OK 8: Marketing Management Professionals
This team is made up Marketing management professionals who want to grow/be on the cutting edge of marketing strategies and tactics and learn from peers across a variety of industries.
For the past 14 years, Valerie has overseen the marketing for Brooks Resources, one of the region’s oldest and most respected real estate development companies. In her role as the Director of Marketing, she manages multiple strategic marketing plans and day-to-day tactics including events, campaigns, digital marketing and PR. In addition to volunteering for OK, Valerie is a board member of the Family Access Network Foundation Board and serves as the administrator for Building a Better Bend.
Georell Bracelin helps businesses brand, plan, market and promote. A Central Oregonian for nearly 20 years, she is the owner and marketing strategist behind Gb2 Agency, a full-service advertising agency. Georell has worked over the years with many small and large Central Oregon businesses and has launched several businesses along the way, including a successful snowboard brand for female riders. Currently, she calls on these years of experience and adventure to help her put together irresistible and creative marketing strategies and campaigns for her clients.
I grew up in Portland,OR and let Snowboarding dictate my life for the better part of 20 years. I have lived in Bend since 2007 where I atteneded OSU Cascades and have found myself professionally through the ski/snb retail industry, as a media producer (photographer, videographer, editor), a special project assistant at Visit Bend where I focused on user surveys and analytical data based research and since 2010 I have been the Brand Manager at BlackStrap Industries. I have 2 shred dogs that test gear for Ruffwear, an amazing wife who is a horticulturist & bee keeper and a 2.5 year old daughter named Hazel who (Coincidentally) wants to snowboard, ski and ride bikes when she grows up.
Erik earned his undergrad in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from Columbia University. He worked at Random House for a time before realizing that his passion was in bikes and the outdoors. He moved back to the west coast to open a small bike shop in Seattle that was then sold to a competitor in its first year. He migrated to Portland where he was the Digital Marketing lead at Chris King for five years and is now the Marketing Director for Robert Axle Project and Old Man Mountain.
Taking over for Kelly Hervey from the Laird Superfood Digital Marketing Team. With my specific role, I have a foot in marketing and in creative as I do design work as well as email & SMS marketing. My previous role before Laird Superfood was Creative Director for a local media company. I am originally from the Portland area, and have lived in (my happy place) Central Oregon since 2012. I am a single mother of 2 girls: Mary, 11, & Rosie, 10.
I'm a people person to my core, a lover of pinot noir, very competitive, loves to run, a golden retriever mom, a team leader, a problem solver who sees the big picture and does what it takes.
A Bend native, Jenny was raised to love and appreciate the outdoors and live an active lifestyle. After a brief career in apparel marketing, she found her niche in healthcare and has worked with a number of diverse organizations, including large nonprofit healthcare systems and small to midsize private physician practices over the course of the last 20 years. She is passionate about using her marketing skills and experience in an industry that helps people. As Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care she feels fortunate to be able to use her expertise working for an organization that specializes in helping active Central Oregonians get back to what they love doing after an injury.
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.