Lisa Denton

Executive Director

Lisa Denton is the Executive Director for the Athens Economic Development Corporation in Athens, Texas.  Having served in this position since January 2015, she oversees all aspects of economic development for the city, including primary employer retention and expansion, recruitment, marketing, property development and sales, budgeting, project finance and incentives and property management.

Ms. Denton is a graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course at Texas A & M. She has earned her Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification through the National Development Council, as well as Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification through the Community Development Institute at Lone Star College in The Woodlands. In addition, she has earned her Business Retention and Expansion Professional Certification (BREP) through Business Retention & Expansion International. Most recently, she earned the credential of Master Practitioner through the Advanced Economic Development Leadership Program. Before coming to Athens, Ms. Denton was the Assistant Director for Kilgore Economic Development in Kilgore, Texas for 10+ years. Her career path includes office manager, corporate off-site trainer/auditor and project coordinator positions.

Ms. Denton has been a member of, and held positions with, several organizations, including:

  • Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), Workforce Committee
  • Team Texas State Marketing Association
  • East Texas Regional Development Company, Board Member 2014-current
  • Northeast Texas Economic Developers Roundtable (NETEDR), President 2010-2011
    • Marketing/Communications Committee Chair 2007-2010
  • I-20 Corridor Marketing Association, President 2015-current
  • Northeast Texas Economic Alliance Marketing Association (NETEA), Secretary
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC)
  • Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)
  • Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI), President 2012-2013, President-Elect
    • 2011-2012, Board Member 2009-2011, Marketing/Communications Committee Chair 2008-2010;
    • State Chair 2007-2010
  • International Association of Workforce Professionals
  • US 175 Corridor Alliance
  • Rotary Club of Athens
  • Athens Chamber of Commerce, Ex-Officio Board Member
    • Retail & Industrial Division Member
  • Leadership Kilgore Graduate
  • Kilgore Boys & Girls Club Founding Council Member 2008-2011
  • Kilgore College Workforce Development Advisory Committee, Chair 2008-2014

Sherri Skeeters

Business Development & Marketing Director

Sherri is the Business Development & Marketing Director for the Athens Economic Development Corporation. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and Trinity Valley Community College, Mrs. Skeeters has more than 20 years experience working with destination marketing organizations, including the City of Athens and the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mrs. Skeeters is a graduate of the Basic Economic Development Course of Texas A & M and is responsible for all marketing aspects of AEDC in addition to providing economic development support to the Executive Director. Sherri and her family reside in Eustace.


Dede Sims

Office Manager

Dede is the Office Manager for the Athens Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Sims is responsible for office and property management, as well as support services for AEDC’s Director and Board. Dede is a native of Athens and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, focusing on business management. Prior to joining AEDC, Ms. Sims worked at Athens Independent School District. She has two teenage sons and lives in Canton.