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February 1, 2011

In This Issue
Chief Michael Reese to speak at Membership luncheon in February.
Member Spotlight: Laila Cully & Tom Peterson.
Six new members have been appointed to the HMC Board of Directors.
New Project Coordinator: Sandra Cervantes.
Calendar of Events

February Membership Luncheon - Reserve your seat today!

Chief Mike Reese
Chief Michael Reese


Michael Reese, Chief of Portland Police, will address members at the Hispanic Chamber Membership luncheon in February.


Michael Reese was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Portland Police Bureau on May 12, 2010. 


Michael Reese began his law enforcement career as a Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff where he served on the acclaimed Safety Action Teams in Columbia Villa, Rockwood and David Douglas.  He transferred to the Portland Police Bureau in 1994 as an officer when mid-Multnomah County was annexed to the City of Portland.


Throughout his tenure at the Portland Police Bureau, Chief Reese worked in a wide variety of leadership assignments within the Bureau, including the Tactical Operations Division, Transit Police Division, North Precinct, and the Youth Gun Anti-Violence Task Force.  He also served as the Captain of the Drugs and Vice Division where he oversaw successful investigations that culminated in the arrest and conviction of numerous members of illegal drug organizations.


Chief Reese has a long history in social service, including coaching youth sports and shelter and housing services for homeless people living in Portland.  He is committed to a leadership style of collaboration and building trust with the community the Police Bureau serves.


To read more about the Chief of Police, please click here.

Member Spotlight:

Join the Hispanic Chamber in recognizing Laila Cully, Business Oregon, and Tom Peterson, Port of Portland, at the Membership luncheon in February.  The Hispanic Chamber will present each member with an award in appreciation of their continued support in the business community. 

 Cully, Laila




Laila Cully

Small Business Specialist 

Business Oregon 


Tom Peterson




Tom Peterson

Chief Engineer

Port of Portland



New Members...

Allen Andrews

Type of Business: Student

Bank of the Cascades

Type of of Business: Bank

Type of Business: Attorney at Law

For more information about membership, please click here.

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Six new members have been appointed to the Hispanic Chamber's Board of Directors:

Davalos, Mark

Mark Davalos

Deputy Superintendent

Portland Public Schools

Cruz, Gustavo

Gustavo J. Cruz Jr.

V.P. & Senior Corporate Counsel

U.S. Bank


Rhonnda P. Edmiston

Small Business Outreach Manager

Howard S. Wright Constructors

Jimenez, Gilbert

Gilbert Jimenez


Medina, Elaina

Elaina Medina

Communications Director

Portland General Electric

Solorzano, Val

Val Solorzano


Chick Of All Trades

Meet the Hispanic Chamber's new Project Coordinator:

Cervantes, Sandra
Sandra Cervantes
Project Coordinator

The Hispanic Chamber is proud to welcome Sandra Cervantes to the staff!  Her role at the Hispanic Chamber will be Project Coordinator.  Sandra Cervantes was recently featured on Univision's En Comunidad to speak about the Hispanic Chamber's Scholarship program. 


To watch the segment, please click here (in Spanish only).  

Calendar of Events 


February 17, 2011

After-Hours Networking Event

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: PGE Park, SW 20th & Morrison (across from U.S. Bank).

Cost: None to Attendees

To RSVP: Call Sandra Cervantes at 503.222.0280 or by email

Sponsor: Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers


February 22, 2011

Membership Luncheon 

Keynote speaker: Chief Michael Reese, Portland Police Bureau

Member recognition: Tom Peterson, Port of Portland & Laila Cully, Oregon Business Development Department 

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Location: Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom

309 SW Broadway 

Portland, OR 97205

Cost: $25.00 Members/$30.00 Non-members

To RSVP: Call Sandra Cervantes at 503.222.0280 or by email

Sponsor: Legacy Health

 Legacy Health 


February 24, 2011

Workshop: "Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business"

Presenter: Maria Carla Mena Valdivia, U.S. Department of Labor

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Location: Hispanic Chamber Training Room

333 SW 5th Ave., Ste. 100

Portland, OR 97204

(503) 222-0280

Cost: None to Attendees

To RSVP: Call Sandra Cervantes at 503.222.0280 or by email


For more information about Chamber events, please call 503.222.0280.  

Thank you to our February sponsors!
Legacy Health                   Portland Timbers

Thank you to our media sponsors!

Estrella  La Pantera  El Hispanic News