Formed in 1983, Blane, Canada Ltd. is an economic development management-advisory firm that exists to assist our clients in realizing their community potential. We equip leaders with tools to understand their current business environment and provide a framework for action.
Eric Canada, CEO, Blane, Canada Ltd., has worked with communities throughout the U.S. and Canada on a variety of economic development projects including: market research, marketing strategy and planning, competitive assessment, and industry analysis. He has also led development teams in the assessment of numerous community and organization SWOT analyses. In total, Eric has completed evaluations of marketing and sales programs for more than 60 U.S. economic development organizations.
Eric’s invaluable experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm for innovation encapsulate success.
Joe Raso is president of Blane, Canada Ltd. In 2016, his first year with the organization, Raso led the development of the nation’s first analytical tool aimed at demand-driven workforce development – known as Synchronist Talent. In 2017, Raso worked with the skilled IT team to structure a fully updated version of the organization’s industry-leading software – Synchronist Suite. Synchronist 8.0 was released in January 2018, and provides a full spectrum of CRM, existing industry, talent, and project management software tools.
Prior to his current position, he spent more than twenty-years providing CEO leadership to four private non-profit economic development, Main Street and chamber of commerce organizations in Colorado and Iowa.
Vice President of Software Engineering
Tammy Mair is Vice President of Software Engineering. Pairing her degree in Marketing and Masters in Information Systems, she is able to work with both the business and technical sides of the organization. Utilizing her extensive experience in the technology world, she is the lead developer for all Synchroninst Suite products, which employ multiple programming languages. While working within the full systems development life cycle, she also has the current responsibilities:
- Leads development of all Synchronist Suite products
- Creating and implementing Web Services
- Graphic design
- Network administrator
- Azure administrator
- Database administrator
- Project manager
- Data conversions
- Account manager
- QA testing
- Level 3 technical support
- Research new technologies and implement into architecture
Monika Mardula has been a team member of Blane, Canada Ltd. since 2005. As software developer, she focuses her energies on software programming, web design, web programming and software maintenance. Working for a .com company as a web programmer further articulated her software knowledge. Monika has experience working with multiple programming languages.
Chief Financial Officer
As the Chief Financial Officer of Blane, Canada, Ashley Payne manages all financial responsibilities including banking relationships, client accounts, accounts payable, payroll, investments, accounting, and financial reporting. Ashley also works closely with client relations, public relations, communications, program development, event and meeting planning.
Ashley has an eclectic professional background in direct sales, business development, recruiting, sales team management. Ashley Payne has been a team member of Blane, Canada Ltd. since 2007.
Derek Sherman brings industrial engineering skills to the team. He also brings first-hand experience in the formation and management of a two flexible manufacturing networks in Illinois. In that role, he personally cataloged the capabilities of about 300 small and medium sized manufacturing firms. He has the background to talk their language and credibility won through first-hand experience. As a consultant, Derek has successfully led organizations through strategic decision-making and implementation process.
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