SAINT JOHN – The City of Saint John announced Monday that Steve Carson, chief executive officer of Enterprise Saint John (ESJ), is its new director of strategic real estate.
Until Carson’s successor is appointed, ESJ’s board of directors and City Hall officials have agreed to a transition period in which Carson will continue as ESJ’s CEO, while at the same time beginning his new responsibilities with the City of Saint John.
Prior to becoming Enterprise Saint John’s CEO, Carson held senior positions at Irving Oil Limited in its commercial real estate division. He says he will be leaving Enterprise Saint John with mixed emotions.
“I have always been passionate about the development of our community and feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to focus my professional life in this area. I’ve had tremendous satisfaction working so closely with our community’s most engaged business leaders,” said Carson in a release.
“On the other hand, this new role will allow me to combine both my real estate and economic-development skills to bring new ideas to an important element of Saint John’s future. I’m looking forward to becoming champion and lead facilitator for all developers interested in investing in Saint John and to helping build partnerships between the City and the private sector.”
Enterprise Saint John’s interim board chair Martin Chiasson says the work of finding Carson’s successor will begin immediately.