The Team

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Glendale City Hall- Office of Economic Development
5850 W Glendale Ave, Suite #217
Glendale, Arizona 85301
P:623-930-2983

Our team goal is to ensure a vibrant economic base for the betterment of all Glendale residents and the business community that we serve.

 

Brian Friedman

Brian Friedman

Director, Economic Development

Bio
As Director of the Office of Economic Development, Brian leads an expert team of economists, planners and business development pros in Business Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion and Business Assistance. Brian offers expertise gained from 19 years at the City of Glendale, having served two years as Community and Economic Development Director, more than a decade in the role of Economic Development Director and seven years in the Planning Department where he led the Citywide Special Projects Group overseeing all major development in Glendale's Sports and Entertainment District.  Prior to joining the City of Glendale, Brian served as Director of Planning for five years in Santa Cruz County Arizona and brings with him experience gained during his tenure with the City of Tucson Transportation Engineering Department.  An Arizona native, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Regional Development and a Master of Science in Planning and Urban Design with emphasis in Transportation Engineering from the University of Arizona.  Brian is multilingual, certified by AICP and is a member of International Economic Development Council.  
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623-930-2984
Jessi Pederson

Jessi Pederson

Assistant Director, Economic Development

Bio
Jessi first joined the city’s Economic Development Department in 2011 with an emphasis on redevelopment, small business assistance and special projects. Previously, she spent two years serving as Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers’ Chief of Staff until rejoining the Economic Development team in early 2017, bringing to the team her extensive background and enhanced expertise in citywide redevelopment, small business/entrepreneurship assistance and Historic Downtown Glendale redevelopment efforts. Jessi has previously served as Project Manager for Economic Development and Development Services for the City of Goodyear, AZ, specializing in Entrepreneurship Outreach and medical industry attraction. Jessi is a proud graduate of Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Master ‘s degree in Public Administration.

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623-930-2996
Randy Huggins

Randy Huggins

Economic Development Officer

Bio
Randy’s specialty and primary focus is assisting, growing and attracting businesses of all sizes to Glendale and the surrounding region. He joined the Office of Economic Development team following eight years with the city’s Development Services Center.  Randy spent 10 years working as a general contractor prior to joining the City of Glendale in 2007 as a specialist, contracted to help the City welcome and host Super Bowl XLII and eventually Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. As a member of Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship Outreach Network, Randy teaches a series of start-up business classes and mentors new and growing businesses. His signature email phrase --- “Teamwork makes the dream work” --- perfectly represents his philosophy. Randy studied business, architecture and entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where he received his BSBA in 1999 and MBA in 2015.  

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623-930-2985
David Cornelius

David Cornelius

Small Business Specialist

Bio

David is originally from Long Island New York and as of 2013 he is proud to call Arizona home. He joined the City of Glendale in 2016 as part of the Development Services Center. After 3 years of working with potential business owners he learned the many challenges that Small Business face while starting up their own business. David’s move into his next role as Small Business Specialist was a natural fit. He brings over 10 years of construction industry experience to the Economic Development Team. He Graduated in 2000 with a Business Administration Degree from Catawba College and he went back to school in 2009 to obtain a degree in Sustainability from Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. He brings key special skills to the team. In his free time David enjoys Photography/Videography and has put those skills to work in his role. David has also become a certified drone pilot which allows him to shoot and edit drone footage for Economic Development Team and other City departments.



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623-930-2914
Lori German

Lori German

Communications Program Manager

Bio
Lori joined the City of Glendale in 2017 as the special projects and communications manager for Mayor Jerry Weiers. After nearly two years, she joined the Economic Development team as the Communications Program Manager. In this role she has been tasked with sharing Glendale's Economic Development story. During her time with Econ Dev, Lori launched social media platforms to develop rapid community engagement. A native from Puerto Rico, she moved to Arizona to pursue her professional dreams. Lori has focused her professional career on purpose-driven work. Prior to joining the City of Glendale, she spent eight years traveling the world for national and international business projects with the Miss Universe Organization, Grammy's, and Oscars.  Throughout her career she has worked with national non-profits looking to make a difference in people's lives. She served three years as Director at the American Heart Association and five as Regional Director at Money Management International.  Her native language is Spanish. Lori graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Mass Communication. What she enjoys the most about Economic Development is being able to directly impact the community she is serving and through her role, being able to in some way engage with every project and opportunity that will benefit residents and visitors.

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623-930-2986
Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson

Economic Development Specialist

Bio
Daniel is the newest member of the Economic Development team. He brings his private market experience of business development, international trade, and experience working with emerging technologies. Daniel got his first taste of economic development as an intern with the Town of Gilbert, while he was a student at Arizona State University. His undergrad degree from ASU focused on International Business and later received his MBA from Kingston University with a focus on International Trade/Economics. Daniel’s interest focuses on utilizing the collective resources Glendale offers and connecting industry, to build towards the future.

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623-930-2937
Samuel Pena

Samuel Pena

Business Support Services Program Manager

Bio

Samuel joined the Economic Development team in 2021 and has been with City of Glendale for nearly five years. Prior to joining the Economic Development team he served as a Council Assistant with the City Manager’s Office and as Administrator of Department Support Services in the Field Operations Department. Samuel brings over 15 years of local public service experience from the State and County.

As our Business Support Program Manager, Samuel focuses on workforce development, proactively seeking engagement and outreach opportunities to connect businesses with resources, complex internal reporting, and high-level internal administrative support to the Economic Development team.

He brings vast regional expertise to the team as he is a proud west valley and Glendale native attending local elementary, middle, and high schools here in Glendale. He earned an associates degree in Administration of Justice from Phoenix College and holds his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. He is a big advocate for volunteerism as he previously served with the Special Olympics of Arizona, Big Brothers/Big Sister program, and currently serves as the President of the Glendale Hispanic Network.


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623-930-3936
Samantha Cope

Samantha Cope

Management Assistant

Bio
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623-930-2983

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5850 W. Glendale Avenue, Suite 217
Glendale, Arizona 85301
Phone: 623-930-2983 
Fax: 623-931-5730
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