Gargan Hired as Business Development Director for GROW Nebraska


Gargan Hired as Business Development Director for GROW Nebraska


OXFORD – Kristi Gargan has been hired as GROW Nebraska’s new Business Development Director.

Gargan started work for GROW in August and will be recruiting new members and sponsors, offering social media trainings, raising funds and organizing educational events. She will also at times work at GROW Nebraska’s BUY Nebraska store that recently moved from the Hilltop Mall in Kearney to the Younes Campus in Kearney.

Gargan is originally from South Sioux City, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in business administration. She has lived in Kearney for 14 years.

Previously, she worked at Buzz’s Marine as the marketing director. She has also worked at Zyantus Inc. (formerly EClaims) and at SCORR Marketing in event planning, marketing and communications.

“For the last 14 years, delivering massive value to my clients has been the focus of my career,” Gargan said. “What better clients than from my home state? Therefore, I was intrigued with the opportunity to mesh my assets with GROW Nebraska’s needs.”

Gargan said she is excited to work closely with GROW Nebraska CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke to become the second face of GROW Nebraska.

“Janell has accomplished so much in the last 20 years, and I am hoping my areas of expertise complement hers so that GROW Nebraska can continue to expand,” Gargan said.

Gargan and her husband, John, have two daughters, Reese, 6, and Maci, 3. When she’s not working or taking care of the family, Gargan enjoys playing on several adult volleyball leagues. She also enjoys cooking.

GROW Nebraska is an educational non-profit organization headquartered in Oxford that empowers entrepreneurs through business training, technical assistance, promotion and market opportunities. It provides education and training to individuals and small business owners across Nebraska, with an emphasis on economically depressed areas, to create sustainable economic development and marketing opportunities. GROW is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018.

Previous GROW Nebraska is awarded the 2018 Excellence in Economic Development Awards from Congressman Adrian Smith


  • BC clark
    October 25, 2018

    Great choice, she’s AWESOME!!!

  • Grow Nebraska
    October 30, 2018

    Thanks, we think she is pretty great as well! Excited for her to keep evolving GROW Nebraska and our state wide partnerships (such as Nebraska Enterprise Fund) 😄

  • October 30, 2018

    So happy Kristi is part of our team!

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