Channon has been driving Innovation, spearheading organizational change, and leading economic development and new business development initiatives for over two decades. An accomplished business executive delivering profitable growth in challenging, competitive, and regulated environments, Channon has a diverse background in numerous industries and functional roles. Channon is a visionary who believes energy innovation is critical to the success of business and a tremendous growth opportunity for companies which can lead the way in deploying next generation energy solutions. She also believes energy innovation will change communities, how they are designed and connected, how multi-use and individual residences are built (or retrofitted) and how each of us live and “power up” on a daily basis.
Channon serves as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. In this newly created role, Channon is responsible for charting the strategic vision for the economic vibrancy which will fuel success of businesses in the East Metro with an emphasis on the Central Business District of Saint Paul. Her diverse experience includes work in Chicago, IL, where she served as a consultant leading transformation at a privately held company in the role of Chief Operating Officer. In Dayton, Ohio, Channon served as the Vice President of Enterprise Vendor Management for CareSource, one of the largest Medicaid managed care companies in the country. Also, while in Dayton, Channon developed and launched a regional supply chain initiative which created an agenda focused on helping local business develop strategies for growth and expansion by doing more business “at home.”
Channon has an MBA in marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in insurance from Howard University in Washington, DC.