• Husband and father

• Lake Fenton graduate

• Force for economic

development

 Tyler Rossmaessler, 33, is a Fenton resident and Lake Fenton High School graduate. He went to college at the University of Michigan, and Georgetown University in Washington DC. He’s currently the director of Economic Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. He’s married to Emily with three children.

How do you pronounce your last name?

 Three syllables — Ross-mess-ler. It is German; from what I have been told, it roughly translates to ‘horse-knifer.’

How did you meet your wife?

 We met growing up in church. She was a grade ahead of me, but I had an eye on her. I knew I had to catch up to her before I made my move. I was able to graduate college in three years and caught up.

 So the summer after graduation, we had both moved home for a summer and I asked her out. But, I was moving to Washington, DC that fall. Luckily, she stuck it out with me and the distance until we were able to be in the same city a year later.

What is your current job?

 My title is director of Economic Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

 Every day my team and I work to bring more jobs and investment to Genesee County. It is more than a job; it’s a passion. I have a passion to see our economy grow and thrive.

 A growing and thriving economy relies on three interconnected things: business, talent, and place. Successful businesses need talented people. Talented people want to live in a thriving place.

How are Flint businesses doing, lately, compared to the suburbs?

 I see economies as regional in nature, so the barometer on how companies are doing in Flint is similar to Fenton, Linden, and others. Today, the economy is strong and companies are growing, but they are struggling to find people able to do the work. The most successful economies, on a macro-level, and companies, on a micro-level, are the ones that are able to attract and retain high skilled workers. It doesn’t matter if they are in Flint or the suburbs.

How has your upbringing/education in Lake Fenton influenced your leadership, or family style?

 I was so blessed to grow up in Fenton and go to school at Lake Fenton. The thing I loved most about Lake Fenton was familial feel of the community. Growing up, I felt ‘known.’ I think everyone, from colleagues at work to kids at home, want and need to be known. Especially today, we all have our social networks and media presence, but we all still desire to be known.

What part does faith play in your work and family life?

 It is the lens by which I understand how my life story fits into the larger narrative of the history of the world. Therefore, it shapes the way I treat people, determine priorities, and approach my work.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

 Before we moved back to Michigan in 2014 from Washington, DC, my last meeting as a management consultant was in the White House Situation Room. It was a surreal way to close that chapter of my life.

Any hobbies or side projects?

 My number one side project is raising three contributing Americans. Right now, we are working on important things such as feeding yourself, personal hygiene, and walking.

 Next lessons will include showing up on time, voting, and paying taxes. You’re welcome, America! Other than that, we have a little real estate investment side hustle in Fenton that we love and hope to grow.

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