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New Santiam Canyon Young Pros Group Brings Energy And Vision

NS Young Pros selfie with
Grady Hardage, Janai Hill,
Wmily Gooch, Eli Justman,
Chad Seegmiller, guest speaker
Paula Newman, Elaina Turpin,
Nicole Miller,
Jennifer, Sandberg, Jelie Hilty and Jason Burns
    It’s 8 a.m. on a warm summer day in the scenic Santiam Canyon. Cars are pulling in to the parking lot of Trexler Farm Café in Stayton, Oregon. Twenty- and thirty-somethings are hopping out and bustling into the quaint farm store café’s “boat room,” where they gather for the newly formed North Santiam (NS) Young Pros meet-up, coordinated by GROW EDC, on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m.
    Young men and women greet each other with excitement in their voices and smiles upon their faces. While some have attended the NS Young Pros meet-ups before, there are always new faces. With a variety of professionals ranging from banking managers to race car drivers, and non-profit directors to local entrepreneurs, they all share a common bond: They are under 40, doing business in the Santiam Canyon.
    “Hashtag-NS Young Pros!” they shout. The group loves using their hashtag for organic marketing and social media, especially NS Young Pros member Nicole Miller, a public relations consultant who thrives on all things marketing.
    “I always look forward to our ‘hashtag-NS Young Pros’ group,” says U.S. Bank Small Business Relationship Manager Chad Seegmiller, smiling. “I not only get to network with other young professionals in the area, but there is always something really valuable for me to learn. My favorite topic so far was time management. I can directly apply that to my life and job. Who knew that time management is so powerful?”
    These are our up-and-coming business and community leaders (some are already). They haven’t had a forum to speak together with one voice or come together to network with and learn from each other. This new group will provide that opportunity. “Our hope is that making connections among folks in this age group will inspire larger economic development projects region- wide, further anchor the investment these young people have made in our communities and provide an active forum for them to do business their way,” says GROW EDC executive director Allison McKenzie. “My favorite part is that these young pros have designed these meet-ups themselves. This is an organic process coming directly from the group, and is probably more meaningful as a result,” says McKenzie. “That’s why we have speakers, for example, and other similar groups don’t. That’s why we meet in the morning during a work-week---many people with young families want this to be business-focused so they can keep their family or evening social time sacred.”
    According to McKenzie, the Santiam area young professionals have expressed interest in forming a group like this for a couple of years now, but this spring it reached critical mass, enough that GROW EDC thought this would be a great time to start bringing these talented, spirited young people together.
    “These are our heirs apparent, the thinkers and doers who are making an investment of their time, energy and even money in our communities. They have a unique way of doing business and getting things done, and we want to support them in that effort,” says McKenzie.
    The Young Pros have chosen a meeting format that includes networking time, a featured young pro spotlight and a speaker on a topic of their choice. Topics so far have included negotiating various personality types, conflict resolution and time management. Many speakers tend to be baby boomers. “We’ve gone this route because we want to help the young pros build more solid relationships with the people who came before them. Baby boomers and millennials have a lot in common, particularly their interest in volunteerism, community building and bringing passion to causes they believe in.
    We want to make sure they have an opportunity to interact together in a meaningful way while the baby boomers are still in the work force.” The October 16 speaker topic is about the latest and greatest tips on social media for business with Nicole Miller of Word’s Out PR in Stayton. While Miller is not a boomer, she is a millennial who can speak on a topic of great interest to these young pros.
    “Through the Young Professionals group, I have learned skills that are so valuable. I have met new people and have connections that I wouldn’t have had without this awesome group,” says Elaina Turpin, assistant director of the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “The best part is, this group doesn’t feel like just another meeting, it’s one I look forward to attending. I love being surrounded with forward-thinking, futureoriented, community-minded people. We’re always looking for new people to join our group. ”
    Ryan Hendricks, small business owner of Finishing Touch Auto in Stayton started a Facebook group page “NS Young Pros.” Contact McKenzie with questions or comments at 503.871.5188 or
    Join us! Here are the 4 W’s! What: North Santiam Young Pros Who: People 40 & under who live and/or work in the Santiam Canyon, from Aumsville/ Scio up through Marion Forks When: Third Thursdays of the month, 8-9:45 a.m.
    Where: Trexler Farm, 20146 Ferry Road SE, Stayton, OR 97383

3G Auto Sales

Dillion Gutierrez , Pedro Gutierrez
and Austin Gutierrez 3G Auto
    3G Auto Sales, (Pedro Gutierrez, Dillion Gutierrez and Austin Gutierrez) is a father and sons new used automobile business.
    The 3G formula is pretty simple. Good used cars that are hand selected by Pedro, then each car, one at time is inspected, refurbished where needed for safety and road worthiness.
    Pedro likes cars that are of good value even if it means repairing a car with a branded title from a minor accident. "These cars offer a great value and in most cases end up being a better car than others." 3G is a family business with no salesmen.
    It's a nice feeling to deal direct with the owners. They know more history on the car you are looking at. There is an integrity that comes with a family service and special customer care. Visit the 3G indoor showroom and discover your next car at a price that may just pleasantly surprise you.

Lariat Lawyer

Con Lynch,
    Merriam-Webster defines a lariat, sometimes called a lasso, as a long light rope (as of hemp or leather) used with a running noose to catch livestock, with or without the noose, to tether grazing animals. And I’m sure you all know what a lawyer is. The lawyer in this column has had plenty of experience using a lariat.
    Con Lynch, was born in Lakeview, Oregon, in 1957, and raised on his grandfather’s ranch in Plush, Oregon. Plush? Yes, there is a Plush, Oregon.
    Plush is an unincorporated rural community in the Warner Valley of Lake County, in south central Oregon. The one notable attraction in the area is Antelope Hot Springs located on the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Plush is also home to a large Oregon sunstone gemfield. Sunstone is the Oregon state gemstone. The sunstone found in Plush is different from other sunstones found elsewhere in the world because of the copper content found in the mineral. But enough about Plush, back to Con Lynch.
    Lynch’s great grandfather started a ranch in Plush in the late 1800s. His roots were in Ireland where he owned race horses and regularly traveled back and forth between Oregon and Ireland managing them.
    Con’s dad, Phil, was a genuine, full-time cowboy who, at the peak of that ranch had about 3500 head of cattle. Notably, while a student at the University of Oregon around 1952, he played on the freshman basketball team. A basketball playing career was snuffed out early when he suffered a serious leg injury.
    Con recalls, “we used to give him a bad time about being Joe College at the U of O”. Phil’s brother, Jim, was Oregon’s Student Body President in 1957.
    Mom, Sue, was a homemaker on the ranch. Both parents are deceased. Lynch has 3 younger sisters. Lori lives in Toledo, Oregon. Lisa lives in Lakeview and Lezlie lives in Burns.
    Schooled in Plush through the 3rd grade, Con went on to graduate from Lakeview High School in 1976. He played football, ran track and rodeoed in high school. He even competed in the National High School Finals in Gallup, N.M., in 1975. Plush didn’t have a lot of entertainment choices so he grew up learning to entertain himself. In fact, there wasn’t even a movie theater within 40 miles of his home!
    Following high school, Lynch enrolled at Willamette University, played slot back on the football team, and majored in economics and speech. But it wasn’t long before, due to the influence of his two lawyer uncles and his grandfather judge, law took over his interest. Lynch graduated from Willamette law School in 1983 and passed the Oregon State Bar that same year.
    He immediately joined the law firm of Douglas, Brown, Carson, and Dickey (DBCD) in the Garfield Building as an associate. He’d already had his proverbially foot in the door as a law clerk there during school.
    He began as a litigator with Don Dickey, his mentor, but primarily worked on business and estate planning.
    Eleven years later, in 1994, he left DBCD to start his own practice on Leslie Street. Five years later he bought his current historic business location at 841 Saginaw St S. then moved there in 2000. His phone number is (503) 378-1048.
    Con met his wife, Cindy, in 1977 while on a Willamette field trip to Hawaii with six of his fraternity brothers. Cindy, who was also a student at Willamette majoring in biology and environmental science (graduated in 1979) was in the same group of about thirty.
    He first saw her from the water just walking on the beach. In one fell swoop, he recalls, he was smitten. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance to meet her until later when he was doing the mail delivery job for the group and delivered a postcard to her with Klamath Lake pictured on it.
    He asked her who she knew in that area and, coincidently, it just happened to be a mutual friend who was also one of his Willamette football teammates. Sadly, they would not interact with each other again until at Willamette at the end of the following summer while getting ready for school. Happily, there was more to come.
    Their first date was in August of 1977. They had a pleasant date but even so, he still remembers battling for her attention. He won the battle. They were engaged in the spring of 1979 and married July 26, 1980.
    Cindy, then, began commuting to dental school at OHSU finishing up in 1981. She went right to work as a dental hygienist but, ultimately, had to give that up. The requirements of the job created too much neck pain for her.
    The neck pain was the result of an injury she’d suffered when she was rear ended by a driver in 1986. She joined the Con Lynch Law Firm as the bookkeeper in 1994.
    Con and Cindy have 3 very successful adult children. Daughter, Bryn, 31, is married to Sam Coelho. They own and operate Samuel Robert Winery in Amity and have an ownership interest in Sam’s family winery, Coelho Winery, also in Amity.
    Daughter, Caitlin, 28, is a professional violist living in New York City. She attended the prestigious Julliard School for Performing Arts there and has played music with the likes of Itzhak Pearlman, probably the most famous violinist in the world, among others. She’s married to award winning composer, Tim Mauthe and is currently in a contemporary/ new/classical group called ACME, American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
    Son, Conor, 23, (pronounced Connor but according to Con, the spelling is, “an Irish thing”) Conor, who was a standout quarterback at South Salem High School and Carlton College in Minnosota, where he graduated early this year, plays quarterback for a professional football team, the Berlin Rebels, in Berlin, Germany.
    The Lynches have two grandchildren. Bryn’s son, Francis, is six months old and other son, “Little Con”, is six.
    Con Lynch’s law firm specializes in estate planning and asset protection especially as it relates to family business transitioning. His first and oldest client is Curry and Company, INC. in Brooks, Oregon. He’s represented them since 1994.
    The Lakeview ranch was sold to and is now run by his 2 aunts and their husbands.
    Con worked on that ranch through the summer of 1980 and in their heyday had about 45 head of horses. With 24 ropers working, they once branded 628 cattle in a single day! It was back then that he competed in many, many area rodeos in the team roping and calf roping events. He certainly knows how to use a lariat.
    He hasn’t done much ranching for some time now. He misses those cowboy days but that life style now, he maintains, would be very hard to regain due to the difficulty in acquiring property and all that goes along with ranching.
    I met Con Lynch way back in 1988 when I was part of the United Way’s Fund Distribution process and Con was the chair of my particular panel. I recall thinking very highly of him in that role. Who knew that my wife, one day, would work for him? She does.
    But the United Way wasn’t and isn’t the only volunteer activity for Lynch. He, also, volunteers as a trustee for the Ralph Hull Foundation headquartered in Corvallis. This organization benefits philanthropy and volunteerism, focusing specifically on private grant making foundation programs. Ralph Hull, who died in 2002, was a lumberman/philanthropist who contributed immensely to hospitals, needy children, schools, churches, teachers and a host of other worthy charitable causes. There’s even a Ralph Hull Regional Heart Center in Corvallis. He also donates to Family Building Blocks and the Salem Education Foundation, and referees boys and girls high school basketball games, local and statewide.
    I asked Lynch what he sees as the challenges of today in his line of work and he said this, “The laws have changed a lot and are constantly doing so and you have to keep up with them. Also, people continue to want results faster and faster. It’s an immediacy the clients not only want but expect. I have an average of seven staff members who work, as a team/ family, very, very hard to deliver on those expectations.”
    He goes on to say, “The most rewarding part of this career is the satisfaction you get from successfully transitioning, to everyone’s satisfaction, a family business or resolving nontraditional family business issues. That’s our real payoff.”
    Con’s primary future goals are for sensible expansion and quality of services for business transitions improvements. But he’s not in a hurry if it jeopardizes his overall quality of service.
    Lynch continues, “Businesses we will represent in 5 years probably don’t exist today and we have to put ourselves in a position to be ready for them when they do”.
    He holds an annual seminar in January that is designed to help businesses focus on developing confidence to adapt to change and successfully perform in any economic environment. I sat in on the seminar last year and I can tell you, with conviction, it was a top notch event that better prepared those business people for future challenges. This year’s 5th seminar will be held on January 22 to 24.
    For the location or other questions, call: (503) 378-1048.
    For hobbies, Lynch likes to run, golf and spend fun time with their grandkids. And when he can, with wife, Cindy, follow their son, Conor’s football career. He also sponsors a winter bowling team consisting of his staff/ team and their spouses (yes, that includes me). So this “lariat lawyer” has his real cowboy days in his rear view mirror. But he’s found other ways to “cowboy up”.
    These days, lariat/lassoing skills consist of roping successful business transitioning and conflict resolution solutions for his many clients. It looks like he’s doing a really good job of “corralling” those goals. If you’d like to saddle up with him and his “ranch hands” and have them use their lariats to lasso success for you and your business, give him a holler at 503- 378-1048. You’ll be glad you did!

Bill Isabell is chief meteorologist for Salem’s first choice, KBZY Radio, 1490am Salem, Oregon