Tamara Lowney joined the APEX team as a Business Developer in August of 2015. Her key responsibilities include attracting, expanding and retaining business in the APEX Region. She also works closely with the Itasca Economic Development Corporation in support of business attraction, retention and expansion efforts in Itasca County. She is acting Secretary/Treasurer of the Iron Range Economic Alliance and an active member of the Grand Rapids Chamber and Board, including several committees focused on government and forestry in Itasca County. Tamara meticulously seeks new growth opportunities that support both the APEX mission and vision for private sector business development.
Previously, Tamara worked for the ARAMARK Corporation for 17 years in various hospitality management roles across the nation and internationally. Her roles included Hotel General Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, International Broadcasting Center at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and Site Director for the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Tamara has vast knowledge of managing multi-million dollar budgets, expansion and growth, as well as extensive project management.
In 2012, Tamara chose to return to her home in northern Minnesota and complete her education. She graduated in 2015 from Bemidji State University, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a management emphasis. Tamara has strong personal ties to the area, living near Itasca County with her husband and young daughter. She is eager to give back to the community in which she grew-up. Tamara is thrilled to be working at APEX. In her role, she is able to utilize her vast knowledge of business as well as pursue her passion of growing businesses and developing jobs in her own community.
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