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33rd Annual Christmas Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Katy Crane December 13, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo

November 13, 2019

The individuals of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to the 33rd annual PBL Christmas Luncheon at the Oregon Zoo on Friday, December 13, 2019, 11:15-1:30. This year’s speaker is Oregon native Katy Spangler Crane.

Katy is a loving mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor and is a decades-long leader and mentor in the Portland business and faith community.

Having grown up on the East side of Portland, Katy attended Duniway Elementary, Cleveland High School and then on to Lewis and Clark College where she met her husband Doug Crane.
While starting her nursing career at Emanuel Hospital in the newly formed Burn Center, she and Doug also started their family.

After a difficult time for their marriage, Katy moved on from nursing to join Doug in the family business where she designed and produce educational curriculum which helped corporations transform their corporate culture.
Katy later became involved with Friends of the Children – a non-profit that works with at risk children matching professional mentors who guide children from 1st grade until they graduate from high school.
After this Katy & Doug felt led to move to Washington DC for 1 ½ years. During this journey they experienced Jesus in a fresh way and it changed the trajectory of their lives.

Currently, Katy is active with friends in Washington DC and attends Cedar Mill Bible Church in West Portland. She and Doug also host a community group focused on Jesus and his teachings every Thursday night at their home. The now famous “Jag Night” started over 15 years ago with a group working on a 1967 E-Type Jaguar.

Every day since the crisis that almost destroyed their marriage in 1983, Katy has been walking with Jesus and living out her true faith.

Friday, December 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM PST
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Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Ballroom
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
Portland, OR 97221
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Table for 10 guests is $600.00 Check in begins at 11 a.m., seating begins at 11:15 a.m.
Tables or seats for this luncheon may purchased at this link.


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.



November 14th PBL Luncheon with Mike Taylor

October 29, 2018

The men and women of PBL are excited to host another luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton, Wednesday November 14th at 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.

Our November speaker is Mike Taylor who has been involved with PBL since 1992.

Mike has more than 35 years experience in the financial services industry bringing his experience to advisory firms and plan sponsors in the West, through Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC.

He’s been married to Debbie for 40 years, the father of 3 adult children, and their 3 spouses, the grandfather of 8, and enjoys golf, fishing and hunting.

We’re excited to have you join us!

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

A Lunch Conversation with Luis Palau 10-18-18

September 27, 2018

Portland Business Luncheons Presents: A Lunch Conversation with Luis Palau, Thursday, Oct.18th 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton

*Update 11/2/18

Moderated by Douglas and Katy Crane, this wonderful luncheon hosted by Portland Business Luncheons featured a delightfully candid interview with evangelist, Luis Palau. The Palau family has been a huge part of Portland Business Luncheons annual Christmas Lunch for many years, and we wanted to honor that legacy by hosting Luis at one of our monthly lunches one last time.

If you missed the luncheon, here’s a video of the interview with Luis.

PBL Oct 2018 Luis Palau from Doug Crane on Vimeo.

The men and women of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to join us Thursday, October 18 at 11:45 am to enjoy hearing from our extra special speaker, Luis Palau.

Luis and his family are dear friends of PBL. For over 25 years, he and many of his closet friends played a essential role in the life of PBL.

More importantly, Luis has shared the gospel of Jesus in dramatic and personal ways for years at our largest event of the year – our Christmas Luncheon.

Several of our close friends met Jesus in a personal way through Luis’ amazing gift of sharing the gospel with spunk, humor, and captivating stories.

You are not going to want to miss this lunch!

Luis has been diagnosed with cancer and will have an opportunity to share his personal journey through a moderated question and answer time.

The cost to attend the lunch is $20.00. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited. Please register at this link below.

Please register today at this link so we have an accurate headcount for lunch.



Thursday, September 20th ONE Lunch with CJ Robbins

September 8, 2018

The men and women of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to join us Thursday, September 20th at 11:45 am to hear from guest speaker, CJ Robbins.

CJ has been working towards social justice since he first noticed inequity on the playground in elementary school. Back then, the fight was to protect the kids who couldn’t protect themselves from bullies. Now he works to elevate the voice of the voiceless and advocate for the value of those voices which are so often invalidated.

CJ moved to Portland to pursue a law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School. While in law school, he was reminded of his experience as a mentor at Rosemary Anderson High School, where he witnessed vast inequities facing young people in all areas of life. These stark inequities in education, employment, health, and most notably the justice system, made him begin to ask some of the questions that would eventually lead him to work in social justice. Along this path, CJ clerked at the Lewis & Clark legal clinic and Metropolitan Public Defenders as a certified law student. This certification allowed him to carry a small caseload and try cases and motions in Multnomah County. During his time at Lewis & Clark, CJ also served as President of the Black Law Students Association and as a member of the Admissions and Diversity Committees.

After law school, CJ clerked for District Court Judge Kenneth Walker. Through this experience, CJ saw that no one in the justice system is directly responsible for addressing unacceptably inequitable outcomes. So, when his clerkship ended, CJ decided that he would find a career path focused on systemic, outcome-focused, equity.

As Black Male Achievement Coordinator for the City of Portland, CJ brings his passion, focus, and critical thinking tools to drive the vision that every Black male will have opportunity, and access to health, safety, and success.

When he is not doing equity work, CJ is spending quality time with the family. He loves making, enjoying, and playing music; and believes he still has a few more good years of competitive basketball in him.

Please come hear CJ’s personal journey of faith and how it impacts his work with inequity.

The cost to attend the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is required. Please register at this link.


August 15th ONE Lunch w/ Justin Tucker

July 27, 2018

The men and women of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to join us Wednesday August 15th at 11:45 am to hear from guest speaker Justin Tucker.

Justin grew up in the Rockwood area of Portland/Gresham, in an unchurched family of divorce. He was labeled in school with learning disabilities and “a kid with anger issues.” Thankfully through the encouragement of family and coaches he was able to believe he was more than the labels he was given in school. Justin received Christ at the age of 12 after a friend invited him to a local youth group. Unfortunately, the passion for Christ quickly fell way in high school and Justin got lost in worldly things. After living a life that could have led him to an early death or jail, he encountered Jesus in 2010 and was radically transformed, leaving his old life behind him.

After coming back to Christ, Justin felt the call to inspire youth from his neighborhood. He began by simply showing up to kids’ basketball games, taking them out to eat, and building friendships. He later worked his way through local behavioral schools where he saw the power of one-on-one relationships through intentional mentoring. He worked as a professional mentor at Friends of the Children. At Friends, Justin became a vital part of the lives of nine young men and their families. When he saw the opportunity to inspire children with the love of Christ, Justin joined Faithful Friends. He believes that building relationships with young people who are experiencing tough circumstances can bring generational transformation to the inner-city

Justin Tucker is a new husband and father who serves as the Executive Director of Faithful Friends (a Portland based Christ-centered mentoring program) and is the owner of Nine Eighty Four photography company.

The cost to attend the lunch is $30.00 and pre-registration is required. Please register at this link.




Register now for the 31st Annual PBL Christmas Lunch, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

November 16, 2017

Join us for the 31st Annual Christmas

Portland Business Lunch

Speaker: Larry Anderson

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 13, 11:45-1:15 pm

Location: Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center

Purchase tables & tickets now to reserve your seat!

Keynote: Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson is a retired Portland police officer who grew up in Northeast Portland and primarily worked in his North/Northeast community as a patrolman for twenty-eight years. He has been married to Renee for thirty years and they have two children –  daughter Kenya and son Kaleb.

He is a founding member of a racial reconciliation movement in Portland known as the Friday Morning Men’s Group, and recently took on the role of President and CEO of Friday Group Enterprises, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business relationships in communities of color.

Adopted at birth, Larry’s parents brought him up as a member of Allen Temple CME Church where he served as an altar boy and sang in the youth choir. He was a superb athlete in grade school (his Sabin Bomber sports teams were city champions every year from fifth to eighth grade) and excelled on the basketball court in high school – first at Jefferson and then Grant. He earned a scholarship to a small college in Spokane where his team was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to his years of community service as an officer on the street, Larry worked on the Gang Enforcement Team, ultimately rising to the level of a national and regional speaker focusing on the prevention of youth violence.