The PDBA Board of Directors is interested in hearing from members who want to get involved and are willing to commit a few hours a month to a great organization. Our businesses and our community will benefit from your contribution. It’s also an opportunity to meet other business leaders and participate at a higher level in the future of the Pearl District. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Larry Jackson Jr.

President, Board of Directors
General Manager, PREM Group, Inc.
larry.jackson@kinliving.com
503-382-8350

Larry Jackson Jr. is the General Manager of PREM Group, a company that manages both Commercial and Residential high rise condominiums in the Pearl, South Waterfront and other areas of Oregon and Washington. Larry’s also serves on two of former Governor John Kitzhaber’s business councils, including the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council (OSBAC) and the Grow Oregon Council.

“Being able to watch the Pearl District blossom before my very eyes has been a joy over the past several years. The next step is to develop a strong cohesiveness among all businesses that make up the Pearl so that we are not only supporting each other, we are welcoming all visitors with combined and supportive outstretched arms.”

Julie Gustafson

Vice President, Board of Directors
Community Relations Manager, Portland Streetcar, Inc.
julie.gustafson@portlandstreetcar.org
503-222-4200

Julie began working for Portland Streetcar, Inc. as a consultant in 2007 before being hired as the Community Relations Manager in 2014. Her duties involve managing events including the annual Streetcar Mobile Music Fest, managing construction mitigation, managing the website and social media, communicating directly with the community on streetcar operations issues and concerns, and coordinating the Streetcar Citizens Advisory Committee. Julie’s work in community relations has her working closely with neighborhood and business associations in Portland to educate them about the streetcar. Julie also works with the Community Streetcar Coalition (CSC) to coordinate and run their annual Streetcar Summit, organize member exchanges, and coordinate activities surrounding the annual Rail~Volution conference.

Kim Knowlton

Treasurer
Mortgage Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank
kimknowlton@umpquabank.com

Kim has always been passionate about real estate and finance. With an economics and finance degree from Boise State University, she began her career in commercial banking but quickly made the move to mortgage lending and investing. She owned and operated a mortgage brokerage for many years, fine tuning her lending expertise in purchases, construction, investment properties and condominium financing. Aligning herself with the amazing mortgage lending team at Umpqua Bank ensures that she can deliver the best loan products and an exceptional customer experience. Kim is an active member of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women, Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Pearl District Business Association. She has also been a member of Kiwanis for many years and was honored as the 2010 Kiwanian of the year! Kim enjoys camping, hiking, reading and immersing herself in the unparalleled culinary experience that is Portland! You can find Kim and her yellow Lab, Ellie, wandering the Pearl, enjoying the parks, the people, and the food!

DIRECTORS

Erika Wrenn

(w)here Real Estate
erika.wrenn@where-inc.com
503-312-9770

Erika Wrenn is a Principal Real Estate Broker in the Pearl District with (w)here Real Estate. She specializes in the sale of urban real estate with a particular emphasis on the Pearl Condominium market. She also lives in the neighborhood. Erika is also a member of the Pearl District Rotary and very involved in the Multnomah Athletic Club as a member of the Member Events Committee and a liaison to smaller committees in the club. Event planning and implementation will be her focus while serving on the board.

“A healthy and thriving business community in the Pearl is a vital part of the urban lifestyle. When my clients decide to live in the Pearl, they are not purchasing a condominium. They are investing in a lifestyle. I am excited to be a part of the growing and thriving business community in the Pearl.”

Tom Cook

Vice President, Fat Head’s Brewery
tscook@fatheadsglobal.com

Tom grew up in Vancouver, Washington. He has a BS in Management with a concentration in Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. After college, Tom went into manufacturing finance where he worked for Chrysler Group, LLC.  He then moved back to the Pacific Northwest to work as the Financial Manager and ultimately the VP of Finance for a restaurant franchisee group based in his hometown. He opened Fat Head’s Portland in November of 2014.

Bill Mitchell

Founder, Merchant Concepts, Inc.
bmit@merchantconcepts.com

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Bill’s excellence in sports and academics was the beginning of a great foundation for motivating others, establishing networking relationships and professional excellence. In 1997 Bill founded Merchant Concepts on core values that incorporate Integrity-based principles and personal accountability. Merchant Concepts, Inc. provides a variety of processing solutions to businesses seeking the highest level of service and support. Merchant Concepts is recognized as a “solution based” company, and for close to 20 years continues to receive recognition as having the lowest attrition in the country.

“I have been fortunate to call the Pearl District Merchant Concepts home since 2001. Since that time I have seen massive transformation, development, and a national identity established as the go-to place in the Pacific Northwest. Servicing merchants such as Andina’s, Chown Hardware, Bella Casa, and others provide a bird-eye view of what makes a merchant successful. I look forward to bringing this experience and business acumen to the PDBA.”

Nicole Nadal

Store Manager, TOMS Shoes
nicole.nadal@toms.com 

Nicole loves working for a business that has modeled itself around social and community impact – helping to address needs and advances in health, education and economic opportunity for children and communities around the world. She brings over a decade of business management experience from her time at Nordstrom, West Elm, and Crossroads Trading Co., and has previously served on the Nob Hill Business Association Board. Both living and working in the Pearl District, Nicole is excited to bring her passion for creating community by fostering a greater connection between people and businesses to the PDBA Board. Outside of work you’ll find her at the farmers market, exploring in the Columbia River Gorge, or sipping wine in the Willamette Valley. Nicole studied Business Communications with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland.