OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

Oregon Travel Information Council

The Council is composed of eight volunteers appointed by the Governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission. At least one appointee must reside in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. The Council meets quarterly to fulfill its mission of creating a great visitor experience by providing directions to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon’s resources, and ensuring safe and convenient travel.

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Michael Card- Chair, Executive Committee

Current Term: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2024

Michael Card is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Combined Transport, Inc., located in Central Point, which was founded by his father in 1980. Card was born in and continues to raise his own family in Oregon. He plans on providing insight into the trucking industry, which will help guide the Council and its decisions.

"If people work together, we can make things better for everyone in Oregon and those who visit."

Eliza Canty-Jones - Vice-Chair Executive Committee

Current Term: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2023 Eliza E. Canty-Jones has served as Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly since 2007 and Director of Community Engagement at the Oregon Historical Society since 2013. She produces scholarship, public programs, and organizational partnerships that advance complex and diverse perspectives on Oregon’s past. She holds an M.A. in Pacific Northwest and Public History from Portland State University and a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she was founding co-editor of SlackWater: Oral Folk History of Southern Maryland. Eliza was co-founder and served as President of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, which created the statewide centennial project, Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912–2012.

Rich Riggs, Secretary Executive Committee

Current Term: 07/2022- 7/2026

Richard Riggs serves as the Western Regional Director for Oregon State University’s Extension Service where he directs faculty and staff who provide educational programming in 4-H, agritourism, family and community health, nutrition education, agriculture, home horticulture, forestry, and fire resiliency. Prior to OSU, he served as an administrative law judge, as legal administrator for the Office of Child Care, and as Assistant Director for the Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries. Rich also served as an elected board member for Chemeketa Community College and 20 years with the US and Canadian navies. Rich is a certified master gardener, dog owner, and he and his spouse enjoy camping, hiking, and vacationing across Oregon.

Jeff Baker

Current Term: OTC Appointed

Jeff Baker is a retired business executive and advisor to organizations and businesses. Baker retired as CEO of Rexel USA and as a member of Rexel Group’s Executive Committee in 2022. Rexel USA is a national wholesale distributor of electrical material, doing business in Oregon as Platt Electric Supply. Prior to joining Rexel USA, Baker was the CEO of Poorman-Douglas Corporation, a Beaverton, Oregon based company providing administrative support services to the Federal and State Courts.In addition to serving as a Board Member and advisor to for-profit companies, Baker is a member of the Knight Cancer Institute Advisory Council, and has served as a member of The Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees, The Washington State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Experience Works, The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board, and is a co-founder and Board Member of I Belong Here. Baker holds a BA in Business (Accounting) from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Oregon has been home for Commissioner Baker for over 60 years

Robert Garcia

Current Term: 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024

A native Oregonian, Bob Garcia has served Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians in a variety of capacities since joining the Tribal Council in 2001, including eight years as the Council’s chairman.

Now a small business owner in Florence, Garcia's recent executive experience includes a decade as Assistant General Manager of Three Rivers Casino Resort. Previously, he served as Economic Development Director for the Tribes, Treasurer of the Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Indian Gaming Association. He has served on the board of numerous charities including as President of the Florence Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation. Bob is in his second term as a Commissioner of the International Port of Coos Bay.

Garcia notes: “Oregon Historical Markers are a particular interest of mine as I have seen the program work to update and revise dated and historically inaccurate markers to reflect a broader and culturally more diverse story of the ten thousand plus years of habitation in our state.”

Garcia lives with his wife, Wendy, and their family in North Bend.

Matt Preston

Current Term: 6/24/2021 - 6/24/2024

Matt works as Regional Vice president for Certified Folder Display Service working in sales and promotional sided of the tourism industry and loves it. Currently, his main focus is providing travelers with information on local and regional attractions and promoting my clients in key target markets.

David Warren

Current Term: OTC Appointed

David Warren is Transportation Infrastructure Development & Project Delivery Administrator 1.

Ed Washington

Current Term: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2024

Ed Washington comes to the Council with a wealth of expertise in management and in community diversity. Washington obtained his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and is employed with Portland State University (PSU). He enjoys helping Oregon's citizens and travelers find essential services on the highway, and in making their motoring experiences memorable.

Ed also is active on the agency's Historical Markers and Heritage Tree committees. In his "leisure" time, Washington likes to read, golf, and garden. However, his volunteer work with Life Works Northwest keeps him fairly well occupied.

Valerie Wilson

Current Term: 10/17/2022 - 12/31/2026

A native Oregonian, Valerie is originally from the Portland area but has lived in Central Oregon since 2005. She studied at Boston University and OSU – Cascades and has worked in tourism since 2008, after transitioning from the software industry. She has been with Visit Bend for ten years. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, movies, and travel.