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Colleen Rudio - general manager, access montana

Colleen understands the importance of making the strategic connection between human impact and bottom line profitability. As General Manager for Access Montana and Chief Strategist for Cascadia Business Development, she reviews, designs, and facilitates operational improvement initiatives resulting in stabilized functions, reduced expenses, increased human performance, expanded revenue opportunities and increased client satisfaction. Combining over 30 years of experience with a national business network, Colleen launched Cascadia Business Development, LLC in 2009 and is passionately committed to delivering services that enhance organization’s people, performance, and profitability.

Colleen has served as CEO for a regional non-profit organization, International Director of Corporate Group Solutions for an international professional education company, Executive Vice President for a statewide financial institution, Senior Business Development Officer and Director of Marketing for a statewide CPA firm and served as a fully licensed Insurance Agent for a statewide agency. During this time, she gained extensive leadership experience in sales and service delivery, compliance and risk management, financial and lean operations, team development, human resource and performance management, training integration and program development, new product and service development, marketing/advertising plan development and implementation, and profitability enhancement. Her broad industry and economic development experience provide an understanding of both for profit and not for organizations at the local, state and national levels.

In addition to her commitment to organizational development, Colleen serves on the Missoula Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, National Board Member for the Council for Better Business Bureau, Board Chair for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific (Oregon/Washington/Montana/Idaho/Alaska/Hawaii), Mansfield Center / YSEALI Professional Fellowship (Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam), Past Board Member and Past-President for the Missoula Downtown Association and Missoula Downtown Foundation, Past Board Member and Secretary for Montana Community Development Corporation, and actively volunteers for numerous local and statewide non-profit organizations. She is also an independent business representative and graduate of the 2012-13 Montana Leadership Program.