Member Business Exposes' (2016-17) Member Bios
- Marie Morris, College Consultant
Beyond 18, llc
Exploring options after high school
Marie Morris - Beyond 18, LLC - College Consultant (May 2016 Story)
Marie Morris, founder of Beyond 18, LLC based in Portland Oregon, believes there are many choices for the post high school years - some not always readily apparent.
Finding the "right" college is all about fit: academically, socially and financially. And that looks different for every student.
The goal of Beyond 18 is to partner with families in the Portland, Oregon area to maximize choices post high school. The unique individual approach aims to bring out the fullest potential in students, whether it is finding the right-fit college, gap year experience, or vocational program. Careful and thoughtful planning creates a wise investment in your young adult's future.
All stages and ages are welcome. It is never too soon to initiate contact with a college consultant to assist you with post high school plans. And, at the same time, it is rarely too late! Let us customize a program and timeline that is right for you!
- Diane Snedecor
- Mountain Man Fruit & Nut Co. Distributor
- Gluten Free & Guilty Pleasures
Diane Snedecor - Mountain Man Fruit & Nut Company Distributor (June 2016 Story)
DOUBLE DIPPED CHOCOLATE MALT BALLS (DDCMB)!
Diane was hooked on the DDCMB. So when she began her search to start her own business in 2007 she happened upon a Mountain Man franchise. Being hooked on the DDCMB’s she looked at their numbers and jumped opportunity and purchased her own franchise. Diane keeps the pulse on the big and little business in her South Beaverton route, maintaining the commitment to personal service, quality and fresh snack products at affordable prices.
Diane enjoys getting to know her customers. She loves the good will her business affords. She visits your workplace every two weeks or as arranged. She fills her cart to bring an assortment of products for customers to choose from. Corporate and custom gift packs and baskets are Mountain Man specialties; the variety of individual packaged fresh snacks are a hit at any office or event.
I bring the store to you!
- Liz Utter
- Raleigh Hills New Seasons Community Outreach Coordinator
- 7300 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.
- Portland, OR 97225
Liz Utter - Community Outreach Coordinator Raleigh Hills New Seasons (July 2016 Story)
Liz Utter has been the RHBA Chair from 2013 to 2016. We want to extend our thanks and appreciation for her dedication to the organization. Liz always has a warm welcome to our members and guests at RH New Seasons, hosting our regular RHBA monthly morning business meetings, which are open to the public. Liz has been supportive and involved in RHBA and its various business activities for many years. She has attended and/or helped with the Community Fair several years in a row. Liz facilitated the 2nd Shred Event in 2015 by partnering New Seasons and RHBA. She also supported the 3rd Annual RHBA Shred/Recycle event in April 2016. Liz has been part of the annual RHBA Holiday parties for several years running. Liz lives and works in the Raleigh Hills she is s all about community and helping in any way she can. Being the Community Coordinator for New Seasons it has afforded her the ability to help many families, schools and local outreach programs in Washington County.
Liz would like to add that Raleigh Hills Business Association is a great asset to our neighborhood and she has been honored to be part of the organization that serves the business community and the neighborhoods at large.
Liz began working for Raleigh Hills New Seasons Market in February 2000 as a Service Manager and was promoted to the Community Outreach Coordinator. New Seasons Market gives 10% of its after tax dollars back to their community by way of donations to 501(3)c non-profits that serve the hungry and educate our youth and helping the environment.
- Nikki Wilson
- NJW Property Management
Nikki Wilson - NJW Property Management, LLC (Sept. 2016 Story)
NJW Property Management LLC is a woman owned small business that has been in business since July 2012. We strive to provide an Holistic approach to managing single and small multi-family investment properties. We take the guessing out of management for investment properties so you do not have to guess what is going to happen, or be worried about what to do when something does go wrong. Providing a full service menu at an Dessert price, is one way that we make you more comfortable knowing that you and your property will be taken care of all of the time.
We have been in management for over 10 years with other management companies, but decided to work with those people who either cannot afford or don't trust a big company. Our goal is to work hard for you and to make sure that you have the best tenants for the longest time.
- When you need web work you don’t need a geek or a friend…You need a Professional!
- 503 808-0021
Michael started his business in June 2008. Faced with a layoff and expenses greater than the compensation from the state, he decided to use his programming skills for him and his clients rather than another corporation that would take advantage of his time and family, dumping us like a day old salad, when they had the whim to do so. He started in Georgia where we were living and worked our way back to our roots in Oregon. I only wish I had done this years ago, I am busier than ever but I have control.
What keeps him hooked? He loves love the freedom from the corporate confinement.
Michael's story reads: Freedom is the key word, free to live on my own terms. My goals are now set on my scale rather than a boss who has never seen me. Now I have the ability and opportunity to make as much money as I like. My family can see me every day instead of between flights. Don’t get me wrong, working for yourself comes with its own set of problems and headaches but there’s nothing quite like knowing that you are in control.
- Aubrey Holt
- Aug 2016 Story
- State Farm Insurance Agent
- 5915 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
- Portland, OR 97221
Aubrey has spent the last 19 years in the Financial Services industry working with banking, investment and insurance institutions. Every day Aubrey meets with individuals, couples and business owners, making sure there is a plan in place for their financial future. Her determination and passion around helping women and families achieve their financial goals, while protecting them against the unexpected, stems from personal experience when her sister (a single mother with two small children) suffered from a traumatic brain injury at the age of 36.
· Over 19 years in the Financial Services Industry
· With State Farm since 2010
· Focusing on relocations to Portland, OR
· Supporter of Bridlemile Foundation
· Member of Raleigh Hills Business Association
· Atria Assisted Living Volunteer
· Notary Public
· Offering Auto, Home, Life, and Health insurance
· Retirement planning
· Sponsor of Girls on the Run
- ECO BINARY
- 10120 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
- Beaverton, OR
EcoBinary - e Recyclers (October 2016 Story)
With love for the environment and background in IT, Frankie and Dave Bax started Eco Binary in 2008. An electronic recycling company located at 10120 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. The whole family participates in this endeavor. The company has a large variety of services and retail store that is well stocked and organized with hard to find items for your home or office. Visit the techno museum located in the store.
EcoBinary is an e-waste collector, refurbisher, reseller, and recycler. They are part of the State of Oregon E-Cycles, a free, easy and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, TVs, keyboards and other accessories. The program is financed by electronics manufacturers and jointly implemented with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Is your office changing computer systems or cleaning house? Eco Binary’s vehicles arrive onsite, load your e-waste items, and handle all your data destruction needs. Your items are securely transported back to their facility and remain under lock and key during the entire process. They have industry experience and superior knowledge about corporate information technology and understand the need to ensure items are handled properly. Your security is their first priority!
For more details call 503-352-4991 or visit their website www.ecobinary.com
for free recycling info and a listing of what they can take off your hands.
Eco Binary…”thinking global and acting local”
Business Expose' RHBA Founding Members Est 2010 (Story written Dec 2016)
RHBA founding members, Linda Criss, RH Bank of the West, Branch Mgr; Toni Curry and Bev Snow-Kuehn, B-Line Enterprises came together to support the Raleigh Hills business community. The three ladies started talking, planning and envisioning what RHBA would look like; from a vision to reality, we officially launched in May of 2010. Building a local business community, shop local, know your business owners and your neighbors. Linda Criss was instrumental with all the legal matters, licenses, insurance, by-laws, the mission statement was a joint collaboration. Later the Board grew from three to four, adding Matt Chrisman, West Coast Bank RH Branch, Manager, then to five adding Diane Snedecor, Mountain Man Fruit & Nut Co. The two constants supporting RHBA are Michael Chase RHBA Webmaster, CF Chase Marketing, Robin Curtin RHBA Treasurer, Univera Associate and Joy Patterson former RHBA Secretary; PLUS the many RHBA business owners that continue to support the organization and we are now 76 members strong for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Toni Curry, with her new company, TLC Promotions, took the organization with a simple scrolly heart logo to a brand that is known and recognized. She used her graphic design background to the creation of a “real logo/a real brand” which included getting a grant from Venture Portland for boulevard banners which are proudly displaying the RHBA logo on B-H Hwy and streets in Raleigh Hills. Toni Curry and Linda Criss created position duties and put together an official RHBA policies and procedures manual. RHBA has had three Chairs in the six years since conception: Linda Criss, Bank of the West; Liz Utter, New Seasons Raleigh Hills and our current Chair Marie Morris, Beyond 18. Bev Snow-Kuehn and Diane Snedecor continue their outreach efforts and connecting the business community with our neighbors and encouraging new members to join RHBA.
RHBA successes are:
• Monthly business meeting at RH New Seasons
• Sign toppers “Raleigh Hills Business District”
• Member directory, December 2016 with 76 members
• Boulevard Banners
• Monthly presence in the Beaverton Resource Guide
• Annual holiday party in December
• Annual Shred / Recycle event during Earth Week in April
Mary Sherman - Sherman Family Properties (February 2017 Story)
The Sherman family has been part of the Raleigh Hills community for over 55 years. Our father, Bill Sherman, along with mother Dianne, began our business first as an insurance agency and later their interest turned to real estate. We are proud to carry on their tradition as Sherman Family Properties. We focus on local residential, retail and office properties with a few fun sunny get-aways in Palm Springs. Our passion is people, so we specialize in offering service and support to small business owners by caring for our tenants' experiences. We aim provide quality rental and leased space at a great value.
Our family business also donates countless hours to better our community through volunteer service and leadership. Some of our flagship projects are The Raleigh Park Garden Tour for beautification of public spaces and to connect our neighbors with one another, and an annual project filling 300 holiday stockings to benefit the local Sunshine Pantry, which provides food, amenities, housewares, and clothing to people in need within our community.
At home, our yard is a source for organic produce as well as a beautiful setting for garden tours and dinners for local non-profits. We like to think it also demonstrates how a small urban space can be an abundant food supply and how, by inviting our neighbors to use our wood oven and to visit the chickens, our garden can enrich our neighborhood. We also regularly host out of town guests interested in the urban farm, some through our Airbnb.
RHBA, in the neighborhood where we work and live, brings us in contact with other businesses and strengthens the success of our community and our tenants. We are grateful for the long legacy we have had in Raleigh Hills and look forward to building strong ties with local small business well into the future.
Clients for Life:
Every client is important to me, both as a client and a person. Client interests always come first! My goal is to do such a great job that you will call me every time you have a real estate need, and trust me enough to refer your friends, family and business associates to me.
Personal: Born and raised in Oregon with seven brothers and sisters—a great start in developing my strong negotiating skills! My wonderful husband and I have a beautiful daughter and son. Outside of real estate, some of my favorite activities include hiking, bicycling, gardening and singing—recently on a hiking trip in the Lake District of England (the last train stop was at Windermere, which our company was named after).
Professional Expertise: Principal Real Estate Broker helping buyers and sellers with their residential real estate needs for over 20 years. Designations include Certified Negotiation Expert (1% of Realtors nationwide), Certified Residential Specialist (4% of Realtors nationwide), Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Graduate Realtors Institute, and Certified Residential Investment Specialist. Practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in the Portland area for over 11 years. 1981 University of Oregon accounting graduate.
“Selling a home can be difficult at the best of times, but Deanna made the whole process seem very easy. She was wonderful to work with, always very professional, very pleasant, and gave just the right advice to make things flow smoothly. I can’t imagine working with anyone else and highly recommend her to anyone who wants to buy or sell a house.”
- G. Dakin, Seller
“We described to Deanna the type of property we were looking for and without exception, each place she showed us met our specifications. Deanna was so knowledgeable and helpful and easy to talk to. At the end of a long day of looking at houses, Deanna suggested we go back to two of the places we were most interested in. That was a great idea, because it was at the second viewing that my husband and I truly fell in love with the place we ultimately made the offer on. We thought Deanna was helpful in the search process, but man did she shine when it came to the offer, inspection and negotiating for repairs part of the process. We felt like we truly had someone amazing in our corner, which we needed because we were pretty new to this. My husband and I had such a positive experience with Deanna and are incredibly thankful that we found her. We couldn’t recommend her more.”
- M. Parton & D. Brown, Buyer