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Staff Directory

Staff Members

Scott Martinez, CEcD
903.593.2004 ext 246
Scott Martinez was named the President and CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council and CEO of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce on July 28, 2020, after serving as President of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership since 2013. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has worked directly on projects culminating in over $1.1 billion in direct capital investment. Martinez has served in economic development roles in the Houston and Austin, Texas markets, North Louisiana, and his home state of Mississippi. Scott is a native of Laurel, Mississippi, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss as well as a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been designated a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Board of Directors and Governance Committee.
Felecia Herndon
903.593.2004 ext 250
Felecia Herndon manages a revolving loan fund, the tax abatement and tax increment financing programs, State-designated Enterprise Projects, and other financial incentives offered by TEDC to businesses locating and expanding in Tyler/Smith County. In 2015, she became certified as a Professional Community and Economic Developer through the Community Development Institute. She has a BS degree in Business Management and an MBA, with a focus on Corporation Finance. Felecia also has a background in the career and technical education field and previously worked for TEDC from 1992-1997.
Victor Valle, Jr.
903.593.2004 ext 254
Victor Valle oversees the preparation of prospect proposals for companies seeking to expand within or relocate to the Tyler/Smith County region, including preparing incentive summaries for interested parties. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining local demographic and economic data, maintains the site and building database, and serves on the board of the East Texas Economic Development District. Mr. Valle has a BBA degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Karla Anders
Loan Manager
903.593.2004 ext 255
Karla Anders is the Bookkeeper for the Tyler EDC and is responsible for payroll and financials. Karla also helps market and manage the Smith County Revolving Loan Fund and the COVID 19 Revolving Loan Program. She assists Felecia with organizing the Finance Committee, crafting the TEDC Operating Budget, and TEDC Audits. Karla has a Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University and earned her designation as an Economic Development Finance Professional in 2018.