Our Team

The Surprise Economic Development Staff is committed to the constant pursuit of improving the quality of life and business in Surprise and the Greater Phoenix Area.
  1. Jeanine Jerkovic

    Economic Development Director
    Phone: 623.222.3327
    Jeanine Jerkovic returned to the City of Surprise as the Economic Development Director in December 2014, previously serving as the City’s Economic Development Manager from 2006-2010. Prior to returning to the Surprise team, Jeanine worked as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Peoria, as Economic Development Administrator for the City of Glendale, and as a Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix. Previous positions held in the economic development profession have included Vice President of International Programs at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and International Trade Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Commerce. A lifelong resident of the West Valley, Jeanine had the privilege of being among the first class of Arizona State University West Campus students to graduate from ASU’s Honors College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German language and has a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

  2. Mike Hoover

    Economic Development Manager
    Phone: 623.222.3326
    Mike Hoover has been with the Surprise Economic Development Department since February 2008. His primary focus includes industrial and office recruitment for the Surprise employment districts. He works closely with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and other regional organizations to bring quality employers to the City of Surprise.

    Mike holds a Bachelor’s in Global Business from Arizona State University-West. His main emphasis was in Marketing. Before Mike enrolled at ASU, he spent two years attending college in Nebraska on a golf scholarship.

    Upon completion of his studies, Mike worked for an international data research company for 4 ½ years where his key accounts were in telecommunications and financial services. The desire to get out from behind the desk and in front of end users motivated Mike to look into a new industry. Mike was recruited by a subsidiary of Japan Energy to take over account responsibilities for Intel, Microchip, and Micron. He successfully expanded each customer portfolio and recruited new business in half the standard time.

    Mike’s exposure to large high-tech employers and 10 year marketing career position him to be a key contributor to future Surprise Economic Development.

  3. Al DeAngelis

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: 623.222.3324
    Al DeAngelis is a former business owner with 45 years in the food service industry. For twelve years, he owned and operated two Coca Cola distributorships in New York.

    After a move to Arizona in 1973, he started a delicatessen/convenience store business and grew it successfully into five outlets in the Metro Phoenix market. In 2005, he sold his business interests with the intent of retiring. After three months of retirement, he decided he didn’t like being retired. He volunteered with the Surprise Economic Development Department to help would-be entrepreneurs with the business start-up process.

    By 2006, he had become indispensable and was hired to manage the program for the Economic Development Department and assist with the recruitment of new retailers and food service businesses to the Surprise market.

  4. Julie Neal

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: 623.222.3322
    Julie Neal has a very diverse and engaging professional background from small business owner; to experience in the commercial property management and leasing industry; and currently serves as the manager of the City of Surprise incubator- the AZ TechCelerator.

    In 2009, Julie moved to Surprise, Arizona and joined the Surprise Economic Development Department, first as a volunteer assisting with the launch of the AZ TechCelerator and then hired to manage the facility in April 2010.

    Julie's experience as a small business owner herself, starting her first company in high school, allows her to be a great resource in assisting local entrepreneurs with the business start up process.

    Julie has over 15 years of commercial property management and office leasing experience. She was the corporate sales and leasing manager for Janez Group in San Diego where she was in charge of the in-house office leasing. While in California she served on the Board of CREW San Diego, an association of commercial real estate professionals. Julie also has a California Real Estate License.

    Julie has a degree in Graphic Design. She lives in Surprise with her husband and son.

  5. Kendra Pettis

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: 623.222.3330
    Kendra Pettis recently joined the Economic Development team but has been an employee with the City of Surprise since 2005. At her previous position as a Special Events and Sports Tourism Supervisor, she gained over 10 years of experience in event planning, project management and marketing. She also has a strong customer service background with experience in developing and maintaining relationships with high profile clients and partners.

    Kendra holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Parks and Recreation Management with an Emphasis in Communications and Community and Commercial Recreation.

    As a longtime resident of Surprise she has vested interest in the community and in combination with her knowledge of the inner-workings of city government, she fully understands what it is like to Live, Work and Play in Surprise.

  6. Suzanne Boyles

    Economic Development Coordinator
    Phone: 623.222.3323
    Suzie Boyles joined the City of Surprise Economic Development Department in March 2015. Prior to joining the City of Surprise, Suzie worked for the City of Buckeye’s economic development department where she successfully implemented strategies designed to attract, retain, expand and grow businesses in the City. In addition, Suzie developed marketing initiatives and collateral around target economic development industries as well as managed contract and incentive negotiations with prospective clients.

    Before becoming an economic developer, Suzie worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. During her 7 year tenure, Suzie served as the Chapter Support Grants and Operations Manager where she managed a $6.7 million national grants program as well as multiple department operating budgets amounting to over $350,000. In addition, Suzie served as Corporate Alliances and Wish Manager where she managed corporate marketing and fundraising programs which amounted to over $400,000 in cause-related marketing support, $400,000 in mission critical in-kind support and a $2 million workplace giving revenue for the organization.

    Suzie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University.

  7. Kelsey Lamphier

    Economic Development Analyst
    Phone: 623.222.3328
    Kelsey Lamphier joined the Economic Development team in October 2012 as an assistant, facilitating the creation of proposal letters for new project leads. She later became the ED Analyst in January 2015 where her design skills assist with producing attractive marketing materials and presentations used for local site visits and international meetings. She also is the leader on all things research and data for both internal and external stakeholders

    Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University in Indiana. Her extensive background and diverse experience in Community and Economic Development make Kelsey an asset to the Surprise team.