Lifetime Achievement: Roger Lee
This new award was created to celebrate the work a Bend Chamber member has done not only in a year, but in his or her lifetime.
“There are so many people in this community that invested their lives to making Central Oregon a better place,” said Rogers of the Bend Chamber. “This award is intended to recognize those champions.”
Roger Lee has been the executive director of Economic Development for Central Oregon for the past 15 years. Under his leadership, EDCO has become a model for successful economic development throughout Oregon and the Northwest.
Lee has served as facilitator of Opportunity Knocks groups and participated in OSU-Cascades’ Campus Expansion Advisory Committee. In addition, Lee has been on boards and committees for the Partnership to End Poverty, Abilitree, the Central Oregon Air Service Taskforce and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Advisory Board. At the state level, Lee has served as president of the Oregon Economic Development Association and SOAR Oregon, among others.
“At the root of Roger’s professional and private success are his integrity, work ethic, selfless personality and willingness to collaborate with organizations across the region,” said EDCO Operations Manager Erin Chalet, who nominated Lee. “He is the first to deflect compliments towards his staff and colleagues, but those that know him would agree that without his unwavering dedication, insight and passion for economic development, Central Oregon would not be what it is today.”