Valerie Cunningham, 503.552.6754, email@example.com
PORTLAND, Ore. – At its annual Business Leadership Evening event in November, the Portland Business Alliance will honor Portland businessman Roger Hinshaw with the 2015 William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award. Hinshaw is market president for Oregon & SW Washington and Pacific Northwest commercial market executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This is the Alliance’s most prestigious annual award, created to showcase the intersection of business, community and philanthropy. It is named in honor of the late Bill Naito, whose work over a lifetime exemplifies values that the Alliance recognizes.
While serving as chair of the Alliance’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2011, Hinshaw initiated the Value of Jobs Coalition campaign, which focuses on the importance of retaining and growing family-wage jobs and training the region’s workforce to ensure long-term regional economic vitality. He also has been a champion for the importance of manufacturing as a generator of quality family-wage jobs.
“Roger joins a long list of past honorees who have gone beyond what’s expected to make an impact in Portland and in Oregon,” said Mitch Hornecker, chair of the Portland Business Alliance Board of Directors. “Not only does Roger lead Bank of America’s strong regional presence, but he also has been instrumental in raising awareness for the importance of job development across the region. He serves as a role model for us all, and we are so pleased to give Roger this well-deserved recognition.”
He also has been instrumental in guiding Bank of America’s regional community involvement, especially with organizations dedicated to helping more people find employment opportunities.
“His leadership and commitment to community have been instrumental in getting Dress For Success Oregon to where we’re at today,” said Shari Dunn, executive director of Dress For Success Oregon. “Three years ago, under Roger’s guidance, Bank of America gave us a transformative grant that allowed us to open a dedicated career services center. More than 626 of the women who came through that center in 2014 are now employed and contributing over $15 million to the local economy. Roger knows that investing in jobs is investing in Oregon’s vitality.”
Business Leadership Evening will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 6-9 pm at the Portland Art Museum, drawing approximately 600 business and community leaders as well as local and state elected officials.