RuralBusiness & Innovation Summit2017

Vince Adams is an Extension Educator and Coordinator of the Rural Communities Explorer (RCE), a web based tool that provides data and foundational information about communities in Oregon. Mr. Adams has followed a varied career path that has lead through military service, emergency medicine, and business management before leading him to higher education. At Oregon State University, he has researched ecology, environmental policy, and federal timber-county payments. Having grown up in a rural town, he knows firsthand the challenges communities in Oregon face. As the Coordinator of the RCE, he manages and grows the content of the Communities Reporter Tool database and delivers training programs to help community leaders access accurate and timely community profile information. His easygoing approach and infectious enthusiasm for his work makes using data accessible for even the most technophobic among us.

As a professional trainer, Stacy Stack motivates her audience through expertise and laughter. Stacy directs the development and implementation of employee training for Express offices in Oregon, SW Washington, and Arizona and trains over 1,500 Express managers and contributors on an annual basis. She has been with Express for over 25 years, and is certified through the American Staffing Association as a Certified Staffing Professional.  Resourced as an expert in analyzing staffing practices, Stacy regularly instructs workshops for client companies  and community organizations to enhance results achieved in the workplace. 

Garry Golden is an academically trained Futurist (MS Futures Studies) who speaks and consults on issues shaping business and society in the 21st century.

(Non-profit) Civic-Culture clients have included: American Alliance of Museums, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), Art Institutes (Education Management Corp), Brooklyn College, California Association of Museums, Cultural Alliance of Philadelphia, Denver Public Library, Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, Innovative Interfaces, Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Kennedy Center Very Special Arts, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, League of American Orchestras, LYRASIS, NYC Arts Education Roundtable, Museum of Russian Icons, Ohio Library Council, OCLC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Walker Arts Center.

Garry received his Masters degree from the University of Houston Futures Studies program (M.S.), and is a past member on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

Annette Price joined Pacific Power in August 2014 after serving eight years as State Affairs Manager at the Port of Portland representing the Port on issues in front of the Oregon Legislature and Executive Branch. In late 2015 and early 2016, Annette facilitated negotiations and led the lobby team securing passage of SB 1547 in Oregon – first-in-the-nation legislation removing coal from a state’s resource mix and doubling the renewable portfolio standard, while maintaining affordability and reliability for the company’s customers. This spring, Annette was named Vice President, Government Affairs at Pacific Power, where she leads the team for public policy, public affairs and strategic projects, political activities and outcomes of the state government affairs function for the states of Oregon, Washington, and California.

Annette Price serves on the Center for Women’s Leadership Board and Oregonians for Food and Shelter Board. She recently finished several years of service on the Oregon State Capitol Foundation Board and the Oregon China Sister State Relations Council. She has served as President of the Oregon Public Ports Association, the Oregon Transportation Forum, and the Oregon Capitol Club. She also served on the Governor’s Transportation Vision and Governance committees in 2007-09 and again in 2015-17. Price has won numerous leadership awards, including from Portland Business Alliance, the Port of Portland, the Oregon Rail Users’ League, the Oregon Public Ports Association, and the Oregon Transportation Forum. She also was a business delegate on the Joint Oregon Trade Mission to China celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the sister state relationship between the Fujian Province and the state of Oregon. Annette grew up and went to college in South Carolina and still loves good southern barbeque and collard greens. She is also known to drink her fair share of Starbucks double shots of expresso during legislative sessions.

Carrie Hulse is the Program Manager for the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) at Business Oregon.  COBID administers the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV) Business Enterprise, and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certification programs.  COBID’s goal is to foster an environment where every small business in Oregon can compete fairly regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, or size.  The COBID team strives to help owners of disadvantaged and emerging small businesses access opportunities to compete for public contracting opportunities.  The COBID team also works with applicants to access additional business resources needed to sustain and grow.

Before becoming the Program Manager, Carrie worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation and brought the DBE certifications in compliance with federal regulations by performing site visits with approximately 400 firms within a two-year period. 

Her career with state government began in the early 1990’s in Juneau, Alaska where she worked primarily in the field of criminal prosecution while earning a Bachelor’s degree in business management. 

Deb Brown shares stories and advice on social media, working and living in a small town and creating the kind of community you want to live in. You might recognize her online as @debworks. She grew up in a town of 141 people, Geneva, Iowa. She loves to tell stories and share real world examples of how people are changing their small town into the kind of place the community wants to live, work and play in. SaveYour.Town is a partnership with Deb Brown and Becky McCray where they share the passion for small towns and bring you practical advice on how to shape a brighter future for your small town.

Her programs on small business, what to do with empty buildings, customer service, marketing and economic development have been received by chambers, economic developers, tourism specialists, museum experts, business groups, and small town conferences.  Deb has keynoted at Rural X Summit, TEDx Brookings, Michigan Rural Economic Development Conference, Roscommon County Michigan, Central Iowa Tourism Annual Meeting, Milbank South Dakota Chamber Annual Dinner and several 140 Character Conferences.  Additional presentations include Western Iowa Tourism, Iowa Byways Association, Iowa Museum Association, Southern Illinois Economic Development, and Preserve Iowa Summit.

John Lamy has over thirty years of experience helping large and small companies grow their businesses. John worked at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies for many years, serving as an R&D Manager, Quality Manager, and Manufacturing Engineering Manager. His consulting expertise is in R&D, strategy, quality, and manufacturing. As a consultant in OMEP’s Medford office, John also brings value to startups and small businesses.

Nick Wiley is a Business Advisor and Instructor with the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and an official Google City Partner, who has helped more than 200 small businesses get found online and implement digital marketing strategies to generate more customers, sales, and profits. 

Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship concentration, Certificate of Global Management, and a minor in Spanish from the University of Oregon. He is also an Eugene Eagle Scout, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Business Owner, and co-author of the book “The Tri-Start Matrix” along with 25 other small business experts from around America’s Small Business Development Center network.

Eloisa Miller is the Economic & Business Equity Manager for the Office of Governor Kate Brown.  In this capacity she is tasked with tackling barriers facing Oregon businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans.  Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she managed the equity in public purchasing and contracting for Portland Public School District.  She also has 8 years prior experience working for ODOT as a procurement specialist.  Eloisa is committed to helping Oregon thrive through her role at the Governor’s Office, working with all state agencies to promote and implement programs in effort to create equity in contracting.

Kelly Stevens-Malnar has been with the State 14 years and currently manages Oregon’s Cooperative Procurement Program and Small Business Programs at the Department of Administrative Services, Office of Procurement Services.  

Kelly is deeply committed to educational outreach activities that promote governmental contracting opportunities to Oregon small businesses.  She is an instrumental State resource on valuable and creative ways to use Oregon’s #1 e-procurement system – ORPIN.  

Kelly brings to the state 15 years of high-tech private-sector product marketing experience, and an additional 5 years of operating her own brokered goods business out of Phoenix, AZ.


With 18 years of experience running small businesses to add to her nine years of service in the Legislative branch, Ruth Miles understands first-hand the challenges entrepreneurs face.  She’s crisscrossed Oregon over the last 3 ½ years to visit with business leaders and associations, chamber of commerce and community partners to hear their concerns about getting caught in red tape.  And everywhere she goes, she runs with scissors.

Daniel Jackson is the Small Business Programs Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation in the Office of Civil Rights. He oversees the Emerging Small Business program along with other certification programs and outreach efforts.  In this role, he helps small businesses navigate the different channels within ODOT and connect with contracting and business development opportunities.  Daniel has worked in a variety of roles within the private and non-profit sectors to help build opportunities for Oregonians over the past eight years. Whether you are interested in doing business with ODOT for the first time or looking to find new opportunities, contacting Daniel is the first step.