Eddie Arnold joins the SPI Team with five decades of career success in both the public and private sectors.
After accruing 34 years of experience with a telecommunications company, Eddie was elected to serve as a county commissioner in Jefferson County where he was an elected official for 16 years.
While employed in the telecommunications industry, Eddie held several positions from non-management occupational roles to numerous managerial assignments. During the last 12 years, he served as regional manager of governmental affairs where his responsibilities included developing relationships with local, county, state, and federal officials and their staff. His role included responsibility for working on local economic development initiatives, educational events, and chambers of commerce in efforts to help businesses thrive.
Eddie has a vast amount of experience and knowledge about public-private partnerships. He has represented both public owners and private-sector contractors in negotiating multi-million dollar expansions and new initiatives.
As a commissioner, Eddie played an integral part in balancing Jefferson County’s budget and providing support to a workforce of more than 1,100 employees. He was involved in the renovation of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse, oversaw the maintenance of county-owned offices totaling more than 500,000 square feet, and participated in the sale of millions of dollars of surplus county-owned property.
Eddie served as a board member and later as chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties, an association that represents 36-plus of the largest populated counties (basically about 85 percent of the entire population) in Texas. He is a past chairman of the SETX Regional Planning Commission in Southeast Texas and has served on numerous civic, social, and nonprofit boards and associations.
He graduated from the University of Upper Iowa and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Texas and Leadership Beaumont. Eddie also holds a Texas real estate license and specializes in commercial and industrial real estate.
Eddie has a vast knowledge of public-private partnerships and has established relationships with hundreds of decision-makers, influencers, and gatekeepers in the Southeast Texas area, including the petrochemical, construction, educational, medical, financial, and public sectors and is ready to leverage his experience and abilities for SPI clients.