About Us

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.

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Programs & Projects Manager - Sarah Snoeyink

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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 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.

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Economic Development Coordinator - Julia Wall

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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.