Business People


Peach will lead

remodelers group

Phil Peach, longtime executive director of the Oregon Lodging Association, has been named executive director of the 350-member Oregon Remodelers Association.

The group, best known for its annual Home Improvement and Remodeling Show, represents remodeling contractors, suppliers and related businesses.

Peach, an Oregon State University graduate, worked for the lodging association for 17 years.

Vinton ad director out

to change impressions

Paul Golden, who has worked as a producer and manager at Colossal Pictures, DreamQuest Images and Broadcast Arts, has joined Vinton Studios as president of advertising.

Golden's mission will be to acquaint prospective clients with the animation pioneer's breadth of capabilities.

'I want to correct the general misperception that we're all about clay,' he said. 'In fact, we've been doing a lot of cool work using diverse media Ñ including CGI, cel animation, live action and motion graphics.'

Vinton Studios is widely known for the clay animation, or Claymation, technique that produced the California Raisins commercials.

Farrington takes lead

at housing trust

The Portland Affordable Housing Preservation Trust has appointed Carl Farrington as executive director.

Farrington has been in the affordable housing field for more than a decade, most recently as vice president, acquisition, for Boston Capital.

The trust was established to preserve and expand affordable housing in the Portland area for people earning less than 50 percent of the median family income.

Warner Pacific hires

large-gifts fund-raiser

Ron Waite has joined the Warner Pacific Foundation as executive director, a position paid for by a grant to help boost the college's fund raising.

Waite will design and oversee a major gifts program, targeting donations of $10,000 or more. Waite's position is being funded as part of a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Waite was vice president of development for seven years with the Eugene-based adoption and child-advocacy organization Holt International Children's Services, quadrupling its yearly fund raising. He previously was vice president of development for Northwest Medical Teams International.


executive promoted

Chris Meier has been promoted from used-car manager to general manager of Herzog-Meier Volkswagen, Volvo and Mazda Auto Center.

Meier is the son of Jim Meier, the company's co-founder. The younger Meier started selling cars for Herzog-Meier nearly a decade ago; since then, he's been business manager as well as used-car manager.

Before joining the car dealership, he was a financial consultant with Smith Barney Shearson.

Ater Wynne firm hires

patent attorney from Intel

Patent attorney Sean Fitzgerald joins the law firm Ater Wynne LLP as co-chairman of its intellectual property and trade transactions group.

Fitzgerald had been an attorney for Intel Corp., serving as group general counsel for its communications products and the networks products groups.

The firm also hired Jim Barrett to practice business law, focusing on corporate and securities transactions. Barrett recently was a clerk for Oregon Supreme Court Justice Tom Balmer, a former Ater Wynne managing partner.

Hudson Henry joins the firm's environmental and litigation groups. He was the managing editor and executive editor of Ecology Law Quarterly at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Davis Wright Tremaine

names new partners

Three attorneys in the Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP have been named partners in the firm.

They are Erik Schimmelbusch, who practices estate planning, tax, and business and corporate law; Joseph Vance, whose specialties are labor and employment law and general commercial litigation; and Marcus Williams, who practices corporate finance and general corporate law, including securities and mergers and acquisitions.

The firm also has hired intellectual property attorney Paul Loving to practice IP law, trademark and technology licensing, sports, Internet, and e-commerce law.

Allen promoted

at Preston Gates & Ellis

The law firm Preston Gates & Ellis LLP has promoted Marnie Allen to partner.

Allen's practice concentrates on municipal, land-use, environmental and administrative law. She's general counsel for the city of Troutdale and the Vancouver Housing Authority, and she serves as special land-use counsel for other Clark County, Wash., public bodies.

Allen graduated cum laude from Willamette University School of Law.

Three become partners

at Portland law firm

Two Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP lawyers in Portland have been promoted to partner while another attorney has joined the Northwest firm as a partner.

The promoted attorneys are Robert Koury and Claire Philpott. Koury, who holds a law degree and a master's degree in business administration from Willamette University, represents clients in all aspects of real estate law. Philpott's legal work covers corporate finance, banking, private equity, emerging companies, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate finance. Her law degree is from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Newly hired Steven Ungar had a private practice before joining the large firm, and he'll continue practicing in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance and professional licensing as a member of the firm's complex litigation group.

Lawyer takes over

post from partner

Jay Chock has succeeded Thomas Tongue as head of the litigation practice group for Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue.

Chock joined the Portland law firm in 2001. Chock's law degree is from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

Law firm chooses

marketing leader

The Portland law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey PC has hired Douglas Davis as chief marketing officer.

Davis held a similar post for more than a decade at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC, where he coordinated business development activities and strategic planning, coached lawyers in their presentations, managed the firm's Web site and oversaw public relations.

Gaerisch and Verbeck

join Oregon3D lab

Oregon3D, a visualization technology services lab, has hired Scott Gaerisch as director of sales and Rick Verbeck as chief technologist.

They bring a total of 35 years of experience to Oregon3D. Both were previously employed by industry leader Silicon Graphics Inc.

Oregon3D bills itself as 'the only immersive visualization facility in the Northwest that allows commercial access to the latest high-end supercomputing visualization technology.'

Contamination cleanup

specialist joins firm

Registered geologist Andrew Harvey has joined PBS Engineering and Environmental.

He most recently was a team leader for Kleinfelder Inc., and was involved in ExxonMobil Corp.'s oil and fuel storage and distribution sites in Oregon and Washington.

He has planned and supervised remedial investigations and feasibility studies of contaminated soil and water.

Real estate firm hires

investment sales chief

David Burback is the new director of investment sales for Insignia/ESG.

Burback, who has 22 years of commercial real estate experience, most recently was president of Northwest Realty Advisors, specializing in investment sales.

Industrial broker joins

Cushman & Wakefield

Mark McClung, a veteran industrial real estate broker, has joined Cushman & Wakefield of Oregon Inc.

McClung has worked with the planning departments of several municipalities and consults for Portland Community College, the Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver.

He also has represented Wells Fargo, Specht Development, Ford Motor Co. and R.R. Donnelly. He began his real estate career with CB Richard Ellis.

Ñ Nevill Eschen