North Clackamas School Board member Kyle Walker took over as chief executive officer of Oregon Travel Experience this week after a national recruitment process.

Walker said she was looking forward to meeting customers and industry partners of Oregon Travel Experience, which administers the Oregon Heritage Tree and Oregon Historical Marker programs with groups of volunteers. The Oregon Department of Transportation is also transferring 17 rest stops for the organization manage, so Walker is hoping to ensure financial stability so that the Government Camp rest stop, among others, stays open ("ODOT rest area slated for permanent rest," Sept. 28, 2011).

“I welcome this opportunity to engage a variety of stakeholders — from business owners who rely on highway signs to attract customers, to motorists who expect Oregon’s rest areas to be safe and clean,” she said.

The organization is among more than a dozen semi-independent state agencies that are allowed to attract private investment, including Oregon Tourism Commission, Oregon Wine Board and the Landscape Contractors Board.

“Kyle Walker is the right executive to take Oregon Travel Experience to the next level, with exceptional experience in strategic planning, regulatory navigation and community engagement,” said Gwenn Baldwin, chairwoman of the Oregon Travel Information Council.

Walker is a former strategic planning manager with Portland General Electric, an assistant to the city manager in Gresham, a division manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and a communications manager for the city of Olympia. Walker also worked on community prosperity issues as downtown manager of Centralia, Wash.

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