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GPI to honor Columbia Sportswear Chairman Gert Boyle with Uniting Regionally Award

August 01,2018 | By Anna Marum

Aug. 1, 2018
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Anna Marum
Greater Portland Inc
Columbia Sportswear Chairman Gert Boyle to be honored with Uniting Regionally Award at GPI’s 2018 Annual Economic Summit
Tickets on sale now for Sept. 13 event that convenes hundreds of regional leaders

PORTLAND, OREGON – Greater Portland Inc is pleased to announce that Gert Boyle, Chairman of Columbia Sportswear Company, will be honored with GPI’s 2018 Uniting Regionally Award.

Boyle, recognizable for her appearances as “Ma Boyle” and “One Tough Mother” in Columbia Sportswear ads, has grown into a beloved regional icon for her strength in leadership, her philanthropy and her achievement in growing a local family company into an admired global brand.

GPI will present Boyle with the award at Greater Portland Inc’s 2018 Annual Economic Summit on Sept. 13. This is especially fitting, as the Summit will celebrate people as the region’s greatest asset. Boyle, now 94, is a representation of the outsize effect one person can have on the growth of our region.

“Greater Portland Inc has been driving growth and economic development in our region for many years,” said Boyle. “They are a key to the success of Columbia Sportswear Company, its community and consumers.”

The Uniting Regionally Award recognizes a public or private sector individual, collective, or organization’s efforts to advance Greater Portland’s economic prosperity. GPI’s mission is centered on helping to unite the many different organizations in the region around this shared goal.

The individual, collective, or organization honored with this recognition has:
  • Actively demonstrated the values of regionalism by working to grow prosperity for all throughout the Greater Portland region
  • Shared in promoting the importance of the uniting regionally through ambassadorship, marketing, collaboration, partnership or established business practices
In addition to celebrating Boyle, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from several regional and national leaders as they explore the ways investing in our entrepreneurs, educators, businesses and communities can drive returns to our region’s advancing economy.

Keynote speaker Elaine Waxman, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center, will share her research findings on improving access to upward mobility for all workers.

The event will also feature a panel of experts, including Mark Mitsui, President of Portland Community College and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S.

Department of Education; Shane Bemis, mayor of Gresham and chair of the Youth Involvement Task Force at United States Conference of Mayors; and Astrid Scholz, CEO of Sphaera and a founder of XXcelerate Fund, which supports high-performing women entrepreneurs.

The Summit is a key moment in the year that allows the region’s brightest and most influential leaders to come together to imagine a future driven by every person in our community.

In addition to Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, GPI would like to thank all the generous event sponsors, including PGE, The Standard, JPMorgan Chase, Oregon State University, Port of Vancouver, Spirit Media, The Boeing Company and the Portland Business Journal.
Greater Portland Inc’s 2018 Annual Economic Summit
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration, networking breakfast (Sunken Ballroom);
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Main program (Kridel Grand Ballroom)
Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Tickets: GPI Investors - $125 each or $1,250 for a table of 10
Non-investors - $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10
Purchase tables and tickets at greaterportlandinc.com/2018summit
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About Greater Portland Inc
Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and marketing the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,600 retail financial centers, approximately 15,900 ATMs, and award-winning digital banking with approximately 35 million active users and more than 22 million mobile users.
Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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