Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation Announce New Transitional Executive Director

Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation board of directors, staff and merchants welcomed their new Transitional Executive Director, Leslie LePore-Freytag to the non-profit organization. LePore-Freytag succeeds departing Executive Director, Steve Robinson. She will lead the Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation team as they continue to build on the success established by Mr. Robinson. “It is a good time for me, personally and professionally, to depart. I plan to stay engaged in our great community,” said Mr. Robinson.

Mr. Robinson joined Pybus Public Market and Pybus Foundation founders, Mike and JoAnn Walker seven years ago as they built their dream. Pybus Public Market has been embraced by the community and has become the must-see-stop for the travelling public – truly a place “Where Community Meets”. “The success of Pybus Public Market is the story of many people coming together for the common good and we are grateful for Steve’s service and passion helping to bring our dream to reality,” said Mike Walker, co-founder.

Currently as the Founder and Principle of her own advisory firm, the Freytag Group, LePore-Freytag provides advisory services to businesses of various sizes. “We are pleased that Ms. LePore-Freytag is joining us to build upon the foundation established by Mr. Robinson,” said Craig Homchick, President of the Board of Directors.

“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 merchants and restaurateurs of Pybus Public Market,” said Ms. LePore-Freytag.

“The opportunity presented itself to hire someone who serves on our board to serve in a transitional capacity to help us prepare for future growth and ultimately the hiring of a new Executive Director,” said JoAnn Walker, co-founder.

Ms. LePore- Freytag received a BS in Textiles & Clothing from Colorado State University and has more than 40 years of experience as a retail industry entrepreneur, senior marketing and consumer products executive. She has a comprehensive background in fashion and beauty, gourmet food and fresh produce. She began her career at Neiman Marcus spending 22 years, ultimately serving as Vice President. Ms. LePore-Freytag went on to work with some of the most iconic, multi-channel specialty retailers and consumer packaged goods companies like Harry & David, Jackson & Perkins, Tommy Bahama, Crunch Pak and butter LONDON as CEO.

Ms. LePore-Freytag will begin July 1, working with Mr. Robinson as they prepare for his last day on August 15. She may be contacted at: or 509.679.8338