Tom Harned

Thomas L. “Tom” Harned, CEcD FM

Executive Director

Tom is a native Kentuckian coming to Logan County after being in Virginia for forty years.  He has served as Executive Director of LEAD since 2008.  He served as the Director of the Virginia Institute for Economic Development and Industrial Development Authorities at Virginia Tech.  He  retired as Vice President of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and previously served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Martinsville, Virginia. He has extensive private sector experience in the manufacturing, lumber and construction industry in various executive positions.


His education and professional accomplishments include International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer; graduate of the Virginia Institute for Economic Development at Virginia Tech; the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute; graduate of the University of North Carolina Economic Development Course; Duke University MBA; and Western Kentucky University Bachelor of Science. He received the James Norris Gray Award for Professional Development from the Kentucky Association for Economic Development in 2012.  He was appointed a Kentucky Colonel in 2008.


Tom has been active in economic development activities in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. He has been an active member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, the Barren River Development District, the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association the  the Patrick Henry Development Council.  He has served on several committees for the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.  He served on the IEDC Board of Directors Executive Committee for several years. He also served as President of the Virginia Economic Developers Association.


His successful projects include recognition by TVA of Logan County as a Sustainable Community, recognition by Kentucky as a Work Ready Community in Progress, recruitment of Champion Pet Foods to Logan County, increased speed limits on US 68, designation of the TVA Data Center site in Adairville, KY, several manufacturing expansions, the establishment of a new business park with a shell building, a new industrial park, recruiting new employers with over two thousand jobs, developing the site for the new Virginia Museum of Natural History, a Small Business Development Center, a small business incubator, a new Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Center, a new Farmers’ Market, residential subdivision developments, shopping center developments and several adaptive reuse redevelopment projects.

He and his wife Judy live in Logan County.  They have two grown children and one grandson.

Paula Timberlake

Paula Timberlake

Administrative Assistant

Paula S. Timberlake is a 29-year resident of Logan County and has served as the Administrative Assistant for LEAD since February 2003. She is a 1998 graduate of Western Kentucky University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies/Business Management.

Previous to 2003, she served as Office Manager for K-T Harvestore Systems, Inc., based in Russellville, Kentucky, for sixteen years. As office manager, she was responsible for day-to-day operations, accounting, financials, human resource management, and job cost management of agriculture, general, and potable water construction projects.

Prior to moving to Logan County in 1986, Paula lived and worked in Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Arkansas. In each one of these locations, she held positions in business management, office management, finance/accounting, human resource management, and job cost management of residential, commercial, and highway construction projects.

Paula resides in Auburn, Kentucky, with her husband Ron. She has two daughters and six grandchildren.