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Salem Rising Star: Jason Conrad – A Portrait of Leadership Beyond the Court

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Nov. 8th, 2023

In the high-stakes world of professional sports, it's rare to find a leader who has traversed the realms of athlete, artist, and altruist with equal fervor. Meet Jason Conrad, the owner of a professional basketball team in Salem, whose journey from the canvas to the court has been anything but conventional.

Conrad's odyssey began at California State Unive…

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Salem Rising Star: Connor Reiten’s Visionary Journey in the Pacific Northwest Energy Landscape

Written by Richelle Gamboa on Oct. 12th, 2023

In the dynamic hallways of PNGC Power, Vice President of Government Affairs, Connor Reiten, is more than just a high-ranking executive; he's the embodiment of commitment, determination, and innovation.

Emerging from a background rich in politics and advocacy, Reiten's trajectory is a testament to tenacity. From navigating the political maelstroms of state…

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Rising Star: Manny Cruz, A self-made businessman in the construction industry 

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Sep. 21st, 2023

In the sprawling cityscape of Salem, a new star has risen in the realm of construction. Manny Cruz is a self-made businessman, entrepreneur, and contractor who has framed homes in prominent projects and seeks to shape the city's architectural future.

Meet the man behind Lex GC, an entity rapidly gaining a reputation in Salem's construction industry. Despi…

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Salem’s Rising Star: Josh Kay

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Jul. 13th, 2023

Josh Kay, a distinguished name in Salem's commercial real estate industry, exemplifies how patience, active listening, and mentoring can significantly shape a prosperous career. As an alumnus of Linfield University with degrees in Business and Political Science, Kay incorporates a unique blend of discipline, strategic thinking, and problem-solving into th

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