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August 23rd Downtown Luncheon

August 15, 2017


Joseph is a young entrepreneur who is passionate about encouraging others and helping them rise up to their full potential. He currently does that through his health and life coaching business, Rise Life Academy, which he started this last year.

Joseph grew up in a small town and lived a pretty modest life in the country but as long as he can remember he never let his small beginnings keep him from dreaming big and doing something meaningful for the world. His entrepreneurial spirit goes back to when he was 15 years old when he started his first business as a window washer. By the time he was 18 he got involved with a marketing company where he learned the art of sales and persistence and eventually ran his own branch office of direct sales representatives at the age of 20.

He then moved on to run a manufacturing company with his brother at the age of 21 where he was the chief of sales and was able to bring his families products into reputable chain stores like Market of Choice and Fred Meyers. This leads to where Joseph will be telling his story of facing his biggest battle yet, when his worldly sources of fulfillment and purpose were wiped away from him and how he became immersed in a place of brokenness, confusion, and depression.

Come and hear a story of redemption and how Joseph’s greatest trial led him to his greatest victory, which is a relationship with God and how he learned to live by faith and was slowly brought out of that darkness into a life of victory where he now pursues his purpose and passion of helping others rise up to their full potential and into a life of true fulfillment.

The Downtown Luncheon will take place on Wednesday August 23rd at 11:45 am. We will be meeting at a new location in the month of August.

The Barlow Room

737 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97205




Robert King- June 21st Eastside Speaker

June 11, 2017

Robert King

Portland Police Bureau

You are invited to join us for our Eastside PBL luncheon, on Wednesday, June 21st. Our guest speaker will be Robert King.

Robert was born and raised in Portland Oregon. He has been married for over 33 years to his grade school sweetheart. Robert has worked in the Portland Police Bureau for over 27 years.

Robert has been a friend of PBL for over 25 years and we believe you will be impacted by his words of wisdom and his personal story as a follower of Jesus in our community. 

Registration is required and the cost of lunch is $25.00.

We look forward to seeing you on June 21st!

McMenamins Kennedy School
The Cypress Room
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland OR 97211  



Anthony Jordan- June 28th Downtown Speaker

June 11, 2017

Anthony Jordan

President, Portland Leadership Foundation

You are invited to join us for our Downtown PBL luncheon, on Wednesday, June 28th at the University Club in Downtown Portland. Our guest speaker will be Anthony Jordan.

Anthony Jordan grew up in Portland, Oregon, the son of a 5’1″ feisty Puerto Rican mother and a 6’7″ African American father. Jordan attended Jefferson High School and graduated in 1991. He played college football at College of the Redwoods and Portland State University. With a degree in Youth Ministry from Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA. Anthony Jordan has served the inner NE Portland city for over 20 years.

Jordan began his coaching journey in 1994 with youth football and baseball.  Jordan returned to Jefferson and joined the football coaching staff as a varsity wide receiver coach, with four trips to the AYF National Championships in Orlando, and winning it all in 2013. It was March 2016 when Jordan’s dream coaching position became a reality as he returned to Jefferson High School as the football head coach.

Inspired by youth leadership and development, Jordan has lived out his life’s call by serving with many youth organizations for the past 23 years. Jordan founded the Portland Leadership Foundation where he serves as President. PLF is a faith-based community organization committed to bridging the gap for youth in the city of Portland. From an idea and dream on a post-it note in 2007 to building PLF to a $1.8 million 13 initiative service organization today.  PLF is known for taking good intentions to more effective outcomes.

Jordan’s life motto is, “Once this life I’ve been given has come to an end, I pray that I will have lived a life fully wrung out.” 

Jordan has been married to the love of his life Donita and will be celebrating 22 years of marriage this December. The Jordans have four amazing children and still live in NE Portland where Jordan has committed to serving the city of Portland for the remainder of his life.

The cost of lunch is $25.00. Registration ends on Monday June 26th. We look forward to seeing you there.



Eastside April 19th Luncheon with Guest Speaker Robert Justus

April 7, 2017


Portland Business luncheons invites you to join us for lunch on April 19th. Our guest speaker will be Robert Justus.

His commitment to helping others began in his late teens when he worked in the once flourishing mining communities of Appalachia and then Arizona. When the mines shut down, Justus volunteered to work with unemployed families.

He witnessed destitute families lose their homes, families separate, and the suffering that poverty brings. The experience has been one of the driving forces behind his lifelong commitment to help low income and struggling people.

In 1991, after earning a Master’s in Theology with an emphasis on justice and peace education from the State University of New York, Justus started dating his wife and moved to her home town Portland, Oregon. There he founded JOIN in 1992, a non-profit aimed at finding permanent housing for homeless people.

In 2007, Justus also co-founded Home First Development, a company that builds affordable housing for low-income people affordably without government subsidy. He built 241 affordable apartment units in 2016 and will be breaking ground on 237 affordable units in 2017.

Justus lives with his wife, Liesl, on a floating home on the Columbia River. He has two college-aged children. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with homeless     people, at St. Francis Dining Hal because as he says, “they keep it real.”

The Eastside Location has moved to Warner Pacific at Egtvedt Hal. The address is 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215.

Registration is required and cost of lunch is $20.00.

We look forward to seeing you on April 19th!




March 15th Eastside Luncheon with Guest Speaker Jamie Winship

March 7, 2017

Our speaker, Jamie Winship, worked in several jihadist areas over the last 20 years. He has held teaching positions at Universities in Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, West Java, and North Carolina.
Jamie’s personal experience of listening for God’s voice in his daily life and in pivotal moments, combined with his scriptural insight, make him a dynamic, informative, and entertaining communicator.
He and his wife Donna now live in Portland. This will be a luncheon you don’t want to miss!
Please note, the location has changed to Warner Pacific College. The address is 2219 SE 68th Ave. Portland, 97215.
The cost of lunch is $20.00. Bring a friend and get refreshed.



Downtown Luncheon Wednesday February 22nd with Guest Speaker Teresa Stroup

February 13, 2017

professional-picture_teresa-stroupTERESA STROUP

Executive Director, Good Samaritan Ministries

You are invited to join us for our Downtown PBL luncheon, on Wednesday, February 22nd at the University Club in downtown Portland. Our guest speaker will be Teresa Stroup.

Teresa Stroup serves as the Executive Director at Good Samaritan Ministries.

Teresa’s motto has always been “adulthood is the place that children go to recover from childhood,” nothing could be truer for her. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, lost in the world as a teen, God found this shattered soul and created a new life.

Teresa went to 25 schools before the 8th grade and dropped out of school to never complete High School.

Teresa married Patrick when she was 21 years old and eventually they started working at Churches.

Rewarded the Restart Grant through the Ford Family Foundation and Completed college when she was 54 years old.

She has a huge heart for family recovery and restoration. She has now been married for 37 years and has three adult children and three grandchildren. We believe you will be greatly impacted by Teresa’s story as her passion for marriage, parenting, broken families, and bringing restoration to the community is shared.



Eastside February Luncheon Wednesday February 15th with Guest Speaker Nate McCoy

February 6, 2017


Nate McCoy is Executive Director, Operation Manager and Spokesperson for the National Association of Minority Contractors– Oregon Chapter (NAMC- Oregon). NAMC- Oregon is the local affiliate of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), a trade association founded in 1969 to address the needs of minority contractors through advocacy, outreach and business support.

Nate is responsible for building programs that advance the organization’s mission, as well as resource development and streamlining operations to maximize the use of resources for efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining NAMC-Oregon, Nate spent seven years as a Senior Construction Coordinator for both the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and Portland Development Commission (PDC). As a longtime proponent of equity in contracting. Nate led the housing bureau’s Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) outreach and contracting initiatives during his tenure there and was actively involved in program development related to equity and contracting opportunities bureau-wide.

With a focus on transparency and accountability related to (MWESB) contracting goals, Nate assisted the City’s Procurement Office in the development of data collection and reporting on contracting in PHB-funded projects.

Nate now serves on the Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC) focusing on economic development related to housing, job and contracting, which include contractor capacity building, increased utilization of certified firms, diversity in workforce and actions that support the improved stability and economic status of communities of color.

Make plans to join us for lunch and hear Nate share his story; a story of mission, hope and community impact.

RSVP is required and the cost of lunch is $20.00  You are encouraged to invite and register your friends.