Chris Piper & Emily Agan
Bend City Councilor
Chris Piper is the Vice President of Business Development at Proforma. Piper has more than 20 years of experience helping independent sales professionals grow their businesses and win enterprise level accounts. In his role with Proforma, Piper helps accelerate the organization’s growth, in part, by coaching Proforma Owners to maximize their business success.
Outside of Chris’ role in business, he has been an active public servant in various roles for many years. Chris was sworn in January 2019 as a Bend City Councilor.
Piper currently serves as Chairman on the PPAI Public Relations and Advocacy committee and is a National Legislative Advocate speaking on behalf of small-mid-size business traveling annually to Washington DC, and meeting with Oregon’s Congressional Representatives and their respective staff.
Chris was the Oregon Liaison for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Past-President (2-year Term) of the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) representing 300+ members from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.
Chris has resided in Bend for 14 years with his wife Marla, a native Oregonian, and his daughter Gracie. Chris, during his downtime, enjoys camping, photography, hiking, and fishing.
Emily has had a passion for dance all her life. When she met her husband Blair at a Blues dance in Abilene, Texas in 2014, this passion became insatiable. She began dancing Lindy Hop and attended numerous dance conferences like Lindyfest, San Antonio Stomp, Sundance Swingout, and Swing California to name a few.
After moving to Bend, Emily and her husband quickly realized there was a need for a Lindy Hop community and co-founded Bend Lindy Hop. A friendly, fun and safe swing dance community where all people and personalities can feel like they belong.
This is Emily’s first year to participate in Swinging with the Stars and she can’t wait to bring her love of swing dancing to the Bend community and to the Swinging with the Stars stage!