2013 Finalists and Recipients



DoubleTree by Hilton Portland is one of Portland’s first sustainable hotels. Their mission is to “provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.” DoubleTree by Hilton is focused on energy efficiency and waste reduction, as well as specific initiatives unique to its location. DoubleTree makes charitable contributions to local businesses and DoubleTree by Hilton employees sit on not-for-profit boards and donate their time to deserving organizations. Through community outreach and local purchasing, DoubleTree is helping to revitalize the Lloyd District.


Koeber’s is a private company established in 1963 by George and Jaci Koeber. Continuing the family owned tradition, Koeber’s has grown to a full service floor, furniture, and window covering store, with a Beaverton, Oregon warehouse and showroom. Fair and ethical treatment is at the heart of Koeber’s business structure and customer service is a top priority. Employees are mentored and educated in the trade through on-the-job training and since Koeber’s does not employ outside contractors, they maintain full responsibility for the quality of all of their work. The company contributes all their reusable products to organizations such as Habit for Humanity.


Old Dominion Collision Repair Centers is a family owned auto collision repair business with 25 employees, located in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon. In an effort to offer value to their customers they have made many improvements to their repair process and materials to minimize negative environmental impacts. Founded on the values of quality, ethics, honesty, and trust, Old Dominion works hard to offer value and fairness to their employees (evidenced by low turnover rates) and to their customers, and to overcome negative stereotypes about the auto repair industry.


In 2007, three partners founded Substance, a digital brand strategy company, in Portland. They currently employ 12 individuals. For a small company Substance is making a big impact through collaborative efforts. Employees have shown their commitment to the environment and eliminated almost all car-commuting to the office through the Bike to Work Program. Substance engages in the community by doing pro bono work with local non-profits and volunteering with organizations like the Oregon Food Bank and All Hands Raised.



Starting in 1910 with a focus on building a foundation of leadership for girls, Camp Fire Columbia has transformed into a co-ed organization aimed at empowering youth to become leaders and positive contributors to society. Serving eight counties in the Portland region, Camp Fire Columbia provides various after-school and summer programs to over 3,000 area youth. Programs include support for academic achievement, community engagement, building social and life skills, and developing career and college readiness.


Home Builders Foundation (HBF), a not-for-profit organization established in 1997, provides construction services for the transitional homeless community of metropolitan Portland. HBF believes that “every individual has worth and human dignity and deserves the basic provision of shelter as a necessity of life.” They provide scholarships, mentorships and training for high school and post-secondary school students with a goal to enrich the construction industry workforce of the future.


Portland Youth Builders (PYB) is a not-for-profit organization that strives to empower and enrich the lives of underserved, underprivileged youth in Portland. Through alternative education, job training, pre-apprenticeships, community service projects and leadership development programs, PYB serves an average of 200 young people, ages 17 to 24 annually. Dedicated volunteers, board members and partnerships with complementary programs and organizations have made PYB a model for YouthBuild, the national organization of which it is a part.


Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a not-for-profit organization with two locations in Portland. Their mission is to “provide a home away from home” for sick children and their families. When families are facing what is often a life-changing event, uncertainty and financial limitations may keep them from providing the critical support their children need. RMHC support includes transportation, immunizations, dental services, clothing and food supplies which help lighten the burden, allowing parents to focus needed attention on their children.



Following their successful lives in teaching and social work Dave and Christine Vernier established Vernier Software & Technology in Beaverton, an organization focused on the development of teaching aids for K-12 science classes. Dave and Christine value fairness and equality and are involved with numerous philanthropic and community organizations. Their success has allowed them to donate thousands of dollars worth of equipment to schools and to advance science in local universities as well as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).


Don Lulay operates a home construction and car dealership in Salem. He is frequently referred to as a “man of his word” and an “honest and trustworthy” businessman. He is seen by many to be 100% committed to acting in an ethical manner both in public and in his private life. Don serves on various boards and non-profits such as Boys and Girls Club, Marion-Polk Food Share, Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, and Salvation Army.