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Chamber networking session slated; Cario will lead RACC; Passi joins Oregon Zoo as deputy director

Chamber networking session slated

Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking session Nov. 30 at Pacific West Bank, 5200 Meadows Road, suite 100 in Lake Oswego.

The event begins at 8 a.m. Call 503-636-3634 for more information. The Dec. 7 networking event will be held at Financial Reserve, 12725 S.W. 66th Ave. suite 102 in Portland from 8 to 9 a.m.

Sue named Touchmark health, fitness director

Michelle Sue of West Linn has been named director of Health and Fitness operations at Touchmark throughout the U.S. and Canada.

She brings 20+ years of experience to the position overseeing all aspects of health and fitness for Touchmark residents, club members, staff and guests in 13 full-service retirement communities in the U.S. and Alberta, Canada.

Prior to joining Touchmark she spent 11 years as fitness manager for OHSU's March Wellness and Fitness Center and 10 years overseeing Boeing's satellite fitness sites throughout the Puget Sound area. A Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Functional Aging Specialist, she believes in "exercise as medicine."

Evans named to League of Cities board

Eugene City Councilor Greg Evans, who will serve as president of the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) Board of Directors in 2019, has been elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors. He joins Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle in representing the LOC's 241 member citites.

Evans will serve a two-year term on the NLC Board.

The NLC's officers and leaders provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC's federal advocacy, governance and membership activities throughout the year.

NLC is the largest and most representative organization for cities, their elected leaders and municipal staff, and advocates for city priorities in Washington, D.C., by building strong federal-local partnerships.

Cario will lead RACC

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced that Madison Cario will become its new executive director January 2019. Cario brings more than 20 years of experience working as an artist, presenter, producer and arts leader.

Cario is currently the inaugural director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technolotgy, where they are renowed for their strategic and entreprenurial approach to innovation, collaboration and creation in arts and culture.

Cario has led historic changes on the campus of Georgia Tech and in the community of Atlanta. At RACC, Cario will lead the organization in its efforts to make creative culture and the arts accessible to all 1.8 million residents of the Portland tri-county region.

Santora new winemaker for Chehalem Winery

The Stoller Wine Group has promoted Katie Santora to winemaker for Chehalem Winery. In a year of changes for the brand, her seven-year tenure gives her an understanding of Chehalem's vineyard sites, and winemaking style, which made her perfect for the position.

A Utah native, Santora fell in love with wine while attending UC Davis. After completing her enology and viticulture degree, she set out to travel the world and make wine along the way. Ultimately Oregon, with its exceptional wines and endless outdoor adventures called to her as home. She joined Chehalem in 2012 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to associate winemaker in 2016.

Learn more online at chehalemwines.com.

Passi joins Oregon Zoo as deputy director

Utpal Passi, formerly vice president of guest relations at the Philadelphia Zoo, joined the Oregon Zoo last month as the new deputy director of operations. His duties include overseeing the zoo's guest services, strategic initiatives and business partnerships.

At the Philadelphia Zoo he was responsible for driving the overall quality of guest experience and revenue operations — everything from admissions and membership operations to stroller rentals and face painting.

Born and raised in India, Passi moved to the U.S. 17 years ago, earned a bachelor's degree in hospitality management from Pennsylvania's Widener University and an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

BPMI, Inc. launches new firewall products

Building Products Manufacturing International, Inc. (BPMI Inc.) has launched two new firewall products, The Drywall Plug — Fireguard X and The Drywall Plus — Fireguard XX. The products are sold in packages for single or double-layered 5/8-inch Type X gypsum drywall. The repair kits fix 2- to 7-inch diameter holes. The packages range in price from $7 to $20 and are sold online at BPMI-USA.com.

Ben McClurg of Lake Oswego, the company's CEO, is a 40-year veteran of the construction and remodeling industry in the commercial and residential sector. It was during his four decades of experience working as a general contractor that he said he noticed how most drywall repairs were dcone incorrectly.

McClurg says the plugs are InterTek certified and listed to meet the US National Building Code for small-hole repairs in two-hour firewalls. It not only maintains the fire rating in firewalls, but also brings the structural integrity back to the damaged area on all repairs.

Call 503-218-2900 or visit BPMI-USA.com.

Campaign urges consumers to Vote Every Day

A to Z Wineworks, Fetzer Winery and Cabot Creamery, in collaboration with B Lab, have created a nation "Vote Every Day" B Corp awareness campaign, which launched right after the 2018 mid-term elections. Certified B Corporations, a global community of more than 2,600 businesses, are dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The new campaign urges people to Vote Every Day by considering the businesses they support with their dollars.

The Vote Every Day campaign will make the ambitious missions of B Corps more visible and accessible.

Visit AtoZwineworks.com or call 503-554-1918.

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