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By Joe Crews
posted Jun 7, 2013 - 5:45:21pm
MainStreet DeLand Association has found its successor for the executive director who is leaving the organization June 15.
Beginning July 1, D. Wayne Carter will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mary Beth Harris, who is relocating to South Florida with her family.
Carter was selected from 12 "qualified candidates," said Savannah-Jane Griffin, president of the MainStreet board, in a telephone interview after announcing the appointment.
"We went through the interview process, which was very competitive," Griffin said. "He stood out because he had MainStreet experience."
For the past seven years, Carter was executive director of Eustis MainStreet in nearby Lake County. Eustis MainStreet recently closed its doors after falling victim to budget cuts in Community Redevelopment Agency funding, according to a news release announcing his appointment.
"With no paid staff, but a bevy of volunteers, he organized successful events such as Uniquely Eustis, the Lake Eustis Fine wine Festival and the Lake County Folk Festival," the release states.
Carter also has a background as a Certified Financial Planner, which will allow him to maximize help for the merchants in Downtown DeLand, according to the release.
"We are very pleased to announce this appointment," Griffin said in the release. "Wayne will bring leadership and creativity to the organization and its programs, as well as a strong sense of commitment to the future development of DeLand."
Carter will be paid between $35,000 and $45,000, Griffin said.
Griffin said she and new assistant director Sarahrose Ministeri will cover MainStreet responsibilities after Harris leaves.
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