The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of its first executive director, Laura Furgurson. In an effort to expand and enhance Depoe Bay’s marketing and tourism efforts, this part-time position is funded by a three-year grant from the Lincoln County Commissioners. In this new leadership position, Furgurson’s focus will be tourism marketing, membership support and volunteer recruiting.
Furgurson has more than 30 years of experience launching and leading both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She joins the chamber with an extensive background in marketing, branding, market research, volunteer management, organizational development, tourism and hospitality. She teaches marketing courses through the Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center, is a certified leadership coach and a long-time business advisor.
Chamber Board President Bill Johnson said, “The board is delighted to have found someone locally with such a broad and diverse background in both the business and nonprofit arena. Laura’s wealth of experience will be a wonderful asset in promoting the Depoe Bay area. It was a unanimous decision to bring Laura on board, and we’re looking forward to her leadership in promoting the businesses and tourism to the Whale Capital of Oregon.”
Furgurson is excited for this new opportunity. “I am thrilled to be able to help visitors discover what I’ve experienced and loved since childhood. Depoe Bay is a unique, beautiful and fun place to share with family and friends,” she said. She’s also eager to support local businesses and expand volunteer opportunities within the community.
Patti Eisler, chamber board member who led the hiring effort, said, “We are super excited to have Laura on our team. She's already hit the ground running by supporting volunteer efforts for our upcoming Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show. Laura has an extensive background in both marketing and tourism; we feel extremely lucky to have found her.”