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This Issue

Cover story

10 Through the Young Professionals

Summit, the Eugene Chamber

is supporting a new generation

of business leaders who are

involved in the community.

Pictured: Attendees from the Young Professionals Summit celebrate on top of Spencer’s Butte.

Columns/Departments

4 Chamber@Work The Eugene Chamber helps grow local leaders and young professionals.

7 Four Questions The Chamber asks Linda Addison of Sixth Street Grill and Greg Erwin of Sapient Private

Wealth Management about their businesses and the value of Chamber membership.

17 Business News Promotions, new hires and new Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce members.

new hires and new Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce members. Honoring the legacy of Dave Hauser.

Honoring the legacy of Dave Hauser. Page 21

21 Last Call The life and legacy of former Chamber CEO Dave Hauser.

Chamber Contacts

Brittany Quick-Warner

Interim President (541) 242-2354 brittanyw@eugenechamber.com

Brandy Rodtsbrooks

Director of Communication & Member Engagement

541-242-2360

brandyr@eugenechamber.com

Beth Tassan

Administrative Assistant (541) 242-2356 betht@eugenechamber.com

Barb Brunton

Business Manager (541) 242-2358 barbb@eugenechamber.com

Ashley Barrington

Administrative Support (541) 242-2351 ashleyb@eugenechamber.com

Elizabeth Coleman

Director of Membership Development (541) 242-2352 elizabethc@eugenechamber.com

Sarah Delp

Economic Development Program Specialist (541) 242-2357 sarahd@eugenechamber.com

Amanda Yankovich

Events Manager (541) 242-2353 amanday@eugenechamber.com

Joshua Mongé

Director of Economic Development (541) 242-2359 joshuam@eugenechamber.com

Megan Richter

Interim Director of Communications (541) 242-2360 meganr@eugenechamber.com

Eugene Chamber

Executive Committee

Mandy Jones, Chair CEO, Oregon Community Credit Union

Chris Boone, Chair-Elect President, Boone Insurance Associates

Cathy Worthington,

Treasurer

Worthington Business

Services

Scott Lindstrom, Vice Chair, Organizational Development Executive Vice President, Jerry’s Home Improvement

Stephanie Seubert, Vice Chair, Business Advocacy Partner, Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert

Dana Siebert, Vice Chair Economic Development EVP, Green Energy Corp.

Nigel Francisco, Past Chair CFO, Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Chamber@Work

Chamber program grows local leaders

Leadership Eugene-Springfield is

a joint initiative of the Eugene and

Springfield Chambers with the mission of fostering civic leaders and advocates to better serve and champion their own local communities since 1986. May marked the end of an eight- month long curriculum for the 28 outstanding individuals of the 2016-17 cohort, who worked to broaden their knowledge and awareness of Eugene/ Springfield. The program is centered on the region’s current and future needs. The eight, day-long sessions focused on in-depth examinations of factors that impact our local area and government

such as public policy, education, community culture and human services, while continually developing key volunteer and leadership skills including facilitation, leadership styles, and influencing public policy. Community leaders join each class to discuss and engage on specific topics that impact their work. The purpose of Leadership Eugene- Springfield is reflected in its goal to create knowledgeable, networked, skilled, involved and passionate leaders who will advocate for and represent the community as a whole. The program emphasizes the value of government, business, and charitable institutions working together to create

a healthy local economy. Applications

for the 2017-18 class are open through August 11, 2017, and available online at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.

2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield Congratulations to our 2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield cohort who graduated

2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield cohort who graduated from the eight-month long course to join nearly 600 past graduates from the annual program.

Kellie Andre, Oregon Community Credit Union Sylvia Barry, United Way of Lane County Chris Boyum, Chambers Construction Joe Carmichael, Pacific Continental Bank Carrie Copeland, Cornerstone Community Housing Josh Francis, Eugene Symphony Association Katie Gatlin, CASA of Lane County Bonnie Glass, Euphoria Chocolate Logan Haugen, Ward Insurance

Kirsten Henry-Lea, Oregon Social Learning Center Ariana Mari Hernandez, Downtown Athletic Club Carisa Hettich, American Red Cross/Oregon Pacific Chapter Gary Holliday, PacificSource Health Plans Tony Iverson, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon Shula Jaron, FertiLab Chris Jirges, Café Yumm! Kelly Johnson, ShelterCare Melissa Koke, QSL Print Communications Annie Loe, Lunar Logic

Angie Marzano, BRING Recycling Ali McQueen, Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning Sarah Mellgren, Roehl & Yi Investment Advisors Jennifer Morrocco, Umpqua Bank Nate Pozzesi, SnoTemp Cold Storage Patty Schulz, SELCO Community Credit Union Robert Steck, Partnered Solutions IT Genevieve Sumnall, Summit Bank Michael Wisth, City of Eugene

Young professional programs to be refined

More than a decade ago, the Eugene Chamber pulled together a handful of young professionals to learn how to best support their needs. With the leadership of those members, the Young Professionals Network was created. More than ten years later the program has grown into an active network of

hundreds of young professionals in our region. After successfully implementing the new Young Professionals Summit in 2016, and soliciting feedback from attendees and members, we have heard the request for new young professional programs that include educational and

professional development opportunities alongside our successful networking events. Over the next six months, the Eugene Chamber is committed to implementing the suggestions and feedback of our members as we reinvent our young professionals programming for a fresh launch in 2018.

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Four Questions

WE ASKED LOCAL BUSINESSES TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT GIVE INSIGHT INTO THEIR COMPANIES AND THE VALUE OF THEIR EUGENE CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP.

Sixth Street Grill

Linda Addison, Owner

Tell us how your company got started and how it landed in Eugene.

This all got started when Keith and I decided to go into business for ourselves. At that time we both had

successful careers but were looking for

a change. Keith’s sister, Diane, got wind

of it and asked if we were interested in the restaurant business, as a consultant. We jokingly said it be great if 6th Street came up for sale. The very next week, our broker called us and said guess what, 6th Street is up for sale!

What are trends shaping your industry/business?

We’ve been seeing that our guests are starting to move away from the chain restaurants with pre-packaged food. As a well-established locally owned and operated business, our focus is on quality, affordability and the understanding that fresh food

makes all the difference. We are excited to launch into the final stages of our remodel and rebranding by bringing a gastro style feel with a high-end whiskey bar to the restaurant;

a combination of imaginative, upscale

cooking techniques with the casual dining experience of a pub. With our makeover, we will be setting the trend

as Eugene’s only Gastro Pub and Whiskey Bar.

What do you wish other people knew about your company?

We’re right in your neighborhood (across from the Hult Center,) with plenty of parking, five levels across the street (free after 6 pm and weekends), street parking and parking in back. We pride ourselves on serving local fare, (steaks, burgers, pasta, gourmet salads) including 18 local beers on tap, craft

gourmet salads) including 18 local beers on tap, craft Sixth Street Grill puts an emphasis on

Sixth Street Grill puts an emphasis on quality, affordability, and freshness.

and seasonal cocktails, and we will be specializing in bourbons, including offerings from Ireland, Scotland and Japan. We also serve breakfast until from 9 am to 2 pm on the weekends with amazing omelets, scrambled eggs, and eggs benedicts with made from scratch hollandaise sauce. We are definitely the go-to place before and after Duck games in the fall.

What element of the Chamber has been most beneficial to your company? Why would you

recommend the Chamber to a friend?

The Chamber is always looking for new ways to improve their connection to the community and how to take new and existing members and bring them together. With the contacts we were given, it resulted in new menu concepts, a new head chef and front of house manager, redoing our logo and a facelift to create something new for guests to enjoy and hopefully bring all their friends, too!

redoing our logo and a facelift to create something new for guests to enjoy and hopefully

Four Questions

Sapient Private Wealth Management

Greg Erwin, Managing Principal

Greg Erwin, founder, was initially drawn to Eugene in 1978 as a track and field athlete. As co-chair of the Eugene Olympic Trials, involved in planning for the 2021 World Championships and through facilitating the progress of the 15th Night Initiative, Greg has been a long-time advocate of Eugene.

Tell me how your company got started and how it landed in Eugene.

The ability to exercise sound judgment, using interhuman connection as a guide is what sets this wealth management group aside and defines the Eugene firm of Sapient Private Wealth Management. The founders of SPWM set out in 2010 to change the way they were doing business. With the realization that the industry of 40 years ago was asking advisors to call on clients in an effort to sell products that did not help a client reach their goals, the founders of Sapient Private Wealth Management pooled their years of experience and decided to “create a firm for our clients.”

What are trends shaping your industry/business?

With the evolution of technology what started as a local service, has grown to offer support to clients all over the world. The approach has led the company to evolve with a culture that challenges each staff to ask, “How can we get better every day?” For Sapient this has equated to a very personal approach in business We approach wealth management knowing that the relationships they foster generally last between 20-40 years. A client becomes part of the Sapient family as they work together with 2 fully dedicated staff to delve into long-term goals and lifestyles.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about opening a business in Eugene?

There is no substitute for plain old hard

in Eugene? There is no substitute for plain old hard Greg Erwin, Managing Principal of Sapient

Greg Erwin, Managing Principal of Sapient Private Wealth Management, is involved in planning for the 2021 World Championships in Eugene.

work. In my years of experience here I’d like to advise you to get out of your work related things to volunteer or do other good things to give back to your community every once in a while… join the Chamber, a club, or other organization. Get out. This is a place that quickly feels familiar and you will experience the warmth and positive people when you take the time to build relationships here as you build your business.

What element of the Chamber has been most beneficial to your company? Why would you recommend the Chamber

to a friend?

In my dedication to initiatives in Eugene, I have found that the Chamber has been able to catalyze the collaboration needed to bring these civic projects to fruition. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is at the crossroads of everything happening. This is due to the legacy of Dave Hauser ensuring the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce was a proactive force and advocate for positive change in our community. Because of Chamber membership, our business is able to meet our community, new businesses, and the people doing good things, while building relationships.

business is able to meet our community, new businesses, and the people doing good things, while

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during the critical first stages of a heart attack. McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is owned in part
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“Get engaged with community

You have dreams for the future of this community and you have a right to share them.”

– Brittany Quick-Warner, Interim Chamber CEO

them.” – Brittany Quick-Warner, Interim Chamber CEO “If you don’t succeed in doing something ambitious, you

“If you don’t succeed in doing something ambitious, you usually succeed in doing something important.”

– Ashton Eaton Keynote speaker

something important.” – Ashton Eaton Keynote speaker 10 OPEN FOR BUSINESS | EUGENE AREA CHAMBER OF

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“Formulate your own ideals. Celebrate the way you connect with your community.”

– Sadie Lincoln Keynote speaker

“Formulate your own ideals. Celebrate the way you connect with your community.” – Sadie Lincoln Keynote

Elevation

in

action

Young Professionals Summit creates recipe for workforce solutions

By Sophia Bennett

When Fatemeh Fakhraie moved to Eugene in September 2015, she had few friends or connections to the community outside of her job as digital content strategist at Northwest Community Credit Union. When she saw an ad on social media for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Young Profes- sionals Summit, she thought it might be a good way to meet people and learn about local happenings. For Fatemeh, the experience was transformative. “I met several people who are now part of my professional network,” she says. “I see them regularly and they help me learn about Eugene and ways I can get involved.” She’s given talks at the University of Oregon and the Emerald Marketing Association and recently joined the latter organization’s board. “My biggest outcome was to feel more connected to the place I’d just moved to,” Fakhraie reports. That is exactly what Chamber leaders hoped for when they organized the first Young Professionals Summit in 2016. At the second event, which took place May 16th at the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union, interim Chamber CEO Brittany Quick-Warner welcomed the 400 guests by explain- ing the gathering’s genesis and mission. In various business roundtables focused on how the Eugene Chamber could help members address the big-picture issues they were facing, one subject came

up over and over again: companies were struggling to attract and retain young talent. “That’s a hard issue to tackle as an overall com- munity, but we wanted to see what we could do to try and impact that issue,” Quick-Warner says. The idea of a day-long seminar focused on young profession- als, which had been successfully tried in other cities, quickly picked up steam. “The research showed us that two things really influenced people’s desire to stay in this community,” Quick-Warner explained to Summit attendees. “The first was building genuine relationships with people. The second was feeling engaged in the community. If we were able to help do that, people were less likely to move away.” She emphasized that although the Young Profes- sionals Summit is a one-day event, the Chamber hopes it is just the beginning of each attendees’ efforts to get involved in the community. The Chamber is a resource to help people connect with professional development, advocacy, even service opportunities. “At the Chamber, we are committed to helping pro- fessionals succeed in their career and feel supported here,” she said. The Summit has additional goals beyond building relationships and community connections. Another reason young people leave Eugene is the myth that

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Cover Story Sadie Lincoln, Founder & CEO of barre3 closes the 2nd annual Eugene Young Professionals

Sadie Lincoln, Founder & CEO of barre3 closes the 2nd annual Eugene Young Professionals Summit with her keynote address.

there are no jobs or fewer chances to advance in a career. This year’s Summit offered edu- cational sessions on mentoring, professional skills and entrepreneurship to help attendees elevate their professional opportunities. Many large gatherings have an invigorat- ing effect, and this one was no different. “My biggest takeaway was the energy,” Fakhraie says. “I felt hopeful and energized about what we could achieve as young professionals.”

Education and Mentoring

“Elevate” was the theme of the 2017 Young Professionals Summit. For those looking to rise up through the ranks of their professions, the Summit provided educational seminars on subjects such as emotional intel- ligence, teamwork, building company culture and mentoring. “The mentorship panel really resonated with a lot of the group,” says Alyssa Powell, digital media marketing specialist for Palo Alto Software and one of the event’s co- chairs. “It made them realize that a mentor isn’t always someone who is older than you. It could be someone the same age as you, and you could reach out to someone younger than you to help you along the way.” Becky Elkins, who has worked at the University of Oregon Duck Store since graduating eight years ago, has first-hand experience with the power of mentoring. She has established a successful career in the company’s accounting department thanks to

Elevate: fear+ failure+ hard work = achieve your goals

Ashton Eaton – two-time Olympic gold medalist, from La Pine, Oregon expressed to Summit goers the power of believing in yourself and of living a life of mind over matter. His progression from a student in a small town to Olympic medalist developed through a lifetime of practice, of setting larger than life goals, of being fearful, falling, failing, and hurdling over those perceived obstacles. Eaton kicked off the YP Summit, inspiring listeners to work hard in the pursuit of their goals and dreams.

coaching from two supportive supervisors. “My last boss, he saw my skill set and said,

‘I know you haven’t taken accounting classes,

but I can train you. I can teach you the things you need to know to move up in your career,’” she says. “So I started shadowing him and have learned accounting stuff I never thought

I could without that background. It hasn’t

been as seamless as some people with that foundation in accounting, but I’m learning I’m capable of doing the things he thought I could. And I’m learning skills I can transfer to

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another position when the time is right.” Over the past year, Elkins has worried that she was getting too pigeonholed into learning specialized skills that might not be applicable outside of the company. A new boss encouraged her to continue thinking bigger. “He said, ‘What are your goals? What do you want to do, what do you want to be?’ He helped expand my view of what was pos- sible. I’ve shifted my focus to what makes me happy and what makes me take pride in my work.” Her hope for this year is to find better work-life balance, then seek out ways to get more involved in a community that she plans to call home for the foreseeable future.

Building Relationships

The 2017 Young Professionals Summit also placed emphasis on helping young profes- sionals grow their networks. After an inspir- ing opening keynote by two-time Olympic gold medal winner Ashton Eaton, attendees broke into small groups for discussion about what they hoped to learn throughout the day. Near the end of the event, the groups met again to share takeaways and next steps. This type of networking is exactly what Krista Schor, a financial advisor for Ameri- prise, was after when she signed up for the Summit. The Eugene native graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in economics. She moved to Seattle and worked for Uber after graduation, but missed her family and friends and is glad to be back in

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her hometown. Schor is still questioning where she wants to go with her career and hoped that talking with her peers would provide her with some ideas. “I’m really interested in everything,” she says. “I want to ask people about themselves more than talk about myself. I want to know what they do and if they like it and how they got there.” Emily Norcross was also after the net- working opportunities provided by the Sum- mit. She’s the founder and owner of Recharge Eugene, which she describes as an exercise studio, massage therapy clinic, athletic train- ing room and athlete recovery lounge. She is new to town and is discovering that building a strong network is critical to her success. “That’s something I didn’t do before we started. I got into the nitty-gritty of the business financing and the construction, and I didn’t invest enough time in the networking piece of it.” She found this year’s Young Professionals Summit extremely helpful in that regard. “I’ve already made some really valuable connec- tions – people I’ll be able to follow up with and develop deeper relationships with, as well as potential clients,” she said. Jacob Young-

as well as potential clients,” she said. Jacob Young- Kevin Alltucker, Professor at the University of

Kevin Alltucker, Professor at the University of Oregon engages young professionals about the role of emotional intelligence in professional development and growth.

blood, Director of Group Sales at the Eugene Hilton could not agree more, “They truly have some inspiring people at this conference and, being someone who attends a lot of confer- ences, this was a standout experience and an amazing opportunity,” he stated.

Elevating the Community

In addition to helping young professionals elevate themselves, the Summit mission was to inspire attendees to elevate the community.

This happened through workshops such as “What’s Next for Downtown and the River- front,”“Step Up Your Nonprofit Know-How” and “Finding Your Civic Voice.” Quick-Warner led the latter session and had encouraging words for participants. “Believe you can make a difference. This community – we’re a pretty small city. I came from Kansas City, Missouri, and I felt like no one knew who I was and I couldn’t make a difference. I love the size of this community.

Young professionals profile: Daniel Ivy

Daniel Ivy grew up in Florida but frequently spent summers visiting his father and extended family in Eugene. “There’s something that always spoke to me about Oregon,” he said. “There’s something about the east coast atmosphere that was a little too superficial for me.” When he graduated from college, he threw his possessions in his car and embarked on a long road trip that ended in Oregon. Months later he met his wife, and a few years after that he landed a job as the consumer loan center manager for Northwest Community Credit Union. Ivy completed an MBA at the Lundquist College of Business in 2015 and was on the lookout for continuing education opportunities. He signed up for the Young Professionals Summit not knowing what to expect and ended up having a wonderful experience. “I found the energy of the entire event intoxicating,” he said. “I’d never been to an event quite like that. The speakers

were really good. Afterward, I started reaching out to the ones that spoke to

me in various ways.” He had lunch with Celeste Edman, CEO of Lunar Logic, who told him the inspiring story of her career path. Emily Reiman, executive director of NEDCO, got him connected to the agency’s Community LendingWorks program, which he found

Ivy

But Ivy wanted to find a way to get directly involved in the community. Eventually, he landed in the office of Brittany Quick-Warner, who was the Chamber’s business advocacy director at the time. “She said, ‘It really sounds like something in city government might be fulfilling for you. Something on a board or committee,’” he recounted. “I started looking into open seats on boards

recounted. “I started looking into open seats on boards fascinating. and commissions, and I found out

fascinating.

and commissions, and I found out the day of the second Young Professionals conference that I got a position on Lane County’s Housing Policy Board.” Ivy also cites the Young Professionals Summit as one reason he felt more invigorated at work in the later part of 2016. “There were some projects in the hopper that weren’t getting a lot of traction, and it seemed like everything started to click into place after the conference,” he said. Ivy and his wife have two young children and hope to raise them here. “Just in the last six or so months we’ve really solidified that we want to stay in Eugene,” he said. “Our roots are so deep at this point and we’re part of so many communities through work and hobbies. Plus there’s so much energy in the city right now, so much building and development. There’s going to be a way for us to pave our way.”

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It’s not so small that you’re bumping into your grandma at the grocery store, but if you show up at a meeting two or three times people notice.” “Young professionals can start small when getting engaged with community activism”, she said. Attending city council meetings or writing letters to the editor does not require a huge time commitment. Those interested in taking a bigger stand on issues can form coali- tions with people who care about the same things and take on advocacy roles within the Chamber. At the end of her talk, Quick-Warner asked the group what issues they were con- cerned about. Downtown housing, better serving the homeless community, increasing internship and mentoring opportunities, and equal pay all made the list. Quick-Warner urged participants to get more involved with those issues. “You have dreams for the future of this community and you have a right to share them,” she said. Feeling inspired by the conversation

Quick-Warner started, attendee Kali Kardas, interviewed for a position on the City of Eu- gene’s sustainability council. Kardas who has long had an interest in environmental issues credits the Summit as the catalyst for her re- energized interest in local politics, “Since the Summit, I have attended city council meet- ings. I wrote an editorial on my viewpoint for The Register-Guard and Eugene Weekly. I also campaigned for a city council candidate in my ward.”

Supporting Entrepreneurship

Driven by feedback from the young professional planning committee, the first Young Professional Summit highlighted en- trepreneurship in our region, and that carried over to this year’s event. Andrew Nelson, As- sociate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business, this year’s title sponsor, led a session on entrepreneurship and recognizing business opportunities that many attendees found inspiring. The Summit “walked the talk” by sup-

porting local startups. Thomas Pettus-Czar, a member of the Chamber Board of Directors and co-owner of The Barn Light launched a coffee roasting business this spring. Slightly Coffee Roasters did a soft rollout of its new products by serving as the event’s official cof- fee provider. “I’m stoked that the folks who were put- ting it on were willing to give a startup local coffee roaster an opportunity to do that rather than just using the coffee from the catering company,” he says. “To have that opportunity speaks volumes to what they’re trying to do with their event.” Last year’s Young Professionals Summit helped Pettus-Czar make a valuable connec- tion to get Slightly off the ground. “One of the speakers was Jonah Boersma, who owns a Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise,” he says. “He just exuded this positivity and optimism that was infectious.” After the event, Pettus-Czar and Boersma met for a beer and talked coffee. “His business is light years away and much different than ours, but still I could see there were things I

Young professionals profile: Alyssa Powell

Alyssa Powell’s transition from a student at Oregon State University to a young professional in Eugene was a rough one. In college, she had two jobs and was in a sorority, so it was easy to stay busy and plugged into what was happening on campus. “Once you graduate it’s not as easy to find those outlets to get involved,” she says. For her first four years as an account manager with a local manufacturing company, she struggled to meet people, advance her career and get involved in the community. When she joined the Chamber’s Young Professionals conference steering committee, everything started to change. Powell worked on the event’s branding and promotions team, and that piqued an interested in finding a career focused on marketing. “When you start surrounding yourself with people who are so passionate about what they’re doing it pushes you to take on new challenges,” she says. “It wasn’t until working with all the young people in the community that I figured out where I wanted to go.” She started looking for new jobs and found a position in sales at

Palo Alto Software. She was promoted to digital media marketing specialist a few months later. The people she met also helped her connect with local organizations and events. “Everyone is involved in the community in some sense so someone was always like, ‘Come along with me to this breakfast’ or ‘Come with me to this City Council meeting.’ I

Powell

was always getting to learn about a new group in the community.” She’s now involved with the Boys and Girls Club and has been to several City Council meetings. “I felt like myself again,” she says. “I got back to being really involved and integrated.” The Chamber recognized Powell’s involvement and invited her to serve as a co-chair of the 2017 Young Professionals Summit. She believes the outcomes of this year’s event may be even more significant. “It seems like there was an extra oomph

to this year,” she says. “We were able to incorporate a lot more content that

“We were able to incorporate a lot more content that people could engage with that they

people could engage with that they aren’t normally exposed to or could help them with their own career path and development. They were given more tools to use in the community, to connect with other leaders and young professionals, and to progress however they want in their life.” Powell led one of the breakout groups that met at the beginning and end of the session. By the end of the day, the energy was palpable. “People already had plans they wanted to take and put into action after going to the different breakout sessions and interacting with other young professionals,” she says. “It was fantastic to get that feedback, that after a whole day of breakout sessions people had actionable plans they wanted to move forward.” Even when the Summit ends, the excitement and networking don’t. That’s one of the things that will keep Powell involved in the event next year. “I’m completely floored by this community of young professionals,” she says. “Following the Summit it’s great to keep connecting with more people who knock me off my feet.”

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Cover Story A panel on improving company culture included Michael Fuller of NCU, Cheryl Collins of

A panel on improving company culture included Michael Fuller of NCU, Cheryl Collins of Ninkasi Brewing, Sabrina Parsons of Palo Alto Software, and Bryson Womack of IDX Brokers.

could learn from him,”Pettus-Czar says. “That meeting would have never happened if that event hadn’t occurred.” As much as last year’s Summit impressed him, he says what happened afterward was the most remarkable thing. “The relationships that were built there and the energy that blos- somed at the event [led to] people coming together to do really great things well after the event. Everything from working together on business ideas to coming together on policy or other community issues that, before that event, did not involve a lot of folks who were younger.”

Reinvigorating the Workforce

Jackie Jamison, a human resources profes- sional at InnSight Hotel Management Group, returned for the event’s second year because she was energized and motivated by the first Summit and was anxious to learn more this year. “I feel like we’re all out there doing our jobs and we’re in our own rhythm, and then coming to a place like the Summit is really motivating and invigorating,” she says. “You think, ‘Maybe I’ll do one new thing,’ and that sparks something bigger. Usually, I’m going to lots of trainings that are specific to my field, and that’s great, but it’s not always motivating, uplifting and inspiring me to do something new and different, especially for our commu-

Elevate: A balanced you

Sadie Lincoln – barre3 Founder, glowed with energy and passion when she returned to her hometown of Eugene for the Summit. Lincoln on stage with her mother in the crowd, shared their family tradition of documenting an intention for the year. In 2017, they have been focused on “home” and she reflected on how fitting it was to be invited home to speak this year. Lincoln elevated us by reiterating the truth that there is no perfect recipe for happiness. No fad diet, no perfect amount of exercise, or money can fulfill you. After a very successful career on the corporate side of fitness, Lincoln and her husband decided to create

a branch of the fitness industry to encourage realistic practices that lead to healthier lives. Leaving a comfortable, but an unhappy career, Lincoln realized that she needed to “crowd out fear with courage” to make it work. With the vision of something better, barre3 was born on the pillars of exercise, nourishment, and connection to exemplify that a balanced life is a happy life. The focus for barre3 speaks to this mantra as a company that strives not to become the largest gym, but to focus on growing better. How do we elevate? We take care of ourselves, and we are able to give 100% to our relationships and our communities.

nity. But I’m going to advocate to come every year because we need to have these types of events.” Jamison moved to Eugene five years ago and has not always found the transition easy. “Sometimes young professionals get lost in the shuffle. Having everyone congregate here, I’m able to spot other young professionals, connect and hopefully build relationships with them.”

Jamison and her partner plan to be in Eu- gene for the long haul. “We bought a condo and we’re setting down roots. We love it here,” she says. Outside of work and friends she is involved in Emerald City Roller Derby and is looking for ways to get involved in civic life. She’s not sure how just yet, but as is the case with all of the young people who flocked to this year’s Summit, we can’t wait to see what she does next.

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) welcomes Mark McConnell, BVMS, MRCVS, as new president of its Board of Directors. Since 2006, McConnell has served as co-owner of The Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Springfield, Oregon, an AAHA-accredited, 24-hour referral facility in which he is a practicing clinician and manager.

facility in which he is a practicing clinician and manager. Cathryn Stephens , Eugene Airport Director,

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Elwood Staffing, announces the promotion of Sarah Barker to Senior Staffing Manager. Sarah, a Eugene resident of more than 20 years, joined Elwood Staffing in 2013 as a Staffing Manager.

Chris Overton, senior director, Lane County Service Area at Kaiser Permanente , has been named to , senior director, Lane County Service Area at Kaiser Permanente, has been named to the ShelterCare Board of Directors. A Eugene native, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in health teacher education and with a master’s degree in community health education and exercise science.

degree in community health education and exercise science. Kirk Martin – State Farm agent Carmen Dutton
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Kirk Martin – State Farm agent Carmen Dutton has recently relocated to Eugene, and new agent Chris Humphreys has come from Santa Cruz.

Oregon Trail Council Boy Scouts is pleased to announce Tony Reyneke as Development Director. A Sheldon High is pleased to announce Tony Reyneke as Development Director. A Sheldon High

School graduate, Tony has worked in Eugene both as a CPA and as a software game developer. He has been a scouting volunteer since

1992.

Shelter Care has promoted Kelly Johnson from senior development associate to development director. She oversees the agency’s fundraising, messaging and marketing. Johnson joined ShelterCare in 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Colorado-Denver and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Oregon.

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Ron Neumann has been promoted to Executive Director; Greg Schumacher is now Chief Administrative Officer; Dave Schiffer to Vice President of Finance; and Tracey Keffer as Director of Human Resources.

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Leah Mortensen joined US Bank as a Commercial Banking Client Representative. Leslie Stubbs has been promoted to Community Banking - Private Banking Assistant Relationship Manager. She is a graduate of Northwest Christian College and is a part of the bank’s Private Client Group. Bethe Hayes has been promoted to Treasury Management Payments Consultant, where she will work directly with the Commercial Banking Team.

she will work directly with the Commercial Banking Team. Barbara Jacobs , a retired school administrator,

Barbara Jacobs, a retired school administrator, has joined the Eugene Family YMCA’s Board of Directors.

Len Blackstone has joined Len Blackstone Windermere Real Estate/Lane County and will be focusing solely on commercial real estate. Windermere Real Estate/Lane County and will be focusing solely on commercial real estate.

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Windermere Real Estate/Lane County welcomes the following Real Estate Brokers to their team: Aaron Bloom, Rachel Buciarski (Yurkovich) (not pictured), Vince Casey, Steven Duncan, Jaeden Kersey, and Laura Moshofsky (not pictured) in partnership with Teresa Moshofsky (not pictured), Mike Powell, and Cherie Thompson.

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The Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) celebrated the many contributions that local businesses and artists make to our community at its 8th annual Spring Business Recognizing Arts Vision and Achievement (BRAVA) breakfast. Michael Anderson, the Director of Artistic Administration for the Oregon Bach Festival and a Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, received The Eugene Arts & Letters Award from Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) for his exceptional contribution to the arts and culture of Eugene. The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts accepted The Fentress Endowment Award from OCF for its achievement in the arts, as well as the

opportunities and scholarships it provides to students through its Community Music School. Clay Space and local ceramic artists were honored with ABAE’s Arts and Business Partnership Award for creating and donating thousands of hand-crafted bowls to FOOD for Lane County’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. Essex Construction received the Outstanding Business Patron of the Year Award for its consistent support of local arts organizations and investment in arts education in schools.

Daniel Rachev, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony closed his eight year tenure with the orchestra leading his final concert, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Bruch’s Violin Concerto played by Ryu Goto, and Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony – a

piece never performed by Eugene Symphony and rarely performed by any orchestra because of its immense orchestration.

Holt International will expand life-changing, early intervention nutrition training to orphanages and impoverished communities in seven countries in 2017 through the generous grant awarded from the Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation. The Child Nutrition Program began in 2012, and positively impacted more than 6,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in 2016.

Guaranty RV Super Centers is one of only three dealers in the country which received a national award from Newmar Corporation, a prestigious recognition for excellence in sales.

Noble Estate is honored to announce receipt of 13 awards including 3 Best of Show awards. The most recent winner, Best of Show White at Astoria Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, recognized the first Riesling made from all Estate grown grapes. Noble Estate wines winning recognition in 2017 include their Muscat, Malbec, Passion, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Noir Rose.

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Summit Bank, headquartered in Eugene, was recognized for the first time by Oregon Business magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. Summit ranked 19 in the medium- size company category, and is one of 21 new firms on the list. Summit remains the number one community bank lender in Oregon for SBA Financing.

Northwest Christian University and Linn-Benton Community College’s Nursing Program have signed an articulation agreement that creates a pathway for graduates of the community college’s registered nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. “We look forward to our work together to educate our students to improve the quality of life and healthcare in the Willamette Valley.” said Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D, president of NCU.

Eugene-based SELCO Community Credit Union was recently honored with two Diamond Awards — including a Category’s Best award for its “Good Life Goal” campaign, featuring Oregonians from various walks of life, their goals, and how SELCO can help achieve the Diamond awards recognize outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. SELCO’s QuickTips educational video series also received a Diamond Award. QuickTips are short, informative videos available on SELCO’s website. Topics range from

buying your first car, credit 101, and traveling smarter and safer.

The Lane Early Learning Alliance, with the United Way of Lane County presented Champion of Children awards to honor the commitment to early learning and improving outcomes for local children and families. Awards were presented to: Bethel School District, Crow-Applegate- Lorane School District, Creswell School District, Eugene 4J School District, Fern Ridge School District, Junction City School District, Lowell School District, Marcola School District, McKenzie School District, Oakridge School District, Pleasant Hill School District, South Lane School District, Springfield Public Schools, and Siuslaw School District.

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Reflections on Dave Hauser

By Liz Cawood

W hen Dave Hauser joined the Eugene

Area Chamber of Commerce 25 years

ago, the leadership hoped he’d be with

us for five years. We recognized that he

was a rising star and thought he’d be

snapped up by a larger Chamber before too long. Fortunately for us, Dave and his family fell in love with Eugene, and this community became his life’s work. He leaves a legacy not just in the things he accomplished, but also in the ways that he connected with people, listened to them and helped them move forward. It’s no exaggeration to say Dave touched thousands of people during his tenure here. Not all were businesspeople. Dave knew that business was the bedrock of the community, but he also valued everyone’s contributions to making Eugene the best. Many people have told me that Dave was there when they needed advice, and that they considered him a mentor, as well as a colleague and friend. That was Dave. He was open, warm, funny, thoughtful, succinct, calm and patient. He leaves a huge hole in our community. But I am sure he would brush off that sentiment and tell the rest of us to just carry on without him. He believed in making three points, whether it was in a presentation or summarizing a meeting. So, it’s only fitting that this column captures three things about Dave that il- lustrate how he went about being the President of the Eugene Chamber. He listened, he was upbeat, and he strategized. Listener and Collaborator: Dave was an active listener. He wanted to understand all the perspectives and why people held them. He asked questions that prompted people to think more deeply and consider different points-of-view. And, when he did talk, people listened because they knew his contributions would reflect his steady, reasoned approach. He always started with the problem, then sought to help fix it in a way that brought people together. It wasn’t unusual for him to call people, find out what they thought about an issue, ask who else should he talk with and then circle back to share what he’d learn. And, his keen listening made him a collaborator – some- one people turned to help bring people together. Dave was adept at drawing people out and guiding discussions through the minefield of perspectives that often surface in Eugene. He always made everyone feel included. He built bridges through his thoughtful, kind approach. Being involved in Eugene’s politics can be discouraging, but Dave kept his focus on the long game and knew that people

Dave kept his focus on the long game and knew that people cared as much about

cared as much about this community as he did. So, he valued their opinions. Though he was a strong business advocate, he valued other points of view and was always looking for common ground – a way to move forward together. He took a balanced approach, never using “they” vs. “us” language. People were comfortable talking with him because they felt heard. He rarely took credit for what he helped accomplish. In fact, he was often quick to point to contributions by others. Upbeat and humorous: Few people can remember Dave without a smile on his face. And, his happiness was contagious. He was always calm in a clutch situation and never seemed rattled. In one of the joint Chamber golf tournaments, Dave’s drive hit a car. Immediately, Dave jumped into his cart and found the car’s driver. He exchanged insurance information, and then resumed his golf game. And, the car’s driver became a new friend. Another time, Dave and his wife, Diane, were guests at a fundraising dinner. The host sent Dave an email: “Would you like vegetarian or meat for your entrée?” Dave’s reply: “We’re from Ames, Iowa.” Even when frustrated, he kept his humor. In an email to a colleague, he was talking about a specific issue, and said “My spell check is broken. Is train wreck hyphenated?” Strategist and Doer: Dave never sought the limelight, yet he played an instrumental role in much that has happened in Eugene over the past 25 years. I’m going to highlight just three things:

Eugene Airport: After Dave arrived and in the years since, he actively promoted increasing air service for Eugene. He came up with the concept of a travel bank to secure service to Salt Lake City in 2004. Since then, that innovative approach has been adopted by airports around the country. He worked Continued on page 22

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tirelessly to get a Small Airport Com- munity Development Grant to launch service to San Jose on Alaska Airlines. That included raising a $55,000 local match to land the $500,000 grant. He was also instrumental in securing additional air service to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Oakland. He was always willing to hop on a plane and travel to meet with airline executives and make Eugene’s case. His passion and business advocacy resulted in the service we have today. Vision 2020: The Chamber went through several planning efforts during Dave’s tenure. In 2006, he realized it was time for a different approach. He convened a meeting of the four people in line to be chair of the organization and asked them to make a commitment:

agree to be chair for two years versus the traditional one year. He wanted both continuity and stability in the board’s leadership. They all said “yes.” He felt that the Chamber needed to find the nexus where it could advance proactive positions, instead of reacting to things that were happening. The resulting plan had three planks (of course): membership, public policy and political action, and economic develop- ment. It also included two things very dear to Dave: collaborative leadership and finding common ground. That plan adopted a decade ago has guided the Chamber’s work ever since. An article in the Chamber’s Open for Business that provided details of the plan, quoted extensively from the board leaders, but there were no quotes from Dave. He preferred to play a behind-the-scenes role. Yet, without his foresight, there would have been no Vision 2020.

EWEB Riverfront: Dave agreed to

co-chair the Community Advisory Team (CAT) for EWEB’s riverfront master plan in 2008. It fit Dave to a “T.” Here was an opportunity to invite hundreds of people to share their hopes for the site. As Dave said, “We listened hard to find shared ideals.” The resulting vision

balanced our community’s connection to the river with high quality development and public space that would bring us together. It was a high-profile project. It took two years and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours. In the end the CAT forwarded a master plan that was fully endorsed by the EWEB Board. Dave was a key to bringing people together to find the common ground that set the stage for what will develop into a prominent connection between the river and downtown, and he continued to champion the project. Those are examples of Dave’s leadership and slow, but steady approach. He accomplished so much more, and he collaborated to put in place committees and programs that will continue to thrive and make our region a better place. This is not an exhaustive list, but captures the diverse organizations touched by Dave:

• Creating the Local Government Affairs Council, a Chamber group started in 1999, that nurtures dialog to study and take positions on issues

• Being active in the founding of the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene

• Keeping Downtown Eugene, Inc. afloat when it faced difficulties

• Helping three 20-somethings launch the Young Professionals Network

• Taking a behind the scenes leadership role in the formation of BEST (Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation)

• Advising City Club of Eugene leaders on how to involve businesspeople

• Championing RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and helping it secure its downtown building

• Influencing redistricting

• Collaborating to found the ACE

Awards, recognizing education champions

• Leading a process to help Eugene balance its budget in the nineties, as it moved through the Eugene Decisions process

• Taking an active role in economic development, whether it was tourism, new businesses or supporting local business expansion

Chamber staff remember he was the first at the office and the last to leave. And, as they repeatedly said, “He always had your back.” He was ready to help, and reminded them that “bad news doesn’t get any better with age.” As key as Dave was to the Chamber’s work, he was equally devoted at home. Dave’s children didn’t really know how intense their Dad’s job was until they grew up. He was always there for them, fitting in outings, coaching, and laugh- ing. His wife and children came first. Every day Dave did one of three things: he was convening a group, catalyzing a discussion or championing an issue. In all, he was a strong business advocate. I encourage people who have a story to share to send letters to the editor. We can honor Dave’s legacy by embracing how he approached life. He chose his words wisely. And though he might disagree about an issue, he was never disagreeable. He was influential, yet never felt the need to take the lead. He preferred to put the right people together, and support and encourage them. He listened intently and sought common ground. And he always ended his com- muniques with a word that reflected his consistently positive attitude. Onward!

that reflected his consistently positive attitude. Onward! Liz Cawood was Chair of the Eugene Chamber board

Liz Cawood was Chair of the Eugene Chamber board in 1995 and actively in- volved in Chamber activities since 1980. She’s the president of CAWOOD, a full- service marketing agency.

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