ruth_demeter_makervillageMakervillage Inc announces the hire of Ruth Demeter as Executive Director.  She will work to grow the creative economy of Northwest Georgia by nurturing maker-minded businesses and professionals.  She will be responsible for the management and execution of the organizational strategic plan, which includes the administration of the business accelerator program, nurturing strategic community relationships, organizing the calendar of special events and workshops, and assisting with fundraising and sponsor relationships.

“Ruth has consulted for and supported the growth of more than 100 organizations over the course of her career. The breadth of her communication, strategy, and operational experience will directly benefit members of our accelerator program as well as artisans and entrepreneurs for years to come,” said Co-Founder Tricia Steele.

Makervillage received a $50K SBA Accelerator grant for operational expenses in August. The organization, first incubated within SAI Digital, officially incorporated as a non-profit later that month. “The ability to hire a senior staffer to lead this organization into long term sustainability is a direct result of our SBA grant,” said Steele.

Prior to joining Makervillage, Ruth was an active business consultant, including over 20 years of work with individuals, small to medium sized businesses and nonprofits.  Her specialties include coaching, customized training and resource management.  She is also a certified continuing education instructor with several groups, including realtor boards in both the USA and Canada.  In addition to her professional work, she is actively involved in several community groups.

“I’m so delighted to be part of this incredible group and philosophy of business development. Fostering a business culture that focuses on creativity and responsiveness will mean great things for the future of our community,” shared Demeter.

Demeter is a native of Ontario, Canada. She received her B.A. in English and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).  She is also a certified LAB Profile Practitioner, and a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters International.  She moved to Rome in 2005 with her daughter April Guyatt and husband, Alan Guyatt (plant manager at Racemark Manufacturing in Calhoun).