Entrepreneur to speak at Pacific University graduation
Entrepreneur William Stoller will give the keynote address at Pacific University's undergraduate commencement ceremonies this spring.
A 1974 graduate of the business school who played on the basketball team, Stoller went on to co-found Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest staffing companies in the world with more than 800 offices.
He later started Xenium, a human resources company.
In the 1990s, Stoller got into the wine business, becoming a co-owner of Chehalem Winery and taking over his family's farm near Dayton. The Stoller Family Estates was voted best tasting room in the country by USA Today and became the first winery in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification as it was the first winery in the region to produce solar energy.
Stoller's wineries also participate in the ¡Salud! program, which provides on-site healthcare for seasonal vineyard workers and their families in collaboration with Pacific's College of Health Professionals.
According to a news release, Stoller previously served a Pacific University's board chair and has donated over $5 million to the university. The athletic center on campus in Forest Grove is named after his family.
The graduation ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Hanson Stadium in Forest Grove and will be livestreamed on YouTube. The graduate and professional ceremony is at 1:30 pm.
Tickets are free but must be reserved online.
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