Why did you decide to become a judge?
I believe as citizens of our community we are all called to give back and this is a new opportunity to acknowledge the success and good works of Women in our town.
What does the Woman of the Year mean to you?
This is a unique opportunity to recognize the “best of the best” for both community activities, accomplishments and professional achievements. This is a new and innovative awards event that honors women. We hope it will encourage others to be the best they can be and acknowledge, in an event of excellence, those that have.
Connie started the Bend franchise of Express Employment Professionals in 1983. She is one of the original 20 franchisees of Express Employment Professionals, as well as the president and CEO.
Through her leadership, the Bend office has continued to win international awards yearly and is in the top tier of recruiting firms across the country.
Connie has served on over 35 boards during her tenure in Central Oregon. Connie currently serves as a board member and is the past president of Redmond Economic Development Inc., past president and board member for Economic Development of Central Oregon, board member of 1st Story, advisory board member for Leadership Bend and the Assistance League of Bend.
Connie was honored by the Bend Soroptomists in 2002 as their Woman of Distinction, by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year in 2005, and in 2006 Connie was selected as the first inductee into the Inspirational Women Hall of Fame established by the Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon. She has been identified by The Bulletin as one of 15 Women of Inspiration in 2015.
Connie and her husband, Jerry, enjoy their seven children, their seven spouses, and fifteen grandchildren.