Archive for the ‘The ONE Lunch’ Category


September 18th PBL Luncheon with Speaker Donald Dixon

September 6, 2019

Join us Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, 11:45 am -1:15 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center with speaker Donald Dixon.

Donald, a soon to be retired guidance counselor of 41 years with PPS, is known by many in Portland as founder and leader of the mentorship program Boys to Men.

The 11-year program based at Jefferson High seeks to bring inner city high school boys (who have no father at home), together with men from many different professional backgrounds to mentor them in hopes of finishing high school and transitioning into either college, a trade or living wage employment.

Donald has an extensive background coaching youth, directing basketball camps for both boys and girls, serving in his church and community on various boards and committees, demonstrating his passion and commitment for making a difference in his community with a distinct focus on education, counseling and social issues.

He and his wife of 37 years have two children, one grandchild and serve together in ministry.
Join us for lunch and to hear Donald’s faith-life Portland story.
Cost of the luncheon is $25.00 and registration is required.

If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1581


August 21, 2019 PBL Luncheon with Tony Kriz

August 5, 2019

Tony KrizJoin us Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 11:45 am -1:15 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center with speaker Tony Kriz.

Portland-based Tony Kriz is known as a speaker, writer, thinker and neighborhood theologian. This last year he served as emcee at the annual PBL Christmas Luncheon.

He has a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. He teaches in colleges and universities around the country on topics of authentic faith, spiritual formation, cultural integration, cross-spiritual communication, and sacred friendship.

His writing life involves books (including ALOOF and Neighbors and Wise Men), articles (including Leadership Journal), and playful profundity through his blog.

Tony grew up Eugene, Oregon and spent his young adulthood in the developing world, including two years living with and being loved by a Muslim family in Albania. He has learned the gospel alongside non-religious barflies and undergrad geniuses at places like Reed College.

He is husband to Aimee, father to three courageous and creative boys, unofficial ambassador of his beloved Portland, devoted to his neighborhood, honored by his communal household, and a friend to the religious and irreligious alike.

Tony hopes through words both written and spoken, to give people permission to authentically feel/speak/struggle and to honestly express their faith-filled affections.

Please join us for lunch and fellowship by registering at this link:

The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 and pre-registration is required.



June 19th Luncheon with Alex Molden

May 25, 2019


The men and women of PBL invite you to join us for lunch, Wednesday June 19th with speaker Alex Molden.

After sustaining a devastating knee injury his freshman year, he became a captain of a team that won the prestigious Pac-10 Championship and put them in the Rose bowl for the first time in 37 years, even after starting the season 1-2! With Alex’s leadership, the team worked hard to establish a deeper relationship with one another that allowed them to refocus and come together for one common cause & in the process rewrite U of O football history.

After overcoming hurdles both on and off the field, he was drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1996 NFL draft. Alex played for 8-years (Saints, Chargers & Lions).

Alex’s main focus is to strengthen team collaborations, communication & transparency using his patent Alignment, Assignment, Adjustment & Assessment formula. His formula has given many organizations and executives proven solutions to help them build a more galvanized team. Some of Alex’s clients include the Boys & Girls Club of America, Hiya, Microsoft & Nike.

Alex has dedicated himself full time to bringing his message of personal and professional leadership & culture change to conferences around the world. Whether as a keynote speaker or a workshop leader, he helps break through the boundaries that are limiting most organizational teams and get them ready to shape the future.

He & his wife Christin have 8 children whom they love and adore.

Cost of the luncheon is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly recommended.


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.




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.


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.



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.



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.




July 18th- the ONE Lunch with Guest Andre’ Petett

July 10, 2018

Happy Summer! The men and women of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to another 3rd Wednesday ONE Lunch.

Our July 18th speaker is native Portlander Andre’ Petett. Educated at Jesuit High School, with a B.A. in Finance and Management at University of Oregon and his MBA at University of Santa Clara, Andre’ spent over 25 years in the sales management industry.

For the past 4 years, Andre’ has been busy running Aptly Focused, a business consulting firm, and working with a team to begin multiple new businesses in the Portland area.

In the early 2000’s he helped found a church called Home which focuses on working with homeless youth in downtown Portland. He’s a married father of two and enjoys reading and traveling. This year he plans to return to Modern Pentathlon training.

Register now at this link.


April 18th ONE lunch

March 30, 2018

Carl Taulton_PBL Speaker***Note: last minute venue change to the DoubleTree by Hilton. 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland,Oregon, 97232

Join us for our April 18th ONE Lunch to hear from guest speaker Carl Talton.

Carl is the former Executive Chair and CEO of the Portland Family of Funds and its affiliate United Fund Advisors currently serving  in an ex-officio capacity.

He is the former Vice President of Government Affairs, Economic Development, Community Development and Business Development for Portland General Electric where he retired in 2003. Prior to PGE he served 25 years with Pacific Power and Light where he served in numerous executive roles including the Senior Public Affairs Representative and Director of Retail Business Operations.

His community and civic activities include 10 years on Oregon’s Economic Development Commission and 15 years on the Portland Development Commission including 3 terms as Chairman. He has a 40 year record of extensive community service, initiating and serving on the boards of numerous civic and community based organizations focused on economic development, housing development, health issues and education.

Current and recent board activities include the Northwest Health Foundation, Concordia University Council of Trustees, Governors Metro Regional Solutions Committee, San Francisco Federal Reserve Community Advisory Council, Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress, NNE Economic Development Alliance, Albina Head Start, NNE STEAM Coalition, and National Community Fund.

Carl was born and raised in the Portland area and resides with his family in NNE Portland where he has lived since early childhood.

We’ll be meeting at our new location at the Courtyard by Marriott.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Registration for the luncheon is required.

Register here at this link.