C. Oregon Economic Development Appoints Venture Capital Catalyst Director

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Economic Development for Central Oregon is pleased to announce that Deanne Buck has joined its dedicated team as Director of Venture Catalyst, effective February 28th.

In this role, Deanne will be responsible for helping entrepreneurship drive future job growth in Central Oregon by executing the plans and programs of EDCO’s “Start” initiative, which aims to frame and advising scalable start-ups from concept to exit on issues such as access to capital, critical expertise and strategy.

Deanne brings with her a track record in supporting entrepreneurs and a history of success in creating sustainable ecosystems in which start-ups can grow and thrive. She herself has an entrepreneurial spirit, the formal education to add value to the role and the fundraising background, stakeholder outreach and community engagement which are essential to succeed in the position.

“Being a director of Venture Catalyst requires a unique skill set. We consider ourselves lucky to have found someone with Deanne’s experience and passion to both continue the success of the role and take it to the next level,” said Jon Stark, EDCO Acting CEO. “Deanne’s experience mentoring and coaching founders, fundraising and revenue diversification strategy, and project-based execution and consulting will be assets to the organization.”

Deanne holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Juris Doctorate, with a major in business entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado-Boulder, School of Law. When not working with contractors, she enjoys trail running, skiing, rock climbing, yoga and painting. “The ability to continue to combine my passions, experiences and skills in a geographic area close to my heart is what drew me to this position,” Deanne said.

“EDCO continues to be supported by many partners across the region. I want to personally thank Karen Turner of Specialized Recruiting Group, an Express Employment Professionals company, for leading the search for the director of Venture Catalyst. His tireless and professional dedication to this position has been greatly appreciated,” Jon remarked.

About Central Oregon Economic Development (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create jobs for the middle class in central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to locate in the region ; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and work with companies already established here to develop their activities. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

About Express Employment Professionals, Specialized Recruitment Group

Express Employment Professionals is an international franchise organization locally managed by Chris Petty. Named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Professional Recruiting Companies for 2021 and recognized as one of the top 10 fastest growing professional recruiting companies in the country, their team of professional recruiters is more than equipped to help local businesses find and hire the highly skilled talent they need. Executive Recruiters in Bend, OR | Specialized Recruitment Group (expresspros.com).

Sara H. Byrd