North Louisiana Economic Partnership's (NLEP) talented team of economic development and marketing professionals offers more than 50 years of combined business development experience and at least three decades of combined marketing experience. Our expertise and familiarity with North Louisiana can help facilitate your site selection search.
Contact Scott, (318) 677-2512 or (318) 677-2555
Scott Martinez brings over a decade and a half of economic leadership to his new role as President of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Scott holds a Bachelors degree from Ole Miss as well as a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a Certified Economic Developer, as designated by the International Economic Development Council.
Prior to joining NLEP, Scott headed up the Hutto Economic Development Corporation, which serves one of the fastest-growing suburbs outside of Austin, Texas. Martinez also developed and led economic development efforts in Round Rock, Texas and served as Associate Director of the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council in the Houston, Texas metro area for five years.
He worked at the Mississippi Development Authority with Hurricane Katrina redevelopment efforts, as well as, in the Global Business division of the agency.
Scott is active in the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Accredited Economic Development Organization Oversight Committee.
Contact Tim (318) 677-2508
Tim coordinates NLEP’s national business development marketing strategy, aggressively recruiting new companies and offering customized site selection services. Tim is a member of IEDC (International Economic Development Council), LIDEA (Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association) and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. His professional experience also includes 18 years with UPS and several years with KMC Telecom, Centurytel Solutions and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. As the Vice President of Business Councils with the Shreveport Chamber, Tim's primary initiatives were to encourage and support the growth of small businesses in Northwest Louisiana with emphasis on minority and women-owned firms.
As a lifelong resident of Shreveport, LA, Tim is very passionate about his community and North Louisiana. He served on various boards from Southern University Shreveport Foundation Advisory Board to the Hal Sutton Foundation Advisory Board. Tim also finds time to officiate local high school basketball games. He graduated from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.
Diane Rasberry provides administrative support, investor relations assistance and event planning for NLEP. Diane is a North Louisiana native, hailing from Jonesboro. She began her career as legal assistant with a Monroe law firm. She also worked for as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Congressman Jerry Huckleby for four years in his Monroe Office. Her career would eventually take her to Sacramento, Ca., where she worked for a California Assembly woman as a legislative assistant. In 2000, she return to her home state and worked for the Louisiana Bankers Association in Baton Rouge. She started with NLEP in January 1, 2011 as a "Regionalism Works" campaign assistant before joining our staff permanently 9 months later.