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OCHIN’s Abby Sears named one of Oregon’s Most Admired CEOs.

Abby CEO of the Year

Abby CEO of the Year

The Portland Business Journal today honored Oregon’s Most Admired CEOs at a sold out luncheon held in the Hilton Hotel ballroom.More than 900 attended the event.

CEOs in nine categories — manufacturing, technology, commercial real estate, financial services, professional services, health care, nonprofits, agriculture and forest products, and across all industries — were applauded for setting standards in their industries for performance, strategy and innovation.

OCHIN’s Abby Sears was honored to be awarded “CEO of the Year: Non Profits” by the Portland Business Journal. Abby was OCHIN’s first employee, coming to Portland after completing a master’s of health care administration and an MBA at the University of Minnesota. In 2000, after working at the Portland VA Medical Center for two years, she was offered a position administering a grant for Care Oregon. “That grant was the spark for the organization that is now OCHIN,” Sears said. OCHIN became a separate 501 (c) (3) non profit in 2003, the year she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategic Director.

She was named CEO of OCHIN in 2007.