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The Strength of Teamwork

Here at the Prineville – Crook County Chamber, we pride ourselves in being an environment that encourages teamwork. We are dedicated to providing you a platform and a reason for fostering good relationships through the course of networking which we see as the most basic forms of teamwork. Thee Chamber staff isn’t the only team, and we consider our Board of Directors, our Ambassadors and our Chamber members as a team that works together to share knowledge and foster successful outcomes for our organization, and for all of our members.

We have one common goal.  We want our businesses and our community to thrive, not just survive. We love using our members ideas on our public platform.  We encourage all to talk out loud, share their ideas and knowledge and assist in problem solving. And we appreciate everyone’s contributions to this community.

We all are a part of a team in one way or another whether it is at work, in our families, or in a committee or organization.  In fact, almost every day, we are working with others in most areas of our life.  Whether you are an executive or manager, you are working with all departments of a business or organization.  And if you serve on a committee, you are responsible for giving input and taking on tasks.  We all make up a part of a team. The most important thing of being a part of a team, is recognizing it, and seeing strength in numbers.

Building a strong team can be challenging, but in the end is much more rewarding than being a party of one.  It takes throwing away ego and pride, in return for the amazing reward of successful group efforts. Each person holds their own strengths and talents and can contribute to the success of a team because of those attributes. By celebrating individual efforts and utilizing others resources available to us, we can succeed, and win.  Yet, on occasion one person will try to take credit for the success of a team which takes others down. A true team member will put aside taking all the praise for a job well done and instead respond with gratitude for the work of their entire team. And this takes humility, which is a required quality for a team to be successful.

So how do you build a strong team?  Acknowledge all ideas and suggestions that come your way. This takes good, open, and honest communication.  It takes knowing your role, but also knowing and respecting the roles and responsibilities of others.   Be open to all ideas and suggestions, as this is a way to show respect for diversity and inclusivity.  Take note that it is never good to go into a conversation or meeting thinking your way is the only way, or the right way, but be open to ideas and open to possibke change. 

We can’t stress enough the importance of collaboration, communication and trust. Business collaboration is a great way to share costs, solve problems and achieve overall success of a specific project or event. Gain trust with your peers by sharing ideas and knowledge towards a common goal – success. Take the time to form business relationships and recognize, create, or act upon opportunities that as a team, result in a great achievement. If you share what you have done in the past that worked well, you will see others succeed as well.

How can you specifically support and be a part of a greater team in the Crook County business community? Support our members by being available and offering help and contributions for growth and development of all business or business owners new to our area. When you see a business struggling, offer up help and solutions, not criticism. The Crook County business community is so diverse that the knowledge available here should ensure any problem we see arise, can be met with solutions, rather than condemnation. We want our businesses to thrive. Think about the positive impact you can have by supporting other businesses and organizations, and partnering with them.

It is amazing how much can be accomplished with teamwork if no one is concerned about who gets the credit. At the Chamber we consider every member a part of our success story.  When one succeeds, we all do.  And we are so grateful for the team of over 370 member businesses we get to work with every day.  Thank you for being a part of our team!

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.