Opportunity Knocks (OK) reluctantly announces the departure of Susie Stevens, the organization’s long-time executive director. Stevens, following a fifteen-year association with OK, will be moving on to explore new lifestyle opportunities.
“The typical employment span of a non-profit’s executive director is four years,” Bill Moseley, Opportunity Knocks’ board chair said. “Meanwhile, Susie has led Opportunity Knocks for ten years. In the process, Opportunity Knocks has become a household word within the Central Oregon business community. Two hundred and twenty businesses, their employees and their dependents, currently owe a part of their business success to Susie and her efforts.”
In addition to her ten-year tenure as executive director, Stevens has been associated with Opportunity Knocks for an additional five years. She was an original member of one of Opportunity Knocks’ first six teams when the organization was founded in 1996. She later started facilitating a team and continues to do so today. Five years later, in 2001, Stevens was appointed executive director and she has led the organization through multiple stages of developmental growth ever since.
“The timing is right,” Stevens stated. “The recent loss of my mother has made me reappraise my outlook on my future. I also believe the timing is right for the organization. My leaving is bittersweet, I’ve loved Opportunity Knocks since the day I first joined a team, and the impact Opportunity Knocks has made on so many small businesses and the people that depend on them has been a huge motivator for me. I’ll miss the energy, and the accomplishments, of our members.”
“I’ll do whatever I can to make the transition seamless,” she continued. “I’ll also continue to facilitate the one team that I have been with for many years. My OK blood runs deep.”
Opportunity Knocks will immediately undertake a search process to find Steven’s successor. Interested parties may contact Bill Moseley at Moseley@glsolutions.com.
Opportunity Knocks inspires small business excellence by providing business leaders with the tools to think strategically, solve problems and achieve goals. Members are divided into teams of twelve that meet monthly for three hours to discuss critical business issues. Through these peer-to-peer advisory teams, trusted and lasting relationships are formed that provide each member encouragement, inspiration and direction for their business. Opportunity Knocks also provides learning opportunities including quarterly education seminars.