Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is an economic development organization servicing Manistee, Benzie, and Wexford Counties and the surrounding areas.

We define economic development as improving the economic well-being and quality of life of businesses, employees, and citizens inside the community.

  • Staff

    Lisa Leedy, Executive Director lisa@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com

    Christina Karnisz, Office Manager christina@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com

  • Board

    2018 Board of Directors
    Executive Committee
    Kelly Smith, Chair
    Eric Gustad, Vice Chair
    Karyn Thorr & Courtney Gillison, Secretary (Shared Seat)
    Burton Parks, Treasurer

    Board Members
    Mark Bergstrom
    Roger Griner
    Scott Ward

    Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, (One seat)
    Larry Romanelli
    Tom St. Dennis

    Manistee Manufacturers Council, (One seat)
    Jim Reithel
    Steve Paine
    David Slivka

  • Collaboration

    AES provides site location services, small business planning, diagnostic assessments, economic recommendations, access to local, state, and federal incentives and assistance, liaison service to government offices, and provides neutral third-party convener and facilitation services.

    AES provides services and programs through “contract for service” funds. Organizations who share like goals and visions contract with AES for services.

Christina Karnisz
Office Manager

Having grown up just outside of Grand Rapids, MI. Christina moved to Manistee in 2012. Her professional background consists heavily in office management, outside sales, and bookkeeping experience in the construction and energy industries. Currently, she is pursing a Bachelors of Business, Major in Accounting, through Baker College Online. Additionally, she aspires to continue providing tax preparation services locally through H&R Block in Parkdale on a part-time, seasonal basis. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and spending as much time as possible with her husband and their curious young son.

Lisa Leedy
Executive Director

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