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Staff Members

Ken Becker
Executive Director
Ken Becker moved to Sweetwater, TX in 1982 from Nappanee, IN. Before leaving, Ken was a salesman in a specialty steel manufacturing company. Once Ken moved to Sweetwater, he started and operated a construction company. Ken spent 10 years as the EVP for the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce before moving to Brownwood to become the Associate Vice President for Texas State Technical College. In 2007, Ken became the Executive Director of Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED). Ken loves to volunteer in the community and at his church. He follows his grandkids in all their sporting events. Ken has a passion for assisting others.
Larissa Place
Marketing/Administrative Director
Larissa Place moved to Sweetwater, TX from Chicago, IL. She studied marketing and advertising at the Pennsylvania State University and proceeded to work in a fast corporate environment, in the automotive field. Passionate about being near family, the move to Sweetwater was a great fit. With the encouragement from her parents, Larissa accepted a position with Ludlum Measurements, Inc. as their Director of Marketing in 2011. However, she accepted a position with SEED in February 2016 as their Assistant Marketing and Administrative Director. In her free time, Larissa loves to attend football games and also runs her own small bakery. She is excited to help the Economic Development team thrive.