Who’s Involved? Business Leaders from Across Oregon

Steering Committee

The Oregon Business Plan is guided by a steering committee of business leaders representing business associations and boards/commissions with responsibility for Oregon’s economic progress, as well as at-large business leaders. The Oregon Business Council staffs the Business Plan project under the management of Jeremy Rogers, but the creation of the plan each year is very much a joint effort of many partners in the business community.

In addition to conducting economic research, the Steering Committee gathers information and opinions statewide about what Oregon can do to support businesses that create high paying jobs. This information comes from business interviews, industry focus group sessions, regional meetings, the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, and responses to this website.

Business Leaders

Patrick Criteser
Committee Chair
Tillamook County Creamery Association

Sam Blackman
Elemental Technologies

Peter Bragdon
Columbia Sportswear Company

Julia Brim-Edwards
Nike, Inc.

Samuel Brooks
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
S. Brooks & Associates

John D. Carter
Schnitzer Steel Industries

Matt Chapman
Oregon Business Association
Northwest Evaluation Association

Justin Delaney
The Standard

Bill Furman
The Greenbrier Companies

Dwayne Johnson
Oregon Small Business Advisory Council
ScaleUp Partners

Debbie Kitchin
Portland Business Alliance
Interworks LLC

Bob Levy
Windy River, L&L Farms

John W. Morgan
Oregon Innovation Council
Avamere Family of Companies

Greg Ness
Oregon Business Council
The Standard

Patrick Reiten
Associated Oregon Industries
Pacific Power

Wally Van Valkenburg
Stoel Rives

Malia Wasson
Sand Creek Advisors

Business Association Partners (Ex-Officio)

Paul Barnum
Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Jason Brandt
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association

Jon Chandler
Oregon Homebuilders Association

Jay Clemens
Associated Oregon Industries

Ryan Deckert
Oregon Business Association

Erica Hagedorn
Grow Oregon

Sandra McDonough
Portland Business Alliance

Mike Salsgiver
Associated General Contractors

Duncan Wyse
Oregon Business Council

Economic Development Partners (Ex-Officio)

Ron Fox
Retired, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.

Chris Harder
Business Oregon

Janet LaBar
Greater Portland, Inc.

Leadership Partners

The Oregon Business Plan receives critical input and support from top elected leaders in Oregon, including Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney, and House Speaker Tina Kotek.

The Oregon Cluster Network

In 2005, The Oregon Business Plan launched the Oregon Cluster Network to identify Oregon’s mature, emerging, and potential industry clusters and to assist cluster participants as they work to accelerate the innovation and growth of their industries.  Network participants include representatives from Oregon’s key mature and emerging industry clusters, economic development professionals, research professionals, community colleges, venture capitalists, and others. The Cluster Network provides critical input to the Plan.

Business Plan Endorsers (partial list)

The Oregon Business Plan has been endorsed by business groups across Oregon.  Below is a partial list.  If your organization would like to endorse the Oregon Business Plan, please contact us.