Oregon Business Association Honors Team of Heroes with 2012 Statesman of the Year Award

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OBA’s Annual Statesman Dinner to be held Oct. 12 featuring Guest Speakers Mark Penn and Ron Shaich

Heroes, as they say, are made, not born. Behind the scenes during the past year and a half, a team of heroes was made in the fight to bring about health care reform in Oregon.

The Oregon Business Association (OBA) today announced that it will present the 2012 Statesman of the Year Award to 11 exemplary “health care revolutionaries” for their respective roles in improving Oregon’s health care system and inspiring others to do the same in their communities. The Statesman of the Year Awards will be presented at the annual OBA Statesman Dinner on October 12, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center.

“We are pleased to honor these unsung heroes,” said Ryan Deckert, OBA President. “Each of these individuals worked tirelessly and collaboratively over the past year and a half to make this work possible. While their peers in other states have dug in their heels and guarded their turf, these Oregonians have said ‘yes’ to the possibility of a new model for their work.”

The 2012 OBA Statesman of the Year Award Honorees are:

  • Commissioner Tammy Baney, Deschutes County
  • Sen. Alan Bates, Senate District, Ashland
  • Dr. George Brown, CEO, Legacy Health
  • Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Roseburg
  • Rep. Tim Freeman, House District 2, Roseburg
  • Megan Haase, FNP, CEO, Mosaic Medical, Prineville
  • Rep. Tina Kotek, House District 44, North Portland
  • Andrew McCulloch, CEO, Kaiser Permanente
  • Dr. Joe Robertson, President, OHSU
  • Lillian Shirley, Director, Multnomah County Health Department
  • Greg Van Pelt, Chief Executive, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region


OBA to host Mark Penn and Ron Shaich as Guest Speakers

2012 Featured Guests at the Statesman Dinner are Mark Penn and Ron Shaich. Penn is chief political strategist and pollster for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and was recently hired by Microsoft as Corporate VP, Strategic and Special Projects. He will engage in a conversation at the event previewing the November national elections and their impact on the state of affairs in Washington D.C.

Business leader Ron Shaich is founder of Panera Bread and co-founder of No Labels, a bipartisan effort to make government more efficient and effective. Shaich will present a CEO’s perspective on breaking gridlock in America.

The past five Statesman Dinner keynote speakers have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee and U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

Event Details:

What: 2012 OBA Statesman Dinner and Statesman of the Year of the Year Awards

When: Friday, October 12, 2012

Where: Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Social Hour from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Seating is limited. Go HERE to purchase a table.