Staff

Rhyanne Oates

Director of Business Retention & Expansion
Raised in rural Eastern Oregon, Rhyanne Oates is native to a small town in the Pendleton area called Pilot Rock. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Eastern Oregon University, followed by a recent MBA, Rhyanne and her fiancé decided to put down roots in Ephrata, his hometown. Together, they've embarked on... Read More

Brandon Nicholas

Business Advisor
Brandon Nicholas is the Business Advisor of Central Washington’s Grant and Adam’s county. Brandon provides confidential no-charge counseling to startups and existing businesses. In his business endeavors he has spent a lot of his time studying the various aspects of the best practices of an effective business; marketing, copywriting, web design, market research, organizational development,... Read More

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Emily Smith

Business Recruitment & Economic Development Consultant
Emily Smith started working in Economic Development in 2011 as an accountant for a local economic development organization. She grew with the company, first as the Communications Manager and lastly as the Business Recruitment Manager. She has worked on many projects such as data center expansions, recruited new foreign companies, and advocated for the local... Read More

Rebecca Jones

Accountant
Rebecca Jones has a wide variety of experience such as restaurant, caregiving, artistic, construction, tile, accounting, data entry, and began working in economic development in 2017. She was born and raised in the Columbia Basin, has a passion for serving our community, and often wears many “hats.” Rebecca studied at Big Bend Community College and... Read More

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Brant Mayo

Executive Director
Brant's family moved to Moses Lake in 1975, were he was raised, graduated from both Moses Lake High School and Big Bend Community College. Brant married Penny Talcott also from Moses Lake in 1997, with whom he has two teenage daughters who are very involved in their school, athletics and 4-H. Brant was hired as... Read More

Allan Peterson

Certified Business Advisor and Certified Global Business Professional
Allan Peterson is the Certified Business Advisor and Certified Global Business Professional at the office of the Grant County Economic Development Council. He serves businesses in Eastern Washington as an International Trade Advisor. Allan provides confidential no-charge counseling to startups and existing businesses that want to export. Allan is the founder of the Artisan Craft... Read More

*Personal Views of the Staff & Directors do not reflect the views of the Grant County Economic Development Council