People in Business

Jon Meadors is now the vineyard manager at Agate Ridge Vineyard on Nick Young Road outside of Eagle Point.

Meadors had been the orchard and vineyard manager for Hillcrest Orchards since 1978 and oversaw vineyard operations from 1997 until earlier this year.

Agate Ridge Vineyard covers 30 acres planted in 2001. The winery's first vintage was in 2005.

Meadors is vice president of the Rogue Valley Wine Growers Association. He is a past president of the Jackson County Fruit Growers League and a past president of the Oregon Horticultural Society.


Brent Waler has been named general sales manager at Mercedes-Benz of Medford.

Waler entered the local automobile market in 1976 at Stevens Datsun and later worked for Bob Frink Nissan and Medford Nissan.

For the past 17 years he worked at Medford BMW. Mercedes-Benz of Medford is at 3240 Crater Lake Ave. and can be reached at (541) 857-8072.


Bambi Powers, a program analyst with the Job Council and real estate agent with Keller Williams, has been elected president of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon's board of directors.

Other officers include vice president Rich Hieb, vice president and chief operating officer at PremierWest Bancorp, and secretary-treasurer Lauren Immonen, president of General Credit Service.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service providing free counseling and education in the areas of budgeting and money management.

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