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|Monday, January 28, 2013|
I am not a duck hunter. That much was obvious to anyone who saw me on Sauvie Island one day last November when I accompanied Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear and the subject of this month’s cover story, on a duck hunt.
At one point I became very excited about seeing a raft of ducks sitting placidly on the water, only to be told, gently but firmly, that they were decoys, not live waterfowl. “I don’t understand; they looked so real,” I said to photographer Anthony Pidgeon, who was trekking in the swamp alongside me.
For this urban Portlander, duck hunting with Boyle was more than an opportunity to witness the head of Oregon’s seventh-largest public company engaged in one of his favorite pastimes. It was also a chance to expand my limited knowledge of things ornithological, as in when I mistook the collective roar of geese overhead for an airplane, or when I learned different species of duck have different calls.
Some, like the pintail, whistle instead of quack. Who knew?
After years of uncertainty, I was also hugely relieved to finally learn what a duck blind was. For those city folk who are still in the dark, it’s a cover for hunters — in this case, a series of benches hidden by cornstalks.
I myself was dressed in camouflage, though suffice it to say I’m not expecting to be hired as a catalog model for Columbia Sportswear waders or hunting jackets anytime soon. To find out how Boyle’s hunting trip turned out and what it’s like to helm one of Oregon’s iconic homegrown companies, read this month’s cover story.
If you’ve never seen Sauvie Island at sunrise — with the fog rising from the wetlands, Mount St. Helens in the distance and thousands of birds overhead — do that, too. It’s quite possibly one of the most spectacular outdoor experiences you can have so close to the city.
Even if you’re not a duck hunter.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
In 2010 Vanessa Keitges and several investors purchased Portland-based Columbia Green Technologies, a green-roof company. The 13-person firm has a 200% annual growth rate, exports 30% of its product to Canada and received its first infusion of venture capital in 2014 from Yaletown Venture Partners. CEO Keitges, 40, a Southern Oregon native who serves on President Obama’s Export Council, talks about market innovation, scaling small business and why Oregon is falling behind in green-roof construction.
Monday, August 03, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
Pushing the extreme.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Whether you're stepping out to work or onto the track, Pacific Northwest shoe companies have you covered.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Ask any college student: Textbook prices have skyrocketed out of control. Online education startup Lumen Learning aims to bring them down to earth.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Portland-based startup ImpactFlow recently announced a $5.7 million funding round. CEO and co-founder Tyler Foreman talks about matching businesses with nonprofits, his time at Intel and the changing face of philanthropy.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Market of Choice is on a tear. In 2012 the 35-year-old Eugene-based grocery chain opened a central kitchen/distribution center in its hometown. The market opened a third Portland store in the Cedar Mill neighborhood this year; a Bend outpost broke ground in March. A fourth Portland location is slated for the inner southeast “LOCA” development, a mixed-use project featuring condos and retail. Revenues in 2014 were $175 million, a double-digit increase over 2013. CEO Rick Wright discusses growth, market trends and how he keeps new “foodie” grocery clerks happy.
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