Chief Innovation Officer
John Machacek serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC).
A primary focus area is assisting area entrepreneurial development both on a macro level of helping build the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and on a micro level of visiting with, listening to and assisting people on both a company and individual level. Through his work and connections, in addition to his personal strengths and interests, John looks to help people succeed and promote our community as a great place to live, work and create. John also administers the Growth Initiative Fund loan pool, providing partnership financing for primary sector companies.
Prior to this role, John was the VP of Finance & Operations at United Way of Cass-Clay and a business banker at U.S. Bank.
John helps organize Startup Weekend Fargo, Startup Digest Fargo, and The Fargo Beat. He also served as a Kiva U.S. Small Business Advisor and as the Fargo Moorhead Community Ambassador for Yelp.com to build up their local presence. John is currently on the boards for Fargo Theatre, MSUM Paseka School of Business, NDSU Management & Marketing, FARGO INC! magazine, ND Opportunity Fund and Creative Mornings Fargo. He is an alumnus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and lives in Fargo with his wife and two children.