Jon Stark, Senior Manager
Jon joined REDI in 2006 with a strong vision for the Redmond’s future and a deep belief in its growing business community. He has enjoyed being a part of the city’s many success stories over the last decade, big and small. As REDI’s Senior Manager, Jon recruits new companies to Redmond and supports the expansion of the city’s existing traded-sector businesses. On any given day, you can find him helping companies with business finance, site selection and zoning, facilities development, manufacturing processes, product marketing, workforce training, employee recruitment, incentives and much more.
Prior to REDI, Jon was VP of Business Development for Express Employment where he developed workforce solutions for over 200 Central Oregon companies. The experience drove home the importance of a prepared workforce to healthy economic development. As a result, he has continued to champion this focus at REDI, helping to create innovative educational programs that connect technical training with local job opportunities. It was the success of these efforts and other initiatives that led to Jon being named Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) in 2015.
Growing up skiing competitively and exploring the outdoors, Jon loves living in Central Oregon and taking his family on recreation adventures. Most of all, he’s an avid fisherman. Make sure to ask him about Deschutes Steelhead and Chinook salmon – he knows as much about the lakes and rivers of Central Oregon as he does about economic development!
Mary Knight, Administrative Assistant
Mary is an Oregon native born in Portland and brought up in a military family. When her Step-father received orders for duty in Washington DC, she moved to northern Virginia. Amidst all the moves in the military, one constant that remained was her grandmother’s in Burns, OR. Redmond, once a sleepy town Mary would pass through on her way to her grandmother’s for summer vacation, now is the place she calls home.
After graduating from Oregon State University she returned to Portland, where she worked as a senior customer service representative and administrative assistant at Main Street Software, Inc. In 2008 she moved to Seattle to pursue a career in the legal field. While working as a records specialist at Perkins Coie for the Patent group, she achieved her paralegal certificate from the University of Washington Extension. Later, she worked as a Patent paralegal for Intellectual Ventures and then returned to Perkins Coie to work with the Trademark, Copyright and Media Branding group. In 2015, hearing the call to be closer to family, she accepted a position with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, and moved to central Oregon. When the firm closed a year later, Mary decided to try something different.
Throughout her career in intellectual property, there spawned an interest in the world of commerce and economics. When she was presented the opportunity at REDI, it seemed a perfect fit. Mary’s passion for REDI stems from its formidable purpose and enterprising vision. REDI’s mission resonates with her own life goals to grow as an individual while contributing to her community’s success. In reading the Strategic Plan, it becomes an infectious pursuit for our city’s success; not just for business development and economic growth, but for citizens of Redmond and central Oregon to live, work, play and thrive.
When Mary is not having fun at REDI helping procure economic growth, she enjoys skiing, snow shoeing, and ice skating in the winter; hiking, floating the Deschutes River, attending live music events, camping, and riding her motorcycle in the spring and summer.