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Chad Freeman 

SEDCOR President

Office: 503-837-1800

Cell: 503-930-4481

cfreeman@sedcor.com 

 

Chad Freeman is the president of Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), the lead economic development organization serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.

Described by public and private partners as exceptional at advocating for the economic interests of the region, Chad values teamwork and accountability, with the overall objective of creating jobs and investments in the region.

When business leaders in the region need assistance with retention and expansion strategies, they know they can turn to Chad and his team for answers.

Chad previously served as an executive officer with Oregon Business Development Department, an organization focused on the creation, retention, expansion and attraction of businesses in Oregon. Chad worked primarily with companies within Clackamas and Washington counties.

With broad experience in real estate, economic development and running workforce organizations, Chad has a strong understanding of industry and public/private projects. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

 

Nick Harville

Marion County Business

Retention & Expansion Manager

Office: 503-837-1804

nharville@sedcor.com 

 

As the Marion County Business Retention and Expansion Manager, Nick Harville has a stellar reputation for solving problems for traded-sector business owners and public partners.

Understanding the key to finding answers starts with listening, Nick travels throughout Marion County to meet with public and private partners.

His job includes writing grants, researching financing resources, knowing land use and planning laws and helping businesses make connections and advising businesses how to grow.

Nick’s knowledge of economic development organizations and industries is backed by more than 20 years of experience from Oregon’s Coast to a variety of companies around the country. After establishing the economic development organization for Lincoln County, Oregon, he began a private consulting career.

Major accomplishments are helping to fund the start-up and organize the Oregon Brewers Guild. He helped conduct business analysis and planning for brewing operations throughout the U.S. His private consulting work exposed him to a variety of industries and companies, from food processing to manufacturing and healthcare. He started SEDCOR’s Construction Alliance and created the IMOM or the Industrial Maintenance Operator/Mechanic Training program.

 

 

Alex Paraskevas

Polk County Business 

Retention & Expansion Manager

Office: 503-837-1803

Cell: 503-931-3148

alexp@sedcor.com 

 

Alex Paraskevas is Rural Innovation Catalyst and Business Retention and Expansion Manager for Polk County.

Thanks to a grant from the Ford Family Foundation and support from Polk County, the city of Independence and SEDCOR have jointly hired Paraskevas to work as a rural innovation catalyst and the business retention and expansion manager to assist traded-sector businesses in Polk County.

Paraskevas will work with Independence Economic Development Director Shawn Irvine on the Smart Rural Community effort to encourage the establishment and growth of technology and agriculture-based companies in Polk County. The Rural Innovation Catalyst also will work to foster entrepreneurship and STEAM education programming.

For 10 years, Paraskevas worked at Willamette University serving as assistant director of alumni communication and then as associate director of research and prospect management.

A 2006 University of Oregon graduate, Paraskevas (pronounced Pa-ra-skeh-vas) grew up in Salem, graduating from South Salem High School in 2002. 

 

Abisha Stone

Yamhill County Business

Retention & Expansion Manager

Cell: 503-507-4175

astone@sedcor.com 

 

Yamhill County Business Retention and Expansion Manager Abisha Stone’s strategy is to ask questions, listen and take into consideration what is best for each individual traded-sector business. Her position was created after SEDCOR was awarded a contract by Yamhill County to provide economic development to the county and its 10 cities.

Before starting at SEDCOR, Stone was the production manager for Oregon Cherry Growers; the vice president of operations for Marion-Polk Food Share and the contract packing/relations manager for Truitt Bros. Inc. She is a board member and is the secretary on the executive committee for Oregon Aglink, a private, nonprofit volunteer membership organization dedicated to growing agriculture in Oregon through education and promotion and bridging the gap between urban and rural Oregonians.

Eager to assist traded-sector companies in Yamhill County, Stone shared she takes a holistic approach to problem solving.

“With every person I work with, I first try to gain a deep understanding of what the business culture is and the strategic opportunities that could be implemented to meet the individual business’ needs,” Stone said. 

 

 

Tami Lundy 

Events/Office Manager

503-588-6225

tlundy@sedcor.com

 

Engine, glue, institutional memory and administrative backbone.

Add to that a stellar reputation for being one of the best vent planners in the Mid-Willamette Valley, creating top-notch events.

With more than 20 years working for SEDCOR, Tami relocated from the Seattle area with a strong background in advertising. She graduated from Georgia State University with Bachelor of Arts in Business.

During her tenure at SEDCOR, she supported the recruitment of T-Mobile, Wachovia, Sanyo Solar and other large manufacturers to the region. At SEDCOR, Tami manages the organization’s financial operations, member and non-member database, executive council and board of directors.

Tami is also responsible for more than 20 high profile events per year, hosting more than 2,000 business leaders at industrial site tours, an annual ag breakfast, honors lunch, golf tournament and monthly economic business forum lunches. She also assists large industrial clients with their grand opening events.

One of the greatest roles Tami plays at SEDCOR is the referral of hundreds of companies and individuals each year through her extensive knowledge of the membership and the region’s resources.

 

Kristine Thomas

Communications/Marketing Manager

503-837-1802

kthomas@sedcor.com 

 

Kristine Thomas is the communications and marketing manager for SEDCOR. 

Before joining SEDCOR, she was a newspaper reporter/editor for 30 years. Her work was published in The Oregonian, Our Town, Gresham Outlook, Willamette Week, Roseburg News Review and The Tab Newspaper in Boston. 

Her responsibilities at SEDCOR include writing articles for the magazine and newsletter, press releases, speeches and reports and working on marketing material for SEDCOR events and BR&E managers. 

A 1987 graduate of The University of Oregon, she has a double major in journalism and psychology. 

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