SEI founder named Portland First Citizen

Tony Hopson, the founder, president and chief executive officer of Self Enhancement Inc., has been named Portland First Citizen for 2003.

The First Citizen Award recognizes civic and business leadership. Its sponsor is the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors.

SEI, which Hopson started two decades ago, supports young people academically and boosts their employment skills. The organization works with about 1,500 young people a year, and activities at its headquarters make it a community hub. It employs 94 people.

Hopson, 49, serves on several business, civic and educational boards. He chairs the Northeast Rescue Plan Action Committee and serves on the Providence Health System governing council. He co-chairs the city's Education Crisis Team and is on the Portland Schools Foundation, the Willamette University board of trustees, and the Open Meadow schools advisory board.

Hopson and his wife, Phyllis, have three sons.

AT&T Broadband takes new name: Comcast

Opting to duck the potential costs of licensing the more familiar AT&T name, AT&T Broadband has assumed the name of Comcast, the company that acquired it in a transaction completed last year.

The cable company will forward e-mails ending with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.' suffix until the end of 2004. Customers must switch their addresses to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.' suffix in the next several weeks, said company spokesman Dan Williams. The switches can be made at com.

Williams said AT&T Broadband chose to use the Comcast name because AT&T Corp. would have required it to license the broadband moniker.

The company, which employs more than 1,350 people in the region, will keep several customer service centers open, including one at 3075 N.E. Sandy Blvd. The Sandy location housed the old AT&T Broadband headquarters.

Portland tech users are most unwired

A new Intel Corp. survey reports that the Portland-Vancouver, Wash., metropolitan area ranked first in the nation in wireless computer usage.

The 'Most Unwired Cities' survey based its findings on the number of public and commercial wireless access points, cell phone coverage, wide-area network Internet access and wireless Internet penetration. The survey further calculated the number of users per capita.

Ranked behind Portland were the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, Calif., area; Austin-San Marcos, Texas; and the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma, Wash., metroplex.

Bert Sperling, a Money magazine researcher, conducted the survey.

Tech salaries down only slightly despite slowdown

Dice Inc., a New York-based recruiter, says technology worker salaries, despite the decline in the tech sector's fortunes, dropped only slightly during 2002.

Tech workers in government and defense jobs fared the best, averaging pay increases of 7 percent in 2002.

The average information technology worker earned less last year than the year before, earning $67,900 last year compared with $68,400 in 2001, according to Dice's survey of 21,000 engineers and programmers.

Dice found that labor rates in the high-tech centers of India ran between 40 percent and 50 percent below tech pay scales in the United States.

Former Beavers exec lands Volcanoes account

Events Northwest, a sports marketing company led by former Portland Beavers General Manager Mike Higgins, will help operators of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes sell the rights to its stadium's name.

While with the Beavers, Higgins helped engineer a deal that enabled Portland General Electric to affix its name to the former Civic Stadium.

The Volcanoes provide a Class-A league short-season affiliate for the San Francisco Giants.

Ñ Nevill Eschen and Andy Giegerich

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