Now in its 20th year, the Vision Oregon Dinner (previously known as the Statesman Dinner) is one of Oregon’s most important annual gatherings of business, civic and elected leaders. Our 2021 dinner will mark the 20th anniversary of this cherished Oregon tradition, where we will be reflecting on the challenges and successes of the past year, and what the future holds for Oregon businesses.
Each year, the event is attended by hundreds of business leaders who are joined by community leaders and elected officials, ranging from members of Congress to community college board members, from throughout the state.
2021 Keynote Speaker
Ben Minicucci, chief executive officer, Alaska Air Group
Ben serves as chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The combined airlines carry over 45 million guests a year on 1,300 daily flights to 115 destinations throughout the United States and to Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Under the leadership of Ben and his team, Alaska is focused on low fares, profitable growth of the route network, and creating an airline people love.
During Ben’s 17-year career with Alaska, he has contributed in various roles of increasing responsibility, becoming CEO on March 31, 2021. Learn more about Ben here.
Oregon Visionary Award
The dinner is also an annual opportunity for Oregon’s business community to reflect on the importance of bipartisan collaboration to build a stronger Oregon. We bestow OBI’s highest honor, the Oregon Visionary Award, on individuals whose work reflects those values. Past honorees have included the late U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, former Gov. Barbara Roberts, retired Sen. Margaret Carter, and the late businesswoman Gert Boyle, to name just a few.
This year, we are thrilled to announce the selection of three Oregon Visionary Award honorees.
Bill and Karla Chambers, owners of Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis. Bill & Karla are leaders in the development of large, commercial organic farming in Oregon, and they are active advocates for the agriculture industry in our state. Stahlbush Island Farms began in 1985, and today it cultivates 5,000 acres in Oregon and offers the freshest individually quick frozen fruits, vegetables, grains & legumes. They are also very engaged in Oregon’s civic life, with Karla recently joining the State Board of Forestry.
|Alando Simpson, CEO of City of Roses Disposal and Recycling in Portland. Alando is a leading community activist focused on equity and inclusion in Oregon and a major voice for the need to encourage the growth and vitality of Black-owned businesses throughout the state. A second-generation owner of City of Roses, he also is demonstrating a business-based approach to environmental stewardship. City of Roses does large-scale recycling at construction sites, and they are converting their vehicle fleet to all electric.|
Rogue Food Unites. This extraordinary community effort in Southern Oregon brought together farmers, restaurants and others in the food industry, all challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, to feed their fellow Oregonians displaced by the Alameda/Glendower wildfires that burned last fall. This kept restaurant and farm workers employed during the height of the pandemic and provided much-needed assistance to community residents. The effort was spearheaded by local businesspeople looking out for their communities.
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