We are the catalyst that advocates, educates and collaborates to produce vitality and prosperity.
Who We Are
Serving the East Multnomah County area since 1931, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, nonprofit (501(c)(6)) business association that promotes the prosperity of the business community in the east metro region.
9 to 5 CEO
After Hours You would think Lynn loves to garden, considering the family business history, but it ranks fifth on her list of things to do. First is family time with her husband, and immediate family including playing with and hanging around her seven grand kids. Second is cooking (soup every Sunday). Third is reading (Baldacci, Vince Flynn, & Harlan Coben type novels). Fourth is vacationing at Roatan. And then fifth is gardening. She loves planting and weeding. She prays for rain so she doesn't have to water.
Life before Chamber Small business owner (over 45 years) and manager of Drake’s 7 Dees Garden Center and Landscape company, elected public servant, teacher, mother, and now grandmother.
9 to 5 Membership & Program Manager
After Hours Michigan born and (no surprise) a University of Michigan fan, she will also root for U of O, when they aren’t competing with the Wolverines. Long commutes to work from the west side doesn’t stop our fanatic dog lover from taking even longer road trips with her dogs on vacations. A travel trailer is her idea of “tent” camping. She’s considering getting her keyboard out of storage this winter and getting her fingers back into shape. Perhaps she will start her own band… Wright Hand Band.
Life before Chamber Shelley received her Masters Degree thanks to her job at Amway. That job opened many doors to her, including attending multiple Indy 500’s, involvement in the entire Indy car racing programs (Amway sponsored a driver), attending Disney World for management training, traveling to many states in the USA, and leading her to the opportunity to own her own business in the D.C. area. All of her career opportunities and experiences gave her a great foundation to strongly relate to Chamber members.
9 to 5 Membership Manager
After Hours Pretty hard to knit, cook, and paint while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, but if it can be done, Angela is the one to do it. Rain or shine, hiking is a passion. Someone needs to remind her that hiking alone is not a great idea. A standard piece of hiking equipment for her is her camera and she could publish a book full of all the Oregon birds she’s photographed. She uses her creative traits to “concoct” vegetarian dishes and create special homemade gifts for friends. She dreams of living in a farmhouse, with a view, baby goats, chickens, and a garden full of organic vegetables and an orchard full of apples and pears.
Life before Chamber A graduate of Centennial High and never afraid of a new situation, Angela turned to promotional marketing as a career choice. One of her favorite jobs was with Red Bull, being the spokes-model for the energy drink, when it began launching the product in our area. This job took her to fun and interesting events, out of the ordinary places, to promote the product. Her experience in sales and promotions with other companies also gave her the opportunity to experience long days and many travel hours to trade shows. Fearless of cold calling or talking to someone new, Angela is a great asset to Chamber members.
9 to 5 Tourism Director
After Hours Don’t try to get between Claudia and her granddaughter. There is too much love and laughter bonding them. Amazing how a 2 year old can wrap a grandma so tightly around her little finger! She is passionate about antiques (and shopping for them), her cats, and reading. She is a walking library of good book suggestions. While Claudia is a native Oregonian, she books time away several times a year to visit little-known towns outside of New Orleans. What happens in Louisiana, stays in Louisiana. She plans her trips around the music festivals.
Life before Chamber Print media specialist. Loved working for LaGrande Observer, Bend Bulletin, Hermiston Herald, Portland Tribune. Various responsibilities as ad sales, ad manager and publisher.
9 to 5 Office Manager
After Hours You can’t get good grits in Oregon, well not like the grits from her home town of Picayune, Mississippi. She escaped the South (her words) which included New Orleans in 2014 and moved to Oregon. Nope, no good grits in Gresham but that doesn’t matter. She prefers making furniture to cooking anyway. Building furniture by hand like dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables… can be seen inside her Gresham home. Estate Sales and hosting potlucks and dance parties keep Hollie and her friends busy. Ask her about her acting “career”. What role did she play in the Timmy Failure movie?
Life before Chamber Real Estate captured her creative side (loved seeing different styles, character, and history of clients homes) and managing a chiropractic clinic exercised her organizational skills (nerding out while transferring decades of records to a digital database.)