Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation Announce New General Manager

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October 25, 2021

Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation Announce New General Manager / Foundation Director

Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation Board of Directors, is pleased to announce Travis Hornby as General Manager / Foundation Director, replacing retiring Leslie Freytag, Transitional Executive Director. He will lead the Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation team as they continue to build on the success of the market. ““It has been an honor to lead the market the past 2 1/2 years as we prepared for this transition,” said Leslie Freytag. “We have an amazing tenant family and staff here at Pybus and a special community that supports us all. I am looking forward to retirement and plan to stay engaged in our great community,” said Ms. Freytag.

Ms. Freytag helped the board to transition from their first Executive Director and plan for the future. When Freytag took the reins of the market and the foundation, she spent six months listening, learning and trying to understand the dynamics of operating the market. She was starting to make some adjustments when the pandemic emerged and that changed everything.

The focus became adapting to evolving health rules and working to keep the market and its businesses going. One thing Freytag and the board learned is that the role is best described as a general manager because it is a hands-on job. There is a staff of five full and part-time employees who keep the market running seven days a week.

Travis is a community focused hands-on leader with a proven track record of success working with board driven organizations to achieve financial growth and stability. He has 15 years of customer service focused experience and a passion for small business. Travis has operated his own small business in Moses Lake. Most recently he was the President of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the vision of building and sustaining trail systems throughout the Northwest. In this role he was responsible for delivering trail projects within scope, schedule, and budget. Travis has a broad background with experience in retail, hospitality, nonprofits, and construction. “I am honored to continue the work of building our community

treasure focusing on our mission to offer a platform for farmers, artisans and non-profit organizations. And I am especially looking forward to partnering with all the great tenants and artisans of Pybus Public Market and the Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market,” said Mr. Hornby.

“The Search Committee found Travis to be a strong, collaborative leader who brings a great set of skills and past experiences to lead the market for years to come”, said Ron Berschauer, Pybus President-Elect, and Search Committee Chair.

Mr. Hornby received his RN Nursing Degree from Walla Walla Community College in 1999. He was the Owner/Operator of Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt in Moses Lake. Travis has dedicated his career to serving our local community. He was a Cofounder of Wenatchee Valley TREAD, is Chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee, served as President, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Central Chapter and currently serves as a City Council Member (District 4).

Mr. Hornby will begin November 15 working with Ms. Freytag as they prepare for her departure at the end of December.

For additional information, please contact:

Pybus Public Market:

Leslie Freytag: leslie@pybusmarket.org or 509.679.8338

About Pybus Public Market

Pybus Public Market is built in the historic Pybus steel warehouse located next to the Columbia River at the foot of Orondo Street in Wenatchee. The property is a year-round marketplace for restaurants, wine, fruit and vegetable vendors, meats and cheeses, baked goods, oils, other foods, flowers, retail sales and local craftspeople. It also serves as the permanent home for Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market. Pybus Market opened May 11, 2013. Pybus Market is governed by a 21-person board of directors of Pybus Public Market, a                                   table Foundation, a 501c (3) nonprofit.

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