In The News
“Local business under new leadership”
By Whitney Williams, WGEM Feb. 29, 2016
Les McKenzie was the executive director of Quincy Business & Technology for nearly 20 years, but now QBTC has new leadership.
Skip Bright took on the title of executive director Feb. 1.
Bright worked in the banking industry for about 30 years and was involved in economic development before taking this new position. He will continue to improve the facilities, technology and provide mentoring to entrepreneurs.
"Engaged with QU's marketing class and we're getting a look at ourselves through fresh young eyes," Bright said. "And get a fresh perspective."
Bright says QBTC should be a significant contributor to the economic development effort.
“McKenzie announces retirement from Quincy business and Technology Center”
By Matt Hopf, Herald-Whig Nov. 2, 2015
When Les McKenzie was hired to lead the Quincy Business and Technology Center, he did not expect to stay long.
"I was only going to do it for a year or a year-and-a-half," McKenzie said. "Then they could go out and hire somebody and bring them in after we got it turned around."
However, he found working with the businesses enjoyable and stayed for 19 years. But now he plans to retire as executive director of the nonprofit business incubator at Third and Oak by the end of the year.
"I enjoyed working with the clients and all the support organizations within the community and the creation of over 500 jobs that we were able to put on the street," he said. "The wealth of that to the community is part of what makes Quincy successful."
More than 80 businesses have run through the center, with more than 50 being start-ups. McKenzie said about 65 percent of businesses were successful after they left the center. Twenty businesses currently fill the 67,000-square-foot building, and occupancy has typically remained above 90 percent.