Cascade Business News, Broken Top and Sterling Savings Bank recently honored over 30 accomplished leaders under the age of 40 working in Central Oregon’s varied business communities.
In today’s extremely competitive business environment, standing out among your peers takes dedication, vision, talent, drive and the ability to bring forth not only the best in yourself, but in others as well. These are the building blocks of leadership, and to be recognized with this award illustrates that they possess these qualities in abundance.
We see the importance of the impact that these young professionals have in the community – and their contribution to the economic future of the region. We think it is important for you to meet these business and community leaders who are building impressive careers while making a commitment to help their communities grow and prosper for future generations to enjoy.
Vice President,Commercial Banking Officer,
Columbia State Bank, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Accomplishments include commercial banking officer positions in the Central Oregon region over the last eight years, with statewide and national recognition awards. Vice President of the East Cascade Risk Management Association, a board member of the Neighbor Impact Resource Development Committee and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity build projects. Repeatedly a top ten percent performer in the commercial banking industry.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: He stands out from his peers in his ability to consistently help businesses access capital in a challenging economic environment. Corys exhibits business leadership as a trusted advisor to business owners. He is known to partner with business owners and their financial staff by offering sound financial advice and helping them to succeed financially.
Business leadership philosophy: I personally feel that to be successful you must continue to learn from peers, family, customers and the people you look up to. If you can continue to learn something every day from these individuals and use that knowledge to better yourself, your opportunity for success will always be there.
Senior Associate, Steele Associates Architects LLC, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Registered architect in Oregon and Washington, LEED Accredited Professional and NCARB Certified. It took Seth less than five years after graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from WSU to become an Oregon Architect. He was recently promoted to Senior Associate.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Member of Leadership Bend. Member of the Board, Bend Community Center. Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Volunteer. Mentor for local students interested in architecture.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Seth is the youngest Senior Associate at SAA and it is his dedication to both his field and the community that makes him stand out. The same drive that helps him to focus on the highest level of design service for our clients is evident in his community service efforts.
Business leadership philosophy: Seth believes quality service and honest communication builds strong professional relationships resulting in repeat clients and future referrals. As an Architect, quality service means meeting the client’s functional and aesthetics goals through careful management of their investment, while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants and community.
Professional accomplishments: Developed groundbreaking photo process using no camera or computer. Granted US Patent 7871175. Featured OPB Oregon Art Beat Artist, Selected Deschutes Jubelale Artist 2010. Art in numerous private and public collections (NASA Facilities, COCC Willie Hall). Work exhibited in 50+ galleries. www.natashabacca.com
Civic, industry & community involvement: COCC Adjunct Art Professor, Bend Art Station instructor, Assists developmentally handicapped children several hours per week, Nationally recognized dance troupe: http://saharasdream.com/Natasha.html
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Strong creative ability coupled with a deep understanding of optics and photochemical processes. The innovation, determination and prowess to turn one’s passion into a viable business.
Business leadership philosophy: One’s actions and words need to be consistent. Do no less than your best.
Escrow Officer, Western Title, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Bree Beal holds a masters degree and has worked for Western Title in a variety of roles including title, escrow assistant and currently escrow officer. She has also headed several teams here at Western, that were formed to either enhance our service levels or create new products.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, Serves on the Habitat Board, Very active in Sparrow Clubs, serving on their board, helped spearhead various functions and fundraisers.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Bree has the unique ability to see past what is and have the vision to see what could be. She is able to see everyone for the strengths they bring and is able to bring out the best in people with a genuine positive spirit. She is always a bright light to those around her.
Business leadership philosophy: Bree’s leadership philosophy is to take everyone’s input into consideration and collaboratively works toward solutions. She is not one to dwell on the past or failures, but rather always looks to the future.
Director of Photovoltaic Operations, E2 Solar, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Kyle Bolger is a Solar Energy International (SEI) educator who teaches classes nationally, NABCEP (North American of Board Certified Energy Practitioners) certified photovoltaic installer, LRT (limited renewable energy technician) licensed installer, and E2 Solar’s Director of Photovoltaic Operations. As a teacher for SEI, Kyle instructs students on proper electrical code, system design criteria and installation best practices all while is ensuring future success for the solar industry.
Civic, industry & community involvement: SEI instructor/educator
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Outgoing, detail oriented, always looking for the best solution for the customer, headstrong in the promotion of renewable energy, and driven to better the business as well as
Business leadership philosophy: Not to pressure sell, but instead to find the best fit solution for an individuals’ energy consumption needs by laying out all possible options. Full disclosure and educating the individual on all their options, even if that means not making a sale would describe Kyle’s sales approach as well as business philosophy.
SARA K. HALL
Owner/Director, The Vibe, Bend
Professional accomplishments: 1998-2004 worked in the Financial Industry, Series 7 and 63 licensed. Started The Vibe Dance Center in 2004 after training in New York and Los Angeles. Received countless awards for performance & choreography by UDA, NDA, OSAA and various dance competitions. In 2009 was the assistant to the choreographer for the International Columbia Sportswear Fashion Show.
In 2010 moved into a new 5,000+ sq ft facility growing to over 350 students dancing 800 hours a week. Expanding 2,000 sq feet this summer.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Member of The Bend Chamber of Commerce and Opportunity Knocks, 2010-2011 Sponsor of MBSEF Freeride Program, Head Coach for the Summit High School Dance Program. Instructor in the HHP credited department at COCC since 2007.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Opened The Vibe to create a dance studio that would cultivate an environment to allow growth and encouragement for each individual student to progress through all levels and genres of dance. We focus on dancer technique, cutting edge choreography and a high level of performance quality. We have a state of the art facility with an exceptionally trained faculty.
Business leadership philosophy: My management style and leadership is done by mentoring and empowering dancers and instructors to optimize their skills and abilities in a variety of dance styles. We encouraging dancers to be the best they can be through commitment, focus, hard work, and their love and passion for all things dance.
Owner, Pinnacle Media, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Matthew Hand has been living in and serving the community for more than 30 years. Matt worked for COTV, as the production manager for ten years, his role was to produce high school sports and Good Morning Central Oregon. In 2004, he started Pinnacle Media Event Services.
Civic, industry & community involvement: As a media event company Pinnacle supports non-profit events including Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, BendFilm Festival and Kids Center Holiday Wonder, to name a few. Matt was on the board of Advertising Federation of Central Oregon, chairing the Drake Awards for six years. Last year he was awarded the Silver Drake Award for his accomplishments in community service through advertising. Matt has helped support and launch Ignite Bend through donating his time web streaming the presenters.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Matt is a man that consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. His keen attention to detail and thorough processes ensure any event or video production goes seamlessly without flaw and stays within the boundaries of any existing time limitations.
Business leadership philosophy: “The more you give the more you get in return and it can always be better.” Matt keeps himself at the crest of the technology wave and strives to always provide the best customer service. His work is marked by the voice of his clients not his ego. Matt’s humility and eagerness to serve others helps enrich and support several groups throughout the community.
Owner, IJA Design, Bend
Professional accomplishments: In the recent recession, IJA was one of the few businesses in Bend that opened up shop and flourished. Erin has been featured in InStyle, Glamour, O magazine, People and many others. Her jewelry has recently been picked up by Nordstroms.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Erin has raised money through her jewelry sales for the local magnet schools here in Bend and global organizations such as Global H2O.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Erin’s business philosophy is the way she lives her life. She realizes that the jewelry industry can be cut throat and damaging to the environment. She works hard to be a leader in her industry for environmental conscience fashion. She and her jewelry have been termed ‘eco-sheik’ by the industry. Her unique jewelry designs are popular with many celebrities.
Business leadership philosophy: Erin chooses to run her studio on 100 percent renewable energy, recycle all her scrap metal and purchase recycled metals. She encourages her customers to tread lightly on the environment, promoting Commute Options week and eco-friendly local products and services.
Staff Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Central Oregon Builders Association, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Successfully stopped legislation that would hurt the building industry, helped SDC deferral programs in Redmond, Bend, Madras and Deschutes County. Authored several letters to the editor, helped small businesses receive loans to grow or start businesses.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Chair of Bend/La Pine Boundary Commission, Building Partners for Affordable Housing, Bend South T-Ball Coach, City of Bend Affordable Housing Committee, EDOC ex-officio board member, City of Bend Infrastructure Advisory Committee member
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Andy came in and crated a governmental affairs program that represents his industry before government. It is not easy to establish the relationships he has with community members and public officials in the Central Oregon. He is not afraid to lead when necessary and help in the background when that is best.
Business leadership philosophy: Andy works hard to help businesses grow. If government will get out of the way and allow business to succeed it would be a lot simpler place and more people would be successful.
Program Director, The Nature of Words, Bend
Professional accomplishments: In addition to being a 2006 Smith College graduate in English Literature; an award-winning slam and performance poet; an accomplished prose and musical lyrics writer; alpine ski racer and mountain biker and bass player and singer for the Broken Down Guitars band (she is currently producing a recording of original music with Dave Skelton) — Jamie is the fulltime program director for The Nature of Words. Helped design and now implements the organization’s creative writing programs including writing residencies in three Central Oregon counties in mainstream, remedial and alternative educational programs; the annual Rising Star Creative Writing Competition for middle through college-age students; The Nature of Words’ annual anthology of student writing and The Storefront Project offering free drop-in creative writing classes and language arts tutoring.
Civic involvement: Advocate for Bend Poetry Slam, Poets House and Second Sunday. Helped organize Chicks for Picks, all-woman mini-music benefit for Saving Grace. Judged the state-wide Poetry Out Loud high school competition in 2010 and will judge the Central Oregon Songwriters Association 12th annual Song of the Year. She has served as a community mentor for two Crook County High School students’ senior projects in 2009 and 2010.
Specific characteristics: Altruistic, generous, selfless, passionate, motivated, self-disciplined, creative.
Business leadership philosophy: Bring communities together through the arts; help young writers discover their voices; engage those you serve by involving them directly with creative, hands-on experiences.
MATT G. JUAREZ
Vice President of Operations, NAVIS, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Matt is a proven leader with eight years of Senior Level Executive Management. 14 Year track record of effectively servicing the clients of NAVIS. 12 Year track record of effectively leading the service people of NAVIS. Two Years of International service in Oaxaca, Mexico as Mission Director of 70+ person Children’s Home.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Member of New Hope Church. Years of service as High School Youth Leader, College Level Mentorship, Pre-Marital Counselor, Small Group Leader and Global Missions Director. Left NAVIS for two years to do mission work with his family and oversaw the 70+ person orphanage as the Mission Director. He returned several years ago with a new level of leadership experience to apply to NAVIS Operations. Recently added to their family with the adoption of three sibling youths
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers. Extremely adaptable, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and will be the first to self-sacrifice for the greater good of a meaningful vision. Quiet in nature, he leads mostly by example rather than words and is very relationship focused when influencing others.
Business leadership philosophy: Matt’s passion is leading and developing people. He finds the subject of human behavior fascinating and sees it as a challenging, but yet unsolvable puzzle. His philosophy around business leadership is simply, the more you gain understanding the more you realize how much you don’t understand. His business motto is “make it so or make it better.”
VP, Commercial Branch Manager, Home Federal Bank, Bend
Professional accomplishments: AJ has progressed quickly in his banking career. He completed the Management Training Program with Columbia River Bank (CRB) and has subsequently held various management positions: In Bend, with CRB, and now in Redmond, as a Commercial Branch Manager for Home Federal. He accomplished all by the age of 30.
Civic, industry & community involvement: AJ was previously Board President for the Latino Community Association designed to promote full participation of Latinos in the community by providing improved access to education, resources and opportunities and by building meaningful connections. AJ is a current board member of the Latino Partnership Program and Redmond School District.
Specific Characteristics that distinguishes them from peers: AJ is without a doubt one of the best, positive attitudes that I have ever seen in a young person. He always has a “can do” approach in everything he does. As a Redmond School Board Member he is passionate in paving a better learning path for children in the Redmond community. AJ has a way of making everyone around him want to be better: He has a passion for helping people.
Business leadership philosophy: AJ’s leadership philosophy would be one of leading by example. He prepares his team for anything they might encounter and always puts team goals ahead of his own personal goals. AJ has a definite passion for life and strives to create positive experiences for clients and team members in every interaction. AJ is a great coach: He always looks for ways to improve the performance of his team members.
COO of MEDISISS, Redmond
Professional accomplishments: Graduate of Kelly School of Business at IU, with degree in Business (CIS). COO and board member of MEDISISS. Designed web based computer software that controls the entire manufacturing process. Increased revenue by 499 percent per employee while decreasing turn around time. MEDISISS was selected Central Oregon’s 2010 Manufacture of Year.
Civic, industry and community involvement: Board member of RED, Central Oregon Bio-Science. Former Executive Committee Member of (HiDEC). Member of Opportunity Knocks. Assisting COCC board for hiring new Dean.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Recalls past experiences, evaluates present situations, giving future growth through strategic and tactical planning.
Effort: Accomplishing goals by smart work and organizational skills. Faith: In God and himself, anything can be done. Virtue: Being free from transgression as much as possible so that he can lead by example.
Business leadership philosophy: To mold a highly valued team with a meaningful commitment to the development of skills for teamwork and product quality. Takes charge and uses his ability to command wisely, acting with sustained initiative. Assess the strength and weakness of the team and identifies where increased efforts can be best leveraged.
COO Express Employment Professionals, Bend
Professional accomplishments: COO of Express by the age of 30. Has brought an innovative marketing approach to the company and has substantiated effects by results for clients. Introduced and is successfully running a new division for the company. Fiscally responsible for meeting and exceeding budget.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Member Chamber of Commerce, member EDCO, member REDI, past board member Silver Sage High Desert Museum, certified as HR professional.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: She is a businesswoman who people in business appreciate, her customer service, integrity, can do attitude and professionalism. She values Central Oregon and all the working relationships. Stephanie’s approach is defined in relationships, resources and results.
Business leadership philosophy: Stephanie gives respect and dignity to each staff member. She believes everyone brings more to their job description than what is in their resume. In our business environment turn over is a challenge. Stephanie keeps and retains a long tenured staff. She never expects anything of staff she is not willing to do.
KM Independent Watch Co., Sisters
Professional accomplishments: Attended the Lititz Watch Technicum, graduating in 2007. Received his WOSTEP Certification, AWCI Certification and the coveted LWT diploma. Employed by Rolex USA for two years, he now works from his shop in Sisters making watches of his own design by hand, one watch at a time.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Active in both Sisters and Bend giving lectures on the lost art of fine watch making.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: One of only 30 individuals in the world making their own watches from start to finish.
Business leadership philosophy: Maintaining the lost art of fine handmade watches and pocket watches. In addition to watch making, Keaton specializes in high-end antique watch restoration and vintage repair.
MISTI D. NELMES
Architect, Steele Associates Architects LLC, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Registered architect in Oregon. LEED Accredited Professional. Misti has been with SAA for over seven years; handling LEED incentive and sustainable design approaches for many of SAA’s projects along with project team coordination. She has been an active member of the team on five of our LEED Certified projects.
Civic, industry & community involvement: SMART Volunteer, former Board Member 3E Strategies (a former non-profit dedicated to sustainable design promotion in Central Oregon), former Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Misti, the youngest Oregon Registered Architect at SAA, has distinguished herself with extensive skills in construction document set development and successful team coordination. She is able to successfully communicate with an easy manner and her passion and dedication to sustainable design has helped many clients.
Business leadership philosophy: Misti believes in leading by example; putting the clients desires first and conducting business with honesty and hard work. Supporting the sustainable movement is also important. As an architect, it is essential to advocate for sustainability both through sustainable design and business practices.
Certified Public Account, Jones & Roth, Bend
Professional accomplishments: In just a short four years after graduating from college and joining Jones & Roth, Brian has already earned a position as a manager in the firm.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Brian is currently a Bend Chamber of Commerce ambassador and he is currently the chair of the chamber’s executive council. Brain serves on the advisory board of Junior Achievement of Central Oregon. He is a graduate of the Leadership Bend program. Brian has donated his time and knowledge by presenting a number of no-charge education seminars/workshops for the business community. Some of the topics covered are business taxes, fraud protection, understanding financial statements and managing cash flow.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Brian has achieved a unique balance between his family responsibilities, work responsibilities and his many community service activities. Brian is a local boy who decided to return home and start his professional career. He grew up in Bend and graduated from Cascade Middle School and Mountain View High School.
Business leadership philosophy: Brian is always looking for ways to have a positive impact on his co-workers, clients and the community.
Attorney, Karnopp Petersen LLP, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Josh’s practice emphasizes general commercial litigation, real estate and construction litigation and appellate law in both state and federal courts and water law. His experience includes assisting clients’ in resolving disputes through arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. He works with clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Josh is the former chair of the executive committee for the Oregon New Lawyers division of the Oregon State Bar and currently served on the Bar’s Legal Services Program Committee.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Josh is a great attorney, returns calls and emails very quickly and if he says he will get something done you can count on it. He is a committed family man with two great kids and fabulous wife.
Business leadership philosophy: Karnopp Petersen LLP recently elected Josh to serve on a three member executive committee due to his leadership abilities. His philosophy: Give more than you expect to receive. By doing so, I believe that you build equity among the members of your organization that achieves results that are not otherwise attainable as a result of one’s own effort.
DR. CASEY O’NEILL
O’Neill Orthodonics. Sunriver & Bend
Professional accomplishments: Currently owns two orthodontic offices and has earned an M.S. in Orthodontics from the University of the Pacific, a D.D.S. from the University of Oregon and a B.S. with a double major form the University of Oregon.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Traveled to India with Rotaplast International for cleft, lip and palate surgeries. Currently serves on the Craniofacial Panel, volunteers locally for Healthy Beginnings and Healing Reins Riding Center.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Having grown up in Three Rivers area, he has a heart for the community and wants to give back. He never wants finances to be the reason a child does not have braces. He embraces orthodontic challenges.
Business leadership philosophy: He is not a micro-manager. He encourages freedom and creativity in the workplace and wants employees to treat the business as their own by welcoming their input.
Operations Manager, William Smith Properties, Inc., Bend
Professional accomplishments: Kristine has worked for the Old Mill District developer since 2004. She became a licensed real estate broker in 2008. As operations manager, she oversees an expertly maintained group of commercial office and retail space exceeding 500,000 square feet.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Former Big Sisters with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Oregon. SMART program volunteer reader at Pine Ridge Elementary School.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: An exceptional professional. She’s organized, dependable, resourceful, outgoing and a joy to work with.
Business leadership philosophy: A clear vision, coupled with the appropriate tools and measurable objectives, makes an organization successful. We are successful because of the support and resources provided by our companies. It’s a team effort.
LAURIE M. PEREZ
Founder/owner Red Wiggler Composting, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Started a Red Wiggler Composting business here in Bend – Providing citizens and organizations a local source for Red Wigglers, Worm Bins and access to a former teacher who is more than happy to lend her expertise.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Visits regional schools to make presentations about the benefit of composting to students and provides literature for them to learn more.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: More than happy to help individuals and organizations get started with vermicomposting, speaks at schools, public events and small businesses.
Business leadership philosophy: It’s our kids’ planet, so let’s do everything we can to make it a great one.
Co-founder/Chief Strategists, RelyLocal, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Steve and Megan Ramsey created a new company in 2010, RelyLocal. Using Bend primarily as a test market, the company quickly took off across the country last year, they are now in over 120 communities, creating hundreds of jobs and supporting thousands of local businesses. Their first year revenue was well over a million dollars.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Steve was born and raised in Bend and has been involved in all sorts of things over the years. RelyLocal’s own mission of creating campaigns to rebuild local economies is a fairly civic-minded bit of community involvement in and of itself.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: In the midst of the recession, rather than looking for a way to just help himself, Steve looked for ways to help his community and neighbors. He created the company in order to create jobs, and those jobs are primarily focused on supporting small/local business in an effort to protect and promote more local jobs across the country.
Business leadership philosophy: “A healthy community depends on a healthy local economy…” Steve spent a decade as chief executive of an international non-profit, which has clearly led him to a philosophy of making a difference (rather than just making money).
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Having worked in various industries for companies such as Comcast, American Licorice, and Bank of the Cascades, Anna now runs her own show as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. As a FINRA licensed Financial Advisor, Anna has also served as a mentor and trainer within the industry.
Civic, industry and Community involvement: Board President, Humane Society of Central Oregon; Active Member, Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club; Serves on Advisory Council to the Business Department at COCC.
Specific characteristics that distinguishes them from peers: As a Financial Advisor serving individuals and business owners, whether it be reaching retirement, enjoying a comfortable retirement, educating children, estate planning or reducing taxes, Anna ensures that her clients interests come first. In addition, Anna works with a variety of professionals to ensure that the needs of her clients are fully met.
Business leadership philosophy: Believing that educating the public builds a stronger community, Anna has a dedication and innate ability to easily convey complex solutions to clients. She is a brilliant public speaker offering free educational seminars to the public. She also lends her professional skills to non-profits increasing their efficiency and effectiveness.
Manager of Individual Giving, High Desert Museum, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Upon graduation from law school Kelly moved to Bend with her husband. She worked as an associate attorney for Bryant, Lovlien, Jarvis before deciding to leave law for a career in non-profit fundraising. Kelly has served in this capacity first as development director at Saving Grace and now as manager of Individual Giving at High Desert Museum.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Kelly is active in the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club, on the board of Oregon Club of Central Oregon and volunteers regularly for social service organizations.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: In five years in Bend, Kelly has worked hard to further her career by increasing her reach in the community. From fundraising to professional associations to her social circles, Kelly hopes to make a difference in any life that she can. Kelly believes in philanthropy, leading by example and taking good care of one another.
Business leadership philosophy: My business leadership philosophy is to lead by example, believe in the work you are doing, and to always be working on building and strengthening relationships within the community
Founder/owner, Brilliant Environmental Building Products, Bend
Nominee’s Professional Accomplishments: Founded Brilliant Environmental Building Products (2008), Professional Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Grew viable business dedicated to researching, obtaining, and offering extraordinarily well-made green/sustainable building products that protect health and use energy/other resources sparingly. Central Oregon’s Most Sustainable Small Business Award (2010)
Civic, industry & community involvement: Habitat for Humanity; Central Oregon Environmental Center, Instructor, Sustainable Building Advisor course, COCC, Member: COBA; HDDC; BGC, Active attendee, City Council
Specific characteristic that separates them from peers: Jorden chose his vocation before it became politically correct because of his commitment to the stewardship of the earth and its resources. His training in Environment Management drives his company’s mission: to serve the public good—both present and future—by promoting green, sustainable living through education and example.
Business leadership philosophy: “Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi). Changes that improve health and environment can be accomplished one person at a time, one decision at a time. Education (if we know better, we do better) and opportunity (if we have alternatives, we have choices) promote change.
CLINTON L. TODD
Attorney, Karnopp Petersen, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Before joining the firm, Clint served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Rives Kistler (now Justice Kistler) at the Oregon Court of Appeals and practiced at two large firms in San Francisco. Clint advises emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in the areas of general business, corporate finance, and trademark, copyright and licensing. His practice also focuses on renewable energy development projects.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Clint is a frequent speaker at seminars and events regarding trademark, copyright and licensing and related issues. Clint is involved with Economic Development of Central Oregon’s Stable of Experts and regularly attends and speaks at monthly PubTalk forums.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Clint’s willingness to listen facilitates open communication, and he is genuinely interested in learning about the issues most important to his clients. These characteristics allow Clint to provide pragmatic and thoughtful advice on the issues before him and find solutions that benefit all involved.
Business leadership philosophy: Clint’s leadership philosophy is based on empowering those around him to succeed. When all participants are invested in an outcome, each has a sense of ownership and is often driven to contribute more meaningfully, leading to vastly better results and a greater sense of satisfaction and commitment for all involved.
President, Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters
Professional accomplishments: Successful launch of two very different Start-up Businesses: an Ecommerce Company in Phoenix, Arizona called Ebuyer where I was responsible for launching the operational side of the business (distribution, customer service, IT, Product Management), and within three years was the US entity GM, which was sold in 2006 and no longer exists in the US. The second is Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters. With just shy of three years in operation, we have expanded the brewery twice, established a respected brand in the Oregon market and are investigating further expansion possibilities.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Current Board member of the Sisters Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Brewers Guild Member, National Brewers Guild Member, Spearhead/Founder of Sisters (and Central Oregon’s) own Fresh Hop Beer Festival which brought 850 people to town in inaugural 2010 event. Chamber has taken over going forward as the event has potential to substantially assist our efforts.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: As 38, Wade was done with corporate America and struck out to make a name for himself and his BEER. He is a grad of U of O school of business and MBA Program.
Business leadership philosophy: Understand what it takes to be successful in any position you are responsible for managing. Set clear expectations, provide necessary tools, hold people accountable and reward performance.
WILL VAN VACTOR
Attorney, Associate at Miller Nash LLP, Bend
Professional accomplishments: An associate at Miller Nash LLP, Van Vactor concentrates on litigation and land use, assisting both individuals and businesses. Among his achievements: obtaining both comprehensive plan amendments and zone changes to permit the sensible development of private property and assisting clients successfully resolve various business and commercial litigation matters.
Civic, industry & community involvement: He volunteered approximately 75 hours in the past year to the Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission and recently joined the Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Van Vactor truly enjoys helping clients with issues and shows the same dedication to everyone from local business or property owners to large scale developers. He is also deeply committed to giving back to the community and is a former board member for the Humane Society of the Ochocos.
Business leadership philosophy: Love what you do, do what you love and do it with integrity. Van Vactor believes that if you find something you’re passionate about, and dream big you can achieve anything. Treat each day like an adventure, tackle it with enthusiasm, be true to yourself and you will thrive.
DAYNA WARD RALSTON
Manager, Kim D. Ward LLC, Bend
Professional Accomplishments: Graduated from University of Portland 1997 BBA cum laude. Current Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, managed long term care facilities in Oregon, Idaho and Texas. Current Oregon licensed Real Estate Broker. Operated Crown Villa RV Resort making it an industry leader. Currently own, lease and manage commercial medical real estate in Bend and Eugene as part of family business.
Civic, Industry & community involvement: President of Leadership Bend 2009 COBA Government Affairs Chair 2009-10 and 2011 President Member of St. Francis Church. Sponsor for Christian Foundation for Children and Aging
Business Philosophy: A great community doesn’t happen naturally. A great community has dedicated citizens who donate their time and resources unconditionally. Find your passion and the organizations that are associated with that passion and get involved. Make it a priority, your personal growth with flourish. Combine your energy and god given talents and go out and make a difference.
Redmond Branch Manager, Western Title, Redmond
Professional accomplishments: Angelique is a graduate from Corbin College with a degree in business management. She has worked for Western Title for nearly ten years, starting as receptionist in August of 2001, promoted to escrow officer in 2004, and is now the Redmond Branch Manager since 2007.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Angelique is involved in helping the Redmond Rotary Club, local FFA chapters and the Church Youth Group. She has volunteered for various Sparrow and chamber events.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Angelique can enrich the lives of everyone she meets; making even the toughest person smile and helping them have a better day. She finds the good in everything and everyone. She is a giver of her time and abilities, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Business leadership philosophy: Angelique’s leadership style is to be very open and collaborative. She strives for excellence in every pursuit, believing team is the most important part of being productive. She ensures everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goals.
Vice President, Western Title & Escrow Company, Bend
Professional accomplishments: Led the company for three consecutive years with 50 percent increase in realized gross revenues; expanded the division’s territory into two additional counties; Led the charge in successfully “re-branding” the company, planned and executed annual strategies, goals and objectives, engineered, directed and developed the division’s infrastructure; led the corporate culture shift.
Civic, industry & community involvement: Formerly: President & Board Member – Redmond Rotary; Vice President & President – Oregon Land Title Association (OLTA) Agents Section; Alumni Board Member & Secretary – National FFA.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Creative and innovative business developer and administrator, adept and progressive in sales, marketing and public relations, skilled and focused educator and motivator, effective oral and written communicator, master of numerical, procedural and situational analyses, tech-savvy, organized and meticulously committed to excellence, flexible and able to execute multiple and shifting priorities.
Business leadership philosophy: To passionately serve the organization and the community in which he lives, as a strategically-focused visionary leader. A change agent and disciplined professional who operates from the highest level of personal integrity. A mentor, coach and teacher who builds “winning teams” and effectively leads by example; He Walks His Talk!
RILEY AND ELENA WILLITTS
Riley Willitts: Creative Director/Owner Alt Blu
Elena Willitts: Marketing Director/President Alt Blu
Professional accomplishments: We took our web design/development and marketing backgrounds and fused them together to create our business Alt Blu last year. Our mission for Alt Blu is to provide the web, graphic and marketing tools for businesses to genuinely succeed at every level. Whatever phase of growth the company is in we have tools to help establish or strengthen their brand and broaden their reach.
Civic, industry & community involvement: We wanted to inspire those who want to start their own business so we began a blog series on our website called “Small Business Success Stories” – which features Central Oregon business owners who have achieved success in their ventures. We’ve received amazing feedback on this series- it has encouraged people to reach for their business dreams and highlighted the success of those currently making it happen.
Business leadership philosophy: One of our favorite quotes is, “For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others” -Eleanor Roosevelt. We run our business and live our lives with this philosophy in mind. When you build others up you bring out the best in them and draw out their natural success. We believe this is true with all individuals we work with. When you treat someone with respect and reverence and really listen to who they are and where they want to go you help empower them to reach their greatest heights– and this is genuine leadership. Real leaders help create leaders out of those around them. Our goal is to empower all of our clients to be successful leaders in their own businesses.
KYLE D. WUEPPER
Attorney, Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, P.C., Bend
Professional accomplishments: Joined Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, P.C. in 2006, a shareholder since 2007. Previously practiced with Stoel Rives, LLP, Oregon’s largest law firm 2000-06. Received his J.D. from the U of O School of Law 1999, served as Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review and LL.M in Taxation (Masters of Law) from New York University School of Law 2000. Author of Piercing the Corporate Veil: A Comparison of Contract Versus Tort Claimants Under Oregon Law, 78 Oregon Law Review 347 (1999) and co-author of Private Placement of Securities, Advising Oregon Businesses (2001). In 2009 and 2010 he was named a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics magazine.
Civic, industry & community involvement: member of the board of the Nature of Words and Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. He was a member of the Leadership Bend Class 2008.
Specific characteristic that distinguishes them from peers: Prior to joining Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis in 2006, Kyle represented a number of Oregon’s largest corporations. Since moving to Bend, he has developed a business and real estate practice and offers a pragmatic, business oriented approach to the practice of law; providing creative solutions and avoiding unnecessary costs and expenses.
Business leadership philosophy: Kyle has proven himself as a leader in Central Oregon, both as an attorney and as a member of the community. His leadership philosophy focuses on teamwork, communication, responsibility and ethics, all with a sense of humor and responsiveness.