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Our Team

Tom T. Christopulos, Director of Community & Economic Development

Over the past 30 years Tom has had a diverse mix of private and public sector experiences both as an entrepreneur and economic development professional. Currently, he is the Director of Community and Economic Development with Ogden City Corporation. Ogden has been nationally acknowledged for its job creation and economic turnaround; becoming a primary area for the consolidation of many outdoor brands to the area including Amer Sports with Solomon, Atomic Suunto and Wilson Brands, Goode Skis, Scott and Rossignol Skis.

Much of this attraction has emerged from the aggressive positioning of the City as an outdoor recreation Mecca. Much of the recognition of this position came from a pioneering catalytic downtown redevelopment project known as The Junction, which replaced an old closed downtown mall that had set vacant for a number of years. The effect of this catalyst and other supporting strategies gave Ogden the distinction as a City leading the United States in recovery and has resulted in being acknowledged as one of the cities which has created more jobs than any city of its size in the USA.

Prior to employment with Ogden City, Tom is Founder and President of Singleedge Inc., a Data Center founded in 2000 and acquired in 2007. The company was built from a small local data facility to one of the larger regional facilities during his tenure. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tonaquint Data Center in St. George, Utah.

He has also served as the Executive Director for Morgan County Economic Development and for Layton City as well as a specialized consulting company, Rural Designers, which focuses on communities with deeply embedded economic distress.

He is past President of Utah Alliance of Economic Developers, Board Member of Utah Capital, and founder and board member of Ogden Redevelopment Corporation, a CDFI.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in International Relations and his graduate degree was obtained from Pepperdine University.

Brandon W. Cooper, LEED AP, Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development

Brandon Cooper is the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development Department and also serves as the Ogden City Brownfields Coordinator. In these positions, Mr. Cooper oversees all facets of the Department's real estate construction projects such as:
  • Tenant improvements
  • Capital improvements
  • Environmental planning, assessment, remediation, and compliance
  • Tenant programming
  • Construction estimating, contract management, and procurement
  • Business Recruitment
  • Development Coordination
Mr. Cooper came to Ogden City in 2007 after a 15-year career in real-estate development and commercial contracting. His knowledge of private sector real estate and construction transactions offers a keen insight into the challenges and expectations facing businesses and developers as they seek to relocate or expand within the community. This insight allows the Department to offer an elevated level of service to businesses and helps to facilitate innovative incentives and customized support packages. During his time with Ogden City, Mr. Cooper has managed over $50 million dollars in real estate and construction transactions and has coordinated and implemented over $2 million dollars in environmental assessment and cleanup.

Mr. Cooper's community involvement includes church and civic volunteer work. He enjoys mountain biking, classic cars, skateboarding, and spending time with his lovely wife and 4 children. Mr. Cooper attended the University of Utah where he studied Business and Psychology. In 2007, he was recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED Accredited Professional and is passionate about supporting green initiatives.

Terrence Bride, Business Development Division Manager

Terrence Bride currently administers the Ogden City Business Development Division as manager where he has successfully acquired capital needed to deploy several private sector projects and public sector tech initiatives. Making use of New Market Tax Credits, EB- 5, energy and historic credits as well as many other tools he may be able to assist you with in funding your new or expanding business. The division is also inclusive of the Business Information Center (BIC) and events.

He was educated at the University of Utah where he received degrees in Economics and Political Science. As an economist for the State of Utah he worked closely with the US Department of Labor. He has over 13 years of experience in directing and administering economic and community development organizations throughout Utah and in rural Appalachia, where his strengths were strategic planning, economic impact and market feasibility analysis, development of government/business partnerships, marketing, business recruitment/retention, and infrastructure development.

As Senior Property Development Director with the largest retail diesel fuel reseller in North America, he worked independently to increase total sales by more than $2.5 billion annually through the aggressive entitlement and permitting of facilities throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Throughout his 13 years with Flying J Inc. he was engaged in a multi-disciplinary development process that involved site selection and development, business and logistics metrics research, retail tax, cost benefit, land use and entitlement, and economic impact analyses. He is recognized by his colleagues across North America and Europe as a consummate expert in unpopular land use entitlement for projects that may be poorly understood. He has been effective at acquiring tens of millions of dollars through public and private partnerships to fund project critical infrastructure. In both his public and private sector work he has been effective in overcoming contentious opposition through diplomacy; his style is one of listening, informing, educating, and building alliances. In his development positions, he has always served as spokesman, being adept at working with local, state, provincial, and federal staff and elected officials. As a consequence of his successful economic development work in rural Appalachia he was invited to meet and dine with the president and vice president of the United States in the White House.

Mr. Bride has served as treasurer and secretary on Metro Utah, Inc. and as a trustee of Small Cities, Inc., and on a hospital board. He was also a licensed real estate appraiser and has been certified in financial management for nonprofits through the University of Utah.

Jordan Watson, Business Recruitment Manager

Sara Stoffers, Business Information Center Manager

Sara Meess, Senior Project Coordinator

Jonnalyne Walker, Senior Project Coordinator

Christy McBride, Special Events Coordinator

Christy McBride oversees Ogden City’s Special Events program. Ms. McBride receives and routes all Special Event Applications for approval, and works with organizations to assist them in producing safe and successful events in Ogden. She also represents Ogden City as a liaison in many local organizations, i.e. Ogden Arts, Down Town Ogden Inc., Weber Arts Council, Ogden Weber Chamber, Historic 25th St. Association and The Junction Association. Ms. McBride produces or assists in the production of many Ogden City sponsored events such as the Ogden Marathon, Witchstock, Holiday Electric Light Parade, and others. She also manages the down-town banner program, and film permitting in Ogden City.

Lorie Buckley, Arts Coordinator