Board of Directors
Board Chair and President
Georell Bracelin is the owner & strategist of the GB2 Agency, a full-service advertising and creative agency that helps clients build authentic, innovative and engaging brand experiences. A Bend resident for over 20 years, Georell has partnered with many Central Oregon businesses and is a trusted marketing resource in helping clients build meaningful – and lasting – relationships with their own customers.
Alan Dale is an attorney with the law firm Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, where he focuses his practice in the areas of business and municipal law. Alan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. Alan enjoys spending his free time on outdoor pursuits with his family.
Paul Adams is the co-owner of Deep Roots Business Solutions, which focuses on providing accounting, HR, benefits management, tax support, and more for the non-profit community. He has twenty years of organizational leadership experience, including over a decade in executive-level teams in non-profit organizations.
Paul’s personal mission is to take care of the details so others can be at their best. He has a knack for explaining complicated ideas in a way that others can understand and act upon. Paul seeks to bring clarity, compassion, and humor to everything he does.
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I help businesses reach higher growth and profitability while also coaching executive teams to perform at their best. My track record of building my business to be one of Oregon's Fastest Growing Companies (2 years in a row) and on the Inc. 5000 (2 years in a row), while also being voted one of the best places to work in Oregon provides a library of actionable experience for my clients.
Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to support entrepreneurs and innovators in a variety of ways. My specialties include early stage companies, microfinance, intellectual property commercialization and E-commerce. In my current role as Executive Director at Oregon State University-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab I am thrilled to be supporting companies and organizations in Bend and throughout Central Oregon
As the Bend Chamber Investor Relations Manager, Lila seeks to discover, build and strengthen the Chamber’s partnerships with its lead members and sponsors. Lila’s background in sales and building new business enables her discover and cultivate ways to collaborate with business leaders, in aims to drive a stronger business community for Central Oregon.
“I believe the path to a prosperous, resilient economy and strong quality of life, starts with a culture of community leaders, looking beyond their door-steps to find new ways to collaborate with one another, invest in progression, and face challenges head-on.”
As a self-starter with a natural mind for business, Lila began her career path at age 16 as a bank teller in Chico, CA. After putting herself through college with a BA in Anthropology & International Relations, Lila continued to guide rafts in Northern CA and Montana, before entering sales in the Food & Beverage industry for almost 9 years. As an avid whitewater kayaker, snowboarder, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker, it was always Lila’s dream to settle in Bend; Where independent business and the great outdoors collide! After 6 years of building new market sales throughout beautiful Oregon and beyond, Lila managed to land in Bend with a successful career as a Regional Sales and Key Account Manager for 7 PNW states. Now Lila is using her skills and savvy in sales, business development, and key partner relations, to fulfill her dream of supporting Bend’s business network through the Chamber
Cory Allen is a senior vice president and team leader responsible for managing Washington Trust’s Central Oregon commercial banking portfolios and branch leadership. He offers over 17 years of commercial banking experience in the Central Oregon region specializing in underwriting complex, customized credit structures, business development and career development. As a team leader, Cory is committed to building Washington Trust’s Central Oregon presence, developing and managing a team of dedicated banking professionals and ensuring each client is given an exceptional level of service.
Cory earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Oregon State University and a graduate certificate from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Josh is Vice President at Coachwell, a local full-service consultancy that specializes in helping business owners scale and transition their companies, and Founder at CharacterID, an HR Tech startup in Bend that helps companies find employees based on character attributes not found on the traditional resume. For nearly two decades Josh has led at the executive level for companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 firms. He specializes in corporate turnaround, operations, corporate leadership, and driving culture change.
Josh has one wife, three kids, two dogs, and a cat (he says is not by choice!) and when he's not meeting new people over coffee, Josh and his family spend every possible moment snowboarding, paddleboarding, and driving backroads to find new places to explore in Central Oregon.
Affton is the CEO and Founder of Broken Top Brands, a Bend based company curating soy candles, lotions, soap, linen sprays and more. If you were to meet her person, she’d tell you the following: She’s a mother of three, has an immense love for tacos, paddle boarding, hitting the gym, and spending as much time with family and friends as humanly possible.
Founded in 2015 in her small kitchen, the company has grown to its current state in a 10,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Bend, and a tight knit crew of 27 staff members that now make up the growing company. Affton found success in pitching to key wholesale accounts starting locally, and now features her products in Macy’s, Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, and more, maintaining sustainable packaging and plant-based ingredients along the way!
A passion for excellence and results in marketing for premium B2B & B2C brands of all sizes. Experience spans both agency and brand side work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland and now Bend. Strategic C-Level leadership that has led brands from inception through high revenue launches for notables like: J&J's Winnie the Pooh & Pals Bath Time Buddies, Nordstrom's NOL Private Label Brand, AT&T - PocketNet Phone, Starbucks include the launch of Frappuccino, Rembrandt Oral Care Products, Microsoft, Xbox, Nike, Lora DiCarlo, adidas, LinkedIn as well as a wide range of technology startups - all with a passion for best in class category building and disruption.