March 2012

DePaul plans aggressive growth

0312_GamePlan_Depaul_02The two lynchpins of DePaul Industries’ aggressive five-year strategic plan hoping to grow revenues to $86.5 million and create nearly 3,500 jobs are customer satisfaction and getting the right jobs to the right people.

Sibling non-rivalry

0312_Profile_LeeAndLynnMedoffIt’s not every day that you find two siblings operating separate businesses on the same street. Rarer still are neighboring siblings who are pioneers in their own fields.

The market outlier

0312_Profile_DonKruger_02Few operators make the transition to a farm-direct business. Kruger has.

Down on the farm

0312_Conversation_ScottieJones_02FarmStay U.S.: a website connecting guests with working farms and ranches.

Sarah Mensah balances life, work, play

0312_LiveWorkPlay_SarahMensah_01Sarah Mensah went to her first Trail Blazers game in 1976 with her father, an original season ticketholder. Now she’s the team’s COO, and one of the highest-ranking women in pro sports.

The sales solution

0312_Launch_4TellAmazon.com makes about $19,000 a minute on product recommendations: personalized suggestions that direct customers to products they might covet in addition to what they intended to buy. Now a Portland company is democratizing product recommendation services by developing faster, cheaper solutions accessible to midsize retailers.

The Con-way deal

0312_ByTheNumbers_Conway_02Since late 2010, Con-way, a trucking and logistics company, has been working on a master plan for a new mixed-use community in Northwest Portland.