11 episodes

BeatBeat is a collection of unfiltered conversations led by Brian Ladd with the optimistic leaders of Bend, Oregon, who made this all possible, and those who are looking to the future to solve our current challenges. Sponsored by The Ladd Group.

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    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

BeatBeat is a collection of unfiltered conversations led by Brian Ladd with the optimistic leaders of Bend, Oregon, who made this all possible, and those who are looking to the future to solve our current challenges. Sponsored by The Ladd Group.

    Introducing Mike Hollern

    Introducing Mike Hollern

    Brian Ladd sits down with Mike Hollern. After helping to found Brooks Resources Corporation in the late 60s, Mike has had a large influence on the region over the last 50+ years. Mike guided Brooks Resources through the fat and thin years of the real estate industry, creating such memorable communities as Black Butte Ranch, North Rim, Awbrey Butte and NorthWest Crossing.

    • 33 min
    Introducing Humm Kombucha

    Introducing Humm Kombucha

    Learn more about Humm, their story, and how their success as a local business in Bend, Oregon relied heavily on the support of the local community. We were blown away by the refreshing perspective and philosophy Eric and Michelle shared with us about facing challenges of a growing town, what it means to be a true citizen in a community, and how each of us can contribute in our own way.
    Watch the video interview at BendBeat.com

    • 41 min
    Introducing Bill Smith

    Introducing Bill Smith

    Brian Ladd sits down with Bill Smith, arguably one of Bend’s greatest visionaries, responsible for reimagining Bend and taking it from a tired mill town to a thriving, desirable destination. Cementing himself in our community’s history, Bill Smith along with his wife, Trish, have had an undeniable impact on Central Oregon.
    “While the Old Mill District is Smith’s signature piece, and widely credited as integral to Bend’s rebirth, his prior work with Brooks Resources helped shape Central Oregon’s evolution from timber outpost to outdoor mecca. From Black Butte Ranch, Sisters and La Pine to major developments in Bend, such as Awbrey Butte and Mount Bachelor Village, Smith oversaw work that helped transform Brooks-Scanlon from a mill operator to a purveyor of destination lifestyles—work that helped rebrand and redefine the region in the process. He launched William Smith Properties in 1985, extending his holdings to vast ranches in Eastern Oregon. His wife and co-owner of the firm, Patricia “Trish” Smith, has taken the lead on their significant civic and philanthropic work, supporting arts and culture, education, and healthcare in Bend and throughout the state.”
    Courtesy of Bend Magazine
    Thank you to Monkless Belgian Ales for providing the location for this interview.

    • 23 min
    Introducing Bob Woodward

    Introducing Bob Woodward

    + Bend Oregon’s mayor from 1997 to 1999
    + Mountain biking Hall of Famer
    + Prolific journalist
    + COTA Co-founder
    + Medalist at Mountain Biking World Championships
    + Photographer and Jazz enthusiast
    Bob Woodward first visited Bend in 1976 and moved to the sleepy town of 12,500 for the outdoor lifestyle it provided. He never would have imagined Bend to grow into what it is today. 
    Bob’s list of accomplishments, community involvement and hobbies are documented along the walls of his home museum, where Brian Ladd was honored to learn more about Bob’s story. Brian brings to light the impact Bob’s life has had on Bend’s community and the outdoor lifestyle we have all come to love and enjoy. A conversation that will leave you reminiscing about Central Oregon’s “good old days,” and ignite a genuine appreciation for Bend’s history and the ones who fell in love with it first.

    • 32 min
    Introducing Amy Tykeson

    Introducing Amy Tykeson

    Amy Tykeson is the former CEO of BendBroadband, where she guided the company into a new era of digital technology and community partnerships. Tykeson is currently the managing trustee of the Tykeson Family Foundation, supporting education and healthcare in Oregon. She has served on numerous boards for nonprofits, startups and higher education initiatives in Central Oregon. Among other recognitions, Tykeson was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2013 and was awarded “Person of the Year” by the Bend Chamber of Commerce in 2018. Read more about Amy.

    • 32 min
    Introducing Heidi Wright

    Introducing Heidi Wright

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    Heidi Wright was Chief Financial Officer of The Bend Bulletin’s parent company, Western Communications, from 2014 to 2017, before she departed for Salem-based EO Media, a family-owned publishing company. She worked as publisher in Butte, Montana, for Lee Enterprises and was president of Klamath Publishing and publisher of The Herald and News in Klamath Falls from 2004 to 2014. Heidi is now the publisher for the Bulletin and the COO for EO Media.

    • 1 hr

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15 Ratings

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