OEN Westside PubTalk: Building Your Team

***Online registration is closed. We will take walk-ins at the door***

Trying to build out your team? Need a software developer to complete your beta product or a seasoned operations manager to handle production? We get it. It can be a challenge to find the right people to fill key roles. And once you have them, how do you keep them?

Whether you’re in the early stages of building a company, or wrestling with decisions to expand your staff, you’ll find solutions at this event! Direct hire versus contract with a staffing agency, team culture considerations, financial implications — our panel of successful entrepreneurs along with a staffing professional will cover it all as they share their tips on how to build and retain a talented team.

Looking for suggestions on how to find — and keep — the right people? Come to our June Westside PubTalk co-sponsored by OEN and TAO to gain insights into building your team.




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06/26/2019 05:15 PM
06/26/2019 07:00 PM
OEN Westside PubTalk: Building Your Team
Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant, 1520 NW Bethany Blvd., Beaverton



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. The program will be preceded by time for casual networking. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN and Hillsboro Chamber members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door – cash only. Snacks will be provided. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our next PubTalk!




Ernie Bootsma

Partner at Ater Wynne

An attorney at Ater Wynne, Ernie Bootsma has been actively representing start-up and emerging growth businesses, family businesses, and mature companies since 1990. His legal practice encompasses company formation, finance, governance, M&A, as well as intellectual property relating to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and licensing.





Ganesh ShankarGanesh Shankar

CEO & Co-founder, RFPIO

As CEO and co-founder of RFPIO, Ganesh Shankar’s mission is to help organizations thrive with revolutionary RFP software. A highly experienced product manager, Ganesh has successfully led product development and software implementations for Fortune 500 enterprises. It was at that time that, surrounded by an outdated approach to RFP responses, he decided to pursue his dream to create proposal management software that would make a positive impact on the industry. Under Ganesh’s leadership in 2016, RFPIO Inc raised a $1.5 million seed round from with Elevate Capital serving as the lead. And then in 2018, RFPIO received a $25 million investment from K1 Investment Management LLC in order to scale the company and add employees across departments.


Ryan Buchanan


Ryan Buchanan is CEO of eROI, a digital marketing agency of 110 creative professionals in Portland, which he founded to inspire and be inspired by partnering with great clients like Nike, Adobe, and Taco Bell. He is also co-founder of Emerging Leaders which is dedicated to improving racial and cultural diversity by providing internship, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities for professionals of color. Through Buchanan’s leadership, eROI was recognized as one of the Most Admired Companies in Oregon by a PBJ survey of 2,000 CEOs in the state. Buchanan currently serves as the Chairman of the Greater Portland 2020 Council, was also recently President of Entrepreneurs Organization- Portland (EO), and is on the Exec Committee of the Board of Friends of the Children. Buchanan was named as one of the PBJ’s ’40 Under 40,’ as well as named by Oregon Business magazine as one of “the 50 Great Leaders for Oregon – 50 who fix it, move it, build it, change it and get it done right.”


Cynthia Boman Thompson

Vice President of Client Relationships, Cinder

Cynthia Boman Thompson, MS, CFP® is a licensed Certified Financial Planner™, Vice President of Client Relationships for Cinder and serves as President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Oregon and SW Washington. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Financial Planning from the College of Financial Planning as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Her career has included working as a Chief Financial Officer as well as supporting dozens of businesses in their financial and operational management in various consulting positions. She has presented seminars at local, national and international conferences and been quoted in publications such as Forbes, USA Today, CNBC, TheStreet, Yahoo Finance and Fiscal Times.




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June 26, 2019 5:15 PM
June 26, 2019 7:00 PM
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Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant
1520 NW Bethany Blvd
Beaverton OR United States
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