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 Van Buren County. We connect people, investments, and organizations with strategies and services that improve the quality of life and economic conditions in our region, specifically Van Buren County. Our Van Buren County 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 county businesses and supports the planned growth of county communities. He was born and raised in Southwest Michigan and graduated from Van Buren County based 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 Van Buren County 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 Manager - Riley Lukomski
Riley Lukomski an Economic Development Manager for Market Van Buren. In his role Riley assists with business attraction, retention and expansion efforts for Cass and Van Buren businesses and supports community development efforts. Riley was born and raised on the east side of Michigan in Chelsea. Prior to working at Market Van Buren, he completed internships at Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Kinexus Group and HumanEx Ventures.
Riley is in his last semester at Western Michigan University working toward his bachelor’s degree in both economics and statistics. Riley is passionate about building relationships to foster community growth and partnering with others to help work towards their goals.