The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of the most progressive and dynamic organizations on the Oregon Coast.

Boasting over 550 member businesses and individuals, the Chamber consistently has several active volunteer committees working to enhance the community and our business climate.

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Executive Committee 1

Executive Committee

Richard O’Hearn
Edward Jones Investments

1st Vice President
Judy Kuhl
Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn

2nd Vice President
Jason King
Oregon Coast Aquarium

Executive Committee 2



Al Fitzpatrick
Coast Guard Community College

Steve Lovas
Martek Real Estate

Past President
Lisa Ely
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

Executive Committee 3


Past President-at-Large
Susan Beck
Farmers Insurance

Ex Officio Directors

Ex Officio Directors

Sandra Roumagoux
City of Newport Mayor                                                                

Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge

Oregon Coast Community College

Board of Directors 1

Board of Directors 

Dr. John Baker
NW Management

Dr. Ken Bishop
Chiropractic Physician

André Casey
André Casey Designs

Board of Directors 2


Kathryn Heater
Diamonds By The Sea

Melony Heim
Columbia Bank

Lisa Kellenberger
Thompson's Sanitary Service

Board of Directors 3


Brian Norris
Bateman Funeral Home

Dr. Lesley Ogden
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

Dana Orr
Ocean Tire and Auto Service

Board of Directors 4


Catherine Rickbone

Kim Smith
Washington Federal Bank

Jessica Steenkolk
Newport Police Department

Sara Wedel
Meredith Lodging


The Ambassadors are a supportive group of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, comprised of knowledgeable and friendly, business professionals. We like to call ourselves the ‘busy bodies of the business realm'….and we mean that in the very best of ways! The Ambassadors are here to support local Chamber businesses through a number of means, whether it be a weekly Showcase, referrals, volunteering for community events or helping out with a grand opening.

The mission of the Ambassadors is to assist in recruiting, welcoming and supporting new and existing members through participation in and promotion of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Us

For more information on joining the Ambassadors, or to schedule an event, contact or call the Chamber at 541-265-8801. Also visit our Facebook page.

Young Professionals

The Newport Chamber’s Young Professionals, or Yo-Pros, is a group of earlier-career Chamber members who come together for civic projects and social networking events. The mission of the Young Professionals is to improve the quality of life for this group and to maintain the age demographic of Yo-Pros residing in Lincoln County.

Some networking opportunities include: Lunch Mobs, which are held at different restaurants as a way for the group to network while supporting local Chamber businesses. The Yo-Pros also get together for social hours, typically held Wednesdays once a month from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All young professionals in the area are invited to attend a lunch mob or social hour and should check the Newport Yo-Pros Facebook page for dates and locations.

The Yo-Pros team up for local causes and have hosted events such as “Bowling for Hunger,” where they knocked down pins while collecting canned goods for the local food pantry and “Poker for Pets” where they had fun gathering supplies for the local animal shelter. They volunteer their time each year to cook and serve a Thanksgiving meal to over two hundred of Newport’s senior citizens at the 60+ Activity Center.

One of the most popular Yo-Pros events is the annual “Amazing Race,” modeled after the television show. Teams of two solve a series of clues that lead from one Newport location to another, completing challenges along the way in a race to the finish line. Past challenges have included donning an ocean survival suit (and swimming in it!), building a lighthouse out of saltwater taffy, and racing fat-tire bikes down the beach.

Many more projects and events are in store for the group. If you are interested in participating in this group please contact the Newport Chamber of Commerce at 541-265-8801, or visit their Facebook page for updates.

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Each month the Chamber newsletter is mailed to over 700 leading businesses in Newport and surrounding areas.

Reading the Communiqué keeps you informed of many activities made possible through your membership.

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As part of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to improve the appearance of the City of Newport, the Chamber’s Beautification Committee holds a monthly Highway Clean Up. Volunteers meet at the Chamber office, located at 555 SW Coast Hwy in Newport, at 8:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month from May through September. All necessary supplies are provided as well as coffee and refreshments. We always welcome new volunteers!

A "Beautification Location Award" is given to a different business each month that has made efforts to improve their curb appeal.

Employee of the Month

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce wants to encourage excellent customer service in Newport, especially in our hospitality-oriented businesses. The Chamber’s Hospitality Committee presents a monthly award to an outstanding customer service employee.

The Hospitality Committee also organizes the annual "Know Your Newport" hospitality training seminar in May that includes a free training session, complimentary passes to local restaurants and attractions, and a guided neighborhood tour. Contact the Chamber for more information about Know Your Newport.