Save the date! This year’s Awards Dinner will be held on October 15, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Risk-takers. History makers. There are lots of ways to describe Oregon’s entrepreneurs, but just one way to truly celebrate their achievements.
Join hundreds of influential business leaders at the annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner to honor Oregon’s brightest, boldest, and best entrepreneurs.
Want to help us decide who gets on stage?
Our finalists for our Company Awards, Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, and Game Changer Award will be announced shortly. Nominations are still open for the following award:
- Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award - honoring our region’s most promising early-stage tech entrepreneur.
Rogue Venture Partners
|Alto Law Group||Columbia Bank|
|Comcast Business||CorSource Technology|
|First Republic Bank||Gulla Group / Morgan Stanley|
|Lane Powell||Marger Johnson McCollom|
|Oregon Angel Fund||Oregon Growth Board|
|OSU Commercialization and Tech Transfer||Portland Development Commission|
|Woodruff Sawyer||Wyatt Starnes Memorial Fund|
About Tom Holce
Tom Holce was a Northwest entrepreneur and angel investor who built or helped to build dozens of successful Southwest Washington and Oregon businesses over the last 50+ years. He was the founder/CEO of such companies as Kentrox, Sentrol, and Mikros, and held senior positions at ESI, and Plantronics. He also served as Chairman of Seasons Foods, BLT Technologies, Mitron, and Decision Dynamics. He served as Chairman of the Portland Art Museum, and Chairman of Pacific University, was a board member of Unicru, Stormwater Management, EID Access, and Study Dog, and sat on the boards of over 20 other Northwest businesses, organizations and institutions. Tom received many honors and recognitions for his entrepreneurship, service, and philanthropy. He was the first winner of OEN’s Lifetime Achievement Award, was High Tech Executive of the Year, and was named Philanthropist of the year 2000. Tom had a BS in Math and Physics, and Honorary Doctor of Science from Pacific University and held over 20 US Patents.
Origins – The OEN Entrepreneurship Award
The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards honors the skill, and the courage, it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. They are intended to not only celebrate entrepreneurs, but to highlight their importance to the region’s economy. The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award is a highly competitive process and it is a significant achievement just to be named as a finalist. In honor of that, OEN not only produces a gala celebration focusing on excellence in entrepreneurship, but the award itself is a true work of art. The awards were designed by local world-renown company Ziba Design, founded by Sohrab Vossoughi, in 1984. Ziba designed the beautiful “O” shaped, hand-blown crystal award to symbolize Oregon and to represent the lifecycle of a company.