Brian Prawitz became the Executive Director of the Umpqua Economic Development Partnership in July, 2023, after 8 years as the owner of his own marketing agency.
Brian’s professional and civic career has prepared him for success as the leader of the Partnership. He spent 25 years in broadcasting, beginning his career in Roseburg in 1993. Brian and his family returned to Roseburg in 2002 after stops in Missoula, Montana and Seattle, Washington.
In his time on the air, Brian was an award-winning play-by-play announcer and news reporter. His roles included six years with the Oregon Duck baseball team, four years as the voice of the Montana Lady Griz, and many, many seasons calling Roseburg High School football and basketball and Doc Stewarts American Legion baseball.
Brian’s years in radio introduced him to a wide variety of local leaders including business owners, elected officials, non-profit leaders, and fundraisers. In 2013, Brian took a position in the marketing department at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. In 2015, he went out on his own with BP Media Solutions. In 2017, Brian was elected to Roseburg City Council, where he served for 6 1/2 years.
Brian is a well-known emcee and auctioneer for events across the Umpqua Valley, having hosted everything from charity auctions in a garage with 50 people to the annual Mercy Foundation Festival of Trees. He is the President of the Roseburg High School Foundation and serves on the Roseburg Rotary Festival of Lights Committee.
Now as the Executive Director of the Partnership, Brian combines his experience from his years and multiple roles in the community to serve as a leader and ambassador for economic development in the Umpqua Valley.
Umpqua Economic Development Partnership, Inc. is a 501c6 nonprofit organization.