Leadership

Sam Tannahill, Chairman and Interim President

Sam (B.A., Washington and Lee University; D.T.O, University de Dijon) was chairman of Oregon Business Association before it merged with Associated Oregon Industries to form Oregon Business & Industry.  in 2001, Sam and his wife, Cheryl Francis, founded Francis Tannahill Wine Company and in 2002 they founded A to Z Wineworks with their partners Bill and Deb Hatcher.  A to Z acquired REX HILL winery in 2007 and by 2012 was the largest winery in Oregon. A to Z is a founding member of the Governor’s Climate Challenge and in 2014 became the world’s only B Corp certified winery. Sam has been active in the wine industry globally and locally. He served on the Oregon Wine Board (Chair in 2009, 2010), the Oregon Winegrowers Association Board (President in 2009, 2010) and the International Pinot Noir Celebration Board. He currently serves on the Willamette Valley Winery Association Board and The Oregon Wine Research Institute Board. Sam also is active in the broader business community. He currently serves on the Oregon Business Leaders’ Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Task Force also is the co-chair/co-founder of the Oregon Food and Beverage Leadership Council. Sam previously was a member of the Governor’s GMO Task Force.

Scott Parrish, Vice-Chairman

Scott (B.A., Oregon State) was chairman of AOI before it merged with OBA to form OBI. Since 2013, Scott has been President and CEO of A-dec Inc., a global dental supply company he joined more than 30 years ago. A-dec, based in Newberg, has won numerous international awards for its products and practices. Scott is a board member and past chair of the Dental Trade Alliance. He also is active in civic affairs, serving as a board member of Providence Newberg Hospital and in the Newberg Early Bird Rotary Club. He continued a family tradition of involvement in AOI, becoming chairman in 2017. His mother-in-law Joan Austin is a past chairman of AOI.

 

Jay M. Clemens, Interim Executive Manager

Jay (M.A., Pacific Lutheran University; B.A., Eastern Washington University) served as President and CEO of AOI from 2006 through July 1, 2017. Before joining AOI, Jay 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.