Meet the Team

EDC Team Jefferson Members

Meet our team of professionals. We are dedicated current and former business owners experienced in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing, food and farm, hospitality, and advanced technology industries.

Staff

Brian Kuh, Executive Director

Brian is a former banker and business lender who has worked throughout the North Olympic Peninsula since 2004. He has engaged with established and start-up businesses in a variety of sectors, including local tribes. He is the former President of both the Clallam EDC, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. Brian is a founding member of the Peninsula Young Professionals Network, and currently serves as a Board member for the North Olympic Development Council, Olympic Workforce Development Council, and The Chamber of Jefferson County. Prior to his career in banking, he worked in marketing and the private aviation sector.

Peter Quinn, Special Projects

Peter is the former Executive Director of EDC Team Jefferson, and the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. He serves as CEO for the Quimper Mercantile, and the co-owner of The Writers' Workshoppe in Port Townsend. He has directed and managed many technology and communications companies, from Ireland to Seattle, and specializes in strategic thinking, business start-ups, marketing, advertising, product development, and poetry.

Erin Ashcraft, Business Services Coordinator

Erin has lived in Jefferson County since 2014, and has a background in administration in the hospitality, education, and real estate sectors. She also worked in customer service and tech support at Amazon. She is passionate about small, local businesses, and supporting a thriving economy in Jefferson County. 

Board of Directors

Marty Gay, President

Marty is the former Director of the Jefferson County EDC, co-owner of Windermere Port Townsend, and an author and serial small business owner and entrepreneur. Marty has extensive experience in the restaurant business, and has worked as a teacher, media consultant, business coach, and writer.

Christina Pivarnik, Vice President

Christina has owned her own consulting firm, CP Communications, for 26 years. She provides marketing, communications and business development services and has worked with over 40 firms on the local, regional, national and international level. She is currently under contract with the City of Port Townsend as Director of Marketing, developing marketing campaigns, working with the media to promote Port Townsend and partnering with tourism professionals across the state. She is also a freelance writer, and serves on the board for the Washington Tourism Alliance, the Olympic Culinary Loop, EDC Team Jefferson, and the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission.

Frank DePalma, Secretary & Treasurer

Frank has a background in video production, broadcast communications, web design, software development, business automation, and digital marketing. In 1998, Frank founded PALMATEC Solutions, a Port Townsend web consulting business. Currently he is president of Totera Web Systems and co-owner of The CoLab. Frank's community volunteer efforts include founding board member of the Quimper Mercantile Company, volunteer mentor with the Chamber Young Professional's Network, and chair of the Port Townsend School District Technology Committee.

Heather Dudley Nollette

Heather is a Project Manager for the Hastings Estate Company in Port Townsend, a local, family-owned business working on a historic preservation and waterfront development project in downtown Port Townsend. She is also an Objective Captain for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network, and a theatre and voiceover artist working in local and regional markets.

Ben Bauermeister

Ben has a long history of working at the intersection of technology and media and has applied his entrepreneurial skills to everything from software to hardware to social-ware in some of the largest and smallest companies in the Puget Sound area. A relative newcomer to the peninsula he is involved with the community's mentoring programs, including Skillmation.com, and small business planning.

Bill Lowry

Bill is a mechanical engineer with 35 years of experience in research and technical services for the energy, environmental, and defense markets. His company, Olympic Research, is developing solutions to environmental challenges in the oil and gas, geothermal, carbon sequestration, and waste disposal fields. 

Teresa Verraes

Teresa is the Executive Director of the Chamber of Jefferson County. A long-time resident of Jefferson County, she has owned and operated Artisans on Taylor, and has been an engaged advocate for youth through her work with the Boiler Room.

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