AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation announced today that current President and CEO Richard "Buzz" David would be retiring at the end of April.
Mr. David joined the Amarillo EDC in July 2004 and has served the greater economic development community for more than 30 years.
"It is with a heavy heart that we accept the resignation of Buzz David," said Brian Bruckner, Chairman of the Board for the Amarillo EDC. "Buzz has been a terrific leader for this community for over a decade.
His vision and leadership throughout the years have had a tremendous impact on the positive growth Amarillo has witnessed during his tenure. He is going to be deeply missed."
Originally hailing from Florida, Buzz previously served as the director of economic development for Pinellas County, Florida. He also spent 15 years with Florida Power Corporation, and additionally worked for the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg in their respective economic development organizations.
Since his appointment twelve years ago, the Amarillo EDC has completed more than 40 expansion projects and seven corporate attractions in the Amarillo MSA area. Of those projects, Buzz was serving as President & CEO during seven of Bell Helicopter's nine expansion initiatives at their Amarillo manufacturing facility.
"I have worked with Buzz David for several years," said George Herring, Manager of Facilities & Site Support for Bell Helicopter's Amarillo campus. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his demonstrated leadership for both the AEDC and for the City of Amarillo. He's been critical not only to what Bell has been able to accomplish, but what so many companies have been able to accomplish in this community. We have been fortunate to have him serve the Amarillo area."
Buzz's impact wasn't limited strictly to projects managed by the Amarillo EDC. Since arriving in
Amarillo, he has been heavily involved in leadership roles locally, regionally and at the state level. Lorie Vincent, the current executive director of Team Texas, worked closely with David while serving as executive director for the High Ground of Texas, a regional coalition of economic development organizations from across West Texas.
"It's been my privilege to have had Buzz David as a board member for both the High Ground of Texas and Team Texas," stated Vincent. "Buzz has the rare gift of seeing the big picture and how economic development affects all people. He has always been generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge with his counterparts, knowing that healthy communities make healthy regions and vibrant state economies. We have been the beneficiaries of his professionalism, his vision and his ability to build collaborations and partnerships that will stand long after he is gone."
In addition to the work he did to support economic development in and around Amarillo, David's service was also integral to the growth and development of other programs in the city including the WTAMU Enterprise Center, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, No Limits No Excuses and Panhandle Twenty20.
The Amarillo EDC Board of Directors will discuss its plans to identify a replacement for Mr. David at its upcoming meeting currently scheduled for April 12, 2016.