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|Friday, February 01, 2008|
By Mark Druskoff
During his 30 years in investment banking, Nick Williams has had the opportunity to do deals all over the world. Today he heads up investment banking activities across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska for Wells Fargo Securities from his Portland offices.
Management, Williams notes, tends to be “very thoughtful and look at what’s best for the companies in the long run and how their company can survive and prosper.” Oregon business owners, for instance, are more likely to carefully weigh the consequences of a potential transaction on their community and employees.
That is particularly the case with Oregon’s large, multi-generational enterprises that have been attracted to selling because of record-setting valuations offered in recent years. “You had to be completely asleep at the wheel to not realize valuations were at an all-time high,” says Roy Tucker, a corporate finance attorney for Perkins Coie in Portland.
Tucker advised sellers on several deals in 2007, including the $2.1 billion acquisition of Longview Fibre, which was bought by a Canadian investment firm. Other companies with similar vintage also went on the auction block, including Tektronix, founded in 1946, that was acquired for $2.8 billion and closely held G.I. Joe’s, founded by Edward Orkney in 1952.
Control of the sporting goods retailer passed to Orkney’s son David in 1976. Then in 1991 the younger Orkney was succeeded by Norm Daniels, who’d worked for the company since age 16. Daniels help engineer the acquisition of the company in 2007 by a Bay Area private equity firm for an undisclosed amount.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
More than 250 people turned out today for Oregon Business magazine’s seventh annual celebration of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
An earthquake would completely destroy many Oregon businesses, highlighting the urgent need for the private and public sectors to collaborate on shoring up disaster preparedness, said panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast summit today.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Oregon Business celebrated the 100 Best Green Workplaces with an awards luncheon yesterday at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are more than 10 million former military members working in the United States.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Fireworks are a booming industry, even if the pyrotechnics have turned July 4th into a day fire marshals, and many residents, love to hate.
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
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Event in Forest Grove marks recognition of Global Food Safety Initiative Certification.