Former Lake Oswego resident John Hahn was recently named director of corporate communications for COMCAR Industries, one of the largest privately held trucking companies in the United States.

Hahn, who has more than 30 years experience in writing, public relations and operations management, will coordinate advertising, media relations and publications of COMCAR's six subsidiaries that include locations in Florida and across the nation.

Hahn worked initially for two Ohio newspapers prior to a stint in the U.S. Air Force. He came to The Oregonian in 1968, leaving in late 1976. He primarily was a sports writer with The Oregonian, but also spent two years in the newsroom. He began his media relations and sports management career in 1977 with the former Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League.

While in Portland, he served several years with the Portland Rose Festival Association as its publicist and marketing director and was assistant general manager of the Portland Beavers baseball club of the Triple-A Pacific Coast league in 1980-82. He also was vice president of communications and operations of the Portland Forest Dragons of the Arena Football League from 1997-99.

In 2000, Hahn deviated from his writing, serving as producer for a sports talk show with KPAM radio in Portland. He continues to write an online column for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.

During that time, Hahn also wrote a number of freelance sports stories for the Lake Oswego Review.

'We are excited about John joining our company,' said Dan McNamee, a COMCAR vice president. 'His extensive knowledge and background lend itself to our goal of coordinating the areas of communication and advertising throughout the diversity of our companies.'

Hahn was vice president of operations for a Lakeland, Florida, sports management group and recently was with Arbor Education and Training as a case manager with the Lakeland Polk Works employment center.

He was at Portland State University in Oregon for five years in sports information and was promotions manager for the Vikings athletic department. He also was publicist for the U.S. Olympic baseball team at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In addition, Hahn was vice president of three teams which included two indoor football teams in Portland and Houston. He held the same position with a professional lacrosse team in Glendale, Ariz.

A native of Spencerville, Ohio, Hahn and his wife, Beckie of Lake Oswego, now make their home in Lakeland, Florida.

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