CoLab Announces New Director

January 12, 2017


CoLab Announces New Director 

1/12/17

Contact: Ariel Lev, (703) 795-3235, ariel@colabroanoke.com

 

The CoLab, Roanoke’s coworking space and innovation hub, announced to its members on Tuesday that, starting February 1st, a new Director will be joining the leadership team. Brad Stephens is the co-founder of Noke Codes, the founder of Big Lick SOUP, played an essential role on the (X)po’16 planning committee and is a committed champion of the Roanoke region, placemaking and community development.

 

The CoLab will continue to serve the community of entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits and community developers while also creating new programming and partnerships under Stephens’ leadership. Stephens will work closely with Ariel Lev, CoLab's current

 

director, to ensure a seamless transition for all members and community stakeholders. 

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to continue the great work that Ariel and Fe have done to make the CoLab such a vibrant part of the fabric of Roanoke. I am excited to be able to play my part in growing this venture and figuring out how it can be an even bigger asset to this community I love,” said Stephens. 

 

Lev states that although this transition may seem sudden, the decision to restructure the business model and hire Brad was a long and incredibly intentional one that is the best step forward for the CoLab. 

 

“Business management and community development are both projects that require an awareness of the big picture, and what I’ve learned is that the CoLab needs a fresh perspective to continue the work of integrating the business with the community, and vice versa. Brad is a close friend and colleague and I know that his commitment to this work reaches far beyond his ‘job.’ It is truly his passion and I am thrilled to watch him continue the work we’ve started in his own way,” said Lev. 

 

For questions, please contact Ariel Lev at Ariel@colabroanoke.com until February 1st. 

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