PBA names next President and CEO
The Portland Business Alliance announced Thursday that Andrew Hoan will become its next President and on June 18.
Hoan will replace Sandra McDonough, who is retiring on Aug. 1 after 14 years as PBA President and CEO.
According to the PBA, Hoan has years of successful chamber of commerce executive leadership, most recently as the President and CEO of the Brooklyn, New York Chamber of Commerce.
"I embrace the opportunity to lead the Portland Business Alliance in its next iteration of growth and evolution. The Alliance's leaders and staff have built a healthy and sustainable organization. The Board of Directors and I are committed to continuing to be strong community partners as the city and region change. I look forward to working closely with the talented staff at the Alliance, our members and our external stakeholders to ensure that the quality of life that is so highly valued across this diverse area is supported and preserved as Portland and Oregon continue to prosper," Hoan said in a prepared statement.
"I am very excited that our board has selected an experienced community leader to be the next CEO of the Portland Business Alliance," McDonough said in the statement. "I look forward to welcoming Andrew and his family to Portland and helping him engage successfully in our community."
"After a national search that included a diverse pool of more than 55 applicants, we are very fortunate as a community to find a candidate who has the depth of experience Andrew brings, along with his ability to offer new perspectives to our region as we experience unprecedented growth as well as new challenges and opportunities in Portland," PBA Board Chair Jim Mark, who headed up the search committee, said in the statement.
The PBA says that under Andrew's leadership, the Brooklyn Chamber claimed many notable accomplishments including: growing membership to the largest levels in recent history, directing the 2018 Centennial Year activities, creating a loan fund for immigrant- and minority-owned businesses, being awarded the New York State Chamber of Commerce of the Year in 2017, funding and creating an Economic Strategic Plan for Brooklyn called The Next 100 Years, and launching an inaugural Annual City Hall Legislative Visit, the third and final leg of the Chamber's advocacy trips including Albany and Washington D.C.
Hoan is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native and University of Wisconsin and NYU graduate. He and his wife Karina Hoan made an intentional decision to move to Portland to raise their family, which currently includes one young son. She is as a minimally invasive OB-GYN surgeon with The Portland Clinic.
The PBA is a membership organization representing approximately 1,900 businesses. It is also Portland's chamber of commerce.