Our Team

GC Hixson, CEcD

Executive Director

GC came to the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County in June 2005 after working in multiple departments and agencies within the State of Tennessee. Those departments included Revenue, Transportation and the Department of Economic and Community Development. While at the State Dept. of ECD, he served in multiple positions leading to the Director of Business Development where he oversaw the operations of the department's domestic marketing staff and its operations.

Mr. Hixson’s responsibilities include new business marketing and prospecting to attract new business and industry to Wilson County. He also works with business leaders to retain and expand economic development opportunities within the County. Mr. Hixson is the main point of contact for recruitment efforts of the office.

Mr. Hixson holds both a B.S. and Master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He also received the Certified Economic & Community Development (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council through the University of Oklahoma. GC presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Nashville Career Advancement (NCAC), the Leadership Middle Tennessee Board of Directors, Cumberland University Business Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC).

Tammy Stokes

Assistant Director

Tammy has been with the JECDB since June 2000.  Her responsibilities include assisting in planning, directing and implementation of the business marketing & recruitment programs and activities associated with the agency’s business retention strategies.  Additionally, she serves as the main point of contact for retail and office recruitment efforts for Wilson County and its municipalities of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.

She is a licensed Tennessee State Notary and currently represents Wilson County on the Wilson Regional HR Association and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the International Economic Development Council.

Tammy grew up in Louisiana, Missouri and moved to Wilson County in 1999.  She obtained her Office Systems Technologies certification from Pike/Lincoln Technical Center.  She is currently working towards her Certified Economic Developer certification and has also obtained the Introduction to ArcGIS I, Introduction to ArcGIS II and the Fundamentals of ArcGIS Desktop certifications through ESRI.

Ms. Stokes resides in Lebanon and has two grown children.  Her daughter Brooke works and resides in Lebanon while her son Michael works in Mt. Juliet and lives just up the road in Sumner County.
 

Lindsey Zarichansky

Administrative Assistant

Lindsey joined the JECDB in July 2021.  Her responsibilities include assisting with providing technical support for economic development projects and assisting with the necessary research including but not limited to sites, buildings, industrial parks, RFP responses and zoning related issues. 

Lindsey brings to the JECDB five years of experience in customer service.  Prior to joining our team Lindsey worked in the retail sector as a Store Operations Specialist.

Lindsey was born in Lebanon, Tennessee but spent most of her youth in Fairbanks, Alaska.  She returned to Tennessee in 2015.  She is happily married, has a beautiful daughter and resides in Lebanon.  She is currently pursuing her Business Management degree at a local University.