About Us

Mike Barnes

President/CEO

Mike Barnes has provided leadership to award-winning economic development organizations in Terre Haute, IN, High Point, NC, Plano, TX, Florence County, SC, Southern IN, Waco, TX, and Clermont County, OH. Mike possesses a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University. Barnes is a licensed real estate broker. He also has completed the Texas Attorney General’s Open Meetings Training and the TEDC Sales Tax Seminar.

Ted Lanier

Sr. Marketing Strategist

Ted has held roles as CMO and Lead Strategist over the course of his 18 year marketing career. Ted is responsible for client marketing strategies.

Melinda Pettijohn

Director of Marketing

Melinda has more than 10 years of experience and a master’s degree in Marketing. She keeps projects on track and manages client communications and had served in leadership capacities for high-end brands and for a digital marketing agency prior to joining MBG.

MBG has provided leadership to award-winning economic development organizations in Terre Haute, IN, High Point, NC, Plano, TX, Florence County, SC, Southern IN, Waco, TX, and Clermont County, OH. MBG is an internationally-recognized firm that has experience with every facet of economic development. The company is a member of the following organizations

The Brookshire, Texas, Economic Development Corporation has retained MBG for more than ten years. MBG has helped us place numerous projects within Brookshire, including more than 2 million square feet within Empire West alone. MBG handles our upfront negotiations on projects and makes good deals for all parties involved. I recommend MBG without hesitation to companies, communities and organizations.
Marilyn Vaughn
President, Brookshire EDC