Patrick Hayakawa serves as Vice President of Innovation & Marketing for the Chester County Economic Development Council. In this role, he oversees a broad range of services for entrepreneurship, startup activity, tech workforce development, and the innovation economy. Patrick also oversees the organization’s marketing, communications, and media relations, leading creative strategies to advance and elevate CCEDC’s brand and impact within the community. Prior to joining CCEDC, Patrick served as director at Life Sciences Pennsylvania, the statewide trade association supporting biotech and medical device innovation.
Patrick brings a track record of working closely with entrepreneurs and innovative companies to advance their technologies while navigating the many private and public resources available across the region. He has a passion for helping first-time entrepreneurs break into the market and find a message that resonates with customers and investors. Patrick previously served as the membership director with the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and as a government affairs advisor at a private firm in Harrisburg. In addition to his work at CCEDC, Patrick serves on the Advisory Boards of Penn State Great Valley and Mid Penn Bank.
Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Ursinus College. He is a recipient of Pennsylvania Bio’s “16 to Watch in ‘16” Award and VISTA.Today’s Millennial Superstars Award in 2020.
Marianne Stack is a Project Director for the Chester County Economic Development Council’s technology initiatives, the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) industry partnership and the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n). In this role she provides leadership and oversight to ITAG, building strategies to help regional technology companies grow and succeed through the collaboration of private employers, educators, and public partners. In support of i2n, Marianne leads the PA Keystone Innovation Zone tax credit program for Chester and Delaware Counties which includes certifying companies for eligibility, ensuring program compliance, assessing company needs and connecting these early-stage and technology-driven companies with resources they need.
Prior to joining CCEDC in 2012, Marianne served as project engineer for several civil engineering firms with a focus in land development. Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Villanova University as well as her Professional Engineer’s License.
Being detail oriented, highly organized and having the ability to successfully multitask has been an asset professionally as well as in managing a large, active family. Marianne is an active member of the Saints Philip and James School Board of Limited Jurisdiction.
Cheryl Korn joined the Chester County Economic Development Council in 2017 and serves as a project coordinator. Her duties include supporting CCEDC’s technology initiatives, the Ideas x Innovations Network (i2n) and the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG). She also assists CCEDC’s marketing department and STEM Innovation youth initiatives.
Her responsibilities include coordinating and communicating with various stakeholders, providing graphic design and electronic marketing assistance, organizing meetings and events, and providing general administrative support. Cheryl’s previous experience as art director for a healthcare software company, tenure at several advertising agencies, and service as the office and marketing manager for various companies, means she is well-suited to wear many hats in her role at CCEDC.
Cheryl received a BFA in graphic design from Moore College of Art and has kept her skills current by earning numerous certifications from Springhouse Education & Consulting Services.