Monty Henderson joined the Lead Center as the director of network operations in July 2017. He was formerly a business advisor for the Hoosier Heartland ISBDC from May of 2006 to March of 2016. He accepted the Association of Small Business Development Centers “State Star of Indiana” award for 2010 on behalf of the Kokomo staff. He also is a life-long farmer and has worked in the agribusiness sector. Monty received a BS degree in Ag Economics from Purdue University in 1981 and earned his graduate certificate in Public Management from IUPUI in Indianapolis in 2009. He was an elected official in Tipton County for 22 years, with the highlight being the attraction of (what is now) the FCA Tipton Transmission Plant when he was serving as president of the County Board of Commissioners. Monty’s experience includes public service at the local, regional and state levels. His background in small business, economic development and public management lends well to his role in the Lead Center. You may follow Monty on Twitter @montysmemos.