In 1993, our Chairman, John Lovorn, formed The PACE Group – with more than 30 years of experience in searches for Economic Development Executives, City Managers and Corporate Executives and with the vision of providing communities and companies with specialized services and innovative solutions to strengthen their competitiveness.
Anthony Michelic President of The PACE Group

Anthony Michelic


  • Member of The PACE Group for five years and has over ten years of experience growing employee and volunteer management teams
  • Created and implemented long-term employee training programs, workforce management for over 300 employees across four companies simultaneously, and was the National Director of Operations at one of America’s leading Retail Recruitment Firms
  • Received Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico
  • Background includes locating retail to communities, linking local businesses with their consumers, and facilitating cooperation between city administrations and the private sector
  • Led the PACE team and facilitated projects in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama, and Tennessee
  • Keynote speaker to local chambers of commerce as well as state economic development executive conferences throughout the country
  • Married with three sons and enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, camping, and hunting
  • Author of retail trade area guide: perspectivemanual.com and blogger: commonchap.com
Wanda Sullivan Vice President of The PACE Group

Wanda Sullivan


  • Member of The PACE Group for six years with over twenty-five years of previous experience in a communication related field
  • Created and implemented online development and instruction for college courses
  • Received her Bachelors and Master’s Degree in English from the University of Mississippi
  • Led the PACE team and facilitated searches in Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, and internationally in the United States Virgin Islands
  • Mom to two daughters and enjoys travel, a great book, fitness, and Ole Miss sports
  • Former blogger: southmeetswest.com

Dr. Jeff Barber

Vice-President of the Healthcare Division

  • Member of The PACE Group for years with forty years of experience in health services management
  • Served as President and CEO of Owensboro Medical Health System, Inc. and the North Mississippi Health Services, Inc.
  • Received a Master of Science in Management and Systems at the New York University and a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas.
  • Author of publications in Healthcare Financial Management and Journal of Healthcare Management
  • Served as board member of directors for health care and economic development organizations and currently serves as board member for Portland based Legacy Healthcare System
  • Married with three children and enjoys family, fly fishing and the healthcare service business

Paul Grossman

Vice-President of Mid-Atlantic

  • Member of The PACE Group for one year with thirty years of experience in in economic development at both the state and local level in Virginia, South Carolina and Arizona
  • Served as Vice-President of International Trade for Virginia
  • Received a Master of Business degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona) and has lived and traveled extensively internationally
  • Created nation’s premier state international trade program that assisted 300+ Virginia companies each year resulting in $650+ in annual export sales.
  • Background includes local economic development, development of industrial parks and management of global economic development teams
  • Led dozens of governors marketing missions to Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America that resulted in $5+ billion of capital investment and 15,000+ jobs
  • Married with two children and enjoys international travel, golf and NFL football

Allison Morris

Special Projects Manager

  • Member of The PACE Group for fifteen years; 2005-2007 Vice-President
  • Re-designed The PACE Group’s proposal and marketing material
  • Received a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin and excelled in the competitive Business Honors Program with a double major in Marketing
  • Led the PACE team and managed searches in Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas and North Dakota
  • Married with two children and enjoys family, teaching dance, and professional resumes

Ashley Elkins

Digital Advisor

  • Member of The PACE Group for seven years
  • Promoting our PACE partners and openings through social media, digital advertising, websites, and media opportunities
  • Received a Bachelor of Marketing from the Mississippi University for Women and her an M.B.A. from Georgia State University in Organization Leadership and Development
  • Married with two children and enjoys being a Girl Scout troop leader, a park and rec league soccer coach, a Sunday school teacher, and a marketing agency leader


We are in the business of serving clients, anticipating their needs, offering them solutions, and exceeding their expectations.


In Memory of Our Founder

John Lovorn

Chairman & Talent Recruiter​

1949 -2021

  • Founder of The PACE Group in May 1993
  • Leader of The PACE Group with searches in forty states
  • Served as Vice- President at Fantus in Chicago. Partner and co-founder of Fantus search group.
  • Received Bachelor’s from University of Southern Mississippi
  • Chamber and Economic Development CEO
  • Speaker in twenty-five states on economic development; author of 100 Do’s and Don’ts for Economic Development; Economic Development Institute instructor
  • Married with two children and enjoys history, college sports, swimming, geography trivia, and Tennessee Titans