OBI Selects Mark Johnson as President & Chief Executive Officer

Published Monday, October 9, 2017

The Board of Directors of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) has selected Representative Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) to serve as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Johnson has served in the Legislature since 2011 and is known for his ability to work across party lines and his advocacy for education and workforce development. He also is chairman of the Hood River County School District Board and owns a construction business specializing in residential homebuilding.

Johnson becomes the first President & CEO of OBI since the merger of Associated Oregon Industries and Oregon Business Association on July 1. Johnson will lead our association as it works to continue to unify the Oregon business community and support public policy that promotes a healthy, prosperous and competitive Oregon.

"I'm humbled and honored to join Oregon Business & Industry at this key time," Johnson said. "I look forward to providing leadership to help a united business community move forward to pursue solutions to the challenges we must overcome to reach our potential as a state."

OBI Board Chair Sam Tannahill said Johnson brings the type of experience and perspective needed to forge collaborative solutions. "As a state representative, Mark Johnson clearly demonstrated the ability to work with both sides of the aisle on issues critical to Oregon such as fiscal policy, environment and education," said Tannahill, founder of A to Z Wineworks. "As a longtime resident of Hood River County and owner of a residential construction company, he understands the concerns of rural Oregon and small businesses. As an almost lifelong Oregonian, he values our quality of life. At OBI, he will work with us to strive for a prosperous, healthy and educated Oregon."  

Johnson plans to start at OBI on November 1. He will speak briefly at the Statesman Dinner on Tuesday night. The OBI Board is excited to welcome Mark and looks forward to working with him and you to move OBI and Oregon forward.