEO, Matt McCauley, who left the organization for a position with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission