Officers and Executive Committee
Randy Ealy, President
Senior Manager, Business Development and Local Government Affairs for Portland General Electric
Randy currently serves as the Senior Manager of Business Development & Local Government Affairs for Portland General Electric. His Oregon service area includes 51 cities and six counties. Prior to joining PGE, Randy served for nine years as Chief Administrative Officer and Mayor Pro Tem to the City of Beaverton, Oregon. Some of his duties included Mayor’s Office Department Head; City Council communications; federal, state and local government affairs; and interim department head during vacancies. Randy also represented the city with the Mayor in most externally facing strategic interests and partnerships. Prior to Beaverton, Randy served as City Manager of Estacada, Oregon for eight years and the City of Wheeler, Oregon for two years.
Randy served as the president of the Oregon City and County Manager’s Association in 2005, and was a member of the League of Oregon Cities Board of Directors from 2008-10.
Nina Carlson, Treasurer
Government and Community Affairs Liaison for NW Natural
Nina Carlson started her career as a local real estate agent, selling homes and negotiating land sales for the family building and development business, after graduating from the University of Washington. Her career expanded into marketing and clients relations representing several builders and managing multiple new construction neighborhoods. She has represented the business community on the Clackamas County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Policy Task Force, the Hillsboro School District Budget Committee for the past nine years, served as Board Director of Rivermark Community Credit Union, as well as serving on various other local nonprofit boards. She currently works in the Metro region as the government and community affairs liaison for NW Natural and serves as a member of various economic development organizations and policy boards region-wide.
Jack Orchard, Secretary
Partner with Ball Janik LLP
Jack Orchard is the Secretary for the Westside Economic Alliance Board of Directors. He is founding partner of Ball Janik LLP and has practiced law for more than 35 years. His principal areas of practice are transactional real estate, real estate development, and land use law. Jack has represented clients on some of the region’s most important land use and real estate development projects including: Oregon’s largest, single-owner, mixed-use development (Tanasbourne); Hawthorn Farm Industrial Park, anchored by an Intel facility; and several major residential developments. He has provided ongoing representation to a 19-acre retirement community (Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst) financed with tax-exempt revenue bonds, and he continues to assist one of Oregon’s fastest growing and largest public school districts (Beaverton Schools) in acquiring multiple school sites.
Jack’s real estate work has expanded to include significant property tax appeal cases before the Oregon Tax Court, as well as representing clients in condemnation matters. In his land use practice, he has successfully argued cases before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Supreme Court, and he has represented clients before virtually every metropolitan Portland government. Jack was recognized as a “2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning."
Brantley Dettmer, Past President
Director of National Medicare Finance for Kaiser Permanente
Brantley Dettmer is a former president of the Westside Economic Alliance Board of Directors. He served three years in this lead position on the Board between 2019 and 2021.
Brantley is a senior director of National Medicare Finance for Kaiser Permanente and has 25 years of experience in healthcare. He has held several leadership roles, including as the chief operating officer and hospital administrator of Kaiser Permanente's Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2007, Brantley was finance director for Providence's Long-Term Care programs.
He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California Los Angeles. Since 2004, Brantley and his family have lived in Lake Oswego. He is also an avid swimmer.
Norm Eder, Past President
Partner with CFM Strategic Communications
Norm Eder was the president of Westside Economic Alliance for four years (2012-2015). He joined CFM in 1999. He specializes in helping clients thoughtfully manage complex and, at times, controversial challenges. He uses his deep knowledge of our region and its communities to develop winning strategies for large public infrastructure, economic development and higher education initiatives. Norm is a Portland native, who attended Cleveland High School. He earned degrees from the University of Puget Sound, Portland State University, and ultimately a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980. Norm launched his public affairs and communications career under the tutelage of Don Clark, a Multnomah County Executive. In 1982, he went to work for the Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI). During his 17 years at OGI, he managed all aspects of public affairs and communications.
Ed Trompke, Past President
Attorney with Jordan Ramis PC
Ed Trompke is a past president of Westside Economic Alliance for two years (2007-2008) and is currently the Chair of the Government Relations Committee. His 30-year career has included extensive work in real estate, construction, and development, including formation of development entities; negotiating and arranging financing (including tax advantaged financing); structuring 1031 and 1033 Exchanges; removing clouds on title; strategic foreclosures; creation of easements; CC&Rs (residential and commercial); development, variance, and conditional use approvals; co-tenancy agreements; commercial and industrial leases; and options.
Jeff Borlaug, Executive Committee Member At-Large
Managing Director, Felton Properties
Jeff Borlaug is responsible for all aspects of the operation and growth of the Felton Properties. Prior to joining Felton Properties, Jeff spent over 12 years as a principal at NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson, where he specialized in the sale and leasing of office and flex properties. Acknowledgements include the Commercial Association of Brokers "Humanitarian of the Year," First Runner-Up for "Office Broker of the Year," and the Oregon Association of Realtors 2010 and 2011 "Commerical Realtor of the Year." Additionally, Jeff is the Co-Founder & President of the Brody Borlaug Foundation and a Board Member of Doernbecher Children's Hospital as well as the Westside Economic Alliance. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in both Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon.
Carly Riter, Executive Committee Member At-Large
Public Affairs Manager for Intel Oregon
Carly is on the Intel Oregon Public Affairs team where she manages Intel’s engagement with elected officials, local governments, agencies, and members of the local community. She has served on several boards in her capacity at Intel, including Oregon Business & Industry, Technology Association of Oregon, and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to Intel, Carly was the Government Affairs Director at the Portland Business Alliance. In her spare time, Carly enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking.
Betty joined the WEA Board again in 2015. She was the executive director of the Sunset Corridor Association, which merged with Tualatin Valley Economic Development Corporation in 1998 to form Westside Economic Alliance, making Betty the first executive director of WEA. She retired from the organization in 2004 but continued her work in economic development as the executive director of Portland Regional Partners for Economic Development. Betty retired in 2006, but she remains active in WEA and the Washington County Museum.
VP, Director of Leasing for Schnitzer Properties
As Regional Leasing Director, Steve Barragar is responsible for leasing efforts in the 3.3 million square feet of office and industrial buildings that make up the diverse Portland Region Portfolio. With 16 years of commercial real estate experience, Steve was an industrial real estate broker with Colliers International and previously Grubb & Ellis. He was ranked by Co-Star Group among Portland's 2004 top 20 brokers based upon industrial leasing transaction volume prior to joining Schnitzer Properties in 2005. Steve received his Bachelors degree from the University of Puget Sound. He is a past president of the NAIOP Oregon Chapter and is a licensed principal real estate broker in the State of Oregon.
Vice President of Leasing for PacTrust
As Vice President of Leasing, Sam is responsible for leasing industrial, flex, and office properties in the Portland Metro area. Prior to joining PacTrust in 1984, Sam began his career with the Union Oil Company of California, where he had operational responsibility for the company's portfolio of properties in Southern Oregon. Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and in English from Lewis and Clark College in 1979 and a professional degree in architecture from the Oregon School of Design in 1986. He is also a past president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP).
Mayor Frank Bubenik
City of Tualatin
Mayor Frank Bubenik was elected to the Tualatin City Council in November of 2010 and re-elected in November 2014. He was elected as mayor in 2018, taking office in January 2019. “Tualatin is a beautiful city and a thriving economic hub. It is also a safe family community with access to nature, clean water, good schools and jobs. These are the things residents value and are at the core of what I stand for and will continue to uphold.” Frank is committed to the safety of all our varied neighborhoods, understanding the economics of a well-run city, and is dedicated to the well-being of all residents. Frank wants the city to be socially cohesive and inclusive and wants to make sure that no section of the community is left behind as we grow.
He has served on the following committees: Tualatin Library Advisory Committee as both chair and a member, chair of the Tualatin Tomorrow Steering Committee, the Tualatin Centennial Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, the America’s Best Communities Committee, and Washington County Commission on Children & Families. He currently is serving as Council Liaison to several regional water committees and is the Council representative and chair of the Policy Advisory Board (PAB) for the Washington County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investments Partnerships Program. He is a board member of Neighbors Nourishing Communities and Tualatin Historical Society.
Chief Executive for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Oregon West division
Jennifer provides operational and strategic leadership to Providence’s St. Vincent Medical Center, Newberg Medical Center, and its respective service areas. She has worked for Providence Health & Services since 2014, serving as the chief nursing officer for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the regional chief nursing officer for the Oregon region. Jennifer currently oversees a staff of approximately 3,500 employees, who provide hospital and health care services to the citizens of Oregon and Washington. She earned her undergrad degrees in nursing and science, as well as her master’s degree in Business Administration, from the University of Calgary.
Jennifer is married and has two young sons. They enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including camping and hiking. She is also an avid reader and enjoys an unhurried visit to the farmer’s market.
Mayor Steve Callaway
City of Hillsboro
On January 3, 2017, Steve Callaway became the 50th Mayor of Hillsboro. Mayor Callaway was first elected to the City Council in November 2010. He appreciates Hillsboro as being a great place to raise a family. Callaway ran for City Council because he wanted to continue his involvement in and service to Hillsboro in a position that would allow him to blend his experience gained while serving on the Budget Committee, the Hillsboro 2020 Vison Implementation Committee, the Planning Commission, and more.
Steve has lived in Hillsboro since 1995. He feels it is important to live, shop and volunteer in the community where he is earning his living. Additional community involvement includes the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Board, the Library Foundation, Oregon International Airshow, Boys and Girls Club, Tualatin Plains Presbyterian Church, the 53rd Avenue Park Task Force, and the Hillsboro Schools Foundation.
He graduated from Oroville High School in California and obtained his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Callaway obtained his master's degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and has retired from his position as a principal at Tobias Elementary School. He and his wife Joan have two children.
Vice President, Government Affairs at Legacy Health
Gina Cole is the vice president of government affairs for Legacy Health. She joined Legacy in 2006. Gina manages Legacy’s relationships with elected officials in Oregon and Washington and directs Legacy’s federal, state, and local public policy engagement. She also currently serves on the Oregon Business & Industry board of directors.
Prior to Legacy, Gina’s experience includes positions as a lobbyist, the public relations director for the Westside Economic Alliance, and the economic development program manager at the City of Beaverton. She is a native Oregonian and a graduate of the University of Oregon.
President of Peterkort Towne Square
Lois Ditmars is one of the founders of J. Peterkort and Company and president of Peterkort Management Co., the managing partner of J. Peterkort and Company. Peterkort Towne Square, formed in 1994, ( WEA member) is a subsidiary of J. Peterkort and Company. In the 1920’s Lois' parents started a horticultural business (J. Peterkort and Company) on only 2 acres. The business grew over time to include 250 acres near Highway 26 and between Highway 217 and Cedar Hills Blvd. In 1997, Washington County’s Comprehensive Plan designated the 250 acres transit oriented. In the 2000’s, the property was annexed into the City of Beaverton. Today the Peterkort property is home to Peterkort Towne Square, 3 office buildings and a 506 unit apartment complex thanks to the management of Lois, her siblings, and the next generation of the family.
Planning Project Manager at AKS Engineering and Forestry
Mimi is the Chair of WEA's Land Use & Housing Committee. She has been with AKS Engineering and Forestry since 2014. Prior to this, she was a project manager for Stone Bridge Homes NW; and principal, director of planning and landscape architecture for Cardno WRG; and a planning/designer for Landplan Engineering. Mimi is a graduate of the Univerity of Kansas, where she earned her Masters in Urban Planning, and Kansas State University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture.
SVP Manager, Umpqua Bank
Rich has been with Umpqua Bank for the past 19 years. Prior to this, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank. His focus is on middle market companies that have a need for loans, lines of credit, and depository products. Rich also works with clients that have commercial real estate needs, either owner-occupied or investor style.
President of Pamplin Media Group's newspaper division
Since June 2011, Mark Garber has served as president of the Pamplin Media Group's newspaper division. For 10 years prior to that, he was vice president and executive editor of the company. The Pamplin group is Oregon’s largest source of local news and includes the Portland Tribune and 24 community newspapers. Previously, Mark was publisher of the daily East Oregonian in Pendleton, with responsibility for several publications owned by the East Oregonian Publishing Co. He also has served as publisher of the Springfield News and affiliated publications in Lane County. He has been a reporter, editor or publisher at various newspaper companies since 1979.
In a volunteer capacity, Mark serves as a board member for the Westside Economic Alliance, the East Metro Economic Alliance, the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Home Builders Foundation. He also is a member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Prior volunteer positions include the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board, the Multnomah County Charter Review Committee, the Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature, the Leadership Council for the Portland area's Community Investment Initiative and a term as president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Mark lives in Gresham with his wife, Janet Pardo, who is a teacher in the Reynolds School District. Their daughter, Marie, is pursuing a degree in the computer field and works at Digital Trends in Portland.
Juan Carlos González
Juan Carlos González (he, him, his) joined the Metro Council in 2019, representing the northern urban areas of Washington County on the Metro Council.
Born in Forest Grove, raised in Cornelius, and now living in Beaverton, Juan Carlos is a first-generation American who has dedicated his life to giving back to the communities that have given so much to him. Juan Carlos graduated as a valedictorian at Forest Grove High School and earned a degree in economics and government from Georgetown University. Juan Carlos returned to Washington County to join Centro Cultural de Washington County, a nonprofit that works with local Latino families to create self-sufficient and engaged citizens. Juan Carlos also serves on the board of UnidosUS, the largest non-profit Latin advocacy organization in the United States.
Managing Director for Oregon and SW Washington, CBRE
Jason Green is Managing Director for Oregon and SW Washington, where he leads 125 people for the local presence of the largest commercial real estate services company in the world. A 20-year commercial real estate veteran who has been with CBRE since 2004, Jason is an established expert in the Portland commercial real estate market. He is well known in the local business community, and is an active participant in civic and community activities.
Jason began his career with Grubb & Ellis in 1995 after graduating from UCLA, followed by four years at Studley before joining CBRE. In his 10-year stint as a top broker in the CBRE Portland office, Jason was involved in the sale or lease of over 3.4 million square feet of office space.
Jason's proven track record of success, active leadership roles in the business community, and focus on client-centric solutions makes him a great leader for CBRE’s local market.
Senior Manager, Macerich-Washington Square
Maria Halstead joined Washington Square as senior property manager in 2017. Halstead has more than 27 years of experience in the shopping center industry, including the last 20 years with Macerich at both super regional centers and mixed use properties in Oregon, Washington, California, and Arizona.
Prior to arriving at Washington Square, Halstead oversaw the redevelopment of Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, AZ. The 1.2 million square foot property serves as one of the fastest-growing trade areas in all of Arizona.
Halstead has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of California Berkeley and holds Certified Shopper Center Management and Marketing Designations from the International Council of Shopping Center. She is also the proud mother of three children, including a current Oregon State University freshman.
Washington County Commissioner
Commissioner Rogers represents Washington County's District 3, which includes the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, King City and Sherwood. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Rogers is a partner in the firm of Pauly Rogers & Company PC, one of the largest municipal auditors in the State of Oregon. Mr. Rogers’ other governmental experience includes the Washington County Clean Water Services Board; Mayor, City of Tualatin (1978-1985); President, Oregon Mayor's Association; Metro Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation; and League of Oregon Cities Committees. Rogers was first elected to the board in 1984, representing a district which covers Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and King City in the county's southeast corner. He was mayor of Tualatin from 1979 to 1984 but now lives on Bull Mountain outside the city.
Councilor Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg
City of Beaverton
Ashley joined the Beaverton City Council in fall 2021 as its newest member. Her election filled a vacant seat and helped round out the council after it was expanded to seven members under the city’s new voter-approved charter. She previously served as a Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Board Member, leading the board as chair during the last year of her term, and helping to pass an affordable housing policy for the district. Ashley is a former lawyer and changed careers due to the great recession; she is now a technology professional and loves building awesome software.
Principal, Gantry, Inc. (The largest independent mortgage banking firm in the U.S.)
J. Blake Hering Jr. a fourth generation Oregonian, has been in commercial real estate since 1990. Starting off at Coldwell Banker (now CBRE), then Holiday Fenoglio (HFF, now JLL), then as a principal at Norris Beggs & Simpson. Over that time, he has originated loans totaling more than $3.0 billion for a wide variety of property types and has been recognized for high levels of production with a variety of life insurance companies, including State Farm, Nationwide, and Standard Mortgage Investors. In March of 2020, the commercial loan origination and servicing platform at Norris Beggs & Simpson was acquired by Gantry, Inc. Blake joined Gantry as a principal and helps lead the Portland office.
He earned a B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and is a member of the National Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), NAIOP, and the Multnomah Athletic Club. In addition to the WEA Board, Blake also serves on the Providence Heart Advisory Board, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Board, and is a volunteer youth lacrosse coach.
Vice President of Melvin Mark Companies
Understanding that corporations come in all shapes and sizes, Tim Parker prides himself on being flexible while never losing sight of his client’s short and long term commercial real estate needs. Tim’s approach helps a company sell or lease its space at optimal rates by creating a competitive negotiating environment with buyers, tenants and their agents. Tim has over 20 years of experience marketing properties for sellers and representing buyers. He knows how to manage the process and obtain the highest values for both and best prices for commercial real estate.
Mayor Jason Snider
City of Tigard
Mayor Jason Snider has been a Tigard resident since 1999. He is the administrator of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Regional General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Departments, and began his career as a clinical manager at American Medical Response.
Mayor Snider was drawn to public service early in life; he worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) his senior year of high school and served two years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board, in Southern California, during his junior and senior years of high school. In college, Mayor Snider took a semester off to attend paramedic school in Los Angeles, and he maintains his paramedic certification to this day.
Jason has been a volunteer coach for Tigard Youth Soccer and Tigard Youth Football. He also served as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer from 2001 to 2004, and was a member and chair of the City of Tigard Budget Committee from May 2005 to December 2009. First elected to the Tigard City Council in 2013, he served as City Council President from 2015 to 2018.
Mayor Snider has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Biology from Willamette University in Salem, and a Master of Science in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.
Jason and his wife, Jodi, have three children—two attend Durham Elementary and one attends Twality Middle School. His personal interests include poker and remote-controlled helicopters.
KG Investment Properties
Josh is the Regional Director for KG Investment Properties’s (KGIP) operations in the Portland market as well as industrial operations in the Seattle market. In this role, he is responsible for oversight and overall performance of the portfolios managed by KGIP. In addition, Josh is KGIP’s primary point of contact for new business opportunities in both markets and is heavily involved in many of KGIP’s industrial development and renovation projects.
In his free time, Josh enjoys trips to the Oregon Coast with his wife and kids, trying to wear out his Vizsla, playing golf, and trying not to burn the house down while experimenting with new BBQ recipes.