Kathrine Giacchino – Rubicon International

I have been an in house recruiter for a tech company for 16 years. I can share my expertise on sourcing, building recruiting teams, ATSs, branding for hiring, etc. (503) 223-7600

Jim Laraway – General Business, Sales

Prior to retiring, Jim worked in industrial liquid purification and separation.  Most recently he held the position of Vice President Degremont Technologies (a unit of Suez Environnement) – Business Unit Manager, Industrial Equipment, and as such he served as President and CEO for a number of small companies in the U.S., Canada and Australia ($6M [...]

Dream Management for Employee Satisfaction and Retention

Name Chad Leeson Company Azure Standard Email Phone (541) 288-8215 Expertise Chad is willing to share with Gorge Innoventure members. I am a dream manager for Azure Standard. I work with all of Azures employees to develop their personal goals and dreams. Through the program we have decreased turn over and radically changed the overall [...]

Evan Clough – Finance Fanatic

Academic background in accounting, business administration, marketing, economics, and Spanish. Professional experience spanning dozens of industries from an internal and external perspective. Multiple years experience performing business valuations, financial and economic analysis, internal/management reporting, litigation support, strategic decision making support, profitability and project payback analysis, etc. For more about me, please see my LinkedIn:

Ronda Closner – Management Consulting

I am moving back to PDX and the Gorge after 30 years away. I have been involved in startups, angel and venture investing for over 15 years and am interested in connecting with the entrepreneurial community in Portland and the Gorge. For the last 4 years I have worked as a VP with a technology [...]

Michael Church – Evolution Business Consulting

Michael values both academic and real world experience and has drawn from a career with global investment banks, Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup, to forge a gorge-based consulting service specializing in finance, management accounting, and project management.  Michael thrives on the challenges facing 21st century business and enjoys strategic collaboration to uncover solutions.  Areas of [...]

Eric Rimkeit of Hewlett Packard – Strategic Planning

Currently a full time employee for Hewlett Packard in charge of Procurement Innovation Processes. In my role I connect HP's CTO's to innovative companies for HP to engage with for new product feature sets. Operations Manager for a Dell owned internet telephony startup in San Diego Interim COO for BBQ Island Inc, an outdoor products [...]