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Salem Rising Star: Trevor Howard, Top Young Real Estate Investor

Written by Luis Ramirez on May. 22nd, 2024

Trevor Howard was named the Salem Business Journal’s Rising Star as a Real Estate professional making significant moves in the community.

Howard is a local, growing up in Keizer and going to high school at Blanchet Catholic. Upon graduating, he played basketball at Linfield before giving up basketball and transferring to Oregon State to study engineerin…

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3 Tips for Buyer-Focused Conversations

Written by James Alberson on May. 22nd, 2024

If I could share and reinforce one and only skill with a sales team this year, it would be this one: make the conversation about the buyer, as opposed to about you.

In the realm of sales, there exists a singular skill that reigns supreme: the ability to center the conversation around the buyer rather than oneself. This art of consistently steering di…

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Salem-based La Familia Cider celebrates anniversary, expands into Portland

Written by Kathy Hall on May. 22nd, 2024

La Familia Cider Company was founded by husband-and-wife team Shani and José Gonzalez.  The couple embarked on an adventure to turn their idea to create a Mexican-inspired hard cider company into a reality, opening a Salem taproom in 2017 with their family. Now they are set to open a second location early this summer in Southeast Portland.

It all be…

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From the Desk of Nick Hunter

Written by Nick Hunter, Sheriff on May. 20th, 2024

On June 30, 2023, I was unanimously appointed by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to be the 41st Sheriff of Marion County.  It is an honor to serve as your Sheriff and address our community needs through communication, active listening, responsivity, and focusing on identifying the root of problems as opposed to reacting to the symptoms. &n

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Salem Chamber of Commerce President Tom Hoffert Receives League of Minority Voters Bipartisan Award

Written by Naomi Yanike on May. 20th, 2024

Tom Hoffert, President of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, was awarded the prestigious bipartisan award by the League of Minority Voters in recognition of his exemplary leadership in fostering bipartisan collaboration for the betterment of the community.

Hoffert expressed his gratitude, saying he was “deeply honored to receive this award.”

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Senior Financial Advisor and Partner Ryan Skogstad Shaping Salem’s Financial Landscape

Written by Wyatt Jones on Apr. 26th, 2024

SALEM, Ore. – At Capstone Wealth Advisors, Senior Financial Advisor and co-owner Ryan Skogstad stands out not only for his business acumen but also for his dedication to the Salem community. Under his leadership, Capstone has become one of the fastest-growing Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms in America, a distinction noted by InvestmentNews in their 2023 report. The firm, managing approximately $700 million in assets, has more than doubled its asset base since July 2020.

Reflecting on his journey, Skogstad credits his rise in part to a steadfast commitment to his principles and community. “I feel what has helped me be most successful is simply the consistency and drive to excel. It hasn’t always been easy. But I haven’t waivered on my commitment to grow in my work life, but also contribute to the areas in the community…

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Mayra Rocha Pioneers Real State and Community Service

Written by Wyatt Jones on Apr. 26th, 2024

Salem stands proud of its entrepreneurs who not only push the bounds of their industries but also forge deep connections within their community. One such trailblazer is Mayra Rocha, Principal Broker and Owner of Rocha Realty LLC, and Rocha Contracting and Reforestation LLC. With a deep-rooted commitment to fostering community growth and inclusion, Rocha has …

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Salem Business Legacy: Amador Aguilar-Arellanes’s Cultural Vision and Community Impact

Written by Keaton Jones on Mar. 11th, 2024

Amador Aguilar-Arellanes's journey from his youth in Oaxaca, Mexico, to the founding of the ENLACE Cross-cultural Community Development Project in Salem is a testament to the power of passion, heritage, and unwavering determination in transforming communities. Aguilar-Arellanes recalls, "Since I was in middle school in Oaxaca, south state of Mexico, I was

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Salem Rising Star: Bryce Petersen Shaping a Better Future

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Mar. 7th, 2024

Salem's business community boasts a beacon of entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the greater good in Bryce Petersen. With leadership roles in Community First Solutions LLC and Petersen Auto Appraisals LLC, his career journey stands as a powerful narrative of ambition, mentorship, and a commitment to positive change.

Bryce Petersen embarked on his pr…

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