CED Staff

Rob Sparks // Executive Director


Tonia Simpson // Development Consultant


Jack Harter // Project Development Advisor


Flagship Enterprise Center
2705 Enterprise Drive
Suite 161
Anderson, Indiana 46013

Rob Sparks Bio

Rob Sparks is a lifelong area resident of Anderson, Indiana.  Rob worked a variety of roles in retail for 20 years before becoming self-employed in the real estate rental and rehab field in 1995. Focusing on buildings in Anderson’s Historic District, Rob developed several projects in the late 1990’s. 

In 2004, Rob was asked to serve as Chairman of the Board of Works and Deputy Mayor for the City of Anderson for Mayor Smith. While at the City, Rob assisted CED on numerous projects during his 4 years term with the Smith administration, including the Nestlé project.  In late Fall of 2007 the CED Board of Directors offered Rob the job as Executive Director, which he accepted.

During his tenure at CED, Rob’s focus has been on attraction. Rob has had the opportunity to travel extensively and network with existing company headquarter operations, regional and national real estate professionals, as well as expand new international business contacts on behalf of the community. Over the last 10 years Madison County has seen over 4000 Jobs added or retained, 4 Million Square Feet of building leased or built, and over a Billion Dollars invested.

Rob and his wife of 31 years, Shelly, have two adult children who are both graduates of Anderson University. Rob is an avid cyclist and beginner triathlete and has completed two events for the Leukemia Society raising $12,000 toward research. A classic car enthusiast, Rob is helping his son on a 1970 Nova project car. Rob is a graduate of Madison Heights High School and has attended Ivy Tech.  He is a supporter of early childhood development and is involved in several local and regional boards, including The Impact Center, Madison County Educational Committee, and United Ways Financial Stability Partner Group.