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Chamber welcomes new board members

Three-year terms commence in 2014


The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Dec. 3 results of its board of directors elections held in November.

The following were elected to three-year terms commencing in January: Ted Millar, president, Southend Corporate Airpark at the Aurora State Airport; Jan Owens, chief financial officer, SAM Medical Products; David Stead, general manager, Langdon Farms Golf Club; and Wendy Veliz, government affairs manager, Portland General Electric.

“I am excited to work with this excellent group of people, who bring diverse skills and a shared commitment to benefit businesses throughout the south metro region,” said Steve Gilmore, chief executive officer of the chamber. “We have made significant progress as an organization and together we will build on that progress and provide opportunities for local businesses to grow and thrive.”

Ted Millar

by: SUBMITTED - MILLAR

Millar is the owner of Westwood Development Corporation and Southend Corporate Airpark at the Aurora State Airport. He started the company in March 1958 and has been active in commercial real estate development and construction in the western United States, specializing in projects for many of the major national retailers. After his organization sold its construction division in 2001, the company moved offices to Wilsonville and then to the Aurora State Airport, where they are developing Southend Corporate Airpark.

Millar said he believes that a strong business community is critical to the region and that having an active chamber is a must. He is highly motivated to serve on the board and will be an asset in recruiting and retaining major employers to the region, according to the chamber.

Jan Owens

by: SUBMITTED - OWENS

Owens is the chief financial officer for SAM Medical Products, a medical device manufacturer located in Wilsonville. They develop and manufacture emergency medical supplies that are sold to emergency medical providers and the military all over the world. Prior to working for SAM, Owens was a consultant for multiple businesses in the Portland area in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, construction, distribution and service. For the last 20 years, Owens has been a business owner, CFO and COO.

Owens said she is impressed with the chamber’s wide reach and proactive involvement with the business community. She views Wilsonville as a growing and vibrant community.

“Continuing that growth in a smart and sustainable manner is critical to ensure Wilsonville’s long-term success. I am honored to be part of the chamber board as I feel it’s an organization which has a profound ability to foster that growth,” she said.

David Stead

by: SUBMITTED - STEAD

Stead has been the general manager at Langdon Farms Golf Club for more than three years. Moving to the Wilsonville area in November 2010 was a next step in his nearly 15-year career in the golf business. Prior to Langdon Farms, Stead was the director of golf at a high volume public course in Las Vegas called Angel Park Golf Club. He also has experience in managing private golf facilities through his time as the head golf professional at Alta Mesa Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Stead said, “The chamber is growing along with the community and I want to play my part in making this region prosper. I believe my unbiased approach to leadership will be valuable as the chamber moves through a new phase in its evolution.”

Wendy Veliz

by: SUBMITTED - VELIZ

Veliz is an employee of Portland General Electric where she currently works in the government affairs team. Her current responsibilities include managing utility and business issues that impact PGE’s operations with counties and municipalities. This includes taxes and fees policy, infrastructure coordination, energy issues, community development and assisting efforts to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income customers. She focuses on the strengthening of community partnerships with local government and community leaders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University. She has also completed the utility management certificate program from Willamette University in Salem.

Veliz said, “I have had the privilege of serving on numerous boards, but serving on the Wilsonville board offers me a unique opportunity. My motivation in serving is both professional and personal. As a business member and as a resident of Wilsonville, this is a great opportunity to work with other business leaders in support and the betterment of our community.”

The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is led by a 15-member board composed of local businessmen and businesswomen. The board welcomes its new president, Darren Harmon of Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle’s Restaurant, in January. Returning board members for 2014 include:

  • Eric Postma, Bittner and Hahs
  • Bruce Bennett, Aurora Aviation
  • Jeff Brown, Holiday Inn Portland South
  • Tim Crowley, Crowley Landscape Management
  • Cheryl Dorman, Columbia Bank
  • Fred Robinson, Kinetics Climax
  • Doris Wehler, Cookies by Design
  • Kellie Grill, Whirlwind Publishing (ex officio)
  • Richard Goddard, Wilsonville City Council (ex officio)
  • Founded in 1973, the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is the community’s leading advocate and champion for business. The chamber provides leadership programs and opportunities as well as volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the priorities of the community. Learn more about the chamber at wilsonvillechamber.com.



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