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Start Fort Wayne Announces Organization Growth

Start Fort Wayne is announcing the growth of the organization in two new key roles. Start Fort Wayne has hired a Marketing and Events Manager and an Atrium Supervisor, Daniel Butler and Pasjion Weaver. Butler began as the Marketing and Events Manager in June and Weaver began in April as the Atrium Supervisor.

Daniel moved to Fort Wayne in 2013 to attend IPFW’s Doermer School of Business. Throughout his schooling, Daniel was the Executive Director of the BAALS Music Festival and Fort Wayne’s first New Year’s Eve Ball Drop that helped bring 10,000+ people to the downtown area. Prior to being brought on at Start Fort Wayne, Daniel was apart of the team at Boyden and Youngblutt Marketing and Advertising Agency and brings experience in social media, digital marketing, fundraising, and event management.

The Marketing and Events Manager for Start Fort Wayne will not only head the marketing efforts, but will also identify and curate events and opportunities for entrepreneurs to engage with each other. Butler states, “I am very excited to be apart of the Start Fort Wayne and Atrium team and I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty to help grow the already amazing startup culture here in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas.”

Pasjion Weaver is a born and raised Hoosier who is passionate about the community. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Public Relations with the goal to change the community and impact struggling populations. Pasjion is originally from Marion, IN, but now calls Fort Wayne her permanent home.

The Atrium Supervisor runs the day-to-day operations of the Atrium coworking space downtown. The position also ensures that entrepreneurs have everything they need to be successful while working at Atrium. Weaver states, “I’m so honored to have joined the Start Fort Wayne team to see the impact local entrepreneurs are making in this world. Fort Wayne is growing and full of raw talent and it’s so amazing to see, and to support that here at Atrium. The leadership from our Executive Director makes Atrium the best place to work. This is only the beginning.”

Executive Director Rhonda Ladig states, “Our nonprofit organization will be three years old this year. We’ve done a lot in that time with a relatively small staff and a working board. We are at a place now where we can and need to grow, thus increasing our impact on the entrepreneur ecosystem in Northeast Indiana. Both of these team members bring not only ample knowledge and expertise, but also passion and energy that will drive our work forward at breakneck speeds. I’m thrilled to get to work with them and encourage the community to continue to watch our team and our impact grow in the future!”