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COVER STORY / For the City of Eugene and many local organizations, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the Triple Bottom Line to address present needs without compromising the future.

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TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE See how local government and organizations have adopted the triple bottom line philosophy to evaluate their performance to create greater value.

PHILANTHROPY & VOLUNTEERISM When it comes to corporate giving and community service, businesses reap what they sow. This “secret sauce” can be the recipe for success.

GIVING BACK How to build your legacy in four easy steps. 20 UNDER 40 AWARDS Join us in recognizing an impressive line-up of 20 people under the age of 40

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Stephanie Seubert, Chair-Elect Partner, Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert, Inc. Mandy Jones, Past-Chair Retired, Oregon Community Credit Union

who are going above and beyond at work and in the community.

Nigel Francisco, Treasurer CFO, King Estate


Scott Lindstrom, Vice-Chair, Organizational Development, Exec. Vice President, Jerry’s Home Improvement Center

MEMBER VOICE Known for its construction and paving services, family-owned Wildish has quietly contributed to more than 100 organizations in the greater Willamette Valley. QUERY & QUOTES Senior Vice President & Retail Division Manager Mike Murphy shares Banner Bank’s commitment to community. And President Allison Straub of Burley Design explains how this Eugene company sells global but keeps it local. SECTOR STRATEGIES Food + Beverage, Tech and Manufacturing: happenings and what’s on the horizon. MOVERS & SHAKERS When Drawn Founder and Creative Director Bryan Taylor began to dream about a new workspace, character and sustainability were top of mind.

Cale Bruckner, Vice-Chair, Economic Development President, Concentric Sky Thomas Pettus-Czar, Vice-Chair, Business Advocacy Owner, The Barn Light Amanda Walkup Partner, Hershner Hunter, LLP Betsy Boyd Assoc. VP of Fed. Affairs, University of Oregon

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Chris Boone, Chair President, Boone Insurance Associates

POLICY INSIGHT Creating stronger policy through effective leadership that brings voices together. CHAMBER VISIONARIES Anne Marie Levis: Our most vulnerable citizens are afforded the same opportunities as their peers when education is equal.

HERE & THERE Snapshots of events, happenings and goings-on that reflect our Chamber and our ever-changing business community. BIZZ BUZZ Promotions, new hires and news you can use. A QUICK NOTE Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Brittany Quick Warner on going the extra mile, protecting the planet and cultivating prosperity.

Cheryl Boyum CEO, Cascade Health Solutions Chad Barczak CEO, IDX Broker Dr. Gustavo Balderas Superintendent, Eugene School District 4J Greg Lyons CFO, Western Shelter Systems Jason Lafferty General Manager, SnoTemp Cold Storage Ralph Parshall General Manager, Mercedes Benz of Eugene Trace P. Skopil CPA Partner, Moss Adams

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CREATING STRONGER POLICY EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP BRINGS VOICES TOGETHER By Tiffany Edwards, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce The best public policies are almost always those that benefit the majority of citizens, not just a small group of active voices. They’re the policies that are the result of careful negotiations, consideration of diverse values and those in which there are no real winners or losers. In Eugene, we have a history of creating long processes, aiming to provide an opportunity for different perspectives to express their wishes and for outcomes that factor in those varying values. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned system can lead to complete paralysis. After months, or even years of debate, we land in the exact place from which we started and with little accomplished. In my observation, the problem we have isn’t a process that fails to recognize the diversity of values, but one that fails to move forward until complete consensus is achieved. Over time, this way of setting policy often creates two camps: winners and losers. It is an approach that makes for a greater divide and loss of a sense of community. Strong and effective leadership helps to bring voices together, values varying perspectives and works to find a middle ground. It recognizes

diverse group, by design. It’s comprised of individuals with a range of backgrounds and political perspectives, not unlike our Chamber membership. The only thing they often share is the fact that they’ve chosen to get up early each Friday morning, to learn, listen and engage. When they deliberate on topics, the discussion is thoughtful and intentional. When they vote, it’s not often unanimous. Recently, after several weeks of research and discussion, LGAC took a number of positions on controversial topics. Prior to deliberations, one member reminded his colleagues that the group must work to represent the values of the 1,300 local businesses that rely on LGAC to take positions on their behalf. He asked that they detach themselves from their personal biases and opinions to consider decisions that benefit the larger business community, as a whole. It was sound advice, and I was proud to be in the company of people who took it to heart. We sometimes come to an unanimous agreement, but that wasn’t the case on this day. The members of LGAC work together; when you are among them, you feel a sense of community. One doesn’t see winners and losers. Nobody complains when the majority of the group doesn’t vote as they may have. They make thoughtful, well-informed decisions, take action and then move on to the next important topic.

when its values aren’t shared by the majority and has the wisdom to

As thoughtful members of a community, it’s important that we do our

concede to a cause greater than itself. Strong and effective leadership

part, as individuals, to adopt values that reflect strong leadership. Being

listens and maintains an open mind.

respectful earns respect—and, when you listen, you’re more likely to be

The Eugene Chamber’s Local Government Affairs Council (LGAC) is a group of 25-voting Chamber members, who meet every week. They

listened to. After all, as Eugeneans, we value our community and our quality of life. We truly do agree on far more than we realize.

are tasked with staying educated on community issues and taking votes that reflect the official positions of the Chamber. This is an extremely

Lend your voice and leadership to the policies shaping Eugene. Connect with Tiffany Edwards at tiffanye@eugenechamber.com

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EQUAL EDUCATION BENEFITS EVERYONE, INCLUDING BUSINESSES By Chamber Visionary Anne Marie Levis President & Creative Director of Funk/Levis & Associates For me, “good enough” has never been good enough. I seek the exceptional. If I can’t find it, I strive to create it. That’s been one of the


joys of living in Eugene for the past 25 years. I’ve been able to create a (sort of) balanced life of working hard at a business I love, raising a family and giving back to the community that my husband and I chose all those years ago. Now and again, I find it important to take time to contemplate my values, how these values are reflected in our work, here, at Funk/ Levis and consider the impact our company makes on the broader community. Our business has always been about doing exceptional and valuable work for our clients. We consider our clients to be our closest friends, and we view ourselves as part of their businesses. We see our work directly impacting the economy, because when our clients succeed, our economy grows. It’s as simple as that. I am so appreciative of the team we have at Funk/Levis, because we’re unified in our commitment to invest in this community. This collaboration and these shared values helped our firm become the first winner of the Emerald Award for Community Caring. Looking back, I realize that winning this award was motivation for us to continue giving back every year. Looking forward, I see the need to refine the opportunities available to our youth, so they can meet the unique demands of our community. I have always been a firm believer that education is the foundation of our democracy and a critical component of this region’s economic engine. A strong educational structure helps level the playing field to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are afforded the same opportunities as their peers. As a mom, and Eugene 4J School District board member, I recognize that we have a responsibility to find new

ways of keeping our youth interested and involved in their education. Many of these students have more obstacles to overcome than most of us could imagine. It benefits all of us for them to grow up to be successful, contributing citizens. But more than that, they need these tools to live their best lives, now and in the future. This is why my firm was so committed to helping pass the 4J bond measure. We donated our time to this important cause, knowing that investing in schools increases the likelihood that students will stay engaged and be more successful. I invite you to join me on this worthwhile adventure to ensure our young people have the opportunities and help they need, so their education is fun, rather than something to worry about. Whether you choose to contribute by providing jobs for the next generation or donating your time and resources to today’s youth, together we can create a brighter future and an even stronger community.

YOUR BUSINESS. YOUR CHAMBER. YOUR COMMUNITY. Thank you to the 2018 Chamber Visionaries: Anne Marie Levis, Funk/Levis & Associates Casey Barrett, Obie Companies Celeste Edman, Lunar Logic

Read more from our Chamber Visionaries and others in our Chamber at Work section at www.EugeneChamber.com

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When my dad, Thomas C. Wildish, departed

Norm wanted these contributions to do as

North Dakota for Oregon in the 1930s, he

much good as possible. Fortunately, Oregon

left behind the rolling prairies but not the

Community Foundation provides us with the

commitments he’d made. Dad had promised

essential research we need to do the most

to guarantee the loan for a school building.

good, so that we can stay focused on our

He kept paying on that commitment until it

daily work. We trust Oregon Community

was completed, many years after he moved

Foundation’s local staff. They know us and

away and started a business in Eugene.

understand what we care about, suggesting

Wildish, a family-owned company since 1935, has two family legacies: providing the construction and paving services that Eugene and western states have come to rely on while,

projects we might want to fund throughout the year, informing us about how others are supporting them and providing updates on the programs we contribute to annually.

as quietly as possible, giving back to the

I know that the Oregon Community

communities where we live and work through

Foundation would describe what they do as

charitable gifts. We don’t say it a lot. We

comprehensive and strategic, with statewide

prefer to leave the credit to the hardworking

reach and local expertise. They offer insights,

people who run the nonprofits or coach the

relationships and time to us, which ensures

sports teams, and to our employees, whose

our individual philanthropy has an even

efforts are a key to our success. Yet, we

greater impact in our community. That’s

also realize it’s important to highlight the

a valuable asset to us. Astute financial

difference it makes to our community when

management of the fund ensures consistent

successful people and businesses give back.

growth, so we can continue to do more

Wildish donates to a variety of causes through the company, and we also contribute through the Norman and Olga Evelyn Wildish Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. Family

Community Foundation applies to nonprofit recommendations ensures that the causes we support are managing their money well, too. The Oregon Community Foundation

Community Foundation fund during his

puts donated money to work in Oregon,

lifetime and bequeathed his assets to it after

fulfilling a mission of improving the lives

his death. Now I, along with my sons and

of all Oregonians through the power of

nephew, have the pleasure of contributing

philanthropy. We’re glad to be a part of it.

through the fund to causes that are important

We’re proud of both Wildish legacies—our

to the Eugene-Springfield area, including

business and our philanthropy. We feel

kids’ programs, the arts, natural resources and

privileged that we get to continue them

health organizations.

through the generations.

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Oregon Community Foundation works with individuals and businesses to create philanthropic funds, awarding $118 million in grants and scholarships statewide in 2018 alone. The organization offers statewide reach with local expertise, providing essential research, strategy and fund management to help donors realize their charitable vision.

good, longer. And the due-diligence Oregon

member Norm Wildish created The Oregon


Jim Wildish is President and CEO of Wildish, which includes construction, building, paving and sand and gravel companies. Wildish donations, including those from the Norman and Olga Evelyn Wildish Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, have benefited more than 100 Willamette Valley organizations.

To learn more about starting a philanthropic fund through The Oregon Community Foundation or contributing to a pooled fund with other donors, visit www.oregoncf.org/donors/donor-overview



BANNER BANK AND ITS COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY QUOTED: Mike Murphy, Banner Bank Senior Vice President & Retail Division Manager

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES YOU PARTICULARLY PROUD? Banner Bank truly is committed to being the best community bank in Eugene, and we demonstrate that commitment in tangible ways. They include: being actively involved in community organizations throughout Lane County; earning the business of our clients every day by providing exceptional service and value, as well as offering anytime advice to help them reach their goals; appreciating the contributions of our employees and providing them with a quality work environment; and by honoring our legacy in this market as a top philanthropic partner, by continuing to give generously to many local organizations and causes. It’s great to know our clients appreciate our approach—we have the pleasure of hearing their feedback every day. We were recently selected by our clients as the Top Bank in the State of Oregon in Forbes Best-In-State Ranking survey, and earning the designation of Best Regional Bank in America by Money Magazine. BANNER BANK HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS. WHY IS PHILANTHROPY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT HOW YOU DO BUSINESS? As a community bank, service is at the very heart of our company mission and not just client service—it includes serving and caring about each other, our families and our communities. In 2017, we donated $2.45 million to more than 2,300 community organizations, many of them right here in the Eugene area. Last year, our employees volunteered more than 23,500 hours of their time to local charities. We know when we’re actively involved in the communities we serve, it makes the Eugene community stronger, which benefits all businesses, including ours. HOW DOES BANNER BANK PROMOTE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, AND WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS ON YOUR EMPLOYEES AND BUSINESS? At Banner Bank, we’re committed to doing our part to assist those good works by being a strong community partner. We demonstrate our commitment by building deep and lasting partnerships in several ways:


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of Banner Bank

• Encouraging employees to give back by volunteering their time and talent. We value community volunteerism so much that we offer every employee paid time off to volunteer during work hours—16 hours for full-time employees and 8 hours for part-time employees. • Actively participating in community projects, like our annual month-long food drive we just wrapped up at all our locations. • Supporting over 100 Lane County non-profit organizations through financial contributions and in-kind donations, including United Way, St. Vincent De Paul, Ballet Fantastique, Oregon Supported Living, Kidsports, and Lane Arts Council. WHAT MAKES YOUR ORGANIZATION UNIQUE? We highly value the community spirit upon which Banner Bank was founded as a small thrift in 1890, and we honor that by continuing to be flexible and creative in how we engage in the community. For example, we trust and respect our employees to guide our choices in every market we serve. Our local Eugene leadership team knows and understands this region, so they recommend the community projects we join and the contributions we make. This ensures we are engaged in meaningful ways that have the greatest opportunity to impact change and help transform lives, which directly ties into our company vision. WHICH CHAMBER EXPERIENCE HAS IMPACTED YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS THE MOST THIS YEAR? I attended the YP Connect Conference this year with three of our younger, high-potential, team members. The Chamber did an outstanding job of providing a valuable learning and networking opportunity. In fact, I left energized about the future of our community, and I heard similar comments from other participants. As a local leader, I am grateful the Chamber is making forward-looking investments in our future leadership.



PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of Burley Design

HOW DID BURLEY GET ITS START? Burley founder Alan Scholz started a small company called Burley Bike Bags in the 70s, selling the handmade bags at Eugene’s Saturday Market, a 30mile commute from his rural home. Determined to live a car-free life, Alan and his wife needed a way to carry his bags and young daughter to the market by bike. Using parts from an old swing set, he built the first Burley bike trailer. Market-goers, cyclists and bike shops began to ask about the bike trailer, and it wasn’t long before orders started pouring in. In 1978 Burley became a worker-owned cooperative. In 2006, members sold the company to my father, Mike Coughlin, and today Burley remains locally owned by our family. Most recognized for our child bicycle trailers, Burley is known around the world for building recreational transport gear that sets the standard for safety, durability, and thoughtful design. WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES YOU PARTICULARLY PROUD? Both our people and our products. Our team is a group of stellar individuals that really make Burley who we are. Their passion for our brand and commitment to what we are working to achieve is something that I’m proud of. We are a large brand with a small team, so most everyone wears multiple hats. We are very relationship driven and it shines through in all aspects of our business. In regards to products, it doesn’t get any more rewarding than designing, manufacturing, and selling products that you are proud of and believe in. Burley customers are putting their most precious cargo in their child trailers, and we take that very seriously. BURLEY HAS LONG BEEN CONNECTED TO A SENSE OF COMMUNITY HERE IN EUGENE. WHY IS COMMUNITY IMPORTANT TO YOU AND HOW DOES THAT PLAY OUT IN HOW YOU DO BUSINESS? Burley is a global brand, and although a very small percentage of our sales are local, Eugene is our home. This community has fostered our growth and development over the last 40 years. This is where we live, work, and play. We make a point to establish local business partnerships, from retailers

to banking to printing. We also intentionally commit the majority of our philanthropic efforts locally. Most recently, Mike Coughlin and I founded an affiliate branch of a national organization called Free Bikes 4 Kidz. With Burley as a large supporter of this organization, we are able to both tackle an industry issue of declining cycling participation in youth, while serving local children in the community. We are working to build a legacy; to build the next generation of riders, adventurers and explorers. Eugene is an amazing place to call home, and it’s worth investing in. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON FOR EUGENE ARE YOU AND YOUR TEAM MOST EXCITED ABOUT? Being in the cycling and outdoor industry, we are excited about the continued investment in cycling and walking infrastructure and alternative transportation methods. The primary reason for people not riding bikes is that they don’t feel safe. Although safety encompasses many factors, having designated and protected spaces to bike and walk lays the foundation for people to feel more confident in riding or walking. HOW DO YOU SEE THE CHAMBER IMPACTING YOUR BUSINESS OR THE EUGENE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? Our ability to attract and retain good employees is made easier when, as a community, we commit to investing time, effort, and money into making Eugene a better place to work and live. Part of that, which I applaud the Chamber for, is simply (although not simple, in fact) a matter of working to change the narrative and diving right into difficult or controversial topics. The Chamber does a good job of facilitating dialogue, developing strategies, and advocating across sectors to work to unite and strengthen businesses and the community at large.

Check out Burley’s new nonprofit project Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Visit fb4keugene-springfield.org

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Vibrant sector strategies, committed partnerships and inspired community leadership are helping to drive the growth of targeted industries and our regional economy. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the Lane County Sector Strategies team. Each quarter, we’ll learn from the partners moving this work forward.


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A new registered apprenticeship program, Apprenti, launched in Lane County earlier this year. Since then, the program has placed apprentices with three local employers: XS Media, City of Eugene, and Homes for Good. Lane Workforce Partnership and the Technology Association of Oregon have joined forces to bring a registered tech apprenticeship program to Lane County.

Apprenti is a registered apprenticeship in the field of IT. In Lane County, the program is powered by the Technology Association of Oregon and Lane Workforce Partnership. Once accepted into the Apprenti program, apprentices receive three to 22 weeks of technical training, followed by one year of full-time, paid, on-the-job training with a local company. Apprenti is for any employer recruiting for occupations, such as network security administrator, IT support professional or web developer. During the paid, on-the-job training, employers pay a discounted wage to offset the additional training provided to the apprentice by the employer. Candidates are pre-screened by Apprenti staff before being sent to employers for interviews. To be considered for the program, candidates must complete a rigorous online assessment that measures math, logic and emotional quotient. High-scoring candidates are placed on a ranked list. There are currently 305 highly motivated individuals on the ranked list for Lane County. These individuals are eager for an alternative pathway to a career in tech. Registered apprenticeship does just that. It combines classroom and on-the-job training, honing the skills needed for a specific occupation. Stephen Parac of XS Media was intrigued at the opportunity. Looking for a motivated Network Security Administrator, he turned to Apprenti and found it to be very worthwhile. “The team found two incredible candidates for us to choose from,” Parac says. “Kyle did fabulous in the training at LCC and started attending some company events before he started on the job. He’s been working full time for six weeks, and we couldn’t be happier.” Find out more about Apprenti at http://bit.ly/2yCzF2u

The Lane County Sector Strategy Team (LCSST) is a team of professionals representing workforce development, economic development, business and education. The LCSST works collectively, in an effort to better support critical industries in Lane County. We believe we can achieve more and have a greater impact in our community by working together. For more, visit: bit.ly/2PhYKpU

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Local leaders meet with Sen. Chinese food buyers tour SnoTemp.

Jeff Merkley at Coconut Bliss.


Local food and beverage producers are capturing the attention of an international audience. In August, a Chinese Food and Beverage Buyer Trade Mission came to Eugene. This was the first time such a mission traveled to the Southern Willamette Valley. The group of Chinese buyers had oneon-one meetings with a number of local producers at Hummingbird Wholesale, then enjoyed a lunch at Falling Sky, followed by tours of Snotemp and Ninkasi (they were digging the Prismatic Juicy IPA!). More international buyers are expected in the coming year. U.S. senators are also taking notice. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and a group of 20 local industry leaders held a very productive

roundtable conversation at Coconut Bliss. The group discussed opportunities to solidify our region as a food and beverage manufacturing hub. Simultaneously, resources continue to be built out, supporting the marketing of our region and its companies. Travel Lane County, for example, is coordinating the development of a Southern Willamette Valley Food Trail. This project includes a number of trails marketed by Travel Oregon and other partners that include farm-totable, u-pick and farm tours, craft beverage, foraging and other agritourism experiences. Lane Community College is forging forward with its goal to launch a Food & Beverage Manufacturing Program. The college is hiring new faculty with Food & Beverage

manufacturing experience to support the program and industry members are providing guidance in course development. Sat Bir Khalsa, director of global community and human resources development at Yogi Tea, sums things up well: “Our community has been a pioneer and front-runner for natural food and other food categories for many years. We are now collaborating and engaging our talented businesses to benefit the whole. Our work will bring awareness of the breadth and depth of our businesses, will give a voice to our sector, will promote collaboration for sharing resources, and will promote collective success for our communities.”

Lane County is home to 165 food and beverage manufacturing companies, which employ 4,019 people, bringing over $179 million in wages to the area. With firm counts growing at almost 7 percent a year, the industry has created over 1,000 new jobs since 2012. By most estimates, this is a billion-dollar industry that will only continue to grow.


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Tours show students modern manufacturing in Lane County and cultivate interest in future career opportunities.


In October, 200 students, educators and volunteers toured local manufacturing facilities to highlight the career opportunities that exist in our local industry.

County has to offer, illuminating career pathways and desired skills that can fuel a student’s drive to remain in our community and build a career that propels our economy.

These efforts demonstrate the collective power of collaborations between industry, school districts and nonprofit partners working together to build future workforce and economic gains.

In its second year for our community, Manufacturing Day is a collaborative endeavor to help build a workforce pipeline for a critical component of our economy. Demand for tours surged after our 2017 efforts, increasing from 185 students and garnering increased participation from both schools and industry partners.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner again on Manufacturing Day with our community of partners. Career-connected learning events, like this one, are critical for developing the mindsets of students. When we provide contextualized learning opportunities, we start to see students recognize the relevance of their math, science and STEM classes. And when they have the opportunity to explore industries, they start to envision their future,” says Heidi Larwick, Executive Director of Connected Lane County

As products made in Oregon continue to gain ground on a national and international scale, programs such as these help to illuminate the power of a community-wide approach to economic development and further develop the workforce that will solidify the global footprint of our local organizations.

The tours engaged students in the production process, tools, techniques and people who make some of the area’s finest products. Students learn firsthand about all that manufacturing in Lane

For more on the partners and participants of this year’s Manufacturing Day, please visit www.eugenechamber.com

Two-hundred students toured local manufacturers: Euphoria Chocolate, GloryBee, Seneca, Attune, Franz, Swanson, Kingsford, Cutting Edge Illusions, Forrest Technical and Hummingbird Wholesale.

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Veg Salad Craft The best local ingredients, in the heart of downtown Located steps from historic Kesey square in downtown Eugene, Veg Salad Craft is proud to offer quick-service dining for simple, seasonal and healthy foods. By cultivating relationships with farmers, right here in the Willamette Valley, the Veg mission is to inspire healthy communities by connecting people to real food. Offering a selection of breakfast bowls, salads, parfaits, cold-pressed juices and thoughtfully infused waters—strawberry basil, anyone?—Veg brings the best of Northwest produce and ingredients to our local community in a quick, delicious and convenient way. In business for more than 125 years, Veg proudly partners with Harper Farms, a multigenerational hazelnut farm, just north of Eugene. Passed down through five generations, the farm is run by Bryan Harper, a farming industry veteran who sits on the State Board of Agriculture. By supporting small to midsize local growers with a commitment to sustainability, Veg aims to create transparency around what’s in our food and where it comes from, creating a dynamic connection between consumers and the farmers who grow the food. At Veg Salad Craft, we believe that the choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from and how it is prepared have a direct and powerful impact on the health of the individuals and communities we serve. We want to make an impact and leave the community better than we found it. In addition to hazelnuts, Veg has local partnerships with Tillamook Cheese and Oregon Lox Company. Stop by Veg’s 861 Broadway location downtown and try out an ancient grain bowl or signature Veg salad.

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Bryan Harper, a fifth-generation hazelnut farmer in Junction City, inspects the first of his 2018 harvest. Photo courtesy of Harper Farms in Junction City.


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Triple Bottom Line (TBL) practices are not new. It was first coined by John Elkington, who founded SustainAbility, a British consulting firm, in 1994. Elkington stressed the importance of three key factors for businesses and organizations to consider in their decision-making.




Respecting employees and the community by being socially responsible, fair and mindful.

Adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices to lessen any impact on the planet.

Balancing value against loss to determine the economic value created by the organization.

A GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE For many organizations, including the City of Eugene, this

Eugene and Springfield Fire Chief Joe Zaludek says adopting

tied in perfectly when City leaders were rethinking the City

TBL was a natural choice. “I was exposed to the Triple Bottom

Council vision in 2010. Chelsea Clinton, City of Eugene

Line through problem-solving,” he says. “It’s a systems

sustainability analyst, says that the City first started looking

approach to solving a problem. You don’t solve one problem

into better sustainability practices around 2005, evolving

and make three others. You try to solve them all, balance

through community engagement to build the new vision

them, and it’s a better solution overall. Usually, the interest

standards, which framed the TBL principles perfectly.

is also economic—you can save money while you’re doing it

“Since our guiding body is City Council, and it aligns so

and have an optimum outcome.” >

well with their vision, it’s just a good check,” Clinton says. “We might have our system to make sure we’re operating efficiently, but then we also want to think about how we’re serving the public, and we want to do that in a way that services their needs. I think Triple Bottom Line really embodies that—the key values we hear from our community.” E U G E N E C H A M B E R .C O M   |   O P E N F O R B U S I N E S S




“Going forward, we will hopefully be able to recognize their

Isler CPA adopted TBL about 15 years ago. They brought in Good Company, which specializes in advising companies and organizations in TBL, setting the stage for Isler to earn a

student debt payments,” he says. “We can recognize that with our matching contribution and our 401(k) plan, it’s a good way to add some net worth to our employees.”

spot as one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for

The company offers flexible work schedules, including

ten years in a row.

where their employees work. “We give each employee up

“It’s just part of our culture now,” managing partner, Gary Iskra, says. “All the things we’re doing are just normal to us now.”

to 50 hours a year to do community work, paid time, if it’s during a work day,” Iskra says. “They can be on a board or advise any organization they want. It doesn’t have to be

Isler CPA focuses their “people” lens on their own

one that we pick. It’s whatever their passion is, so we’re

employees. This year, they expanded their parental leave

supportive in that.”

policy and also offer support to their employees who want to take the CPA exam, providing them with the resources to study and take the exam, with a bonus if they pass within a certain time frame. Iskra says that they are currently looking into contributing to an employee’s 401(k), even if they are incapable to contribute due to paying off student loans.

EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENT The City of Eugene looks outward when considering the “equity” principle by focusing a lot of its work around equity, integrating this idea into all projects and initiatives. Clinton says the City is currently working on an Equity in Contracting program, which “exists to increase accessibility of contracting opportunities for all suppliers interested in working with the City of Eugene, with a distinct focus on increasing the number of contracts issued to small, minority, and women-owned businesses,” according to the City’s webpage.

The City of Eugene offers a tool to help organizations begin to think through the implications of the Triple Bottom Line. For more visit: bit.ly/2EF626S 20

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“The way you do business reflects your values, and I think it helps the council feel like we’re being fairer and reducing barriers for how we do our day-to-day business,” Zaludek says. “The City spends a lot of money locally, and I think it’s only fair to say there should be access to locally owned businesses that might want to take a shot at providing these materials or services.”

A BURNING PASSION Zaludek says that the fire department started small with their sustainability practices, but have big dreams for future projects, thanks to TBL. “In the next five years, we have sixteen vehicles that we’re going to evaluate with Triple Bottom Line thinking to meet the goals of our community, including the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO),” he says. “I

The “environment” segment of TBL for the City and Isler CPA

don’t think we would’ve gotten to CRO without TBL. There’s

are similar: reduce in small ways to impact in big ways.

a kind of continuum of thinking and processing on big problems, where we’re trying to make a difference.”

“We don’t have a lot of waste, but we do drink a lot of coffee,” Iskra says. “So, we’re capturing all the grounds and recycling

The Climate Recovery Ordinance works to reduce

them. We have people picking up all the cans and bottles

community fossil fuel usage by 50 percent of 2010 levels by

and recycling them for donations. So, [there are] small things

2030, estimated to require an average emission reduction

that we can do.”

of 7.6 percent each year. Zaludek says that they are looking into the possibility of a hybrid firetruck, inspired by the hybrid ambulances in Seattle.


INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS Both the City and Isler CPA consider their travel time to reduce their carbon consumption, using the digital age to their advantage between meeting with clients, teaching classes and delivering briefs. “We can work anywhere in the world, so that’s been really good,” Iskra says. “It’s a bit of an expectation as a professional service provider that we have that face time with our clients. So, ratcheting [travel] back, we’re a little cautious about that, but they understand and accept it.” >

Gary Iskra, ISLER CPA

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“Ten years ago, we didn’t think about equity in our climate

For both groups, the bottom line seems less of a breaking point when it works in tandem with the other two bottom lines.

work, and we had to have some tough conversations on our team and say, ‘you know, it’s never going to be the right time to do this,’” Clinton says. “To implement any new system, it

“We obviously couldn’t sustain ourselves without profit,”

takes time. You have to stop and pause and say, ‘what’s it

Iskra says. “It’s not our key goal, and I think it’s nice that when

going to be? How are we going to do this?’ So, I think that’s

we think about our firm, we think about the three aspects

just something we had to acknowledge. We need to slow

generally of the TBL, so when it comes to making decisions,

down—and we want to slow down—because we believe

it’s not always ‘what’s this profit going to be to us?’ or ‘what’s

this is the right thing to do. We want to incorporate this in a

the impact going to be on us financially?’ We don’t gear our

meaningful way.”

decisions toward just that one aspect of our world.”

Iskra also says to take it slow. “It does come down to a

Zaludek says that it’s more important to focus on the big

cultural acceptance of your workplace, of your whole

picture, in terms of profit, rather than the upfront cost alone.

team, and it’s not necessarily a decision that the owners

“Cheaper is not a thing,” he says. “I think it’s value. And it

say they’ve made and everyone’s going to do it and love

might be a few cents more now, but the value of the life cycle

it,” he says. “So, it’s a very incremental process. I think

is better, and you get to the benefits of livability, which is

[organizations should] start small.”

what this community wants.”

The City offers an online tool to help guide organizations

Both recommend to other organizations that they, too, adopt

through TBL principle application. There are other tools

TBL practices, because of the conversations and initiatives

available, as well as local consultants to help you find the

it inspires—but it isn’t a small step.

right path. “I know we’re on the track of the most thoughtful way you


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could resolve problems,” Zaludek says. “And I’m proud to be at least within the working edge of some of those solutions.”

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In the recipe for corporate success, philanthropy and volunteering represent the “secret sauce.” They take organizations to a new level, making them more competitive, more desirable to job candidates and more well-rounded. These are essential elements of the Triple Bottom Line—and they require investment— but, when it comes to corporate giving and community service, businesses reap what they sow. Giving and community service have long been a treasured component of professional life in the Eugene-Springfield business community. “This community is very rich with volunteers, with people who are interested in really serving their community, and there’s a diversity of ways that we can get engaged,” says Noreen Dunnells, President & CEO of United Way of Lane County. This past September, United Way of Lane County celebrated its 25th annual Day of Caring, a county-wide effort that brings businesses and community members together to complete an array of service projects. This year, over 900 volunteers and 40 companies participated in the event, donating upwards of 3,600 hours of time, valued at a staggering $89,000*. > *Calculated using the Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time at $24.69 per hour. Volunteers from 40 local companies gave back to local causes as a part of United Way of Lane County’s annual Day of Caring.

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“Employees want to work with a company that’s not only doing well, but that is doing good in the community” Noreen Dunnells, UNITED WAY OF LANE COUNTY

United Way also connects community members to

Not only does corporate social responsibility move the

volunteer opportunities year-round and recently developed

needle in the community, it moves the needle for businesses

a new strategic vision, focused on ensuring that kids are

on employee recruitment and retention. According to

successful in school and life.

a 2016 study, conducted by Cone Communications on

The impact of a one-day effort, like United Way’s Day of Caring, is significant, but businesses can extend that impact all year long by weaving a service mindset into company culture. At Eugene law firm Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C., service and volunteering are incorporated into daily activities. “It’s not something that we just do with our extra time,” says Sheryl Balthrop, managing shareholder. “It’s something that we feel is so important that we work our professional lives around it. It is a primary responsibility, along with everything else that we do.” Employees of the firm participate in company-wide service efforts and are supported in individual efforts to give back through mentoring and time-off during the workday, when needed. “People recognize that it is a privilege to be able to serve,” says Balthrop, who has noticed that employees consistently mention opportunities to make a positive impact in the community as one of their favorite aspects of the workplace.


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millennial employee engagement, 84 percent of millennials want employers to help them identify ways they can become more engaged and active in the community, while 76 percent said they consider a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work. “Employees want to work with a company that’s not only doing well, but that is doing good in the community,” says Dunnells. Incorporating service-related activities is also an excellent way to develop employee leadership, build creativity and problem-solving skills, keep employees engaged and foster camaraderie. To weave a service mindset into company culture authentically and with meaning, businesses can incorporate these efforts into employee orientations, mentoring and coaching efforts. “Find out what the genuine heart-level interests of your staff and workers are,” recommends Balthrop, adding that volunteerism must be customized to suit individual passions and be driven by more than a desire to check a box or pad a resume.


How to build your legacy in four easy steps By AIMEE BUTLER, WEALTH ADVISOR AT MERRIMAN

At Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C., employees are encouraged to select service opportunities that align with their passions and then support their individual service projects. “We let our staff know that we think it should be something that energizes and encourages them and that we will make a space for that. We encourage other businesses to do that. I think in the long run, such makes everyone happier and healthier,” says Balthrop. Top Left: Volunteers with United Way’s Day of Caring help to support the Friends of Buford Park. Top Right: Nicholas Balthrop, associate attorney at Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, focuses his volunteer activities around his passion for agricultural development.


I recently heard a TED Radio Hour story on NPR about Lux Narayan, an entrepreneur and data analyst. His organization spent two years analyzing the obituaries in The New York Times, looking for threads of commonality between the people who were featured. Then, his team created a word cloud of the text to show which words turned up most often.

to name a foundation as a beneficiary on an account or gift a portion of retirement funds to create tax savings.

The word “help” is one that showed up in large, bold type, because these people made a positive impact on the lives of others. They helped.

If you want to leave a legacy in our community, try following this process:

Helping and giving back is incredibly important to me. It’s the reason I got into financial planning. Every day, I help others achieve their dreams. Working with hundreds of clients over the years, I have discovered a pattern: many people want to help through philanthropic gifting or volunteerism, but they have a hard time deciding whether to give time or money, and how they should do it. With the help of our own financial advisor, my husband, Greg, and I prioritize our values and goals on how we want to save and give back. Over the years, our priorities have changed. Our days are filled with the family obligations of two elementary school kids and full-time careers. We both volunteer on boards for our respective careers—mine for financial planning and his for the Mid-Town Business Association. When time is short, we give in other ways, through checkbook philanthropy—giving annually to places like my alma mater or to Youth Journalism International.

Eugene, Oregon, has more nonprofits per capita than any community in the country, so the possibilities of how to accomplish this are numerous. Unfortunately, our time and money are finite.

1. Clarify your values. What issues are most important to you? Economic prosperity across the community? Environmental stewardship? Social equity? Something else? 2. Write down your goals. Will you be giving time or money, or both? 3. Find a professional who can help you navigate the ways you can give. There are benefits to the community and your family to consider. 4. Reassess your values and goals over time. It’s not uncommon to find that one cause becomes more important to you as others wane. Lux Narayan finished his radio talk by saying, “Ask yourselves, as you go about your daily lives, ‘How am I using my talents to help society?’” I live this every day in working with my clients, and I welcome the opportunity to assist others in achieving their own legacy of helping. If you are ready to plan your legacy of helping, give Merriman a call at 541-868-3765 or email aimee@merriman.com.

As a wealth advisor, I spend time learning what my clients are passionate about to assist them in finding creative ways to donate to those charities when time or energy runs short. I help people decide when

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Local leaders are working hard to help more businesses realize that the benefits of placing sustainability at the center of business strategy outweigh the costs. We talked to Carolyn Stein of BRING, a local resource for materials and knowledge; John Stapleton of Pivot Architecture about designing sustainability into buildings; and Jodi Sommers from Essex General Construction about how greener construction helps everyone.

“The conversation can be about getting a 1/2 percent more productivity out of everyone in the building if I give them good lighting. That’s a bigger number than the electric bill.” JOHN STAPLETON PIVOT ARCHITECTURE


Architect John Stapleton of Pivot Architecture notes that

employees. In one example he provides, changing lighting

buildings consume the majority of resources, so building

meant disrupting what was perceived as the important daily

design has to be a core solution for sustainability. He says

work for minimal payout. “We needed to introduce language

LEED standards have revolutionized green building, but for

around their language of value,” he explains.

many people it was just a checklist.

He received new reinforcement when people started doing

“As they were operating their building they would say, ‘We

data-driven studies on how lighting affects productivity.

can’t support this’ and start turning things off,” he says.

“Then the conversation can be about getting a 1/2 percent

“Aligning the building with the company’s strategy for using

more productivity out of everyone in the building if I give

it is crucial.”

them good lighting,” he says. “That’s a bigger number than

Stapleton sees his responsibility as ensuring that a

the electric bill.”  >

building’s features emphasize things the company actually cares about and are explained in a way that speaks the client’s language. For instance, a building owner’s perspective might be that the electric bill is just a sliver of the expenses involved in maintaining a building for 500

Left: Howard Elementary’s sustainability focus fell into three areas: energy conservation, water conservation and daylighting. The photovoltaic array on the roof generates clean power for the school. Storm water treatment swales were added around the building and parking areas. Right: By using daylight to enrich a space and reduce energy costs, no lights are needed in many of the teaching and learning spaces at Howard Elementary most days. Center: One of the best ways to be sustainable is to re-use. ShelterCare re-tasked an old warehouse building into their new offices. You can see the great, old wood structure used throughout the building.

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In 2016, Essex General Construction won former Eugene

electronics. When gift-giving, the company considers only

Mayor Kitty Piercy’s Top Green Business award and the Bold

fair trade items, and they host zero-waste events. “Our

Steps Award, which recognizes Eugene-based sustainable

biggest crowd was 175 people, and the total of waste to the

businesses. “Essex brings sustainability into everything

landfill from that was less than a trash can,” she says.

we do, from how we function in our office to our job sites,” Sommers says. “We are BRING Rethink certified; we use recycled products that are eco-friendly, we recycle, and we’re energy and resource efficient.” Around their west Eugene building, Essex installed plantings and a roof drainage system to reduce and filter rainwater runoff before it flows into storm sewers. They use solar panels, EWEB green power and, Sommers says, that staff recycles “everything possible,” including Styrofoam and

The Mahonia building is designed around the concept of using business to do good and be in service to each other. The structure is clad in metal siding with re-purposed wood. It was designed to include natural ventilation and plenty of daylight—these, paired with straw bale insulation and earth-plaster walls, combine to create a healthy working environment.

Highly sustainable projects they’ve built include Hummingbird Wholesale’s Mahonia Building and three LEED Platinum apartment building projects. Essex’s responsibility extends to the job site. “We always try to deal with the waste that comes off the site responsibly,” she says. “We try and recover any extra material, and we bring it back and save it to donate or to reuse in another project, or just find another use for it.”  >

“We always try to deal with the waste that comes off the site responsibly. We try and recover any extra material and we bring it back and save it to donate, or to reuse in another project or just find another use for it.” JODI SOMMER ESSEX GENERAL CONSTRUCTION


BRING works to help businesses find ways to reduce waste across all of its operations. Executive Director Carolyn Stein says that may be through waste prevention, dealing with a troublesome waste product, sourcing energy-efficient equipment or reducing toxins. “It’s hands-on technical assistance,” Stein says. “It helps businesses drill down the triple bottom line philosophy, which is helping the planet, doing good for the people and showing how they can have a healthy business, as well.” BRING is well known as the place to source reusable construction materials, whether it’s a unique lighting fixture or reclaimed barn wood. Many of the materials they sell are reclaimed from deconstructions. “We’re kind of a resource all the way around for ways that business can conserve resources or save money,” she says.

The Bold Steps award, celebrated by the City of Eugene, recognizes local businesses leading the way on sustainability. Check out the past and present winners of this prestigious award: http://bit.ly/2Pf54lD

BRING ’s Construction Materials Recovery and Reuse Program captures wood, insulation and other reusable building materials from construction sites. This free service helps contractors reduce waste and save money on disposal costs.


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Rethink is a free, comprehensive program for Lane County businesses, offered by BRING and its partner, Lane County Waste Management. Expert advisors conduct on-site assessments of your current water, waste, energy and transportation practices, then provide recommendations, tools and ongoing support to help your business be more resource-efficient. Information about tax incentives, rebates, and grants are also available. Rethink certification benefits: • Use of the Rethink logo in your marketing materials • Press kit with tools to tell your Rethink story • Social media announcements by BRING • Listing in The Register-Guard newspaper and Eugene Magazine • Entry in BRING’s quarterly newsletter, UsedNews • Inclusion in the Rethink Business Directory • Award plaque made locally by Center for Appropriate Transport • Eligibility for the Eugene Mayor’s Bold Steps Award Learn more at bringrecycling.org

Information and opportunities from Lane Transit District. More at LTD.org

Giving Thanks LTD appreciates the community involvement over these past four months. This input is helping to define what local transit services will look like in the future and how LTD can best serve its community. Additional input opportunities will begin in early 2019. To check out LTD’s projects, go to: LTD.org/projects-and-planning/


SWEET SUCCESS The perfect recipe for Goody’s candy stores included small business financing from Summit Bank. Stop by our office or give us a call to get a taste of how we can help your business.


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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

When we give to others, we make our community a better place. At Mercedes-Benz of Eugene, we are proud to support the work of several local organizations that provide care, compassion and opportunity to people in Lane County. These include The Relief Nursery, Volunteers in Medicine, Bridgeway House, University of Oregon, The Shedd Institute and many more.

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NEXTGEN LEADERSHIP 20 under 40 award winners prove themselves and promote community growth

As our vibrant community continues to grow, the next generation of leaders is stepping up in new ways to build a better future. Each year, incredible candidates under 40 years old who demonstrate hard work, initiative and dedication are nominated for the 20 under 40 awards. In this near-record year of submissions, selecting only 20 high-achieving professionals was a challenge. Join us in celebrating this year’s winners.

Learn more about this year’s winners at 20under40awards.com

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Casey Barrett

Stephanie Coats

Vice President Obie Industries | Age: 31

Real Estate Broker Keller Williams Realty | Age: 30

As vice president for Obie Industries, Casey Barrett helps run the 5th Street Public Market, one of the premier shopping, dining and hospitality destinations in Eugene. Barrett is involved in the company’s expansion which includes two hotels opened since 2012 and the planned expansion of the 5th St Market and new Gordon Hotel. Barrett brings his passion for the community to his work and volunteer efforts, serving on the board of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lane County Historical Society.

Stephanie Coats leads a team for Keller Williams Realty where she has helped 539 Lane County families, moved $105 million in volume, and led many in-house initiatives to improve culture, develop training and build community engagement. She is principal broker director for the Eugene Association of Realtors, has served on the Agent Leadership Council since 2010, and is committed to continuing education in her field. Stephanie also supports local outreach, serving on the boards of directors for Ballet Fantastique, Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union, and McKenzie Business Association.

Dr. Emily Dunn

Ben Farber

Radiation Oncologist Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center | Age: 37

Chief Nursing Officer PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District | Age: 36

Dr. Emily Dunn is a radiation oncologist and the brachytherapy physician lead at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, where she treats patients with cancer and leads important clinical trials. She cares about her patients, putting in time as the physician liaison for WVCI’s Fight Like a Duck campaign and its patient advocacy group. She is also a member of Oregon Cancer Alliance, collaborating with other specialists who evaluate complex cases. A three-time Academic All-American track and field athlete, Dunn volunteered as a doctor at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. She also supports FOOD for Lane County, Positive Community Kitchen, Soroptimist Club, American Cancer Society, and Oregon Cancer Foundation.

Ben Farber has made improvements that are both measurable and meaningful for patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District. Farber, who joined PeaceHealth in 2014, is Chief Nursing Officer, leading all nursing departments and has improved care through initiatives that ensure a quicker response and better prepares patients for discharge. He works collaboratively with a local agency to improve care for homeless and mentally ill patients. He has been recognized nationally for his work. Farber continues to advocate for people experiencing health concerns, serving as president of the HIV Alliance board.

Justin King

Garrett Ledgerwood

Director of National Sales King Estate | Age: 39

Partner/Attorney Hershner Hunter| Age: 39

Justin King is an accomplished guitarist and owner of Vinegar Hill Sound, a photojournalist who was embedded in Iraq, and Director of National Sales for the successful winery King Estate. He is growing the winery by rebuilding the sales structure, bringing out new labels and brands, and helping to establish the next steps after the sale of the very successful Acrobat brand. Recently, he became a winemaker under the Seven Rows label. He’s serving a governorappointed, four-year term on the Oregon Wine Board and feels passionate about being on these boards: FOOD for Lane County, Oregon Environmental Council, and SquareOne Villages.

Garrett Ledgerwood practices law at Hershner Hunter, where he became partner in 2017 in just four years. A leader in the firm’s creditors rights practice, he assists lenders in protecting and recovering assets and leads a new focus on assisting business clients in bankruptcy matters. He is chair of the debtor-creditor committee of the Lane County Bar Association. Ledgerwood is engaged in the community, he sings with the Eugene Concert Choir and Eugene Vocal Arts, is a member of Rotary Club of Eugene and has volunteered at United Way, Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley, Northwest Youth Corps, FOOD for Lane County and Emerald Village.

Chris Mackey

Jen McFadden

Police Officer/Realtor Eugene Police Department & McKenzie West Real Estate | Age: 36

Director of Marketing & Brand Development Northwest Community Credit Union | Age: 39

Chris Mackey is with the Eugene Police Department, where he’s a member of SWAT and is assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, primarily investigating crimes against children. He mediates issues between employees and supervisors as part of the executive board for the Eugene Police Employees Association and is one of only four EPD members on the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team. Mackey began a dual-role as a realtor for McKenzie West Real Estate, where he donates a portion of his commissions to Kids’ FIRST, which provides care for the child survivors of cases he investigates at EPD.

Jen McFadden worked her way from a teller position at Northwest Community Credit Union to Director of Marketing & Brand Development. Under her supervision, the credit union launched a new website in 2017 and saw deposit growth stemming from two of her different initiatives. McFadden cares about local business and young professionals as the YP Council marketing and communications chair and the YP Summit steering committee for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. She previously served on the Relief Nursery’s auxiliary board and teaches financial literacy in schools and community organizations.

Morgan Munro

Amy Newport

Chief Executive Officer Hathaway Munro | Age: 37

Employee Engagement & Community Outreach Manager Kendall Auto Group | Age: 39

Morgan Munro is CEO at Hathaway Munro, where she consults and trains in organizational development, strategy, executive coaching, business assessment, and targeted instruction. In her first year, Munro grew her client list to reach 200 executives and managers. Munro taught leadership and management and advised small business owners for six years at Lane Community College. She’s lending her expertise to the community through volunteer efforts, with KLCC’s new public radio foundation as its board president. Morgan also gives time at a local elementary school and has volunteered at numerous local organizations.

Amy Newport has incorporated charitable work into her job as employee engagement and community outreach manager for Kendall Auto Group. Kendall Cares began under Newport’s leadership and has since donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local schools and nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. Newport’s job also includes directing Kendall’s publicity efforts, building relationships with clients, organizing events and keeping employees engaged. Newport is a youth football coach for NFL Youth Flag, board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley, and serves on Relief Nursery Leadership Board.

Stephen Parac

Martin Rafferty

Chief Operations Operator XS Media | Age: 32

Chief Executive Officer Youth ERA| Age: 32

Chief Operations Officer Stephen Parac has grown XS Media from a startup to a regional Internet Service Provider. The business has grown more than 30 percent in less than 10 years and continues to grow. Parac collaborated with other leaders, helping to bring world-class gigabit Internet to downtown Eugene. He is a mentor for the South Eugene High School robotics team and is involved in Elevate and in the Academy of Arts and Academic’s J-term internship program. Parac serves on the boards of directors for the Eugene Education Foundation and the Technology Association of Oregon. He’s on the technology committee for Eugene Civic Alliance and steering committee for Leadership Eugene-Springfield.

Martin Rafferty founded Youth ERA, a nonprofit that provides training on youth mental health, advocacy and engagement to organizations in 39 states. Initiatives include development of an emergency response process after school shootings, social media peer support services, using staff to look for online risky behaviors to offer immediate mental health support, an online suicide prevention campaign, and integrating virtual reality into Youth ERA programs for teens who are experiencing mental health symptoms or who’ve endured trauma. He serves in advisory roles for other children’s mental health and youth organizations.

Kelly Ranstad

Brandy Rodtsbrooks

CEO/Principal Broker Hybrid Real Estate | Age: 39

Director of Marketing and Communications Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce | Age: 39

Over the past 10 years, Kelly Ranstad, has built the largest independent real estate company in Lane County. As CEO and principal broker for Hybrid Real Estate, Ranstad has 127 active and 16 referral agents and maintains leadingedge technology for the firm. Ranstad has served as president of the Women’s Council of Realtors and principal broker director for the Eugene Association of Realtors. Alongside her 16-year-old daughter, she is starting a new nonprofit to address housing services for vulnerable people escaping violence. She participates other charitable causes, supporting programs such as Brattain House and The ARC of Lane County.

Brandy Rodtsbrooks, director of marketing and communications for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, relaunched the OPEN for Business magazine, while also developing a digital-forward approach to communications that help the Chamber and its member businesses. She has had a swift trajectory, working from marketing assistant to leading communications at four local organizations in under ten years. She mentors emerging marketing professionals and volunteers for numerous organizations, including as board chair of MECCA, where she’s leading new development for the nonprofit. She has leveraged her skills to support committees such as the Downtown Marketing Partnership, the Community Health Improvement Plan, and the Financial Stability Partnership.

Josh Smith

Dr. Nicholas Strasser

Partner/Attorney Gleaves Swearingen | Age: 36

Orthopedic Surgeon Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine | Age: 39

Josh Smith began clerking at Gleaves Swearingen during law school, becoming partner after only five years. Committed to his clients and profession, Smith practices employment, construction and property law, and serves on the litigation team. He serves on the firm’s management committee, builds morale as manager of the coed softball team, and helps to bring in outstanding associates. Smith is president of the Greenhill Humane Society’s Board of Directors, where he steered the board during a $5.6 million capital campaign and helps oversee a building project that will greatly improve the care of stray animals.

Dr. Nicholas Strasser is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle at At Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. He and his wife, Joy, are foster parents providing a safe place for children for the past two years. He is also Orthopedic Division Chief for Sacred Heart Medical Center. Strasser uses his skill to help others, including providing orthopedic coverage at high school football games and volunteering on the medical team for TrackTown USA and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. He continues his work to help kids by volunteering for Safe Families for Children of Lane County.

Maressa Surrett

Kaitlyn Tepe

Director of Technology and Digital Solutions International Society for Technology in Education | Age: 38

Director of Marketing and Communications Cascade Health| Age: 31

As director of technology and digital solutions for the International Society for Technology in Education, Maressa Surrett leads the IT department and advises the executive team, while also leading web development, digital experience and data teams. In 2018, she took on additional responsibilities, leading business analytics, big data, and back-end development. Surrett has a second identity in the music industry. She started a regionally-recognized record label, acts as a mentor for female DJs and creates music for Eugene yoga studios. She volunteers for Friends of Trees and the Oregon Asian Celebration and is a member of the Pacific and Asian Community Alliance, and Oregon Asian Council board member.

Kaitlyn Tepe works to ensure the community knows about the compassionate and high-quality health care provided by Cascade Health. Among her significant achievements as director of marketing and communications, is her involvement in the opening of the Pete Moore Hospice House. A member of the senior leadership team and involved in the StrengthsFinder program, she provides coaching to employees to help them develop their strengths. In the community, she is on the steering committee for the Leadership Eugene-Springfield program for 2018-19. She is a volunteer with Trinity House and Festival of Trees and is an active member of First Baptist Church of Eugene.

Caitlin Vargas

Craig Wiroll

Development Director Eugene Mission | Age: 35

Portfolio Manager - Gigabit Eugene/Community Leader Smart Gigabit Communities Mozilla Foundation/US Ignite | Age: 39

During her time as development director for the Eugene Mission, Caitlin Vargas helped the nonprofit reach its five-year plan of a $3M budget in only three years. She was involved in rebranding the organization and starting the Eugene Food Truck Fest, which drew 13,000 people the first year. Vargas’ job includes fundraising, events, communications and more, but she can also often be found working directly with clients and getting to know them. An active community volunteer, Vargas helps FOOD for Lane County, Volunteers in Medicine and volunteered to support the inaugural year of Market Fest. She serves on the YP Summit committee and Eugene Young Professionals Board.

Craig Wiroll played an important role in securing the title of US Ignite Smart Gigabit Community for Eugene-Springfield and created partnerships between educators, technologists, nonprofits and public officials, enabling the area to win more than $200,000 in funding. As the portfolio manager for Gigabit Eugene through the Mozilla Foundation, Wiroll managed a grant portfolio of 11 projects funded by the National Science Foundation and was a community leader for Smart Gigabit Communities with US Ignite. He was a Domestic Policy Council intern for the White House under President Barack Obama. Wiroll’s community involvement has included volunteering at Spencer Butte Middle School, on the board of directors for United Way of Lane County and on the Lane STEM Leadership Board.

20 under 40 Judges’ Comments

Chris Boone Chair Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce I am continually impressed with how many talented young professionals live and work in our community. Being a judge was extremely difficult, as the resume, background, and engagement of every applicant was incredible. I am so proud to live in an area with so much future potential.

Elena Fracchia Wealth Advisor Columbia Bank

Kathy Gibson Vice President Dari Mart

Ralph Parshall General Manager Mercedes-Benz of Eugene

The 2018 nominees are raising the bar and setting a new standard. Their collective impact through their service and leadership is clearly what makes this community such a wonderful place. Thank you for the ways you give back to our community, making it a great place to live, work, and play.

It was an honor to be a judge this year. Each person nominated is exceptional, making a unique contribution to their companies, as well as to our community. Everyone nominated should be proud to be a part of this outstanding group of young individuals.

Every year, I’m impressed with the incredible rising stars in our community. I’ve been a judge since the first year, and this year’s nominees are all deserving. I thank each of them for their contributions and encourage them to keep it up. You’re making our community the best. Thanks!

Matt Sayre Vice President Technology Association of Oregon The near-record number of nominations is a positive reflection of our community, but makes selecting just twenty winners no easy task. This year’s class of 20 under 40 is especially remarkable because it illuminates many diverse paths to career achievement and community leadership. I’m excited to celebrate with everyone December 6th!


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Drawn is a boutique design and brand

wanted it to have just as much character and

removed, rebuilt and reused throughout the

development agency based, here, in Eugene.

even more of an emphasis on sustainability.

building, along with their metal desks and

While you may not be familiar with the agency, you’ve definitely seen its work: Rexius trucks, Opus Grows ads on city buses, Eugene Rec’s brand identity, ColdFire Brewing’s taproom on Mill Street.

When he found the former home of Bourland Printing at 545 Monroe Street, the historic building felt dark and cramped, with low ceilings and narrow corridors, but Taylor saw potential in the 5,000-square-foot space.

The agency’s headquarters used to be on

The significant renovation became a pilot

the third floor of Fifth Street Public Market,

project with BRING’s Construction Materials

surrounded by plenty of aesthetic goodness

Recovery and Reuse Program.

and quality coffee to fuel creativity, but not a ton of space to grow. When Drawn Founder and Creative Director Bryan Taylor decided it was time to seek out a new workspace, he


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a beloved unicorn clock. A former school’s gym bleachers became Drawn’s steps, and seating was built from wood that had been abandoned at a lumberyard. All of the building’s light fixtures are repurposed and have been retrofitted for energy-efficient LEDs. Sinks were procured from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, hardware from BRING Recycling, couches were bought from St.

Taylor estimates that 90 percent of the

Vincent de Paul, and an entire wall was saved

goods used in the remodel were salvaged,

before a restaurant remodel and put to work

either from 545 Monroe itself or from other

at Drawn’s new office.

evolving spaces: All of Bourland’s doors were


Of course, much of the material that Drawn removed from the building was also redistributed and put to use elsewhere, like the concrete slabs that were cut out to build a conference room and repurposed as outdoor benches at the new Mahonia Building (another BRING CMRRP project).

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“Everything we put into this building has a story that is helping to maintain its character, rather than making everything feel too new and sterile,” Taylor says. “And together, it’s all helping to write the next chapter at this building—from a feed store for 40 years to a printer for almost 40 more, and now, Drawn

Bold Steps Finalists are leaders in sustainability.

for the foreseeable future.”


The Bard Building, as Drawn now calls 545 Monroe Street, was named after Gaelic and Celtic storytellers—because that is, essentially, what Drawn does—and the collective and dynamic workspace that helps facilitate that—a dream of Taylor’s, 15 years in the making—has finally come to fruition.




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Learn more or apply at: eugene-or.gov/boldsteps

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A community of collaborators, game-changers, movers and shakers: Here’s a look at this quarter’s Chamber happenings, as we work to build networks, move forward projects, and elevate both businesses and professionals.

We were incredibly excited to help owners Mike and Casey Roscoe celebrate the grand opening of Veg Salad Craft, now open at 861 Willamette Street – another great reason to head downtown for lunch! Jessica McCormick of Lane Workforce Partnership and Allison Weatherly of the Technology Association of Oregon at the Eugene Business Expo, helping to spread the word on the new Apprenti program, connecting workforce with opportunity. Getting around Eugene is getting easier and more fun with the addition of PeaceHealth Rides. The folks from the new bike-share program talk through the benefits of corporate ride packages at the Eugene Business Expo. The next cohort of Leadership Eugene-Springfield kicked off in October. This group of next-gen leaders is learning how to work together more efficiently. We can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish this year! Eugene-Springfield partners connect with over 200 students, who had the opportunity to tour local manufacturing facilities and learn about the diverse career opportunities available to them in this local sector. Special thanks to our friends at Sheild Catering for making the Eugene Business Expo delicious. Our friends from Connected Lane County thought so, too! Local manufacturers provide opportunities to engage the next generation in exciting and rewarding careers. Manufacturing Day, held annually, is a great way to showcase these opportunities.

Don’t miss a minute, visit EugeneChamber.com for a calendar of events.


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PROMOTIONS & NEW HIRES The law firm of Gleaves Swearingen LLP is pleased to announce that

Amber M. Suklje has

joined the firm as an associate. Amber earned her J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law, where she received an estate planning concentration and served as the president of the Moot Court Board. Her practice focuses on estate planning and probate. Gleaves Swearingen is a Eugene law firm, serving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since 1924.

Systems West Engineers welcomes Mechanical Designer

Dorrie Matthews and Mechanical Designer

Jake Cosmillo to our team.

Matthews graduated from James Madison University with a degree in engineering, where she specialized in sustainable systems and design. She has four years of experience working for a naval contractor, where she worked on an array of projects for the U.S. Coast Guard. Cosmillo graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has one year of experience as a plumbing and fire protection designer in NY, NY and Vancouver, WA. Complete bios at: systemswestengineers.com/staff.

Anthony Hunt has joined the law firm of

Hershner Hunter LLP

as an associate. Anthony graduated from University of Oregon School of Law in 2018, University of South Dakota Department of Political Science in 2016, and University of South Dakota Department of Psychology in 2013. His practice will focus on business litigation and business transactions.

Ausland Group welcomes two new members to its design-build team. Craig Runyon is Ausland Group’s director of customer success. With a career that spans the journalism, graphic design,


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government and architecture fields, he guides the firm’s marketing and business development efforts. Seth Brown is Ausland’s newest senior construction project manager. Seth brings 30+ years of experience in retail, commercial, office and mid-rise multi-family construction. His project diversity helps him excel in many aspects, from plan constructability, budgeting, estimating, scheduling and value engineering. His knowledge includes extensive site work, ground up, as well as TI improvement projects.

compliance. Schumacher also serves as OCCU’s compliance counsel.

SELCO Community Credit Union recently hired Mitch Friedman as

information technology manager. In this role, Friedman will manage the day-to-day operations of SELCO’s IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, process, and procedures. He will work from SELCO’s headquarters in Eugene, located at 1050 High St. Friedman joins SELCO after honing his IT skills for more than 20 years in Orange County, California.

OCCU has hired longtime Eugene lending expert Russ Bernardo as its new Chief Lending Officer. Bernardo comes to OCCU from Northwest Community Credit Union, where he served in several lending capacities, most recently as Chief Lending Officer. As OCCU’s chief lending officer, Bernardo will oversee the credit union’s growing portfolio of residential and commercial loan products, including home loans, vehicle loans, lines of credit and student loans, as well as OCCU’s debit and credit cards portfolios and services.

Tyler Harris has been promoted to tax senior manager at Moss Adams. Tyler joined Moss Adams in January 2013. He primarily serves clients in the manufacturing and consumer products, and food, beverage and agribusiness industries. Tyler is on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane and is a member of Lane Leaders.

Deborah Mersino, who has been a member of the OCCU leadership team since 2014, has assumed an expanded role as chief marketing and experience officer. She previously served as OCCU’s Chief marketing officer. In this role, Mersino will oversee marketing, communications, product research and development, technology, and OCCU’s enterprise project management organization – an expanded scope of responsibilities designed to ensure OCCU continues to provide the best customer experience possible. She will also continue to serve as executive product owner of the credit union’s digital banking transformation program, set to launch in spring 2019.

August Klingman has been

Greg Schumacher, who joined the OCCU leadership

team in 2013, has been named chief financial and administrative officer. He previously served as chief administrative officer. In this expanded role, Schumacher will oversee finance, accounting and business intelligence in addition to his current oversight of electronic services, loss prevention, facilities, enterprise risk management, and regulatory

Moss Adams has promoted Kyle Hauser to audit senior manager. Kyle joined Moss Adams in October 2012. He primarily serves clients in the manufacturing and consumer products, and food, beverage and agribusiness industries. Kyle is on the board of directors for BRING Recycling. promoted to tax senior of

Moss Adams. A graduate

of the University of Oregon, August joined Moss Adams in October 2016. He provides tax services to companies in a variety of industries.

Moss Adams has promoted Jaden Ritchie to tax senior. A graduate of Idaho State University, Jaden joined Moss Adams in January 2017. He provides tax services to companies in a variety of industries.


Kathleen Russo has been

promoted to audit senior at Moss Adams. A a graduate of Montana State University, Kathleen joined Moss Adams in October 2016. She provides audit services to companies in a variety of industries.

Emily (Gray) Martin has been promoted to senior campus recruiter of Moss Adams. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Emily joined Moss Adams in May 2014. Before moving into talent acquisition, Emily was a member of the marketing department. Dr. Priyanka Iyer has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s endocrinology/ diabetes team. She earned her medical degree in Pune, India, at Armed Forces Medical College, which is affiliated with Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. She completed her residency at John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Program in internal medicine in Baltimore. She completed her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and did an additional year of fellowship in endocrine neoplasia and hormonal disorders at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Her areas of interest include advanced thyroid cancer and diabetes. Kernutt Stokes is pleased to announce Haley Lyons has been promoted to partner. She has been with the firm for the past 11 years, most recently as senior manager of audit and assurance services. In her new role as partner, Lyons continues to serve clients in the construction, manufacturing, retail and insurance industries and provides consulting services focused on internal controls and internal audit.

Dr. Morgan Garvin has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s urgent care team. She

earned her medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. She previously worked as an independent contractor emergency physician at hospitals in the Portland area and in Bandon.

Dr. MaiLynn “Lexi” Mitchell Sanchez has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s urgent

care team as a relief physician. She earned her medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio, Texas. She previously worked at Clay County Memorial Hospital in Henrietta, Texas.

Dr. Swati Gobhil has joined PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend as a hospitalist. She earned her medical degree at Sir Seewoosagoor Ramgoolam Medical College in Belle Rive, Mauritius. She completed her residency in internal medicine at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. She speaks Hindi.

Dr. Lior Feldman has joined PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend as a hospitalist. He earned his medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He completed the family medicine residency program at Northwell/Health Hofstra School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Feldman previously served as a battalion surgeon in the Israeli Air Force and as chief of medicine in the Israeli Navy. He speaks Hebrew.

Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) is pleased to announce Sandra McDonough as its next chief executive officer. Sandra will take the helm at OBI after serving 14 years as the president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance (PBA). Prior to her tenure at PBA, she spent 20 years in the energy industry in management positions for PacificCorp and San Francisco-based PG&E Corporation. Sandra was also an OBI board member. Summit Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Jenny Bennett to senior vice president, marketing and business development and Megan Horvath to assistant vice president, business client advisor. Bennett will serve as a member of the bank’s executive team. Summit Bank is excited to welcome new team members Michaela Marcotte

as director of human resources, Michelle Corona as senior operations officer, and Tyler Anderson as senior client services advisor.

PeaceHealth welcomes psychiatrists, Dr. Roberto Cruz Barahona, Dr. Iris Vanessa Guerrero Urena, and Dr. Fred Kinnicutt to its behavior health department. Dr. Cruz Barahona is an inpatient psychiatrist. His areas of interest include addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Guerrero Urena is an outpatient and consult/ liaison psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She speaks Spanish and enjoys reading and hiking. Dr. Kinnicutt is a child/adolescent psychiatrist. He has practiced child/adolescent psychiatry for 18 years, including at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and, most recently, at bluegrass.org, a nonprofit organization in Lexington.

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BUSINESS NEWS The Eugene Symphony has announced its

53rd season. “This Eugene Symphony season will always have a special place in my heart as the first one I crafted as a music director,” says LecceChong. “In developing this season, I held on to three ideas: music has the power to transform and transport us; concerts should surprise and delight us; and our performances can inspire thought and dialogue long after the last notes are played.”

Oregon Pacific Bank is pleased to announce

the opening of its new Eugene branch, located at 59 East 11th Avenue in downtown Eugene. The bank’s current Eugene office, which has been operating out of the Citizen’s Building since 2015, is closing, as all staff and operations transition to the new location. Founded and headquartered in Florence, Oregon Pacific Bank has had a presence in Lane County since 1979 and is thrilled to offer a more robust and memorable banking experience in Eugene, with an emphasis on business banking, nonprofit solutions, and trust and estate planning. The new branch will open for business in early to mid-December.

Papé Material Handling has acquired the

assets of Mid-Pacific Industries in Woodland, California, effective Oct. 19, 2018. No details of the acquisition will be announced. “With this acquisition, we bring a new line of products to Papé Material Handling,” said Chris Wetle, president of Papé Material Handling. “Our goal is to provide the best products and the best service for our customers. By adding these Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, we are able to keep our customers – and their products – moving.”

Summit Bank reported net income for the

third quarter of $1.4 million or 27 cents per fully diluted share. Earnings for the quarter were 45 percent, or 9 cents per share, higher than third quarter of 2017, when the bank earned $955 thousand, or 18 cents per fully diluted share. Year-to-date earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018 were $3.8 million, or 72 cents


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per fully diluted share, compared to $2.7 million, or 54 cents, during the same period for 2017, an increase of 35 percent. Strong performance in both the Eugene/Springfield and Central Oregon market areas, combined with the Bank’s Small Business Administration (SBA) and Equipment Finance Divisions, allowed the bank to achieve its earnings per share growth, while remaining one of Oregon’s fastest growing banks.

PeaceHealth Rides, Eugene’s bike share

system, released a special Sasquatch-themed bike into the wild in September. It is the first of a planned series of “unicorn bikes,” which features colors and designs different than the blue bike fleet. This first “unicorn bike” was the brainchild of two University of Oregon School of Art + Design students.

Turell Group, a Eugene-based marketing agency, recently became BRING Rethink certified. “We’re always looking for ways to improve and make our community an even better place. BRING made us Rethink the way we operate and helped us make simple changes that will have a big impact over time. We’re grateful to have an organization in our community that provides the education and tools needed to take practical steps toward improving our planet,” says Dana Turell, president of Turell Group.

KUDOS Employees of Columbia Bank recently provided 10 Lane County nonprofits with checks for $10,000 in unrestricted funds totaling $100,000 in the market. “As Lane County’s largest and most experienced bank serving the nonprofit community, we are thrilled to be able to provide critical funding for 10 of our region’s most impactful organizations,” said Denise Ghazal, Columbia’s senior vice president and regional manager.

The nonprofits receiving checks are: • ShelterCare • Greenhill Humane Society • NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation) • Springfield Public Library Foundation • Education Together Foundation of Junction City • SMART of Springfield • Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane County • Looking Glass Community Services • Kids’ FIRST Center • Springfield Education Foundation

Debra Velure was sworn as a judge for the Lane County Circuit Court. Gov. Kate

Brown appointed Velure to the Circuit Court on August 15. “I am honored to serve the people of Lane County,” said Velure. “I am committed to protecting the rights of the citizens. Drawing on my experience and the laws of the State of Oregon, I will ensure my decisions are reasoned and fair.” >

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The Center Building at the heart of Lane Community College main campus will be christened the Dr. Dale P. Parnell Center for Learning and Student Success, in honor of Lane’s founding president. Parnell was a lifelong and nationally renowned leader in the community college movement. He dreamed of forming a local community college when he was the principal at Springfield High School in 1959, and he never stopped living that dream. He helped win the election that established Lane Community College on Oct. 19, 1964, and he served as its first president. His advocacy for public education continued with state and national positions that helped shape current community college policy.

Eugene Airport

officials are pleased to announce the election of Assistant

Airport Director Cathryn Stephens

as president of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NWAAAE). In her year of service, Cathryn will focus on outreach to students of all ages and diversity to foster interest in future careers in aviation. Cathryn has over 11 years of experience at the Eugene Airport, is an accredited airport executive and serves as a member of the board of directors for AAAE. She previously served as both the president of the Oregon Airport Management Association and as first vice president of NWAAAE.

Kathy Smith, principal of KJ Smith Associates, has received a Gold Facilitation

Impact Award (FIA) from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for her facilitation of strategic planning with the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network Eugene (RAIN Eugene). The award recognizes excellence in facilitation and collaborative techniques that result in positive, measurable results.


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More than 30 Columbia Bank employees provided more than 200 hours of much-needed volunteer services to Womenspace, Greenhill Humane Society and the United Way as part of the United Way of Lane County’s annual Day of Caring event. The effort marks the fifth year in a row for Columbia Bank employee participation in this signature, nonprofit event for the greater Eugene area. “Columbia Bank is thrilled to once again be partnering with United Way of Lane County to help these three critical nonprofits with maintenance and other important activities,” says Denise Ghazal, Columbia’s senior vice president and regional manager.

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LOCAL BUSINESSES PUT COMMUNITY FIRST By Brittany Quick-Warner, CEO Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


ur city is home to incredible

like Palo Alto Software, or business people

nonprofits doing ground-breaking

donating time and resources to help find

work to meet the needs of our

solutions to community problems at events

community. It is also home to

like the Technology Association of Oregon’s

dedicated local businesses who aren’t only

Hack-for-a-Cause, you will find business

focused on their bottom line but utilize an

leaders coming together frequently to support

active and engaged approach to improve the

our community.

conditions in our community for employees, neighbors and organizations. In Eugene,


we do our best to put the needs of our

Make no mistake, we are pushing boundaries

community first, and it’s evident in all we do.

in Lane County, tackling challenges together

Several years ago, when our city committed to policy-making and community-building, following a Triple Bottom Line model, many business leaders in our community didn’t blink. Businesses in our region have been embracing the Triple Bottom Line concept for years and are leading the way in supporting people, protecting the planet, and improving the prosperity of our region.


and blurring the lines to reinvent what is possible. Companies like PakTech have innovated and evolved the manufacturing of their products to use recyclable material and prioritized the reduction of their environmental impact. At Bulk Handling

Other companies are voluntarily

and, in the process, invent new solutions.

implementing sustainability programs and

where people feel connected—connected to

programs like BRING’s Rethink program,

the people, connected to the community and

Love Food Not Waste and the mayor’s

connected to a greater purpose for making

annual Bold Steps Award that are pioneering

this region the best it can be. In fact, that

cross-sector collaboration that creates a

sense of connection and empowerment is one

lasting impact.

of the key metrics in attracting and retaining


sponsorship and philanthropy that actively improve our quality of life. Whether it’s people-first policies found at great companies


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things differently, and communities across

when local people tackle local problems

While others are embracing and supporting

and are supporting vital services through

receive at national conferences. We are doing

Eugene is a perfect example of what happens

thing really stands out: Eugene is a place

providing their staff paid time off to volunteer

Strategies team about the compliments they

recyclables from the waste stream.

by other businesses across the country.

are happy, healthy and connected. They are

recognition—just ask the Lane County Sector

that enables other companies to extract more

they enjoy doing business in Eugene, one

extra mile to ensure that their employees

in ways that are helping to gain national

the country are taking note.

policies that are being awarded and duplicated

Employers across Lane County are going the

partners in government and nonprofits

Systems, the company produces a product

When I talk to local professionals about why

our workforce.

Businesses are working alongside community

Our business community continues to make impacts and contributions to our region that drive overall economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. As companies thrive, they are growing the number of living-wage jobs and giving back with their time and financial contributions to nonprofits and charities in our community.

Businesses are coming together to take ownership of this place we call home and are crafting a vision of the future, while solving community challenges in ways we’ve never seen. This work never ends—but, if done correctly, it moves us forward together, inch by inch, into something even better.

We want to hear from you. What does our best future look like? Use #ChamberEvolved to share your vision

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