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Bud Pierce’s Campaign For Governor
Last September, Salem physician Dr. Bud Pierce announced his candidacy for Governor of Oregon.

Dr. Bud Pierce M.D. Ph.D.

    Shortly after that, he opened his campaign office at 2001 Front Street in downtown Salem.
    William C. “Bud” Pierce, M.D., Ph.D. is the principal partner in Hematology/Oncology of Salem, one of the last physician-owned oncology practices in the Northwest. Annually, the practice cares for thousands of patients with serious blood disorders and cancer. He and his wife, Selma, a retired dentist, are well-known in Salem for their charity work and involvement in local nonprofits.
    With the primary campaign just weeks away, Pierce is ramping up his ground campaign by welcoming more volunteers into the office and taking some more time off from his medical practice to visit voters around the state.
    While there are a number of candidates in both the Republican and Democratic primary, Pierce was the first to file and has been working his way around the state ever since, running television and radio ads and talking with the media. He has focused much of his travels on rural Oregon, visiting smaller towns and talking with citizens.
    “What strikes me,” says Pierce, “is how disenfranchised these citizens feel from our government, they feel Portland politicians have all but forgotten them when it comes to economic development and advocacy.”
    Pierce, a strong advocate for jobs, has been concerned that many new legislative policies have actually done more harm to Oregon’s economy, making it difficult for businesses to thrive and create jobs.
    He recently made that point when speaking to the Oregonian editorial board in mid-March. “A job is the solution to much of what ails society,” he told the paper. “When you are employed you are much less likely to fall into ill-health, drug addiction, loneliness and depression. You are able to pay your bills, care for your family and have the daily support of other people.
    When we don’t have jobs, all these issues start becoming society’s problem.” Oregon primary is May 17. To read more about Dr. Bud Pierce and his positions visit

Business Summit To Help Leaders Reach The Next Level
The LEAD Business Summit is the first of its kind for the mid-Willamette Valley.

Celeste Edman,
CEO, Lunar Logic

    A rapidly changing market is making it necessary for businesses to continue to shift and adapt in order to stay relevant. That’s why the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has created a one-day conference designed to help business leaders reach the next level and be a catalyst for change.
    The LEAD Business Summit is the first of its kind for the mid-Willamette Valley. The conference is designed to help individuals develop professionally and build their business, while allowing them to create connections with peers and business leaders. The goal is to allow leaders and managers the opportunity to step out of their day-to-day roles and focus on the big picture of their business.
    “One of the core values in our business is to pursue growth and learning every single day,” said Tim Fahndrich with ThirdRiver Marketing LLC. “It’s events like these that provide us with the mindset, the learning, and the knowledge that we as business owners and key managers really need to be able to adapt to the business environment that we live in, which is just changing so rapidly.”
    The event begins at noon on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and will open with kick off speaker Celeste Edman, CEO of Lunar Logic. Edman’s presentation will focus on mentoring as a leadership tool. Peer networking and lunch will follow.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two breakout sessions out of eight possible topics, such as succession planning, taking the path to executive level leadership, keys to high performing teams, and building your brand through digital experiences. The breakouts are not just for business owners, but have been tailored to individuals in a variety of career levels. Following the peer networking and happy hour, keynote speaker Seth Mattison, founder and chief movement officer of Futuresight Labs, will close out the conference with his presentation on the generational transformation impacting work and leadership today.
    While the content line-up through workshops and speakers will provide valuable information that can be applied to personal goals, perhaps the most valuable piece is the relationships that can be built.
    “I’m most excited about the conversations with folks outside of the sessions,” said Chris Nordyke with Summit Cleaning and Restoration. “The sessions, to me, are a fire-starter. The conversations between sessions, and even after the event, are where the value is.”
    LEAD Business Summit will give members of the business community the chance to enhance their careers by offering professional development as well as new perspectives on business. The event will challenge conventional thinking so business leaders can continue to lead forward in their organizations.
    “The LEAD Business Summit is all about continuing to strengthen businesses and leaders within our region,” said Marla McColly, director of events and programs for the Salem Chamber. “This event will connect business people to their passions, each other, and their community.”
    “It’s exciting that we’re bringing something new that will benefit the entire business community,” said LeAnn Keim with Columbia Bank, the event’s presenting sponsor. Registration is now open for the event at leadempowered. com. LEAD Business Summit is presented by Columbia Bank. For more details on the event, go to

Google Executive Keynote Speaker @ SEDCOR Envision 2016

Darren Pleasance,
Global Customer Acquisitions
Director for Google

    Darren Pleasance, Global Customer Acquisitions Director for Google, will speak at the SEDCOR Envision 2016 corporate dinner in Salem, Ore. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
    During the event, Pleasance will explore how companies must radically adapt to meet the future needs of stakeholders and customers. His message will challenge leaders’ perspective of technology’s impact on business.
    “Companies today face the most rapid pace of change in history,” said Chad Freeman, SEDCOR President. “We’re delighted to host one of our nation’s top global business leaders to address this opportunity. His message will spur on new perspectives and insights for Mid-Willamette Valley companies.”
    Pleasance leads Google's Global Customer Acquisitions team. In his role, Pleasance oversees sales, marketing, market intelligence and support teams. Previously, he was a Partner in McKinsey's High Tech Sector and Marketing & Sales Practice, and the founder of McKinsey's global Small- and Mediumsized Business (SMB) practice.
    He is a frequent speaker at marketing, sales, and conferences including the National Governor's Association, focused on the role that small, high-growth businesses play in job growth and economic impact. He serves on the boards of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI.
    The event is hosted by Strategic Economic Development Corporation, the Mid-Willamette Valley’s lead economic development organization. Organizers anticipate more than 500 people will attend the region’s top dinner event for business leaders. Presenting Sponsor is Mountain West Investment Corporation. For more information contact Tami Lundy, 503-588-6225 or tlundy@
    Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400- plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties of Oregon.