As a subsidiary of Kinexus Group, a $15 million Southwest Michigan-based non-profit, Market Van Buren has principal responsibilities for economic and community development throughout Cass and Van Buren counties. We connect people, investments, and organizations with strategies and services that improve the quality of life and economic conditions in our region, specifically in our two-county service area. Our staff focuses on developing strategies that will allow our communities to thrive by addressing needs related to workforce, community, and business development. We work collaboratively with regional organizations to maximize economic growth.
Executive Director - Zach Morris
Zachary Morris, EDFP, is the Executive Director for Market Van Buren. In his role, Mr. Morris, leads attraction, expansion and retention of Cass and Van Buren County businesses and supports the planned growth of local communities. He was born and raised in Southwest Michigan and graduated from Decatur Jr. Sr. High School. Prior to his role in Van Buren County, Zachary worked for Southwest Michigan based Kinexus as a Business Services Manager, where he worked with businesses of every size and sector throughout Southwest Michigan on workforce and economic development challenges.
Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Davenport University and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. He is also a Certified Business Solutions Professional through Michigan State University. He is an active member of his community serving on the Van Buren County Brownfield Authority Board and Economic Development Corporation Board, the Community Corrections Advisory Board, is Vice-President of the Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education and is the Chairman of the Antwerp Township Planning Commission.
Programs & Projects Manager - Sarah Snoeyink
Sarah Snoeyink is the Programs & Projects Manager for Market Van Buren. In her role, Sarah manages grant activities, projects, client services and stakeholders events, supports marketing initiatives both for Market Van Buren and the Van Buren County Economic Development Corporation, and facilitates the development of outreach initiatives to grow local companies and strengthen the reliance of Cass and Van Buren employers.
Sarah is a southwest Michigan native, and she was excited to join the team at Market Van Buren because she is passionate about building collaborative relationships between local employers, nonprofits, governments, and communities to strengthen the communities in her corner of the world.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Western Michigan University and is credentialed as a Certified Nonprofit Professional by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Economic Development Coordinator - Julia Wall
Julia Wall is the Economic Development Coordinator for Market Van Buren. She is responsible for delivering robust customer service to internal and external stakeholders, which includes project management, board administration, investor relations, grant development, compliance, and strategic communications.
Julia has lived in the southwest Michigan area since 2007. She is passionate about being involved in her local community, specifically the success of small businesses and growing relationships with local government officials and business leaders.
She recently graduated from college in May of 2021 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Maranatha Baptist University.
Economic Development Manager - Jodi Nilson
Jodi Nilson is the Economic Development Manager for Market Van Buren. In her role, Jodi proactively meets with community and business leaders to understand their challenges and find solutions that grow strong, resilient businesses and build relationships. She acts as liaison and lead with local, regional, state and federal agencies ensuring proper administration of business growth, including efforts to attract new businesses to Cass and Van Buren Counties.
Prior to her current position Jodi was employed with the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a process improvement specialist and Command Records Manager. For the past 20+ years she has lived around the world working for various branches of the military, accompanying her husband, a now retired Green Beret from Hartford, MI. Jodi is happy putting down roots in southwest Michigan and eager to dedicate her efforts building relationships and business opportunities within the communities she now calls home.
Jodi holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Advertising and Psychology from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; Lean Six Sigma/Lean Sensei Process Improvement Certifications from The Lean Sensei Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia.