The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has hired a new managing director of Business Outreach and International Trade. Vincent Mikolay, a long time strategy and business development specialist, has accepted the position and will transition into his new role immediately.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Vincent to our team. We continue to work to recruit the very best and Vincent is an example of that effort; he has the depth of experience that will enable him to hit the ground running. Vincent’s unique skill set is exactly what we need in the leader of our business development team as we refine and further operationalize our strategy to accelerate the growth of our key economic clusters in order to ensure that we keep Utah a premier business destination,” GOED executive director Spencer Eccles said.

Mikolay’s responsibilities will include the continuing development of Utah’s six strategic industrial clusters, the International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO), and a number of other related programs within GOED.

With over 10 years of experience in operations and business strategy, Mikolay is a recognized leader known for crafting and implementing strategic vision to achieve business goals, offering a unique blend of executive acumen, organizational team-building, global corporate and business development and positive company-culture creation.

“I’m honored to join the incredible talent on the GOED team and help support the Governor’s vision for ongoing prosperity in the state,” Mikolay said.

Mikolay has worked with several early-stage startups including OneSchool, Inc. and Pannl, Inc. He has also previously worked for Nike Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Advent Entertainment and Ridemakerz, among others. Mikolay holds a BA in Business from Bethany College, an M.Ed. in Leadership and Organizational Development from Xavier University and an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California.

The managing director of Business Outreach and International Trade position became vacant when Governor Herbert appointed Gary Harter, the previous managing director, to his cabinet as his new Veteran and Military Services adviser.