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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.



Downtown Luncheon Wednesday January 25th

January 9, 2017


Jim White

CPA, Delap.

Jim White has spent over 49 years in public accounting at Delap. A former senior partner and managing partner for over 20 years, he now serves the firm as its Ambassador.

Jim provided strategic tax and business consulting to individuals as well as small- and medium-sized businesses and enjoyed providing and promoting the firm’s services beyond expect a t ions of the client. He still finds great satisfaction in helping clients define their vision, challenging them to commit to its ultimate achievement, and maximizing results while minimizing taxes.

During his time away from Delap, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 49 years as well as his sons and grandchildren. He also serves in various Christian ministries, working around the house, and enjoys sports.

Join us for lunch and to hear Jim share his story of faith within the business community. Lunch is located at the University Club and is $25.00.

Registration Link



Register Now– 2016 Christmas Luncheon with Ambassador Tony Hall

October 31, 2016


Join us for the 30th Annual Portland Business Luncheon with guest speaker Ambassador Tony Hall.  Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, former U.S. Ambassador Tony P. Hall is one of the world’s most outspoken advocates for the poor and hungry. He served under President George W. Bush as U.S. Ambassador to the Untied Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and currently is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger.



Prior to his diplomatic work, Hall was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the Third District of Ohio (Dayton) for twelve terms. He was a founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger and served as its Chairman from 1989 to 1993. In response to the abolishment of the Hunger Committee in 1993, Hall went on a hunger strike, fasting for twenty-two days to draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world. In his efforts to witness firsthand the plight of the poor and hungry, he has traveled to more than 100 countries, visiting several poverty- stricken regions around the world.

As Ambassador, Hall represented America’s effort in alleviating hunger worldwide, working in Rome with the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Fund for Agriculture Development. In 2006, he published his memoir, Changing the Face of Hunger: One Man’s Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and People of Faith Are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, the Poor, the Oppressed.

Hall and his wife, Janet, live in Arlington, Virginia, where they raised two children.

Portland Business Luncheons believes Mr. Hall’s visit to Portland, has the potential to encourage new relationships between our city officials, business professionals and citizen activists, resulting in positive, lasting change.

We would be honored to have you and your friends join us for what we believe will be a high impact time, of reconciliation and encouragement.

The cost to reserve a table for 10 guests is $500.  Single seats are $50.


Event will be hosted at the Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR Thursday, December 15th 2016 11:45 am -1:15 pm.

There will be a Student Leadership Forum from 9:00- 10:45 that is extended to all university students in the Portland area. In this portion a college student will be able to interact through questions and create their own leadership vision. RSVP is required.


If you have further questions, you may contact Michael Larlee



Eastside PBL with Charles McGee

April 12, 2016

Charles McGee


Charles McGee

Ambridge Center, April 20th 2016

Charles is CEO and President of the Black Parent Initiative (BPI). He and Johnell Bell established BPI in 2006 to assist families in achieving financial, educational, and spiritual success. This vision is actualized by inspiring, engaging, and mobilizing parents, caregivers, foster and adoptive parents to improve the educational outcomes of Black children. BPI is currently the only culturally specific organization in Portland focused solely on supporting low to moderate income parents in Multnomah County as a vehicle for enhancing the lives of Black youth.

BPI provides parent education on topics such as adult literacy; effective parenting and financial literacy; prevention and early intervention services; family stabilization services; in-school advocacy; and early childhood development advocacy.

Join us for lunch and to hear Charles share his personal story of faith, family and community service.  REGISTRATION LINK