New Santiam Canyon Young Pros
Group Brings Energy And Vision
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.
NS Young Pros selfie with
Grady Hardage, Janai Hill,
Wmily Gooch, Eli Justman,
Chad Seegmiller, guest speaker
Paula Newman, Elaina Turpin,
Jennifer, Sandberg, Jelie Hilty and Jason Burns
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
“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
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.
tend to be baby
gone this route
because we want
to help the young
pros build more
with the people
who came before
them. Baby boomers
have a lot in
passion to causes
they believe in.
We want to make
sure they have an
opportunity to interact
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
Where: Trexler Farm, 20146 Ferry Road
SE, Stayton, OR 97383
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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
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,
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
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)
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
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,
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
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
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
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)
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