Charles Wilhoite honored with William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award

Charles Wilhoite honored with William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award

Willamette Management Associates managing director recognized for business and community leadership

PORTLAND, Ore. – At its annual Business Leadership Evening event on Nov. 1, the Portland Business Alliance honored Portland businessman Charles Wilhoite with the 2016 William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award. Wilhoite is the managing director at Willamette Management Associates. This is the Alliance’s most prestigious annual award, created to showcase how business, community and philanthropy come together to serve our region and create a path to prosperity for everyone. The award is named in honor of the late Bill Naito, whose work over a lifetime exemplifies values that the Alliance recognizes. 

Wilhoite has a broad footprint in the Portland region’s vitality with extensive commitments to education, health care, economic development and diversity. In addition to serving as chair of the Alliance board of directors from 2009 to 2010, Charles has chaired many other boards, including the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Health & Science University and the Urban League of Portland. He currently chairs the Meyer Memorial Trust board and has given time to the Federal Reserve Bank, the Nature Conservancy, the Legacy Health board and the Oregon State Bar. 

“Charles has built a reputation for bringing his analytical mind and his unbounded generosity, kindness and stewardship to a wide range of industries and organizations in Portland, including some of the region’s most important nonprofit enterprises,” said DJ Wilson, general manager at KGW Media Group and chair of the Portland Business Alliance board of directors. “Charles is a leader, a quiet driver of change, a force for economic growth and a pillar of values in this community, and he has consistently pushed for more equity and diversity across the region.”

Wilhoite is known for a deep commitment to education. In addition to OHSU’s board, he chaired Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), and he has served on the Jesuit High School board as well as the Portland State University Foundation.