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Spotlight On: ARC Document Solutions
Spotlight On: ARC Document Solutions

As part of  relocation to the Delta Park building, we wanted to highlight one of our close partners, ARC Document Solutions. We interviewed Kaye Kloster, Division Vice President of ARC. Kaye was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota with 5 siblings. After getting her bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Minnesota, she moved to San Jose for a marketing position with a telecommunications manufacturer. Her first exposure to Portland was in 1990, when she moved here for job opportunities. “I arrived in Portland and didn’t know a soul. It felt very welcoming and reminded me of Minneapolis with the river and friendly people,” stated Kloster. After working in business development roles for both CH2M HILL and HDR Engineering, she got a job with Ford Graphics in 1995. She began with Ford as an outside salesperson and worked into roles with more responsibility over time. The printing company was also in the midst of industry changes with the advent of digital print processing. 

Spotlight On: City of Roses Disposal and Recycling
Spotlight On: City of Roses Disposal and Recycling

Alonzo Simpson was born and raised in Portland, graduating from Jefferson High School.  He began working for the City of Portland in 1988.   In 1994, while still working for the city, he decided to start his own side business for more financial security.  He purchased a dump truck and secured a Metro permit to haul residential garbage part time on nights and weekends.  In 2001, the company switched to hauling commercial construction waste. In 2004, the company secured a contract to haul mud, dirt and rock for Portland’s Big Pipe project.  The profits earned enabled him to purchase property near the Portland airport that would later become vital to the future of the business. 

Spotlight On: Twirl Advertising & Design
Spotlight On: Twirl Advertising & Design

Big city expertise with around-the-corner availability. That’s how husband and wife team Jennie Rodriguez and Victor Echevarria envision their 15-year old creative agency, Twirl. The company was rooted in Chicago, branched out to Portland and has been blossoming successfully among OAME members as a business committed to the small business community. Jennie Rodriguez was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a young girl, she had an aptitude for art and welcomed roles of responsibility. It was perhaps an early sign of her success in the arts. “I love good concepts, design and photography.” Rodriguez stated. She began drawing at an early age, painted a wall mural and sold several drawings. She credits enrollment in the fine arts Walt Disney Magnet School for giving her exposure to creative thinking. She also credits Christopher House, the nonprofit she was involved with for many years, for the motivation to pursue a career in advertising. She was impacted by the phrase, ‘Give me a fish, I’ll eat for a day. Teach me to […]

Spotlight On: 3D InFusion
Spotlight On: 3D InFusion

Vijay Deodhar was born in Belgaum, India and raised in Mumbai, where his father was a Professor and later Dean of the Bombay Veterinary College.     As a child, Vijay took an early interest in all things related to art, architecture and engineering.  He loved to sculpt, draw and work with things mechanically.  As a young adult, Vijay was accepted into the undergraduate Architecture program at the prestigious Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai.  During his college studies, he became interested in travel and hiking.  He also successfully ran a building model making and small design-build construction business in spare time.

Spotlight on: QJW Consulting Services
Spotlight on: QJW Consulting Services

Quincy Whitfield was born in Chicago and raised in Detroit.    From an early age, he showed a strong interest in solving problems and taught himself to play chess from his mother’s encyclopedias. At the age of 18, Quincy joined the U.S. Army and became a military food inspector after training at Fort Sam Houston.  While stationed at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Yards in the Philippines, his job was to inspect food for the fleet.   Later he also completed a 4 year tour with the Navy as a Chaplain’s Assistant. After the military, Quincy attended DeVry University in Atlanta to study computer technology.  In 1991, he moved to Portland and began working in taxpayers services for the IRS.  His first impression of the Pacific Northwest was the climate.  “I had to get used to the cool weather here, I had been in such muggy locations all my life.  My first time in Portland was very encouraging, everyone seemed so nice,” he remembered.  

Spotlight on: Pronto Staffing Services, LLC
Spotlight on: Pronto Staffing Services, LLC

Laurence Rivera was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico.  He has fond memories of the city despite living in poverty.  “We grew up so poor, I couldn’t even afford to ride the bus,” he jokes.  Fortunately, families in the neighborhood would share food and resources with one another, which made for a very tight community.  To keep his family eating, Laurence dropped out of school after the 6th grade and began working small jobs.  At the age of 15, he moved to Washington state and found employment on an apple farm in Wenatchee.  He spent most of his time picking fruit and staying active in the packing plants.  He immediately took a liking to the climate of the Pacific Northwest. Over time, Laurence began studying in his free time and obtained a GED.  He also took two years of college, which helped him with his proficiency in English.  On a visit to Salem in 1996, he fell in love with Oregon and decided that he wanted to stay. “I immediately […]

Spotlight on NicJac Communications
Spotlight on NicJac Communications

Christine Schlicker was born in Aberdeen, Washington and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  As the middle child of five siblings, she was quickly recognized as a natural organizer.   “My family always appreciated the “planner” in me.  Being detail-oriented and punctual to a fault, I was typically in charge of organizing people and things.”  she reminisced. In 1997, Christine moved to Portland and attended Warner Pacific College to pursue a teaching degree. While finishing school, however, she became involved with two Oregon political campaigns. She was drawn to the idea of shaping words and concepts for a large audience of voters.  She stayed with it for seven years. In 2007, Schlicker stepped into a new career role.  She was hired by a local construction company as their Marketing & Contracting Officer.   Part of her job was to write RFPs (Requests for Proposal) on large government contracts.  With her previous political work, she exhibited a gift for translating agency “speak”.  She also knew how to organize a company’s information into a compelling […]

Spotlight on PMG Demolition & Abatement
Spotlight on PMG Demolition & Abatement

As experts in lead and asbestos abatement for over 15 years, PMG owners Ramon and Rosa Martinez know what potential dangers can exist in old siding, decaying insulation and out-of-date popcorn ceilings. Rosa Martinez was born and raised in Long Beach, California.   Her life took a new turn in 1997 when husband Ramon suggested they move to Portland in order to get more work.  Ramon had worked in the asbestos abatement industry for several years and was excited about a new supply of projects in the Northwest.  Rosa remembers their Portland arrival.  It was springtime and the rain wouldn’t stop.  Being accustomed to the sunshine and nice weather of Southern California, she started to have doubts about their decision. “It wouldn’t stop raining for weeks and then I realized Portland had a completely different demographic here.  I looked around and felt as if I was the only Latina in the city.  What am I doing here?”  she joked. “But eventually the weather cleared up and we made new friends.  Now […]

Spotlight on Faison Construction
Spotlight on Faison Construction

If you ever wanted to know about the concrete business, OAME member James Faison is the man to talk to. Faison was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  At the age of 16, James traveled to Tillamook, Oregon with the Job Corps construction trade program.  Shortly after that, he moved to Portland and enrolled at Mt. Hood Community College and began taking martial arts with the Japan Karate Federation under Junki Yoshida. In 1979, James was hired at the Port of Portland in the Airport Maintenance division. While there, he got first- hand experience with runway improvement, laying concrete and repairing asphalt.  In 2000, he left the Port of Portland and started his own construction company, Faison Construction.  His first customer was Stacy & Witbeck on the Interstate Light Rail.  Since then, Faison Construction has done many projects around the city. 

Spotlight on Island Landscape
Spotlight on Island Landscape

You probably won’t find a Landscape Contractor who loves plants as much as Rudy Trujillo.  As owner of Island Landscape Company, he frequently paints watercolors of plants and flowers in his free time.  Once you hear his story, you will see he was a natural fit for the landscaping business. Rudy Trujillo was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico and raised in Spokane, Washington. His father, a World War II veteran, worked for the Potlatch National Forest there.  At an early age, Rudy became interested in plants when a friend of the family, a Horticulturist, introduced him to a wide variety of plants and helped Rudy build a small greenhouse.  By age 10, he began growing different species on his own and enjoyed drawing them.  Within a few short years, Trujillo took up water colors and would paint landscapes. 

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