The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of their first Executive Director, Laura Furgurson. In an effort to expand and enhance Depoe Bay’s marketing and tourism efforts, this part-time position is funded by a three-year grant from the Lincoln County Commissioners.
In this new leadership position, Ms. Furgurson’s focus will be tourism marketing, membership support and volunteer recruiting.
Laura has over 30 years of experience launching and leading both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She joins the Chamber with an extensive background in marketing, branding, market research, volunteer management, organizational development, tourism and hospitality. Ms. Furgurson teaches marketing courses through the local Small Business Development Center, is a certified leadership coach and a long-time business advisor.
Chamber Board President Bill Johnson says “the board is delighted to have found someone locally with such a broad and diverse background in both the business and non-profit arena. Laura’s wealth of experience will be a wonderful asset in promoting the Depoe Bay area. It was a unanimous decision to bring Laura on board and we’re looking forward to her leadership in promoting the businesses and tourism to the Whale Capital of Oregon.”
Laura Furgurson says she is excited for the new opportunity. “I am thrilled to be able to help visitors discover what I’ve experienced and loved since childhood. Depoe Bay is a unique, beautiful and fun place to share with family and friends,” Furgurson said. She’s also eager to support local businesses and expand volunteer opportunities within the community.
Patti Eisler, Chamber Board Member who led the hiring effort said “We are super excited to have Laura, on our team. She’s already hit the ground running by supporting volunteer efforts for our upcoming Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show. Laura has an extensive background in both marketing and tourism, we feel extremely lucky to have found her.”