CEDC Mourns Loss, Celebrates Legacy of Thomas J. Stinson
10 Dec 2020
The Conroe Economic Development Council (CEDC) remembers and honors Thomas J. Stinson, who passed away in his home on December 8. A pioneer for economic development, Stinson served as the Director of the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council (now CEDC) since its inception in 1995 until he retired in 2012.
During his highly successful CEDC tenure, Stinson was instrumental in developing a comprehensive plan of work that attracted approximately $450 million in direct investment from new firms and assisted local firms in approximately $70 million in direct investment from expansions. Stinson’s astute leadership culminated not only in his becoming a Certified Economic Developer® (CEcD) but also in the CEDC being designated as an Accredited Economic Development Organization® (AEDO) by the International Economic Development Council, a prestigious distinction still upheld today.
CEDC Executive Director Danielle Scheiner acknowledges that Stinson’s distinguished career set the path for the organization’s current success.
“Tom was a very accomplished economic developer and served as a mentor to so many in the profession, including me,” said Scheiner. “His unparalleled vision to convene the players in the community to develop Conroe’s industrial parks and strengthen our incentive programs is his lasting business legacy.”
Stinson also served as the 2007 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Texas Economic Development Council and was active in several community philanthropies, including the Montgomery County Food Bank and American Cancer Society.
Though many will rightly recall Stinson’s aptitude for economic development excellence and community service, those closest will remember the man – a true gentleman, wonderful friend, and doting husband and father, as characterized by Jennifer Matthews, CEDC Associate Director - Business Retention and Expansion.
“Tom was much more than a boss – he was my mentor, my friend. He recognized my potential and invested proudly in my career as an economic development professional,” shared Matthews. “In the 15 years I worked for Tom, he and his precious wife became a special part of our family that we love dearly. I will forever be grateful for Tom.”