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W W W. M O S S A D A M S . C O M
Eugene Chamber
Executive Committee
Mandy Jones, Chair

This Issue CEO, Oregon Community
Credit Union
Chris Boone, Chair-Elect
President, Boone
Insurance Associates
Cathy Worthington,

Cover story
Treasurer

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Worthington Business
Services

Through the Young Professionals Scott Lindstrom, Vice
Chair, Organizational
Summit, the Eugene Chamber Development
is supporting a new generation Executive Vice
President, Jerry’s Home
of business leaders who are
Improvement
involved in the community.
Stephanie Seubert,
Pictured: Attendees from the Young Professionals Vice Chair, Business
Summit celebrate on top of Spencer’s Butte. Advocacy
Partner, Evans, Elder,
Brown & Seubert
Dana Siebert, Vice Chair
Columns/Departments Economic Development
EVP, Green Energy Corp.

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Chamber@Work Nigel Francisco,
Past Chair
The Eugene Chamber helps grow local leaders CFO, Ninkasi Brewing
and young professionals. Company
Advertising
Honoring the legacy of Dave Hauser. Page 21

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Eugene Area
Four Questions

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Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber asks Linda Addison of Sixth Last Call 541.484.1314

The life and legacy of former Chamber Design
Street Grill and Greg Erwin of Sapient Private
Wealth Management about their businesses and the CEO Dave Hauser. Asbury Design
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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, 2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield
community culture and human services,
Congratulations to our 2016-17 Leadership Eugene-Springfield cohort
while continually developing key
who graduated from the eight-month long course to join nearly 600 past
volunteer and leadership skills including
graduates from the annual program. 
facilitation, leadership styles, and
influencing public policy.  Community
Kellie Andre, Oregon Kirsten Henry-Lea, Angie Marzano, BRING
leaders join each class to discuss and Community Credit Union Oregon Social Learning Recycling
engage on specific topics that impact Sylvia Barry, United Way of Center Ali McQueen, Cameron
their work. Lane County Ariana Mari Hernandez, McCarthy Landscape
The purpose of Leadership Eugene- Chris Boyum, Chambers Downtown Athletic Club Architecture & Planning
Springfield is reflected in its goal to Construction Carisa Hettich, American Sarah Mellgren, Roehl & Yi
Joe Carmichael, Pacific Red Cross/Oregon Pacific Investment Advisors
create knowledgeable, networked,
Continental Bank Chapter Jennifer Morrocco,
skilled, involved and passionate leaders Carrie Copeland, Gary Holliday, Umpqua Bank
who will advocate for and represent the Cornerstone Community PacificSource Health Plans Nate Pozzesi, SnoTemp
community as a whole. Housing Tony Iverson, Planned Cold Storage
The program emphasizes the value of Josh Francis, Eugene Parenthood of Patty Schulz, SELCO
government, business, and charitable Symphony Association Southwestern Oregon Community Credit Union 
Katie Gatlin, CASA of Lane Shula Jaron, FertiLab Robert Steck, Partnered
institutions working together to create
County Chris Jirges, Café Yumm! Solutions IT
a healthy local economy. Applications Bonnie Glass, Euphoria Kelly Johnson, ShelterCare Genevieve Sumnall, 
for the 2017-18 class are open through Chocolate Melissa Koke, QSL Print Summit Bank
August 11, 2017, and available online Logan Haugen, Ward Communications Michael Wisth, City of
at the Eugene Area Chamber of Insurance Annie Loe, Lunar Logic Eugene
Commerce’s website.

Young professional programs to be refined
More than a decade ago, the Eugene hundreds of young professionals in our professional development opportunities
Chamber pulled together a handful region. alongside our successful networking
of young professionals to learn how After successfully implementing events. Over the next six months, the
to best support their needs. With the the new Young Professionals Summit Eugene Chamber is committed to
leadership of those members, the Young in 2016, and soliciting feedback from implementing the suggestions and
Professionals Network was created. attendees and members, we have heard feedback of our members as we reinvent
More than ten years later the program the request for new young professional our young professionals programming
has grown into an active network of programs that include educational and 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 Sixth Street Grill puts an emphasis on quality, affordability, and freshness.
dining experience of a pub. With our
makeover, we will be setting the trend
and seasonal cocktails, and we will be recommend the Chamber to a
as Eugene’s only Gastro Pub and
specializing in bourbons, including friend?
Whiskey Bar.
offerings from Ireland, Scotland and The Chamber is always looking for
Japan. We also serve breakfast until new ways to improve their connection
What do you wish other people from 9 am to 2 pm on the weekends
knew about your company? to the community and how to take
with amazing omelets, scrambled new and existing members and bring
We’re right in your neighborhood eggs, and eggs benedicts with made them together. With the contacts we
(across from the Hult Center,) with from scratch hollandaise sauce. We are were given, it resulted in new menu
plenty of parking, five levels across the definitely the go-to place before and concepts, a new head chef and front of
street (free after 6 pm and weekends), after Duck games in the fall. house manager, redoing our logo and
street parking and parking in back. We a facelift to create something new for
pride ourselves on serving local fare, What element of the Chamber guests to enjoy and hopefully bring all
(steaks, burgers, pasta, gourmet salads) has been most beneficial to their friends, too!
including 18 local beers on tap, craft your company? Why would you

JUNE/JULY 2017 7
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 Greg Erwin, Managing Principal of Sapient Private Wealth Management, is
started as a local service, has grown involved in planning for the 2021 World Championships in Eugene.
to offer support to clients all over
the world. The approach has led the work. In my years of experience here to a friend?
company to evolve with a culture that I’d like to advise you to get out of your
challenges each staff to ask, “How can In my dedication to initiatives in
work related things to volunteer or do Eugene, I have found that the
we get better every day?” For Sapient other good things to give back to your
this has equated to a very personal Chamber has been able to catalyze the
community every once in a while… collaboration needed to bring these
approach in business We approach join the Chamber, a club, or other
wealth management knowing that the civic projects to fruition. The Eugene
organization. Get out. This is a place Area Chamber of Commerce is at the
relationships they foster generally last that quickly feels familiar and you will
between 20-40 years. A client becomes crossroads of everything happening.
experience the warmth and positive This is due to the legacy of Dave
part of the Sapient family as they work people when you take the time to build
together with 2 fully dedicated staff to Hauser ensuring the Eugene Area
relationships here as you build your Chamber of Commerce was a proactive
delve into long-term goals and lifestyles. business. force and advocate for positive change
in our community. Because of Chamber
What would you tell someone who is What element of the Chamber membership, our business is able to
thinking about opening a business in has been most beneficial to meet our community, new businesses,
Eugene? your company? Why would you and the people doing good things,
There is no substitute for plain old hard recommend the Chamber while building relationships.

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JUNE/JULY 2017 | OPEN FOR BUSINESS 9
“If you don’t
succeed
in doing
something
ambitious, you
usually succeed “Formulate
“Get in doing your own
engaged with something ideals.
community important.” Celebrate
activism. ... – Ashton Eaton the way you
Keynote speaker
You have connect
dreams for the with your
future of this community.”
community – Sadie Lincoln
Keynote speaker
and you have
a right to share
them.”
– Brittany Quick-Warner,
Interim Chamber CEO

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Elevation
in
action
Young Professionals Summit creates
recipe for workforce solutions
By Sophia Bennett

When Fatemeh Fakhraie moved to Eugene in up over and over again: companies were struggling to
September 2015, she had few friends or connections attract and retain young talent.
to the community outside of her job as digital content “That’s a hard issue to tackle as an overall com-
strategist at Northwest Community Credit Union. munity, but we wanted to see what we could do to try
When she saw an ad on social media for the Eugene and impact that issue,” Quick-Warner says. The idea
Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Young Profes- of a day-long seminar focused on young profession-
sionals Summit, she thought it might be a good way als, which had been successfully tried in other cities,
to meet people and learn about local happenings. For quickly picked up steam.
Fatemeh, the experience was transformative. “The research showed us that two things really
“I met several people who are now part of my influenced people’s desire to stay in this community,”
professional network,” she says. “I see them regularly Quick-Warner explained to Summit attendees. “The
and they help me learn about Eugene and ways I can first was building genuine relationships with people.
get involved.” She’s given talks at the University of The second was feeling engaged in the community. If
Oregon and the Emerald Marketing Association and we were able to help do that, people were less likely to
recently joined the latter organization’s board. move away.”
“My biggest outcome was to feel more connected She emphasized that although the Young Profes-
to the place I’d just moved to,” Fakhraie reports. sionals Summit is a one-day event, the Chamber
That is exactly what Chamber leaders hoped for hopes it is just the beginning of each attendees’ efforts
when they organized the first Young Professionals to get involved in the community. The Chamber is
Summit in 2016. At the second event, which took a resource to help people connect with professional
place May 16th at the University of Oregon’s Erb development, advocacy, even service opportunities.
Memorial Union, interim Chamber CEO Brittany “At the Chamber, we are committed to helping pro-
Quick-Warner welcomed the 400 guests by explain- fessionals succeed in their career and feel supported
ing the gathering’s genesis and mission. here,” she said.
In various business roundtables focused on how The Summit has additional goals beyond building
the Eugene Chamber could help members address the relationships and community connections. Another
big-picture issues they were facing, one subject came reason young people leave Eugene is the myth that
Cover Story

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 another position when the time is right.”
in a career. This year’s Summit offered edu- Over the past year, Elkins has worried
cational sessions on mentoring, professional Elevate: fear+ failure+ that she was getting too pigeonholed into
skills and entrepreneurship to help attendees hard work = achieve learning specialized skills that might not be
elevate their professional opportunities. your goals applicable outside of the company. A new
Many large gatherings have an invigorat- boss encouraged her to continue thinking
ing effect, and this one was no different. “My Ashton Eaton – two-time Olympic bigger. “He said, ‘What are your goals? What
biggest takeaway was the energy,” Fakhraie gold medalist, from La Pine, Oregon do you want to do, what do you want to be?’
says. “I felt hopeful and energized about what expressed to Summit goers the He helped expand my view of what was pos-
power of believing in yourself and of
we could achieve as young professionals.” sible. I’ve shifted my focus to what makes me
living a life of mind over matter. His
progression from a student in a small happy and what makes me take pride in my
Education and Mentoring work.” Her hope for this year is to find better
town to Olympic medalist developed
“Elevate” was the theme of the 2017 through a lifetime of practice, of work-life balance, then seek out ways to get
Young Professionals Summit. For those setting larger than life goals, of being more involved in a community that she plans
looking to rise up through the ranks of their fearful, falling, failing, and hurdling to call home for the foreseeable future.
professions, the Summit provided educational over those perceived obstacles. Eaton
seminars on subjects such as emotional intel- kicked off the YP Summit, inspiring Building Relationships
ligence, teamwork, building company culture listeners to work hard in the pursuit of The 2017 Young Professionals Summit
their goals and dreams.
and mentoring. also placed emphasis on helping young profes-
“The mentorship panel really resonated sionals grow their networks. After an inspir-
with a lot of the group,” says Alyssa Powell, ing opening keynote by two-time Olympic
digital media marketing specialist for Palo gold medal winner Ashton Eaton, attendees
Alto Software and one of the event’s co- coaching from two supportive supervisors. broke into small groups for discussion about
chairs. “It made them realize that a mentor “My last boss, he saw my skill set and said, what they hoped to learn throughout the day.
isn’t always someone who is older than you. ‘I know you haven’t taken accounting classes, Near the end of the event, the groups met
It could be someone the same age as you, and but I can train you. I can teach you the things again to share takeaways and next steps.
you could reach out to someone younger than you need to know to move up in your career,’” This type of networking is exactly what
you to help you along the way.” she says. “So I started shadowing him and Krista Schor, a financial advisor for Ameri-
Becky Elkins, who has worked at the have learned accounting stuff I never thought prise, was after when she signed up for the
University of Oregon Duck Store since I could without that background. It hasn’t Summit. The Eugene native graduated from
graduating eight years ago, has first-hand been as seamless as some people with that the University of Oregon with a degree in
experience with the power of mentoring. foundation in accounting, but I’m learning economics. She moved to Seattle and worked
She has established a successful career in the I’m capable of doing the things he thought I for Uber after graduation, but missed her
company’s accounting department thanks to could. And I’m learning skills I can transfer to family and friends and is glad to be back in
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Cover Story

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 Kevin Alltucker, Professor at the University of Oregon engages young professionals
is new to town and is discovering that about the role of emotional intelligence in professional development and growth.
building a strong network is critical to her
success. “That’s something I didn’t do before blood, Director of Group Sales at the Eugene This happened through workshops such as
we started. I got into the nitty-gritty of the Hilton could not agree more, “They truly have “What’s Next for Downtown and the River-
business financing and the construction, and some inspiring people at this conference and, front,” “Step Up Your Nonprofit Know-How”
I didn’t invest enough time in the networking being someone who attends a lot of confer- and “Finding Your Civic Voice.”
piece of it.” ences, this was a standout experience and an Quick-Warner led the latter session and
She found this year’s Young Professionals amazing opportunity,” he stated. had encouraging words for participants.
Summit extremely helpful in that regard. “I’ve “Believe you can make a difference. This
already made some really valuable connec- Elevating the Community community – we’re a pretty small city. I came
tions – people I’ll be able to follow up with In addition to helping young professionals from Kansas City, Missouri, and I felt like no
and develop deeper relationships with, as well elevate themselves, the Summit mission was one knew who I was and I couldn’t make a
as potential clients,” she said. Jacob Young- to inspire attendees to elevate the community. difference. I love the size of this community.

Young professionals profile: Daniel Ivy
Daniel Ivy grew up in Florida but were really good. Afterward, I started and commissions, and I found out the
frequently spent summers visiting his reaching out to the ones that spoke to day of the second Young Professionals
father and extended family in Eugene. me in various ways.” He had lunch with conference that I got a position on Lane
“There’s something that always spoke Celeste Edman, CEO of Lunar Logic, who County’s Housing Policy Board.”
to me about Oregon,” he said. “There’s told him the inspiring Ivy also cites the Young Professionals
something about the east coast story of her career path. Summit as one reason he felt more
atmosphere that was a little too superficial Emily Reiman, executive invigorated at work in the later part of
for me.” When he graduated from college, director of NEDCO, got 2016. “There were some projects in the
he threw his possessions in his car and him connected to the hopper that weren’t getting a lot of
embarked on a long road trip that ended agency’s Community traction, and it seemed like everything
in Oregon. Months later he met his wife, LendingWorks program, started to click into place after the
and a few years after that he landed a job which he found conference,” he said.
as the consumer loan center manager for Ivy fascinating. Ivy and his wife have two young children
Northwest Community Credit Union. But Ivy wanted to find and hope to raise them here. “Just in the
Ivy completed an MBA at the Lundquist a way to get directly involved in the last six or so months we’ve really solidified
College of Business in 2015 and was on community. Eventually, he landed in the that we want to stay in Eugene,” he said.
the lookout for continuing education office of Brittany Quick-Warner, who was “Our roots are so deep at this point
opportunities. He signed up for the Young the Chamber’s business advocacy director and we’re part of so many communities
Professionals Summit not knowing what to at the time. through work and hobbies. Plus there’s so
expect and ended up having a wonderful “She said, ‘It really sounds like much energy in the city right now, so much
experience. something in city government might be building and development. There’s going
“I found the energy of the entire event fulfilling for you. Something on a board to be a way for us to pave our way.”
intoxicating,” he said. “I’d never been or committee,’” he recounted. “I started
to an event quite like that. The speakers looking into open seats on boards

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Cover Story

It’s not so small that you’re bumping into your Quick-Warner started, attendee Kali Kardas, porting local startups. Thomas Pettus-Czar, a
grandma at the grocery store, but if you show interviewed for a position on the City of Eu- member of the Chamber Board of Directors
up at a meeting two or three times people gene’s sustainability council. Kardas who has and co-owner of The Barn Light launched a
notice.” long had an interest in environmental issues coffee roasting business this spring. Slightly
“Young professionals can start small when credits the Summit as the catalyst for her re- Coffee Roasters did a soft rollout of its new
getting engaged with community activism”, energized interest in local politics, “Since the products by serving as the event’s official cof-
she said. Attending city council meetings or Summit, I have attended city council meet- fee provider.
writing letters to the editor does not require ings. I wrote an editorial on my viewpoint for “I’m stoked that the folks who were put-
a huge time commitment. Those interested in The Register-Guard and Eugene Weekly. I ting it on were willing to give a startup local
taking a bigger stand on issues can form coali- also campaigned for a city council candidate coffee roaster an opportunity to do that rather
tions with people who care about the same in my ward.” than just using the coffee from the catering
things and take on advocacy roles within the company,” he says. “To have that opportunity
Chamber. Supporting Entrepreneurship speaks volumes to what they’re trying to do
At the end of her talk, Quick-Warner Driven by feedback from the young with their event.”
asked the group what issues they were con- professional planning committee, the first Last year’s Young Professionals Summit
cerned about. Downtown housing, better Young Professional Summit highlighted en- helped Pettus-Czar make a valuable connec-
serving the homeless community, increasing trepreneurship in our region, and that carried tion to get Slightly off the ground. “One of
internship and mentoring opportunities, and over to this year’s event. Andrew Nelson, As- the speakers was Jonah Boersma, who owns
equal pay all made the list. Quick-Warner sociate Vice President for Entrepreneurship a Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise,” he says. “He
urged participants to get more involved with and Innovation at the University of Oregon’s just exuded this positivity and optimism that
those issues. Lundquist College of Business, this year’s title was infectious.”
“You have dreams for the future of this sponsor, led a session on entrepreneurship and After the event, Pettus-Czar and Boersma
community and you have a right to share recognizing business opportunities that many met for a beer and talked coffee. “His business
them,” she said. attendees found inspiring. is light years away and much different than
Feeling inspired by the conversation The Summit “walked the talk” by sup- ours, but still I could see there were things I

Young professionals profile: Alyssa Powell
Alyssa Powell’s transition from a student Palo Alto Software. She was promoted to people could engage with that they
at Oregon State University to a young digital media marketing specialist a few aren’t normally exposed to or could help
professional in Eugene was a rough one. months later. them with their own career path and
In college, she had two jobs and was in The people she met also helped her development. They were given more tools
a sorority, so it was easy to stay busy and connect with local to use in the community, to connect with
plugged into what was happening on organizations and events. other leaders and young professionals,
campus. “Everyone is involved in and to progress however they want in
“Once you graduate it’s not as easy to the community in some their life.”
find those outlets to get involved,” she sense so someone was Powell led one of the breakout groups
says. For her first four years as an account always like, ‘Come along that met at the beginning and end of the
manager with a local manufacturing with me to this breakfast’ session. By the end of the day, the energy
company, she struggled to meet people, or ‘Come with me to this was palpable. “People already had plans
advance her career and get involved in City Council meeting.’ I they wanted to take and put into action
Powell
the community. was always getting to learn after going to the different breakout
When she joined the Chamber’s about a new group in the community.” sessions and interacting with other young
Young Professionals conference steering She’s now involved with the Boys and Girls professionals,” she says. “It was fantastic
committee, everything started to change. Club and has been to several City Council to get that feedback, that after a whole
Powell worked on the event’s branding meetings. day of breakout sessions people had
and promotions team, and that piqued an “I felt like myself again,” she says. “I actionable plans they wanted to move
interested in finding a career focused on got back to being really involved and forward.”
marketing. integrated.” Even when the Summit ends, the
“When you start surrounding yourself The Chamber recognized Powell’s excitement and networking don’t. That’s
with people who are so passionate about involvement and invited her to serve as a one of the things that will keep Powell
what they’re doing it pushes you to take co-chair of the 2017 Young Professionals involved in the event next year. “I’m
on new challenges,” she says. “It wasn’t Summit. She believes the outcomes of this completely floored by this community of
until working with all the young people in year’s event may be even more significant. young professionals,” she says. “Following
the community that I figured out where “It seems like there was an extra oomph the Summit it’s great to keep connecting
I wanted to go.” She started looking for to this year,” she says. “We were able with more people who knock me off my
new jobs and found a position in sales at to incorporate a lot more content that feet.”

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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.” Elevate: A balanced you
As much as last year’s Summit impressed Sadie Lincoln – barre3 Founder, a branch of the fitness industry to
him, he says what happened afterward was glowed with energy and passion when encourage realistic practices that lead to
the most remarkable thing. “The relationships she returned to her hometown of healthier lives. Leaving a comfortable,
that were built there and the energy that blos- Eugene for the Summit. Lincoln on stage but an unhappy career, Lincoln realized
somed at the event [led to] people coming with her mother in the crowd, shared that she needed to “crowd out fear
their family tradition of documenting with courage” to make it work. With
together to do really great things well after the
an intention for the year. In 2017, they the vision of something better, barre3
event. Everything from working together on have been focused on “home” and she was born on the pillars of exercise,
business ideas to coming together on policy reflected on how fitting it was to be nourishment, and connection to
or other community issues that, before that invited home to speak this year. exemplify that a balanced life is a happy
event, did not involve a lot of folks who were Lincoln elevated us by reiterating life. The focus for barre3 speaks to this
younger.” the truth that there is no perfect recipe mantra as a company that strives not to
for happiness. No fad diet, no perfect become the largest gym, but to focus
Reinvigorating the Workforce amount of exercise, or money can fulfill on growing better. How do we elevate?
Jackie Jamison, a human resources profes- you. After a very successful career on We take care of ourselves, and we are
the corporate side of fitness, Lincoln able to give 100% to our relationships
sional at InnSight Hotel Management Group,
and her husband decided to create and our communities.
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 nity. But I’m going to advocate to come every Jamison and her partner plan to be in Eu-
jobs and we’re in our own rhythm, and then year because we need to have these types of gene for the long haul. “We bought a condo
coming to a place like the Summit is really events.” and we’re setting down roots. We love it here,”
motivating and invigorating,” she says. “You Jamison moved to Eugene five years ago she says. Outside of work and friends she is
think, ‘Maybe I’ll do one new thing,’ and that and has not always found the transition easy. involved in Emerald City Roller Derby and
sparks something bigger. Usually, I’m going to “Sometimes young professionals get lost in is looking for ways to get involved in civic life.
lots of trainings that are specific to my field, the shuffle. Having everyone congregate here, She’s not sure how just yet, but as is the case
and that’s great, but it’s not always motivating, I’m able to spot other young professionals, with all of the young people who flocked to
uplifting and inspiring me to do something connect and hopefully build relationships this year’s Summit, we can’t wait to see what
new and different, especially for our commu- with them.” she does next.
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Amee R. Everett
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tor at Elder- law firm Kirk Martin – State Farm
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Living began in 2006 when on civil litigation in all areas, Eugene, and new agent
she initially worked as Direct real estate, construction Chris Humphreys has come
Care Staff. Over her tenure, matters, landlord/tenant from Santa Cruz.
she has worked as the Shift law and business issues, Oregon Community
Supervisor, Resident Coor- including employment law. Oregon Credit Union announces
dinator, Training Coordina- Trail Council the following transitions:
tor, and Quality Assurance Elwood Staffing, Boy Scouts Ron Neumann has been
Coordinator. announces the promotion is pleased promoted to Executive
of Sarah Barker to Senior to announce Director; Greg Schumacher
The American Animal Staffing Manager. Sarah, Tony is now Chief Administrative
Hospital Association a Eugene resident of Reyneke as Development Officer; Dave Schiffer to
(AAHA) welcomes Mark more than 20 years, joined Director. A Sheldon High Vice President of Finance;
McConnell, BVMS, Elwood Staffing in 2013 as a School graduate, Tony has and Tracey Keffer
MRCVS, as new president Staffing Manager. worked in Eugene both as a as Director of Human
of its Board of Directors. CPA and as a software game Resources.
Since 2006, McConnell Chris developer. He has been a
has served as co-owner Overton, scouting volunteer since Ninkasi
of The Emergency senior 1992. Brewing
Veterinary Hospital in director, Company
Springfield, Oregon, an Lane County Shelter announces
AAHA-accredited, 24-hour Service Area Care has Cheryl
referral facility in which he at Kaiser Permanente, promoted Collins
is a practicing clinician and has been named to the Kelly (pictured) as the next
manager. ShelterCare Board of Johnson CEO of Ninkasi Brewing
Directors. A Eugene from senior Company. Cheryl will
Cathryn native, he graduated from development associate transition from COO to the
Stephens, the University of Oregon to development director.  role of CEO. Nikos Ridge
Eugene with a bachelor’s degree in She oversees the agency’s will assume the role of
Airport health teacher education fundraising, messaging president and will remain
Director, and with a master’s degree and marketing. Johnson active on the board of
was recently in community health joined ShelterCare directors. Sarah Johnson
appointed to the Board of education and exercise in 2011. She earned a has been promoted to
the American Association of science. bachelor’s degree in chief customer officer
Airport Executives. theatre from the University overseeing marketing, sales
of Colorado-Denver and and innovation and Daniel
a master’s degree in arts Sharp, Ph.D., will lead the
administration from the brewing, cellaring and
University of Oregon. quality teams.

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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 cared as much about this community as he did. So, he valued
the bedrock of the community, but he also valued everyone’s their opinions.
contributions to making Eugene the best. Many people have Though he was a strong business advocate, he valued other
told me that Dave was there when they needed advice, and points of view and was always looking for common ground – a
that they considered him a mentor, as well as a colleague and way to move forward together. He took a balanced approach,
friend. never using “they” vs. “us” language. People were comfortable
That was Dave. He was open, warm, funny, thoughtful, talking with him because they felt heard.
succinct, calm and patient. He leaves a huge hole in our He rarely took credit for what he helped accomplish. In
community. But I am sure he would brush off that sentiment fact, he was often quick to point to contributions by others.
and tell the rest of us to just carry on without him. Upbeat and humorous: Few people can remember Dave
He believed in making three points, whether it was in a without a smile on his face. And, his happiness was contagious.
presentation or summarizing a meeting. So, it’s only fitting He was always calm in a clutch situation and never seemed
that this column captures three things about Dave that il- rattled. In one of the joint Chamber golf tournaments, Dave’s
lustrate how he went about being the President of the Eugene drive hit a car. Immediately, Dave jumped into his cart and
Chamber. He listened, he was upbeat, and he strategized. found the car’s driver. He exchanged insurance information,
Listener and Collaborator: Dave was an active listener. He and then resumed his golf game. And, the car’s driver became
wanted to understand all the perspectives and why people held a new friend.
them. He asked questions that prompted people to think more Another time, Dave and his wife, Diane, were guests at a
deeply and consider different points-of-view. And, when he fundraising dinner. The host sent Dave an email: “Would you
did talk, people listened because they knew his contributions like vegetarian or meat for your entrée?” Dave’s reply: “We’re
would reflect his steady, reasoned approach. from Ames, Iowa.”
He always started with the problem, then sought to help fix Even when frustrated, he kept his humor. In an email to a
it in a way that brought people together. It wasn’t unusual for colleague, he was talking about a specific issue, and said “My
him to call people, find out what they thought about an issue, spell check is broken. Is train wreck hyphenated?”
ask who else should he talk with and then circle back to share Strategist and Doer: Dave never sought the limelight, yet
what he’d learn. he played an instrumental role in much that has happened in
And, his keen listening made him a collaborator – some- Eugene over the past 25 years. I’m going to highlight just three
one people turned to help bring people together. Dave was things:
adept at drawing people out and guiding discussions through Eugene Airport: After Dave arrived and in the years since,
the minefield of perspectives that often surface in Eugene. He he actively promoted increasing air service for Eugene. He
always made everyone feel included. He built bridges through came up with the concept of a travel bank to secure service to
his thoughtful, kind approach. Salt Lake City in 2004. Since then, that innovative approach
Being involved in Eugene’s politics can be discouraging, but has been adopted by airports around the country. He worked
Dave kept his focus on the long game and knew that people Continued on page 22

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tirelessly to get a Small Airport Com- balanced our community’s connection to Awards, recognizing education
munity Development Grant to launch the river with high quality development champions
service to San Jose on Alaska Airlines. and public space that would bring us
That included raising a $55,000 local together. • Leading a process to help Eugene
match to land the $500,000 grant. It was a high-profile project. It balance its budget in the nineties, as it
He was also instrumental in securing took two years and hundreds, if not moved through the Eugene Decisions
additional air service to Los Angeles, thousands, of hours. In the end the CAT process
Phoenix, Las Vegas and Oakland. He forwarded a master plan that was fully
• Taking an active role in economic
was always willing to hop on a plane and endorsed by the EWEB Board. Dave
development, whether it was tourism,
travel to meet with airline executives and was a key to bringing people together
new businesses or supporting local
make Eugene’s case. His passion and to find the common ground that set
business expansion
business advocacy resulted in the service the stage for what will develop into a
we have today. prominent connection between the river Chamber staff remember he was the
Vision 2020: The Chamber went and downtown, and he continued to first at the office and the last to leave.
through several planning efforts during champion the project. And, as they repeatedly said, “He always
Dave’s tenure. In 2006, he realized it Those are examples of Dave’s had your back.” He was ready to help,
was time for a different approach. He leadership and slow, but steady approach. and reminded them that “bad news
convened a meeting of the four people He accomplished so much more, and he doesn’t get any better with age.”
in line to be chair of the organization collaborated to put in place committees As key as Dave was to the Chamber’s
and asked them to make a commitment: and programs that will continue to work, he was equally devoted at home.
agree to be chair for two years versus the thrive and make our region a better Dave’s children didn’t really know how
traditional one year. He wanted both place. This is not an exhaustive list, intense their Dad’s job was until they
continuity and stability in the board’s but captures the diverse organizations grew up. He was always there for them,
leadership. They all said “yes.” touched by Dave: fitting in outings, coaching, and laugh-
He felt that the Chamber needed to ing. His wife and children came first.
find the nexus where it could advance • Creating the Local Government
Every day Dave did one of three
proactive positions, instead of reacting Affairs Council, a Chamber group
things: he was convening a group,
to things that were happening. The started in 1999, that nurtures dialog to
catalyzing a discussion or championing
resulting plan had three planks (of study and take positions on issues
an issue. In all, he was a strong business
course): membership, public policy and advocate. I encourage people who have a
• Being active in the founding of the
political action, and economic develop- story to share to send letters to the editor.
Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene
ment. It also included two things very We can honor Dave’s legacy by
dear to Dave: collaborative leadership • Keeping Downtown Eugene, Inc. embracing how he approached life. He
and finding common ground. That plan afloat when it faced difficulties chose his words wisely. And though he
adopted a decade ago has guided the might disagree about an issue, he was
Chamber’s work ever since. • Helping three 20-somethings launch never disagreeable. He was influential,
An article in the Chamber’s Open the Young Professionals Network yet never felt the need to take the lead.
for Business that provided details of He preferred to put the right people
the plan, quoted extensively from the • Taking a behind the scenes leadership
together, and support and encourage
board leaders, but there were no quotes role in the formation of BEST (Better
them. He listened intently and sought
from Dave. He preferred to play a Eugene-Springfield Transportation)
common ground.
behind-the-scenes role. Yet, without And he always ended his com-
• Advising City Club of Eugene leaders
his foresight, there would have been no muniques with a word that reflected his
on how to involve businesspeople
Vision 2020. consistently positive attitude.
EWEB Riverfront: Dave agreed to • Championing RAIN (Regional Onward!
co-chair the Community Advisory Team Accelerator & Innovation Network)
(CAT) for EWEB’s riverfront master and helping it secure its downtown Liz Cawood was Chair of the Eugene
plan in 2008. It fit Dave to a “T.” Here building Chamber board in 1995 and actively in-
was an opportunity to invite hundreds volved in Chamber activities since 1980.
of people to share their hopes for the • Influencing redistricting She’s the president of CAWOOD, a full-
site. As Dave said, “We listened hard to service marketing agency.
find shared ideals.” The resulting vision • Collaborating to found the ACE

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