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.
Ground Works Industries
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.
Matt Trenkle is a co-founder of Greenleaf Juicing Company, which opened in Portland in 2011. After starting out as a cart in the NW, Greenleaf quickly opened its first store in the Pearl and has since expanded to 5 locations. Prior to the move out west, Matt attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Finance and Accounting before moving to Chicago to work in finance. Matt loves living and working in the pearl and is very excited to be a part of this organization.
Jared Maricle has been a Personal Banker for Columbia Bank since 2018 and accepted the role as PDBA Treasurer in 2019. He grew up around Portland and has lived here for most of his life. Jared received his Bachelor’s in Economics from Drury University and his MBA in Finance from the University of Indianapolis.
Larry Jackson Jr.
General Manager, PREM Group, Inc.
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.”
Founder, Merchant Concepts, Inc.
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.”
(w)here Real Estate
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.”
Linda Stimac and her daughter Sara are co-founders of Firebrand Sports, a unique concept in fitness that combines leading-edge group workouts with a formula that appeals to busy Pearl District residents and workers: less time, more intensity. Both Linda and Sara were corporate warriors before they moved to Portland and launched Firebrand in 2012 – Sara was an entertainment lawyer and Linda held a number of executive leadership positions in what she calls the “gold standard” companies in the financial services industry. Today she is an author and consultant, helping companies attract, prepare and integrate young professionals in the financial services world. At Firebrand, she contributes her expertise in building high performing teams. Firebrand was the recipient of the PDBA Family Owned Business award in 2017. Linda lives in the Pearl and loves that she is “in the action” every single day.
Community Management, Inc.