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First week on the job at Cover Oregon and he fires the project review consultant and their $600,000 a month bill – And the upstart is from Newport!

Clyde Hamstreet Cover Oregon's new leader

Clyde Hamstreet
Cover Oregon’s new leader
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Three days on the job and the new head honcho for Cover Oregon has fired the organization’s project review consultant and the $600,000 a month fee that came with them. Corporate “fix it guru” Clyde Hamstreet, hired by Governor Kitzhaber to rescue the computer sign-up portion of the operation, fired Deloitte and got down to figuring out whether the state should continue to pursue the system the state is currently trying to make work, or go with a tried and true federal exchange. Should Hamstreet decide to switch to the exchange model, it would trigger a lot of headaches for Oregon medical care providers. It would work out eventually…but not without lots of pain while enroute.

The story is in the Oregonian.Click here.

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And…AND! it appears that Mr. Hamstreet began much of his highly successful career right here in Lincoln County. His website offers this brief review of his time while living in Newport.

Mr. Hamstreet is an Oregon native with long-standing interest in contributing to the state’s unique combination of livability and environmental stewardship, while offering sustainable economic opportunities and fiscal responsibility to its citizens. In furtherance of these goals Mr. Hamstreet has served on the Yaquina Bay Economic Development Foundation, the Lincoln County Planning task force, the Newport City Council (mid-1980s), the Oregon Economic Development Commission, and the Oregon Land Use and Development Commission and a founding Director of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Hamstreet was also involved in the Yaquina Development Corporation and was President of Newport Seafood.

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Mr. Hamstreet is a Certified Turnaround Professional and has served in leadership positions of the Northwest and National Turnaround Management Associations and the Association of Turnaround Professionals. He has been nominated for turnaround practitioner of the year four times, winning the award in 1994, 2005 and 2011. In 2009 the Northwest Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association honored Mr. Hamstreet “for his dedication and outstanding professional achievements in business restructurings and turnaround” at its 10th Anniversary Cross-Border Conference.

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