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Charles Walsh, President & CEO
Charles spent five years in the Air Force at March AFB and Los Angeles Air Force Station before moving to Ohio in 1987. After working for two Information Technology companies, Charles started his first business in 1991 employing 90 people before selling the business in 1998 to a private party. He, and two partners, started a second business in 1999, employing 150 people, before selling the business to Kratos, a publicly traded company in 2002.
Charles founded the first organized Angel Investment Fund in Dayton, Ohio, where he and nine other members invested in eight startup companies. Two years later, Charles was one of the founding members of the first Ohio Tech Angel Fund; a family of Angel funds now in their fifth fund with 300+ participating angel investors investing more than $33 million dollars in startup businesses. Before moving to Wyoming in 2006, Charles was the CEO of the Center of Innovation for Advance Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization, a public-private partnership between 38 private IT companies, five universities, State of Ohio, and Wright Patterson AFB with the sole mission of moving leading edge technologies into the marketplace through startups, business expansion, and recruitment of new businesses.
Charles served on multiple boards including the Governors Small Business Council, Greater Dayton Information Technology Alliance (GDITA), Workforce Policy Board, Technology Entrepreneur Center, and the Center of Innovation.
Riata Little, Vice President of Economic and Project Development
Riata Little is the Vice President of Economic and Project Development. She targets local expansion as well as outside recruitment with an emphasis on the Energy and Manufacturing industries.
Riata is a Wyoming native and was born and raised on her family ranch. Riata is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications with a concentration in Farm & Ranch Management and a minor in History. During college she worked in the University’s Accounts Payable office where she input and filed IDRs and travel vouchers. In the summer of 2010, she worked on the Matt Mead for Governor campaign, running the Farson, Wyoming office and assisting with campaign events throughout the western side of Wyoming. After college she was the Editor-in-Chief of Tri-State Livestock News in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. In 2014, she moved to Casper where she spent three years working for US Senator John Barrasso as a Field Representative.
Riata loves the Casper area and community and is proud to call Casper home. Outside of work, Riata enjoys an active lifestyle; snowboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking on Casper Mountain, paddle boarding the North Platte River, as well as, boating or sailing at Alcova Reservoir in the summer. She currently serves on the Wyoming Women in Ag board and is active with the Daniels Fund scholarship program as an alumnus.
Carrie Gomez, Vice President of Business & Community Synergies
Carrie has been a member of the CAEDA family since 2012. She currently serves as the Vice President of Business & Community Synergies. Carrie explores the future of Natrona County’s economic community utilizing a market-driven, targeted approach in the medical and finance industries through in-depth discussions with industry leaders to work toward making those initial discussions a reality.
Carrie is a Wyoming native and a University of Wyoming graduate in Business Administration with a minor in Statistics. She also holds an Associate degree in Marketing from Casper College. She serves on two community boards: Casper Community Greenhouse Project and Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming. She is also a member of Casper Rotary.
Lacy Crowder, Operations Manager
Lacy Crowder is passionate about the Casper community and dedicated to its success. Lacy joined the Casper community in 2009 from a small town in Nebraska. Since relocating to Casper she has participated in a variety of community organizations. Lacy was involved with the Casper Young Professionals Network for several years serving as Club President for two years, and is a board member for the Platte River Trails Trust. Lacy’s professional background has most recently been in the employment and recruitment industry, which led her to pursue a working relationship with CAEDA. Lacy served as an ad hoc member for a year on CAEDA’s board and in 2014 she was voted onto the CAEDA board as a voting member. Lacy has been involved in the organization through CAEDA special projects including Business Retention and Expansion initiatives and the Natrona County One Cent campaign. Lacy joined the CAEDA team, but as a staff member, in April of 2015.