SUMMIT, NJ - After a protracted search process that was originally slated to conclude approximately three months ago, Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) has hired Nancy Adams as its executive director, effective January 16.

Adams will succeed Marin Mixon, who has been at the helm of SDI for more than a decade. Mixon announced in late June of 2016 that she was retiring. Her last day will be January 31.

A search committee comprised of SDI trustees, business owners, and the mayor was formed in August of 2016 to facilitate the process and interview candidates. According to the organization, a new executive director would be hired "early in the fall" of 2016.

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It is believed that the post was offered to at least one candidate, however that individual declined the opportunity, and a subsequent offer to an out-of-state candidate was accepted, only to see that candidate then change their mind.

Neither SDI Chairman Tony Melchionna nor Bob Conway, SDI Trustee and co-chair of the search committee, responded to TAPinto Summit requests for comment on the search process.

In an SDI-issued press release announcing the selection of Adams, Conway stated, “Nancy is a highly qualified downtown professional, and SDI is lucky to have her. She brings valuable expertise and vision to Summit that will benefit the organization and downtown as a whole.”

Adams is currently the Deputy Mayor of her hometown of Maplewood. The press release announcement notes that she is "a nationally certified Main Street Coordinator with more than 20 years of experience working with downtowns. She has worked with many New Jersey downtown districts, and has served as the executive director of several Special / Business Improvement Districts, including South Orange and Red Bank."

According to Adams' LinkedIn profile, she held the role of Retail Marketing Director at Pier Village in Long Branch from August, 2014 to February, 2015; was Executive Director of the Red Bank RiverCenter from October, 2007 to March, 2013; and Executive Director of Downtown West Orange Alliance and Main Street South Orange, Inc, from 2003-05 and 1996-2003, respectively.

In 2006, Adams founded -- and continues to serve as the president of -- Directions Downtown, LLC, a professional consulting firm focused on downtown management, revitalization and redevelopment.

“I am excited to work in downtown Summit, a downtown not far from home that I’ve patronized many times over the 27 years I’ve lived in Maplewood,” said Adams. “I look forward to meeting all the stakeholders and advancing the work of the organization to best serve all of downtown Summit.”