Carr is the Chief Wrangler of a regional business accelerator in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. The Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator’s purpose is to build economic and community capacity in the region by helping startups and existing business succeed and grow. The Accelerator also focuses on building regional workforce and talent. With extensive experience in strategic planning, project and process management, and leading teams, Carr embraced Strategic Doing to effect change in a highly collaborative world – especially when engaging groups of citizens, government and non-profit organizations, and industry. Together with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Public Research and Engagement (IPRE), Carr is leading a regional effort to establish Strategic Doing as the common framework for forming collaborations that create measurable outcomes.
A graduate of Duke University, Carr holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Carr has broad, international experience in companies of all sizes and stages – large enterprises, small businesses, startups, IPOs, and turnarounds. He has held executive positions in sales and marketing, business development, investments and acquisitions, and information technology across a variety of industries including manufacturing, legal and professional services, finance, food and beverage, education, and agribusiness. Carr has served as an officer and director in public and private companies and currently owns two small businesses. Carr is a director on the board of two foundations focused on transforming education for the 21stCentury, a director for a mutual savings bank, and twice the President of the local chamber of commerce.
Titus Tomlinson is Program Coordinator for the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program. The RARE AmeriCorps Program strives to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level participants who live and work in communities for 11 month terms of service. Tomlinson takes a lead role with the recruitment, placement, training and management for all RARE AmeriCorps members. Over the last 6 years, Titus has gotten to work with well over 100 members and an array of rural Oregon communities. He gained experience in service learning and community development arenas via his time in the University of Oregon’s Community and Regional Planning Graduate Program and the two years he spent as a RARE AmeriCorps member.