May 15th PBL Luncheon with Tom Wilson

May 2, 2019

Growing up in North Carolina in the 60’s Tom had a front row seat to Jim Crow, integration, desegregation, busing, white flight and the southern strategy, but experienced transformation through the person of Jesus Christ while spending time with men who were brought up to be adversarial with each other.

In 2009, Tom was invited by Tony Kriz to attend the Friday Morning men’s group that meets weekly in NE Portland, which continues to be one of the most spiritually important moments in his life.

Tom worked for AT&T Bell Labs for 20 years as an electrical engineer in the field of Power Electronics. At different times he has been responsible for the design, manufacture, and marketing of power supplies. He currently works with his son John at SIMPLIS Technologies, which develops and markets the SIMPLIS power supply circuit simulation software program that is sold around the world.

Having lived in Dallas, Minneapolis, New Jersey, and now Portland, Tom and his wife Jane were married in 1975 and have two adult children.

Please join us for lunch to hear from Tom.

Cost of the luncheon is $20.00. Registration is required and seating is limited, so please register at this link.




April 24th PBL Luncheon with Serena Morones

March 29, 2019
Don’t miss our upcoming monthly luncheon with speaker Serena Morones, Wednesday, April 24th from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center.

Serena will share the faith story of her business, Morones Analytics. As a lifelong Oregonian, Serena grew up in Roseburg, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon and Portland State University. She is married to husband Tony Morones, and has four children including a son adopted from Rwanda.

Serena believes that our aspects of life should be integrated instead of balanced-faith, family, health, business and community. Serena will share about her decision to quit a great job and start a forensic accounting firm, and how her faith has guided her on an 18 year business journey.

Come join us for lunch and fellowship and to hear Serena’s faith business story.

Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly suggested.
If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580

March 20th PBL Luncheon with Jean Gutierrez

February 27, 2019

Don’t miss our upcoming monthly speaker Jean Gutierrez, friend of Robert King.

Wednesday, March 20th from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center.

Suspended and kicked out of 8 schools, including his elementary school, Jean Gutierrez joined a gang at age of 12. With a pattern of drinking and driving he had his first car accident at age 13.

After moving to the U.S., his behavior continued to land him in numerous courts including overnights in correctional.

After being caught with drugs while driving drunk, Jean was sentenced to one and half years  probation, earned by multiple DUI’s, drug dealing, and drug abuse. He also experienced a parental divorce.

Saved by Christ at age of 23, Jean turned his life around, and started a food business. By starting this new venture, he was able to employ his mother from McDonald’s and also making her a business partner. She now oversees and operates PDX Meal Prep- a local meal delivery service targeted to help people save time and lose weight by eating healthy food.

Come join with us and hear how this all happened to Jean by the age of 25. He has a beautiful relationship, and he’s been sober and drug free for 3 years.

He’s looking forward to telling his story about God pulling him out of darkness and into his heavenly glory.

Register today for our weekly luncheon at this link.


February 20th PBL Luncheon with Speaker Panel: Ken Koopman, Larry Anderson & Wendel Birkland

February 14, 2019
Due to a late speaker cancellation, our luncheon format tomorrow will consist of a
speaker panel facilitated by Tony Kriz.
We’ll be hearing from Ken Koopman, Larry Anderson, and Wendell Birkland about the writing of the book, “Unlikely
Brotherhood,” co-written by Ken and Wendell.
Our luncheon is at the DoubleTree by Hilton, near the Lloyd Center from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.
Please register at the link below. We’re looking forward to sharing a meal and
fellowship together.
Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly suggested.
If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580

January 16th Luncheon with Steve Hanamura

December 31, 2018

***Important update for Wednesday’s Luncheon

We are pleased to let you know that Robert King, keynote speaker from our recent PBL Christmas Luncheon will give us a brief update on how we (PBL) are responding to the racial incident that happened recently at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton.

If you didn’t have a chance to join us for the Christmas Luncheon to hear Robert’s talk on inclusion and racial reconciliation, here is the video from our program. It is timely in light of the racial incident at the hotel.


If you haven’t already RSVP’d, Monday is the last day to register. You won’t want to miss this January 16th lunch with our guest speaker Steve Hanamura from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in the Oregon Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center.

He spent part of his youth in a Japanese internment camp and experienced prejudice and discrimination first hand. He is both dynamic and impactful in how he tells his story and helps facilitate change.

President of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., founded in 1986, Steve brings over 30 years’ experience to the consulting, training and speaking profession. He is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, working with people with disabilities and managing personal and organizational change.

Steve has authored two books, In Search of Vision and I Can See Clearly and was a contributing author to Valuing Diversity. He has served as past president of the Portland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and is an emeritus member of The Diversity Collegium, a group of thought leaders in the field of diversity.

Among Steve’s professional honors is the Multi-Cultural Network Trainer of the Year presented by the American Society for Training and Development. He was recognized as one of forty diversity pioneers in the July/August 2007 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal and has received the Meritorious Service Award for the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He was also privileged to be one of the torchbearers for the 1996 Olympics.

Throughout his life he has experienced prejudice and discrimination but has been impacted by followers of Jesus Christ who have come alongside him throughout his journey. Though blind, he enjoys running and is an avid sports fan. He and wife Becky have three grown sons and seven grandchildren.


Register at this link. Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly appreciated. 

If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580

Check in at the Oregon Room begins at 11:45 am with program and lunch from 12 pm-1:15 pm.

Parking in the Doubletree garage is complementary. You will receive a validation ticket at the luncheon.



Video from the 32nd Annual PBL Christmas Luncheon with Robert King

December 23, 2018

If you missed the annual PBL Christmas Luncheon with Robert King this year, you can watch the video. Thank you to Jim Standridge for filming and editing.


Last call for the 32nd Annual Christmas Luncheon, Friday December 14th, 2018

December 12, 2018

Portland Business Luncheons presents the 32nd Annual Christmas Luncheon with keynote speaker Robert King. Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 11:15 am to 1:30 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Robert King is a retired Commander of the North Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau. In 1991 while on duty, Robert was stabbed by a suspect and survived. Ironically this one traumatic event began a 27-year friendship with Wendell Birkland who was Robert’s attorney through the investigative process.

Their friendship became a catalyst for Robert to become active in racial reconciliation in the community.

Robert has worked with community members and police colleagues to create a space for encouraging diverse people to navigate through differences and see similarities in each other’s humanity.

A Northeast Portland native, Robert attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Portland State University. Robert and his wife Marci have three grown children. Robert credits his faith in Jesus with the nurturing love he was shown by his Mexican grandmother as a child.

This Christmas season, come be inspired by a message of hope, healing and love from a man who is deeply grateful to have served his community for many years, and who continues to pray for the safety, health and healing of the lives he served.

Buy your tables or seats at this link.