Chamber’s golf outing promotes businesses and friendships

Take a look at how folks from the East Portland Chamber of Commerce mixed business and pleasure at their annual golf tournament …

East Portland Chamber of Commerce Past President Rich Sorem of Rose City Associates, and also the 2011 Golf Tournament event Chair, gets ready for another hole with golfing partner Hai Nguyen from Columbia Medical Clinic.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
An annual event to which members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) look forward is the Golf Tournament. The balmy, beautiful weather of June 17 made the day at Colwood National Golf Course ideal for the event.

A total of 48 players – both chamber members and guests – took to the fairways and greens to play 18 holes of golf. And, throughout the late morning and the afternoon, another dozen EPCC Ambassadors made ready Colwood’s banquet room – loading the front tables with lots of donated merchandise to be raffled off.

Adam Lee, Jillian Smith, CJ Anderson and Tyler Swanberg of Team Adventist Health pause for a foursome photo during their game.

David Dixon from Classique Floors prepares to drive another ball down the fairway.

These four gentlemen – who say they’d rather golf than be at work on this beautiful day – are Steve Renner of Gresham Ford, Elliot West from West Coast Mortgage Group, Richard Kiely of Home Run Graphics, and Chuck Preisch.

“I think this is our sixth time here,” said the event’s Chair, EPCC Past President Rich Sorem of Rose City Associates. “This year, were fortunate enough to have Smitty’s DOT Golf as a main sponsor, along with many other fine organizations.”

Holding the event is important, Sorem explained, “Because it lets people network in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. And, it’s a way to ‘let off some steam’ and have a good time with old friends, and new ones.”

The 2011 EPCC Golf Tournament was sponsored by Smitty’s DOT Golf, Met Life Auto & Home (who sponsored the luncheon), Rose City Associates, Adventist Health (sponsor of the putting green contest), Warren Allen LLP, Riverview Community Bank, Snow Cap Community Charities, Kevin Minkoff CPA,, Spool Video, Six States Distributors, and the American Cancer Society.

2011 EPCC Golf Tournament Photo Album

Domonic Biggi of Beaverton Foods takes a practice swing before giving is golf ball a drive down to the putting green. KXL’s Rob Kramer, and Jim Pasero of Third Century Solutions, look on.

EPCC Chamber Ambassador Dianne Gill from Eastport Plaza records scores honestly-reported by each team after their game.

Golfers and event planers serve themselves from the banquet festal table.

Kevin “Not your ordinary beancounter” Minkoff CPA, Jim Losk Esq. of Maylie & Grayson, and Elaine Von Wald, CPA with Beemer, Smith, Munro & Co., enjoy the  barbecue luncheon banquet.

Elliot West of West Coast Mortgage Group wins a gift from Adventist Health presented by Mary Ann Gray from West Coast Secretarial Service (she made many of the presentations below …).

The winners …

Lady’s Long Drive: Elaine Von Wald, CPA from Beemer, Smith, Munro & Co.

Men’s Long Drive: Hai Nguyen, Columbia Medical Clinic.

Woman’s closest to the pin: Elaine Von Wald.

3rd Place Team: Pete Lackner and Rich Sorem of Rose City Associates, Hai Nguyen and Randy Ferch from Ahmara Flowers.

2nd Place Team: Domonic Biggi from Beaverton Foods and Dan Yates of the Portland Spirit accept on behalf of their teammates (not in photo) – Rob Kremer KXL talk show host, and Jim Pasero of Third Century Solutions.

Tournament Winning Team: Key Bank’s Matt Rea, Troy Nail, Jeremy Vogl, (and friend with Comcast) Shawn McCrary.

Jeremy Vogl with Key Bank takes the cash in the Adventist Health Putting Contest from their representative, Adam Lee.

Mayor Sam Adams to speak before the East Portland Chamber of Commerce
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for “Good Morning East Portland” programs in various locations.

On July 20, for example, this free meeting is hosted by Adventist Medical Center featuring their Government Affairs guest speaker, Portland Mayor Sam Adams. It’s at Adventist Medical Center Pavilion meeting room; 10123 SE Market St.

For information regarding EPCC other events, see our Community Calendar – we list ’em all: CLICK HERE to open that page. Or for more information, see the official EPCC website: CLICK HERE or call (503) 788-8589.

> On the front page … John Vanderkin with Employers Overload gets ready to sink another ball.

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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