Then. Now. Next.
The Reimagining of Our Annual Gala
March 9, 2017
5:30 to 9 p.m.
1900 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
This night is an opportunity to celebrate who we were in the past, who we are now, and where we are going with the help of supporters like you. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy a short program, a wide selection of appetizers, local beer and wine, and our Golden Raffle, with multiple opportunities to win phenomenal packages.
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PATRICK CRITESER currently serves the dairy families of Tillamook County as the president and CEO of the Tillamook County Creamery Association (“Tillamook”). Tillamook is a 107-year-old farmer-owned cooperative with a leading premium dairy brand and a commitment to providing real food that tastes great. During his four-year tenure at TCCA, the cooperative has increased revenue by over 60% while growing return to farmers and expanding its presence as one of the leading consumer food brands in the Western U.S.
Criteser is an experienced executive with a track record of leading growth and positive transformation at companies large and small. Before joining TCCA as president and CEO in 2012, he spent eight years as president and CEO at Coffee Bean International and one year as co-CEO of Farmer Brothers (Nasdaq: FARM). Prior to his role at Coffee Bean International, Criteser held management and strategic development roles at some of the world’s most respected brands, including Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Procter & Gamble. He also spent time as a principal at SmartForest Ventures, a Portland-based venture capital fund, where he led the firm’s investments in several successful technology companies.
GIA SCHNEIDER is Natel Energy’s CEO, and is focused on transforming hydro into a truly sustainable and climate-resilient resource. She has 16 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and significant expertise in energy-related strategy development and deal valuation. Schneider provided strategic and tactical solutions to several major energy companies as a consultant for Accenture. In 2005, she started the carbon emissions trading desk at Credit Suisse, growing it to a profitable business in its first year. Prior to Credit Suisse, she worked in the Strategy Group at Constellation, a leading power generation company. She holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from MIT, and sits on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Schneider is passionate about finding economically viable solutions to mitigate climate change, foster sustainable development, and produce inexpensive renewable energy. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, cooking, dancing, and gardening with friends and family.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS