Brian McDermott leads the Teton Regional Economic Coalition, the mission of which is to grow and diversify the economy in this 13,000 person Rocky Mountain community.
Prior to taking on that role in 2013, he worked for 29 years in a variety of corporate communications leadership roles with natural resource, manufacturing, information technology and recreation equipment companies.
From 2008 until 2013 he was vice president of Corporate Communications for the Birmingham, Ala.-based subscription, publishing, information services and diversified manufacturing firm, EBSCO Industries. From 1994 to 2008, he was communications and public affairs director for Weyerhaeuser Company, the Federal Way, Wash.,-based forest products company.
McDermott has also worked as a ski racing coach, program manager and board member of clubs on the East and West Coast. He served for five years on the board of the Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation, including three years as board chair. He currently is a Driggs Urban Renewal Agency commissioner, a board member of the Idaho Economic Development Association and chair of the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Partners.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.