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Annual Membership Luncheon

Neil McFarlane
Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet
Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet, will deliver the keynote address at the Hispanic Chamber's Annual Membership luncheon.  The luncheon will take place on June 28th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Previously, McFarlane had served as TriMet's executive director for capital projects since 1998.  In this role, he led the development, design and construction of TriMet's capital facilities, including the Airport, Interstate, I-205 and Portland Mall MAX extensions, and WES Commuter Rail.  From 1991 to 1998, he was TriMet's project control director for the 18-mile, $963 million Westside light rail project.


Prior to his time at TriMet, McFarlane worked for Metro and helped manage construction for the 500,000-square-foot, $90 million Oregon Convention Center with landmark twin towers, successful public art program and cost-effective design.


McFarlane takes the helm of the agency that is considered a national leader in transit innovation, ranking 7th highest in annual transit rides per capita (TriMet carries more people than any other US transit system its size).


He earned a master's degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1977 and a bachelor's degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1975.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guest speaker: Congressman Kurt Schrader

Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom 

777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

Portland, OR
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Members $29.00/Non-members $34.00
Please register to Sandra Cervantes at or online.
Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

Chamber Members to Elect New Board

The members of the Hispanic Chamber will elect its Board of Directors at the Annual Membership Luncheon on June 28th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 
The board nominees are:
  • Jerry D. Petty, Multnomah County
  • Henry Alvarez, Bank of the Cascades
  • Berta Ferrán, Windermere Mortgage Services
  • Melissa Bobadilla, Aguilar & Bobadilla, P.C.
  • Humberto Reyna, Reyna-Moore Advertising
  • Gustavo Cruz, Jr., U.S. Bank
  • Mark Davalos, St. Helens School District
  • Rhonnda Parsons Edmiston, Howard S. Wright Constructors
  • Roberto Flores, Regence BlueCross BlueShield
  • Gil Jimenez, Banker (Retired)
  • Bernie Kronberger, Wells Fargo
  • Elaina Medina, Portland General Electric (PGE)
  • Eduardo Norell, Norell Design
  • Celia Nuñez, State Farm Insurance
  • Val Solorzano, Chick Of All Trades, LLC

9th Annual Employment & Business Fair

Previous Trade Show

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom

777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Admission is FREE!


The Hispanic Chamber will host its 9th Annual Employment & Business Fair on June 28th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland!




Anyone interested in learning about employment and training opportunities as well as those interested in learning about contract opportunities.



Human resource recruiters from private and public sectors.  Buyers from private corporations and public sector agencies.



  • How to conduct business with these organizations
  • How to apply for employment with these organizations
  • Who the contact people are & what your first step should be

Click here to register for the Employment & Business Fair.


If your organization is interested in participating in the Employment & Business Fair, please contact

Gale Castillo at


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Call for Speakers

PodiumDo you know or have heard of a great keynote speaker you think would suit the Hispanic Chamber?  


We are currently accepting suggestions on speakers/topics for future Membership luncheons.  Tell us what interests you the most! 


Please send your suggestions to MaryAnn Potter at  Remember to include: full name, contact information, and a brief description to why you are suggesting the speaker/topic.  All suggestions are welcome!    

Calendar of Events

June 28, 2011 - Annual Membership Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet

Guest speaker: Congressman Kurt Schrader

Place: Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom

777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.

Portland, OR

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Cost: Members $29.00/Non-members $34.00
To RSVP: Contact Sandra Cervantes at or online.
Sponsor: Wells Fargo


June 28, 2011 - Employment and Business Fair
Place: Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd
Portland, OR
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to the Public
To RSVP: Contact Sandra Cervantes at or online.
Sponsors: Portland Development Commission (PDC), Oregon Department of Transportation, American Family Insurance, Multnomah County Purchasing, Portland Community College (PCC), At&t Services, Inc.
New Members...

Beaverton Hispanic Resource Center

Type of Business: Social Service Agency


Lian Gregg

Type of Business: Individual 


Portland Art Museum

Type of Business: Visual Art - Attraction


RG Photography

Type of Business: Photography


Rose City Self Storage & Wine Vaults

Type of Business: Self Storage & Wine Storage


Sorella Luna, Inc.

Type of Business: Gallery


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