Jarman Leads Drive for Blazer License Plate

Oregon politicians, including Gov. Kate Brown, unveil the new Portland Trail Blazers license plate during a first quarter timeout against Atlanta Hawks at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, January 20, 2016. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

Oregon politicians, including Gov. Kate Brown, unveil the new Portland Trail Blazers license plate during a first quarter timeout against Atlanta Hawks at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, January 20, 2016. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

Governor Kate Brown and key legislators joined Portland Trail Blazer officials Wednesday night to unveil a new specialty license plate bearing the NBA team’s logo and the iconic “Rip City” nickname. CFM Partner Dan Jarman and his state affairs team made the license plate a reality during the 2015 Oregon legislative session.

Dan Jarman, CFM partner and member of the firm's state affairs practice. 

Dan Jarman, CFM partner and member of the firm's state affairs practice. 

“Lawmakers are reticent to approve specialty plates, but the Trail Blazers made a convincing case,” said Jarman, who attended the unveiling during a Blazer home game versus the Atlanta Hawks. “It didn’t hurt that Bill Schonely and Terry Porter came to Salem to testify and lobby for the bill.”

The new license plate will be available this spring and will cost $40. The proceeds from license plate sales will fund competitive grants that support Oregon youth initiatives statewide and will be distributed through the Trail Blazers Foundation.

Other states with professional sports franchises offer similar specialty license plates as a way fans can show their loyalty and contribute to worthy causes.

“When Oregon lawmakers realized these kinds of specialty license plates are common, they warmed to the idea of the Trail Blazer license plate,” Jarman said.

Gaining legislative approval of a new specialty license plate is no walk in the park. But Jarman has learned the path. He also represented the Oregon wine industry in the 2013 legislative session in its effort to create an Oregon Wine Country plate.

Phillips Joins CFM, Bolstering Public Affairs Team

Public affairs professional Page Phillips is joining CFM, bolstering the firm's capability to address major public policy issues in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Phillips serves as Washington State Director for the Columbia River Crossing Coalition, a role she will continue after joining CFM. 

"Page has emerged as the go-to public affairs professional in Southwest Washington," says Kelly Parker, president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. "She is a quick study who looks for pathways to success and understands how to motivate people."

Phillips represented Washington Senator Patty Murray and former Congressman Brian Baird in Southwest Washington. Prior to that she worked five years in Washington, D.C., two years for former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse and three as a consultant. Her resume also includes work as a public affairs consultant and on campaigns in Oregon, California and Colorado.

Among her past projects are organizing stakeholders around the controversial issue of designating Mount St. Helens as a National Park, dredging projects on the Columbia River and designating rivers as wild and scenic. In her current role, Phillips is responsible for stakeholder outreach and strategy and mobilizing local advocacy for the Columbia River Crossing project. 

"We are pleased to have Page join our team," says CFM President Gary Conkling. "She brings energy, a fresh perspective and a wider set of contacts to our work. Most important, she gets the intersection between good policy and politics that is at the heart of solid public affairs work."

Phillips will work out of CFM's Portland office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree from the University of Oregon. In good weather she likes to hike and bike, and in bad weather she cooks and reads. Phillips has a five-year-old daughter and lives in Portland.

Eder Named Chair of Westside Economic Alliance

CFM Partner Norm EderOne of Oregon’s most influential business groups, the Westside Economic Alliance (WEA) has elected CFM Partner Norm Eder to serve as president and board chair for 2012. WEA advocates for a healthy economic environment on the westside of the Portland metropolitan region.

A partner since he joined the firm in 1998, Eder helps lead CFM’s Public Affairs practice. He specializes in issues management, assisting organizations to work through complex challenges.

“The Alliance has been an important stage for launching regional economic development programs, as well as a forum for policy makers to voice their views,” says Eder. “It will be a more significant force as we work our way out of this economic downturn.”

Adds CFM President Gary Conkling, a longtime observer of Washington County: “Norm is a terrific choice for the job. He possesses a rare blend of vision, leadership and problem solving, which he exhibits in his work for CFM’s clients.”

Eder replaces Mike Grant, a vice president of Kaiser Permanente, who was reassigned to a post in Los Angeles. In addition, Eder will serve a full 12-month term during the Alliance's 2012 membership year. He brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to his new role, having served on WEA's Board of Directors since the Alliance was formed in 1998. Eder also served on the Board of Directors of Sunset Corridor Association, which later merged with the Tualatin Valley Economic Development Corporation to create WEA.

Photo of Julie Strange at the 2011 Waterfront Blues Festival taken by Eder.

In his spare time, Eder has built a boat and a ukelele while tending an extensive garden that surrounds his Raleigh Hills home and produces a wide range of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Each summer Norm donates his time as the lead photographer for the Waterfront Blues Festival, documenting all performances and creating a rich archive of images.

CFM Pros Pose as Portlandia Extras

Fred Armisen and crew member on location in North Portland. CFM Account Executives Hannah Smith and Suzie Giacomelli got a taste of show business last month as extras in the hit TV show Portlandia. Smith and Giacomelli drove by the shoot, parked and did a little exploring. A staffer said they looked like extras. Before they knew it, they were part of the action.

“We stood in a long line of Portlanders committeed to getting in to a popular brunch spot. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein crowd surf to the front of the line when their names are finally called. I’ve been part of similar scenes in my everyday life, so it wasn’t a big stretch. We Portlanders love our food,” said Smith.

“We said ‘hi’ to Fred Armisen and took direction from staffers. The extras – volunteers – were excited to be part of the action. It was a hot day by Portland standards, but morale was high,” said Giacomelli.

Giacomelli and Smith plan to watch the episode at a local pub to see if they’re in the final footage and relive their experience. Give them a shoutout on CFM’s page on Facebook if you catch them on the small screen.

CFM Sponsors ART’s 'God of Carnage'

CFM Strategic Communications is sponsoring the Portland premiere this fall of Tony Award-winning "God of Carnage," which will kick off the 2011-2012 season for the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.

"God of Carnage" tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident. They start off intending to talk in a “civilized manner.“ But as the evening wears on, good intentions go awry, and the play turns ferociously hilarious, shocking and disturbing, as the parents battle for ethical superiority.

Written by Yasmina Reza, a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter, “God of Carnage” was given the Tony award for Best Play in 2009. The play originally was written in French and first performed in English in London in 2008. Read a profile about Yasmina Reza in The New York Times (May 24). It also is being made into a movie expected to debut later this year.

CFM staff members have enjoyed a relationship with ART, assisting with strategic communications and attending plays at one of the most successful performing arts groups in Portland.

“Communications is our business,” says CFM President Gary Conkling. “There is no better form of communication than the theater."

The sponsorship is part of CFM's community commitment to partner organizations (See other community partners on the CFM website home page). "We value local organizations that enrich our community," Conkling says. "This is our way of saying thank you." Listen for CFM's sponsorship messages about the play on Oregon Public Broadcasting, also a CFM partner organization.

“God of Carnage” will be performed in Portland at ART from September 6 through October 9, 2011.

Performance information:

  • Box office: 516 SW Alder St, Portland, OR
  • Dates: September 6 - October 9
  • Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2 pm, 9/28 - Wednesday matinee @ 11 am. Opening Night is Friday, September 9
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