Colene Martin is has been working with the business community since 2012 as the President & CEO of the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Ron owned a retail business in Grants Pass for 27 years that they sold in 2007. Her business experience gives her a strong understanding of the Grants Pass community and its relationship to the success of business.
Colene is a member of The Rotary Club of Grants Pass, serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon State Chamber of Commerce, Mid Rogue Imaging and is involved in many committees and task forces that relate to the prosperity of business in the community.
Colene’s goals as leader of the chamber are to focus on delivering consistent great quality products and projects that give value to chamber members. Build strong relationships with entities that effect local business. Create a strong local economy by promoting our community and the chamber members
My daughter and I came to Grants Pass in 1980. I started with the chamber part time while going to Rogue Community College to get a degree in business. Shortly after I graduated, there was a full-time position opening. Working at the chamber and being a part of the business community in Grants Pass is an honor. For fun, I spend as much time as possible on the Rogue River and camping nearby. I also collect rocks and read a lot. Please don’t hesitate to call if I can be of service.
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Joining the team at the Chamber and our Visitors Center has allowed me to use all my skills and talents from previous industries and companies, to partner and promote Josephine County local business and commerce.
Josephine County has such a rich history and many micro regions from Cave Junction, Oregon Caves, Applegate Wineries and Merlin our Gateway to the Rogue. The Chamber is about Commerce and I enjoy being a part of positive change, and listening to great ideas from our community.
Art served 21 years with U.S. Navy Seabees as a heavy equipment operator. He and his wife Patty and two sons Chris and Sean moved to the Rogue Valley from Southeast Virginia in 2007.
Art is the Chamber’s Customer Service Representative. He greets customers in person and by phone to assist them in all the great attractions, restaurants and things to do while visiting the area. He happily works the weekends and holidays during the summer when the Visitors Center is open 7 days a week.
Art says “This has been one of the most rewarding positions I have ever had. I get to enjoy the community, its citizens and the tourists I serve”.