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LEDA appoints international director

At their April meeting, the Lincoln Economic Development Association Board of Directors appointed R. Panico Peres as their newest board member. Mr. Peres is currently the Executive Vice President of Sabo USA, Inc. and OEM & Aftermarket Corporate Director of the Sabo Group, a global automotive supplier company with 4200 employees and $350 million in revenue. Mr. Peres is based out of the Lincolnton manufacturing facility at the Lincoln County Industrial Park.

Barry Matherly, LEDA’s Executive Director, commended the work Mr. Peres has already done for economic development in Lincoln County through his efforts in recruitment of potential new industry to the county. “Panico has always been available to meet with clients who want to know more about what drove an international customer such as Sabo to select Lincoln County as its southeastern United States base. His willingness to share his story and the extensiveness of his search have greatly impressed our clients. That’s the best kind of marketing available. I know Panico will be a valuable contributor to the LEDA board.”

Pete Acker, President and CEO, CMC-Lincoln, and chair of the LEDA board, added, “Panico Peres is a fantastic advocate for Lincoln County. His enthusiasm for the area and his international experience will greatly enhance the LEDA team. We are thrilled to welcome him to the board and look forward to continued success with him as a member.”

Peres expressed his delight in joining the LEDA team, “I am honored and excited to join the LEDA board. I had the pleasure to work closely with the association for over 2 years and I have the utmost respect for its leaders. I hope to be able to contribute to its efforts in keeping current businesses and convincing new business to locate in our area.”

Mr. Peres is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is now a US citizen. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. He and his wife Lenise have twin eleven year old daughters, Isabella and Julianna and reside in Denver near Lake Norman.