Trihydro executive to lead Wyoming Business Council

January 15, 2020 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Business Council has announced a new CEO.

Josh Dorrell will replace Shawn Reese, who announced in 2019 he was stepping aside after leading the state business-development agency for five years.

Dorrell is an executive with engineering and environmental consulting firm Trihydro Corp.

“The Business Council was looking for a fresh perspective from private industry, which we found with Josh,” council board co-chairwoman Megan Goetz said in a statement Monday.

The council’s mission in recent years has faced scrutiny. Republican Gov. Mark Gordon has called for the organization to focus less on attracting big businesses and more on helping small businesses.

“We’ve got to make sure that our vision is very clear,” Dorrell said. “We need people to understand what our programs are and what they’re intended to do, and how to interact with those, as well as just ensuring that they know what they can do to help or get the most benefit from.”

University of Wyoming College of Business Dean Steve Farkas also was a finalist for the job, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.