Jay M. Clemens, President & CEO
Jay (M.A., Pacific Lutheran University; B.A., Eastern Washington University) brings many years of leadership experience to his post at AOI. Before joining us in 2006, he served as President & CEO of Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Boise, the Washington Tri-Cities, Bremerton and Spokane; he is a Certified Chamber Executive. Jay also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Association of Washington Business, and has held leadership positions in national, regional and state organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and U.S. Chambers, Chamber of Commerce Committee. Email Jay.
Wendy Floyd, Chief Financial Officer
Wendy is responsible for overall financial management and reporting of AOI and its subsidiaries, management of internal operations, working with partners relating to AOIHC and AOISC and membership management. “AOI has given me the freedom, opportunity and support to excel,” Wendy said. She takes great pleasure from the caretaking and training of two Moluccan Cockatoos, (Georgie Pink and Ali Sue) and one Umbrella Cockatoo (Mariah), and also enjoys camping and fishing. She joined the organization in 1992; AOI was originally a client. Email Wendy.
AOI Policy Management
Betsy Earls, Vice President & Counsel
Betsy (J.D., Willamette University; B.A., University of Washington) represents employers before the Oregon Legislature and regulatory agencies in the areas of health care, education policy, and retail affairs. Before joining AOI in 2008, she worked in a private law practice, representing clients before the Oregon Legislature. “My favorite part of my job is working with members and policymakers to find workable solutions to complex public policy problems,” Betsy said. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working with kids in the Marion County CASA program and spending time with her family. Email Betsy.
Mike Freese, Vice President
Mike (J.D., Willamette University College of Law; B.S., Environment and Economic Policy and Management, Oregon State University) works closely with legislators, regulators and diverse interest groups on various environment, energy, and transportation issues that impact Oregon’s business community. “I love politics, and enjoy working with others to solve important problems that both impact our environment and directly influence the ability for businesses to thrive in Oregon,” Mike said. Before coming to AOI, Mike served as Senior Counsel for Public Policy with the Oregon Farm Bureau; Professional Staff and Subcommittee Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; and Deputy Director for Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. When he’s not monitoring the political climate, Mike enjoys golf, watching sports and enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty. Email Mike.
James L. Wilson, Contract Consultant
Since 2008, James (B.S., Willamette University) has served as AOI’s tax and fiscal policy lobbyist. He also administers AOI’s Political Action Committee. “I’ve always worked at the intersection of business and politics,” he said. “I find satisfaction solving problems and achieving outcomes that facilitate business and job growth.” An avid Ducks football fan, J.L. looks forward to Saturdays at Autzen Stadium, spending time with his wife at the coast and watching his kids grow up. Email J.L.
Frances F. Ford, Membership Representative
Frances has extensive sales and marketing experience (including being the first female in yacht sales!), and she applies this experience in her efforts to expand the AOI family of member businesses. “I love the variety of people and businesses that I encounter in my outreach,” she said. “Hearing of their personal struggles and accomplishments reinforces my belief in the quote, ‘Service is the rent we pay to live here on earth.’ Being a part of that voice gives me great pride.” Frances has bred and raced Thoroughbreds, and has raised and shown (and of course, loved) Boston Terriers. She thinks Oregon is the best place in the world to call home. Email Frances.
Gayle McCornack, Membership Representative
Gayle (BA from Pacific University, graduate work in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College) spends her days promoting the many advantages of an AOI membership to the Oregon business community. She comes to AOI with a background in private and non-profit development. “I really enjoy working with the diverse population of business owners and CEOs throughout the state,” she said. In her spare time, Gayle enjoys gardening, traveling and interior design projects around the house. She loves Oregon for its diverse environments, Portland’s thriving cultural scene and a climate that supports outside activities year round…mostly! Email Gayle.
Gary Nash, Membership Representative
Gary (B.S., University of Wisconsin) joined AOI in 2008, and has been engaged ever since in growing and enhancing AOI membership & participation. Before coming to AOI, he worked with other State Chambers and State Manufacturing Associations. “One of the things I like most about my job is the challenge of convincing business owners and managers to invest in a competitive Oregon business climate,” Gary said. A longtime Green Bay Packers fan, Gary loves to spend time on Oregon’s rivers, casting flies to willing trout. Email Gary.
Katie Christensen, Communication & Data Manager
Katie (M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.S., Northern Arizona University) manages the AOI database, website, newsletters and marketing materials for all areas of the organization. She joined AOI in 2006, and enjoys the dynamic nature of her job; “things are always changing,” she says. An avid outdoorswoman, Katie enjoys white water rafting, running, triathlons and camping. “Oregon, with its rivers and seasons, is a great place for outdoor adventures,” Katie adds. Email Katie.
Jackie Haugen, Assistant to the President
Jackie performs administrative duties for the President, Chief Financial Officer and executive management team, as well as for the AOI Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Boards of the Foundation, HealthChoice Plan and Trust, Prosperity PAC, and Service Corporation. She’s been employed at AOI since 1986, and has developed many friendships in her work over the years. When asked what she enjoys about Oregon, Jackie replied, “I love the scenic beauty and variety, the mild climate that helps everything grow abundantly, and the informal lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.” Email Jackie.
Mark Hester, Communications Director
Mark (MBA, University of Texas; B.S., Mississippi College) is responsible for internal and external communications strategy and produces content for everything from AOI’s Twitter account to a weekly newsletter and policy packets. Mark joined AOI in July 2016 after almost 20 years at The Oregonian, where he had stints as business editor, sports editor and, most recently, associate editor on the editorial board. He was part of the four-writer team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Before The Oregonian, Mark worked for newspapers in Spokane, WA.; San Antonio, TX; and Montgomery, AL. He grew up in the South, living the most years in Mississippi, and remains an avid fan of Southeastern Conference sports. Mark and his wife Nancy, who grew up in Polk County, Oregon, have two adult sons. Email Mark.
Erin Murphy, Controller
Erin (P.B.S. Accounting, Linfield College; B.S., Oregon State University) comes from a background in health care management. When she’s not working to keep AOI’s finances in order, Erin likes horseback riding, camping and hiking. “I love the diversity of the Oregon landscape,” she says. “Here in the valley, we’re lucky to live so close to the ocean and the mountains at the same time, and enjoy perfect summer weather.” Email Erin.