Jan 2000 - Present
Social Services Advocate
During his 25-year career as a business manager and educator, Oregon resident Norman Reiss has demonstrated an ability to organize and coordinate diverse groups of people in various service-oriented environments. As General Manager of the Woodburn branch of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., Norman Reiss succeeded in reorganizing the struggling candy store. He began by regaining the trust of suppliers to successfully re-establish accounts. Mr. Reiss then worked on reducing expenses in an attempt to eliminate the store’s excessive debt, a task that he accomplished over an 11-month period. After putting the business on a sound financial footing, Norman Reiss’ day-to-day responsibilities as the General Manager of the chocolate purveyor included generating daily sales reports and cash balances, as well as managing inventory, scheduling, marketing, and staffing. Under his direction, the Woodburn store gained a reputation for providing a welcoming environment for customers and employees alike.
Prior to his position at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Norman Reiss owned and managed a successful eyewear retail business for 25 years. During that time, he also served in the field of training and course development, delivering numerous educational presentations for academic, vocational, and patient audiences. Topics were specific to optometry and included environmental vision workplace issues and low vision therapy prospects for patients who have severe and permanent vision loss. Norman Reiss has held workshops and lectures for many organizations located in Oregon, including Valley Community Hospital in Dallas, the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove and the National Fibromyalgia Research Association.
Norman Reiss possesses a Doctor of Optometry from Pacific University and has completed additional coursework at Cornell University and Sophia University. In order to give back to his community, Norman Reiss volunteers with Adaptive Riding Institute, an organization that offers equestrian-centered therapy, and also contributes his time at the public library.
Gardening, Kayaking, Volunteering at the Library, Equestrian Therapy.