Biz group names new president

Jun 22, 2017 From staff reports

The Wyoming Business Alliance has hired a new president with an extensive experience in the energy, entrepreneurial, agriculture, and small business sectors, as well as local and state government.

Cindy DeLancey will lead theWyoming Business Alliance and Wyoming Heritage Found-ation starting in early June. DeLancey has decades of Wyoming experience working for BP America, as the Executive Director of the Wyoming County Commission Association, Carbon County & Prosecuting Attorney, as well as starting her family's successful agri-businesses.

Bill Schilling who served WBA/WHF as president since 1986 announced in 2016 that he would be retiring from the president role. He will continue to lead Leadership Wyoming, an interactive leadership development and educational program on Wyo-ming's communities and business economy.

DeLancey is an alumna of Leadership Wyoming and completed the intensive leadership program in 2010. She also was a Steering Committee member for the WBA/WHF from 2013-2016.

WBA/WHA Steering Committee Chairman Fred von Ahrens said DeLancey's substantial knowledge and direct experience in Wyoming's economy make her an extraordinarily skilled choice to lead our organization including launching the newest initiative, "Wyoming Excels!"

"We hit a home run with talent like Cindy DeLancey to lead Wyoming Business Alliance," von Ahrens said. "These are challenging times. County by county, community by community, job by job, Cindy gets it. Her focus, energy, and commitment to Wyoming business will help move the dial forward to grow and diversify this economy for a better, stronger future statewide."

Gov. Matt Mead, himself an alum of the Leadership Wyoming class of 2010, praised Schilling.

"Bill Schilling's dedication and impact on Wyoming goes far beyond his leadership in the business community," he said. "I look forward to formally recognizing him for his service at our upcoming Fall Business Forum on November 8-9th of this year. Cindy DeLancey is a difference-maker, and she will be an asset to the Wyoming Business Alliance and Heritage Foundation. She is innovative and hard-working. I look forward to working with her."

DeLancey is a 2000 graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law. Before joining the WBA/WHF, she served as the Executive Director of the Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center at the University of Arizona. She also served as the Director of Government and Public Affairs for BP America's Lower 48 Business in Wyoming. She was elected as the Carbon County Attorney in 2006.