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Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman appointed President and CEO of Enterprise Center
Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman appointed President and CEO of Enterprise Center

Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman


Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman

The Enterprise Center Board of Directors announces its unanimous decision to appoint Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman as President and CEO following a nationwide search that attracted 240 applicants. Ms. Quarterman will assume the position on July 15. Current TEC President and CEO Deb Socia will remain with TEC in an advisory capacity through the fall.

Ms. Quarterman is a globally recognized leader in entrepreneurship specializing in product development (academic/institutional and start-up), public-private collaboration, and inclusive innovation. She was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to her former position as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the primary state agency responsible for new investment, job creation, and industry retention.

“I look forward to bringing my professional and personal experience in community empowerment to the Enterprise Center so that together we can reach even more Chattanooga residents with technologies that improve their career opportunities, health and quality of life,” said Ms. Quarterman. “TEC has proven its value to Chattanooga neighborhoods under Deb Socia, and I am honored to play a leading role in continuing its bright future. There is opportunity for everyone.”

Ms. Quarterman has appeared in numerous media publications, podcasts, panels, and conferences as a thought leader at the intersection of technology, health, business, and community development. She has twice received a national award for inclusive innovation programs, for her groundbreaking statewide work as the leader of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures, and as the founder of the Kentucky Intellectual Property Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in law and public policy from the University of Louisville and an MBA from the University of Louisville College of Business.

“The Enterprise Center – and all of Chattanooga – is fortunate that Monique has agreed to use her remarkable experience to benefit our community,” said Mayor Tim Kelly, Enterprise Center board member. “Her impressive resume, friendly personality and passion for using technology to improve people’s lives make our city the perfect place for her to continue the good work of the Enterprise Center.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Monique,” said Dan Ryan, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the President and CEO Search Committee. “The more we talked with her and the people she has worked with, the more it became clear that she has a tremendous impact not only through programs and policies, but also through the personal connections she makes everywhere she goes. Her proven experience in innovation and improving access for all will be critical to our communities as we continue to build a progressive and inclusive future.”

“My talented colleagues at the Enterprise Center have succeeded in attracting someone of tremendous caliber to lead them into their next chapter of positive impact for the people of Chattanooga,” said Ms. Socia. “Although I am retiring this fall, I will never stop cheering on this remarkable organization and believing in its mission.”

By Aurora