Meet the Staff
Titas has a fifteen-year track record of proven results and has worked throughout the state on a multitude of projects. He joined the Greater Houston Partnership in 2016 as Director for all Manufacturing and Logistics projects for the 14 county Gulf Region. He was tasked with bringing together numerous local and regional partners to facilitate large, complex projects. He’s also worked with the Conroe Economic Development Council (CEDC) to help companies and projects that had selected Conroe for expansions and the development of a 600 acre expansion of their current industrial park set to open later this year. Prior to that, Titas was executive director for the Kerr Economic Development Corporation. In 2015, Kerrville won the 2015 Texas Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award, based on work to establish large production facilities in Kerr County. He also spent 5 years with the Tyler Economic Development Council, where he participated in 22 projects that created 931 new jobs, retained 3,095 jobs and invested $171.24mm.
Titas has a BA in Government, Geography and History from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council.
Mr. Titas’ wife, Lessly, is a bilingual teacher at Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary in Copperas Cove Independent School District and currently finishing up a Master’s in Education Administration at Lamar University.
Titas says he has “always felt a sense of community and responsibility that has encouraged me to give back and attempt to be the best person I can be. With this value structure, I have devoted my professional life to a career to help make real and tangible benefits for others. Our goal as economic developers is to create jobs, wealth and a better life for our constituents”.
Having been born an “army brat” Diane has traveled quite extensively and was raised all over, however she calls Florida home. The fifth child of seven (all girls), she was born in Frankfurt, Germany and graduated high school in Quito, Ecuador. In between, she lived in several different states as well as Central America.
Diane has worked for both large and small companies; public and private. She was with The Home Depot for almost eight years having started as a Merchandising Secretary, working her way up to the Administrative Assistant for a Senior Director for the Southeast Region and Puerto Rico. She also worked for Kohler Plumbing as the Senior Secretary to the Director of Sales, Southeast Region. Prior to her accepting the position as the Business Retention Specialist for the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, Diane was the Programs Coordinator for the Central Texas Business Resource Center (a program under the Killeen Chamber of Commerce) for six years. She has spent these last six years working with existing business owners and business start-ups as a Business counselor, assisting them with everything from business plans and flyers to workshops, brainstorming, networking and more. She has a great passion for business owners and wants to see them grow and be successful. Diane has been in the area since October 2006, having made the decision to get away from the hustle and bustle of the metro Atlanta area. Two weeks after making the decision, she and her kids were here! Diane works with all existing businesses in Copperas Cove to assist them with their expansion plans and provides opportunities for training and education by organizing monthly workshops.
Brittany is a veteran who served six and a half years in the Army. She was born in Philadelphia PA, where she was the youngest of four boys. After graduating high school, Brittany got married and was stationed in Fort Drum, NY where she and her husband welcomed their first child. After spending five years in NY, Brittany and her family relocated to Fort Hood, TX and later she deployed to Iraq in support of OIR (Operation Inherent Resolved). Soon after returning from Iraq, Brittany knew it was time for a change of scenery and decided it was time to hang up the uniform. She is now a part of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Cooperation as the Administrative Assistant, where she is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and giving back to the community.