Cedar Hill Economic Development Team Members
Cheryl is a long-time resident of Cedar Hill who recently began her career with the City of Cedar Hill in January 2021 where she worked as the IT Administrative Assistant before joining the Economic Development team as Executive Assistant on April 26, 2021.
She completed the Legal Assistant Certification Program through the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998 and has worked for several large Dallas area law firms.
Cheryl will be taking over many of the office’s operations, records retention, finance and vendor processing, and special project coordination. In addition, in June 2021 she will be appointed as Board Secretary of the Economic Development Corporation.
Louis began his career with the City of Cedar Hill in 2009. Before joining the Economic Development team in 2012, he worked in Municipal Court, Utility Billing, and Human Resources at the City. Being bilingual - fluent in Spanish - Castillo continues translating throughout city departments and programs. In addition to his Economic Development Specialist role, Louis serves as Board Secretary of the Economic Development Corporation. He also served as Secretary of the Cedar Hill Business Park Property Owners Association for many years and is a huge asset to its development.
Louis’ primary duties include managing the office's operations, record retention, finance and vendor processing, special project coordination, and liaison to many small business owners throughout the City. Castillo is currently pursuing the CEcD designation from the International Economic Development Council, where he completed the required coursework from OU Economic Development Institute (EDI).
Andy Buffington, CEcD
Andy has served the City of Cedar Hill within Economic Development for 7 years, where he currently serves as Interim Director since April 19, 2021.
Andy moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth region in November 2014 when he joined the Cedar Hill Economic Development team. His previous position as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce located in Northwest Louisiana adds 12+ years of experience in the federal, state, local, non-profit, and chamber of commerce sectors.
He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master's Degree in Business Administration focused on Marketing Research. Buffington holds a professional certification from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) and most recently received his professional certification through the International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program.
Andy continues serving on various industry associations through membership and activities, including the IEDC Young Professionals Committee with two years as Chairman. Now, he currently serves on the Economic Development Research Partners Program Committee, joining its purpose to provide top-level economic developers with a means of directing cutting-edge research that advances the economic development profession as a whole.