Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Oregon Travel Experience (governed by the Oregon Travel Information Council) is pleased to announce that Kyle K. Walker has accepted the position as agency Chief Executive Officer. Following a national recruitment process, the council and its stakeholders selected Ms. Walker as the ideal candidate to lead OTE.

"Kyle Walker is the right executive to take Oregon Travel Experience to the next level, with exceptional experience in strategic planning, regulatory navigation and community engagement," said Gwenn Baldwin, Chair of the Oregon Travel Information Council. "The council and staff look forward to working with Kyle to steer the agency mission forward for exceptional travel experiences throughout Oregon."

Walker brings experience delivering cost effective services and a record of building strategic partnerships with public and private community leaders.  She is a former strategic planning manager with Portland General Electric, has served as assistant to the City Manager in Gresham, acted as a division manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and was the communications manager for the City of Olympia.  In addition to her service on several youth based non-profit boards, Walker is currently serving as an elected official on the North Clackamas School District Board of Directors.

"I look forward to meeting our customers and industry partners and working with an agile team," said Walker. "I welcome this opportunity to engage a variety of stakeholders--from business owners who rely on highway signs to attract customers, to motorists who expect Oregon's rest areas to be safe and clean. It is important for our tourism and transportation organizations, sign customers and community coalitions to know they can count on OTE to be a receptive partner and forge creative solutions to support local economic prosperity," added Walker.

CEO Walker will join OTE on Monday, December 10, 2012.

Oregon Travel Experience is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem, Oregon with a focus on transportation. The agency and its governing council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience. OTE oversees highway safety rest area management, helps motorists to find essential services through blue highway logo signs, and helps connect the first-time Oregon visitor to tourism partners through its travel information centers. OTE also administers to two Oregon heritage programs: historical markers and heritage trees.

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