About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Sean McNamara
COO/Executive Vice President

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Mr. McNamara manages all operations for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and the associations it manages:

Under his oversight, Mr. McNamara maintains all four of the organizations’ financials, directly guides marketing and communication efforts, leads logistical coordination and operations, directs human resources management efforts, and maintains Board of Director relations.

Core to his role, Mr. McNamara builds and maintains strategic relationships with partners and clients in order to further CREC’s mission while organizing and building support for the C2ER Conference and LMI Forum, which annually host nearly 300 attendees in various cities nationwide.

Prior to his executive duties at CREC, Mr. McNamara’s career focused on local, state, and federal economic development evaluation management. In this capacity, he analyzed enterprise zone design effectiveness for community-development initiatives.

He also served as CEO of McNamara Associates, a management consulting organization. In this role, he provided research, facilitation, project coordination, and management assistance to clients including:

  • The American Association of Enterprise Zones (AAEZ)
  • The National Association of State Development Agencies (NASDA)
  • The National Council of Urban Economic Development (CUED, now IEDC)

Under his leadership, McNamara Associates produced a national database of state economic development incentives and published case studies outlining the success of state enterprise and federal empowerment zones. The organization also choreographed the 1996 AAEZ Annual Conference with keynote speaker and then-Vice President Al Gore.

Mr. McNamara has more than 15 years experience in residential and commercial design. He served as Senior Project Manager for Ryland Homes, a national home construction firm. There, he managed its home accessories design stores and held a number of positions with commercial home design and home furnishings firms.

Education, Honors, and Certifications:

  • Rhode Island School of Design, Master’s of Fine Arts
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor’s of Arts, Fine Arts


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