The Marshall University Brad D. Smith Business Incubator has named Tricia Ball as the new leader of the entrepreneurship facility, located in downtown Huntington.
Tricia Ball is the interim associate director of the incubator and associate director of the Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, known as the iCenter. Ball was recently selected as one of 40 fellows from 13 states for the inaugural class of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute, in which she is one of only three representatives of the state of West Virginia. Previously, she served as the director of marketing for the Appalachian Transportation Institute and Center for Business and Economic Research. She also has professional experience in corporate marketing and leadership development education.
Ball has a bachelor’s degree in journalism (public relations) from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida. She is originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, where she learned the value and impact of entrepreneurship from her parents, who owned and operated multiple small businesses. Ball and her husband, Christopher, a downtown Huntington business owner, have two sons.