Noble economic development leader stepping down

Be Noble Inc. announced today (September 20, 2022) that Gary Gatman has resigned as the economic development organization’s executive director. His last day on the job will be October 14. Gatman has been at the helm of the organization since February 2020.

In sharing the news, Gatman explained he is leaving Be Noble to support his wife, Pattie, and their business, Room-2-Room, which has been in operation in Noble County since 2016. He expressed his enjoyment working with the Be Noble staff, board of directors, and economic development partners across Noble County and the region and acknowledged the decision to resign was extremely difficult.

Gatman said he will continue to serve and support the county through participation on boards and in community activities.

During Gatman’s tenure, Noble County has seen many empty industrial buildings become occupied, a new shell building brought to market, the launch of the new iSMART Lab to teach Industry 4.0 technical skills, a transition for the organization to a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, and a complete rebranding, among other achievements.

Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe, board chair, says efforts will soon get underway to find a replacement. Until a replacement is named, Lori Gagen, Operations Manager, and Tara Streb, Administrative Assistant, will continue supporting the day to day operations and participation of Be Noble. Communications for the director may be addressed to General inquiries, sent to, will be received and reviewed by staff and disseminated as needed for follow up.

“Gary’s love for Noble County is genuine,” expressed Handshoe. “His enthusiasm is always evident, and his efforts have made a great impact. I am immensely grateful for all the contributions he made during his tenure and speak for the entire board when I wish him the best in growing his and Pattie’s business. His contributions will be greatly missed at Be Noble.”

For more information about Be Noble Inc., visit or call (260) 636-3800.

Release posted as submitted by Lori Gagen, Be Noble, Inc.

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