Your Team

Meet your Columbia Gorge SBDC team!

Your Team

Our team has a diverse background of small business ownership and management experience. Some advisers have built small family-owned businesses, held direct profit and loss responsibility for international operations of more than $15 million in annual revenues, and managed teams of more than 100 employees. Our specific areas of expertise include hospitality, food and beverage, retail, graphic arts, food manufacturing, professional services and more.

  • Rick Leibowitz
    Rick LeibowitzDirector
    Rick has more than 12 years of business counseling experience, having worked for SBDCs in five states. He earned his degree from Rutgers University. He has more than 16 years' business ownership experience, starting his first business at the age of 17, and has developed
  • Todd Meislahn
    Todd MeislahnDirector
    Todd has founded multiple companies, including Guitarfish Music (music education), Advantage Point Learning (academic education), and 1-800-RECONEX (telecommunications). He grew each enterprise from a small startup to as many as 800 employees and $20 million in annual revenue.
  • Rose Mays
    Rose MaysAdviser
    Rose owned and operated her own business, "Puppy Love By the Sea," in Cannon Beach, Oregon until she sold the company in 2015 and moved to the Gorge. She has over 30 years’ business experience including serving as a General Manager of a 12-store furniture

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