BEND, OR (July 12, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome the addition of Heidi Hausner as Director of Membership, a new position within the non-profit, focused on actively developing EDCO’s membership in an effort to expand the growing region’s network of business leaders, investors, partners and advisors.
In this role, Heidi will execute an outreach initiative to connect with the Central Oregon business community and share how EDCO benefits our region as a whole. Further, she will work to better engage the current membership in the organization’s work.
Heidi is a native Central Oregonian, where she has undertaken her own entrepreneurial endeavors in land investments, land development projects, and business ownership. She joins the EDCO team after nine years as Marketing Manager for a local brewery. Additionally, she brings along domestic and international business experience in various sectors including real estate, hospitality, and technology.
Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO said “Heidi’s experience and drive are a great fit for EDCO. We have a small team with a big mission and we’re optimistic that her contributions will add fuel so we can do more to transform and strengthen our regional economy.”
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from United States International University, with coursework in both San Diego and Nairobi, Kenya. As a native Central Oregonian, she holds a deep sentiment for our community and is excited for this chance to serve, collaborate and unify a diverse group of regional leaders and businesses that together are the key to a vibrant and prosperous area.
Since 2006, EDCO had structured membership development and event development and management under one position – a role held by Erin Reilly for the past five years. During that time, the organization’s events grew in number, stature, and attendance; swelling to more than 50 events annually. With the hiring of Heidi, the role will be separated, allowing both segments greater focus.
“The number one reason why businesses aren’t already EDCO members is because they haven’t been asked,” said Erin Reilly. “We are excited to have a full-time position dedicated exclusively to membership and I look forward to working with Heidi while focusing my efforts 100% on the success of our events.”
“Special thanks to the dedication and investment of time from Eric Strobel and Sarah Lindsey of BBSI (Barrett Business Services, Inc.), for conducting the extensive search that led to this hire,” noted Erin Chaiet, COO of EDCO.
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.
BBSI was founded in 1951 by an entrepreneur driven to provide a valuable, hands-on business service at a reasonable price. Today, the company works across the country with 3,000 businesses daily, providing solutions for business owners that include payroll services, staffing (short-term and long-term contract) and complete human resources consulting. With 54 offices in 12 states, BBSI builds relationships at the local level to better serve their customers. Learn more about BBSI here.