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Brett Baker, Debra J. Ringold elected to Portland Business Alliance board of directors

February 25, 2015

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Portland, Ore. – The Portland Business Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Baker and Debra J. Ringold to its board of directors. Brett Baker is the general manager of Austin Industries. Debra Ringold is dean and JELD-WEN professor of free enterprise at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.
“I am looking forward to engaging these two business leaders in our organization,” said Debbie Kitchin, principal at InterWorks LLC and chair of the Alliance board. “With Brett’s responsibilities managing a local business that participates in global trade and Debra’s marketing expertise, they will both be great assets to our board.”  
Brett is the general manager of Austin Industries. The company is located in Newberg and includes A-dec, Allison Inn & Spa, and Springbrook development project and family philanthropy. Brett spent the majority of his professional career in banking, serving primarily Oregon and Northwest markets.
Debra teaches courses in private, public and nonprofit sector marketing; marketing research; marketing communications; and marketing and public policy. Her research has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Policy, and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. She has served as the past chairperson of the board of directors for the American Marketing Association and served on the Advisory Council to the U.S. Census Bureau. Debra will serve as an ex-officio board member.
The Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With more than 1,800 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents.