Oregon Chamber Ambassador Convention

Host Chamber Ambassadors
Location Klamath Falls
Date Sep 28, 2017
Oct 01, 2017
Time 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

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The Oregon State Ambassadors Convention is coming to Klamath Falls!

When: September 28th through October 1st

Where: The Running Y Ranch & Resort

Adventures in our Backyard!

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The convention will draw ambassadors from Oregon’s 84 Chambers of Commerce with attendees coming from Portland to the Southern Coast. Each day, attendees of the convention have excursions and tours throughout the county. During these times, they will have the opportunity to visit local businesses, and experience the beautiful landscape that surrounds the basin.


*KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kyle Sexton - “Why Loud is Losing”

When: Friday September 29th 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Kyle Sexton is an award-winning marketing strategist and international speaker and an author on the topics of membership development, marketing and innovation. He was recognized in 2011 by Chamber Executive magazine as one of the most influential innovators in the Chamber of Commerce industry. His research and methods have been featured in industry publications, as well as national conventions and regional conferences. Kyle’s innovative social media accelerator has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and he is the author of Remberbership – New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations and Follow You Anywhere – 22 Little Lessons for Team Leaders.

In Kyle’s Key Note “Why Loud is Losing,” the customer isn’t always right, but they have a thousand friends and an iPhone. Learn how today’s businesses are finding fans, and where to find yours. Kyle will inspire you with stories of remarkable businesses and strategies for attracting more of your ideal customers.

Hear it straight from Kyle:



**Professor John Lund - "Klamath Falls as a Unique Location for its Geothermal"

When: Friday September 29th 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

John Lund, professor of civil engineering and former director of the Oregon Tech Geo-Heat Center has written over 250 papers on geothermal energy.  He speaks fondly of lecturing on geothermal heat in 45 countries, drawing from a wealth of knowledge about the natural resource. Despite his well-used passport and variety of travels, Lund still sees Klamath Falls as a unique location, especially for its geothermal, coupled with the proximity of Oregon Tech. Some wells are as deep as 2000 feet and 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

**Jessie DuBose - Blue Zones – “Oregon’s 1st Blue Zones Project City”

When: Saturday September 30th 9:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Blue Zones takes a widespread approach to improving the well-being of a community by focusing on people, places and policy. The Blue Zones Project is based on an 8-year worldwide study on longevity and is geared towards helping people live longer, healthier lives by making small incremental changes. Dan Buettner, author and Blue Zones guru, has cited Power 9 Principles which consist of healthy living, such as increasing physical activity, knowing one’s purpose in life, putting family first and surrounding oneself with healthy-minded people. Jessie DuBose, a Klamath native from a farming family and former community development coordinator for the Department of Human Services, will provide a detailed look at how Blue Zones operates and what successes have been to-date for our community.

**Aaron Orendorff – “All Communication is Sales”

When: Saturday September 30th 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Aaron is one of Forbes “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017” and is a regular contributor for publications like Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Business Insider, Success Magazine, Mashable, Inc., and more. The founder of iconiContent — a marketing agency “saving the world from bad content” — Aaron’s also a husband and the father of three girls (along with two bunnies).

In All Communication Is Sales, as unvarnished as it might sound, every time we put pen to paper, finger to keyboard, or voice to thought … we’re trying to get what’s in our heads into someone else’s in way that makes them say, “Yes.” Call it influence, persuasion, or rhetoric, but whether personal or professional that’s always our goal. Join Aaron to discover the universal keys to unlocking “non-sales sales.”

**Greg O'Sullivan - "Building a Competitive Advantage - Setting the Stage in Klamath Falls for Jobs and Investment"

When: Saturday Sept. 30th 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Greg O’Sullivan is the Executive Director for Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA). KCEDA is a collaborative leader in planning and implementing strategies that sprout economic development in our community and to lead cooperative relationships with other organizations that share a passion for a community’s long-term prosperity. Greg has been with KCEDA since 2015, having a wealth of experience in economic development to both attract new businesses as well as to help existing businesses remain and expand. Greg has coordinated with successful Fortune 100 and 500 companies and has served as an economic development consultant for development corporations in several western states.

In “Building a Competitive Advantage,” Greg will discuss how rural communities that prepare themselves to compete can win their fair share of business development and commerce. Getting prepared and positioning is the key. Klamath County did just that. It’s about rising above that chatter, building key relationships, and putting the right people, programs and processes in place.

**Morgan Lindsay - "Business Continuity and Disasters: What you Need to Know"

When: Sunday October 1st 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Klamath County Emergency Management Director Morgan Lindsay is responsible for planning in the event of large-scale disasters or emergencies (such as earthquakes) that could present harm to our citizens. What would happen if we had a high-magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone? It could mean massive casualties and displacements for communities from Northern California to British Columbia. Morgan will be speaking from a business perspective and “what you need to know” to be prepared if such a disaster were to occur.

*If you are a business local to Klamath Falls (not attending the Convention) and are interested in attending a speech or excursion, Klamath County Chamber Ambassadors will be accepting donations for entry. Ask our Chamber Aambassadors how to participate by emailing klamathcountychamberambassador@gmail.com.

Friday and Saturday Excursion Activities

Sip and Shop (offered Friday only)

Sip Sip Hooray! Join us for an afternoon of shopping, wine, cocktails and refreshments. This tour will take you to Klamath’s finest retailers featuring unique gifts, locally made items, and clothing. These retailers have selected the perfect wine or cocktail paired with a delicious bite for you to enjoy while you browse, mingle, and shop. Transportation is provided.

Brewery Tastings & Tour (offered Saturday only)

If you are a beer enthusiast, don’t miss this afternoon sampling a variety of award winning beers made locally in Klamath Basin’s breweries! Our first stopover will include a stop at Mia and Pias for beer tasting along with a wonderful food pairing. From there we will adventure to Klamath Basin Brewing (KBB) for a tour through their brewery, located in the iconic 1935 Crater Lake Creamery building, to learn about the brewing process and taste a variety of great KBB beers!  Transportation is provided from the Running Y and Cerulean hotels.

Crater Lake and KlaMoYa Casino (offered both Friday and Saturday)

Come visit one of the world’s most famous and beautiful places—in our backyard!  Even if you have been there before, you will still be in awe of the natural beauty of this lake and the surrounding area.  Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

On the way to Crater Lake, we will be stopping to have a little fun. A short stop at KlaMoYa Casino will give you a little time to try your luck. Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin (Kla Mo Ya) welcomes you to enjoy the beauty of the land while enjoying 340 Vegas style slots, live blackjack and if you are still hungry (after having a “to go” lunch on your way), a full menu with a variety of delicious options awaits you at Peak to Peak restaurant/grill.

Spring Creek Kayak/Collier Memorial State Park Hike (offered both Friday and Saturday)

Prepare for an amazing adventure with a kayak float accompanied by ‘The Ledge’ to explore the beauty of Spring Creek, a slow-moving creek with the coldest and bluest of water! This jewel is NOT to be missed and the clarity of the creek (due in large part to the fine silt that makes up the bottom of the spring fed creek) is an outdoor adventure to experience! We’ll provide you with a sack lunch and meet at the Spring Creek Day-use area located about 30 miles north of Klamath Falls in Collier Memorial State Park where we’ll hook up with our kayaks. As we paddle toward the headwaters, you will notice formations at the bottom of the creek called Mare’s eggs where these unique forms of blue-green algae are only found in just a few places in the world. After our paddle, we’ll experience a Ranger led hike through parts of Collier State Park where you’ll learn more about the area’s logging past. Click here to view a video of Spring Creek and here for more information on Collier Memorial State Park.

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*Keynote speaker fee for non-Ambassador attendees: $50
**Speaker fee for non-Ambassador attendees: $35

If you are not an Ambassador, but still wish to attend the Convention, please complete the registration form and follow the instructions for submission

About Klamath Chamber Ambassadors
The Ambassadors program of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is a membership outreach and retention program. Ambassadors are volunteer goodwill representatives, working with existing and new members to relay information, identify concerns, promote member involvement, and provide assistance with member retention efforts.
About Running Y Ranch Resort
Located in the heart of the breathtaking Cascade Mountain Range, Running Y Ranch Resort provides an all-season destination where serenity, discovery, and exploration abound. Where the splendor of nature and the crisp air inspires life-changing experiences, and 300 days of sunshine creates the perfect backdrop for making lasting connections, the Running Y Ranch Resort is the perfect site for any convention or event. For more information visit: www.RunningY.com