2021 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

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The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Pride Disposal and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, scholastic achievement, and letters of recommendation.

Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

  • Alexander Hernandez-Botello, Tigard High School
  • Devon Padilla, Tualatin High School
  • Isabelle Ford, Tigard High School
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Alexander Hernandez-Botello

Alexander Hernandez-Botello is a heavily involved student at Tigard High School. Through his high school career, he has been a member of the varsity track and cross-country team, Sparrow Club, National Honor Society, STUDD and is an officer for the Tigard Service Club. He has done over 350 hours of volunteer work at different organizations. While maintaining schoolwork and a 3.88 GPA, he has worked at Sky High Sports and now works for Cold Stone.

One of Alexander’s teachers said “Alex…has shown his dedication to academic excellence, his great heart, his maturity. He is the kind of person who will be a leader in his field.”

Alexander plans to go to Portland State University and study political science and economics and then continue onto law school.

Devon Padilla
Devon Padilla

Devon Padilla is a Senior at Tualatin High School. He has played soccer competitively and recreationally. He currently works at Panda Express as a Cook. His employer says “He is a hard worker, reliable, interpersonal savvy, and he has the commitment and dedication to school and work.” Devon has also worked and volunteered at the Tigard Festival of Balloons.

Devon is passionate about business, finance, and money. His ultimate goal is to be a legendary entrepreneur. He has started working on that goal by reading business-related topics, talking with business owners and starting two businesses. One business is an eCommerce store on eBay and the other is auto detailing.

Devon plans to complete college to continue to grow personally and as an entrepreneurial businessman.

Isabelle Ford
Isabelle Ford

Isabelle Ford is part of the track and cross-country teams at Tigard High School. She is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America. While maintaining school and extracurricular activities, she also works at Fred Meyer and.

Going into high school, she wanted to become a forensic scientist. During her Junior year, she took an accounting class and that opened a whole new area of interest. She now hopes to attend University of Washington and work towards pursuing the career path in accounting. Her goal is to find a career in forensic accounting.

One of Isabelle’s teachers said “Izzy is an outstanding person and an all-around good person who will excel as she pursues her undergraduate in Accounting next year.”

Our congratulation again to all three recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out at the virtual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m… Visit www.TigardChamber.org for more information.  

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org

Jason Rogers Named 2021 Tigard’s First Citizen

First Citizen

Jason Rogers has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Tigard’s First Citizen award.   This award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area. 

Jason Rogers has been making an impact in the Tigard community for more than 19 years! His volunteer resume begins back in 2002 when he was the EMS representative for the Behavioral Health subcommittee for the Vision Action Network – Washington County.

He later served as the President of the Summerlake Homeowners Association where he worked to improve the by connecting neighbors through annual picnics and events, neighborhood hanging flower baskets and wreaths and by revamping the neighborhood newsletter.

Jason began volunteering for the City of Tigard 1999 by adopting a local trail near his home in Tigard.  Soon after, Jason went on to join the Parks and Recreation Board and was appointed Chair. The Park and Recreation Board advises Public Works and City Council about park and recreation policies, the parks budget, facilities and other needs related to parks and recreation in Tigard. Some of the things Jason assisted with during his time on the board was revisioning of Tigard’s Parks System Master Plan and led two bond measures resulting in Tigard voters approving a $17 million parks bond. He also assisted with the acquisition of the Summer Creek Park, Potso Dog Park, and the Sunrise property.

In January of 2011, he was appointed Tigard Planning Commissioner by City Council and the Mayor and was President of the commission. As a Planning Commissioner, Jason advised the City Council on general land use and transportation planning issues, reviewed development projects and development code provisions delegated to the commission and acted as a hearings body for certain land use applications and land use appeals. He also assisted City Council to develop, maintain, update, and implement the city Comprehensive Plan and Tigard’s Capital Improvements Program, and Urban Forestry Plan.

Jason then transitioned his volunteer efforts to a county level. He was an EMS representative on the Suicide Prevention Council and later joined the Park and Recreation Board for Washington County.

Jason has also been an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 2007. He is currently Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 874. From May of 2018 to July of 2020, he served as the District Chairman for the Tuality District of the Boy Scouts of America. In this role, he led the districts executive board, secured support from top community leaders, appointed a district nominating committee, planned and presided at district committee meetings, recruited the operating committee chairs, communicated between the council and district and coordinate the work of the district to ensure the success of the units in the district to improve in Journey to Excellence.

And if that is not enough, Jason is also a current member of The American Legion.

As you can see, Jason has a high level of commitment to the betterment of Tigard for the community. His engagements with Tigard range from his local neighborhood to Washington County. You can also see his commitment to youth with his roles with the Boy Scouts on a local and district level.  

Please join us in congratulating Jason on his award and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.

Pride Disposal – Tigard Named 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year

Business of the Year

Pride Disposal, Owned by the Leichner Family, has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the YearThis award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about continuing to make Tigard a destination of choice for local business. Nominee must be a current dues paying member.

Pride Disposal is a family-owned and operated business that has served the Sherwood, Tigard, and Washington County areas since 1986. The Leichner family has worked in the solid waste business since 1917. They have been a Tigard Chamber member from the very beginning.

Pride Disposal & Recycling is dedicated to being a good neighbor and an active member of the communities they serve. They have been community event supporters for events such as the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, the Sherwood Community Services Fair, the Tigard Balloon Festival, Tigard Tualatin Relay for Life sponsors and donors, Christmas tree collection events for regional Boy Scout troops, and many more. They also sponsor several local youth sports teams.

Some other ways Pride Disposal & Recycling has impacted our community is through their significant and generous donation to the Tigard Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund for the last 20 years. They have fully funded at least one scholarship each year.


Pride Disposal hosts an annual holiday drive where they collect donations for a local organization. In November of 2020, the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard was the recipient of the donations that year. In 2018, they collected new and unused socks and pajamas and donated all the items to the Tigard Caring Closet.

Pride Disposal has been a supporter of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce by donating each year to our silent auction. They also were an in-kind donor for the Tigard Chamber building capital campaign in 1999 – 2000 for garbage services.

In addition to their contributions enumerated above, Pride Disposal & Recycling utilizes the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment available in order to provide customers with service that is reliable, efficient, competitive, and environmentally friendly. These include:

  • Digitized Route Integration – Pride owns and maintains a fleet of more than 40 of the most sophisticated trucks on the road today. Each truck is equipped with a Routeware system, which provides electronic routes for their drivers, GPS tracking, and communicates seamlessly with the office computers. This system has allowed them to eliminate paper route sheets from their trucks. As a result, their routes have been paperless for more than 15 years!
  • Route Cameras – Each Pride truck has five to six cameras that record the truck’s route. These cameras, which include a camera for backing up, as well as a blind spot camera, are not only paramount for safety but give their company the on-the-job information they need to continually provide excellent customer service.
  • Clean Fuels – Beginning in 2010, they have undergone the process of updating their fleet to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. The US Department of Energy estimates that CNG reduces particulate matter emissions by 86%, carbon monoxide emissions by 80%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 32%, and greenhouse emissions by 25%. That means these vehicles not only keep your air cleaner, but are 50% quieter than diesel trucks.
  • High Grade Truck Lubricants – All Pride vehicles stay operational through the use of synthetic Hydrotex Hydrosynthetic fluids and food-grade lubricants that eliminate known carcinogens, substantially reduce harmful exhaust emissions, improve fuel economy, increase the life and performance of their engines, and conserve valuable natural resources.

As you can see, Pride Disposal & Recycling has made their impact felt on our community.  Please join us in congratulating the Leichner family and Pride Disposal with their staff on this well-deserved award.  This award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Adrian Hinckley Named 2021 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year

From the Heart Volunteer

Adrian Hinckley has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of Jim Hartman.  Jim Hartman set the standard for this award by his example of giving from the heart to his community, and the “From the Heart” award honors a person who has dedicated their time and energy to a specific cause in the Tigard community.  This person gives willingly, energetically and consistently; they might be well known or might be a “quiet” volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives “from the heart”!  This person may have worked on the same project for many years.

Adrian is a local business owner and community activist. He has volunteered his time in support of many efforts to make the Tigard community a better place over the years, including organizing and implementing the Latino Festival in conjunction with the Downtown Tigard Street Fair.

He has lead initiatives through his business to support and promote the local Latino community. As a part of his business model, Adrian can be found giving back to the local community through backpack giveaways and focusing his volunteer work on supporting local minority business owners.

Most recently, Adrian played a pivotal role in establishing the Los Empresarios de Tigard program, a partnership with the City of Tigard and Tigard Chamber of Commerce to provide business support for Latinx entrepreneurs. Adrian initially approached City of Tigard about creating a program to improve support services for Latinx entrepreneurs and Los Empresarios de Tigard is the result of 6 months of collaborative work between Adrian, the City and the Tigard Chamber. The first event was hosted on January 29, 2020 and attracted an audience of 80 Latino entrepreneurs. Overall, the event was very well received by the community and additional workshops were planned. This program would not have been possible without Adrian’s tireless dedication and support.

As a small business owner and father, Adrian has many things that vie for his time. Despite his busy schedule, Adrian is a constant presence at community functions and somehow finds time to organize events and programming that is helping make Tigard a more inclusive and welcoming place to call home.

Please join us in congratulating Adrian and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org.

Tigard-Tualatin School Board Candidate Endorsements Announced

April 20th, 2021 – For Immediate Release

Contact Information:

Debi Mollahan


Ethan Frelly



Board Chair



(503) 502-3330





(Tigard, Oregon) – The Candidate Endorsement Committee (CEC) of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, has determined its list of endorsements for the upcoming Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) School Board race coming up in the May 18th, 2021 election. The Committee consisting of local business owners, community leaders, and members of the Chamber Board of Directors came together to go through a non-partisan process to consider candidates for endorsement who align with the Chambers’ core values/mission, legislative agenda and who support workforce development/education that strengthens the business community and our employment base.

“This is an unprecedented time for those running for public office” said Debi Mollahan, CEO of the Tigard Chamber. “These decisions, while never easy, need to be made in order to move forward in the best direction for Tigard-Tualatin School District and our business community. We looked for candidates who understood the role of the school board in terms of both the staff and student community as well as the intersection with the business community as educators of our future employees”.

The Candidate Endorsement Committee for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their unanimous endorsement of the following candidates for the 2021 General Election being held May 18th, 2021.

TTSD School Board Seat 3


Octavio Gonzalez has been engaged with TTSD for at various levels including school committees and most recently as a member of the TTSD Budget Committee.  He has a passion for making sure the student voice/the customer informs what programs are needed within TTSD and that they are inclusive and meet the needs of all students.

 With his background in both banking and HOA Account Management, Octavio has first hand experience with how work experience and the trades can provide high quality employment for students who would not benefit from or select a 4 year college path.  The business community needs a wide variety of skills in their workforce and the trades is a growing, lucrative field. Not all students are college bound and need education and experiences to help them chart a meaningful path towards a career.

Octavio has a passion for ensuring programs within TTSD meet all students needs as well as creative ideas for how business and the district can collaborate to enhance student skills to increase employability including plugging into the work already being done between the district and Tigard and Tualatin Chambers under the #WorkReady umbrella.   We find Octavio not only to be a great fit to meet the districts’ goals, but also to amplify the role and benefit of business within the district.

TTSD School Board Seat 5 

marvin lynn

Marvin Lynn has been an educator for over 30 years, starting as an elementary school and then middle school teacher, moving into post-secondary education roles as both a professor and an administrator.  Because of this experience he has a deep understanding of curriculum, teaching, and educational policy and has successfully managed budgets. In addition he has served in a variety of other board and leadership positions.  His experience in both equity and diversity are also extensive.   All of these are important skills for the key responsibilities of a TTSD board member and to meet district goals. 

Marvin believes that all students regardless of background, skill set or interests need to have their educational needs met through the school district whether college bound or moving in a direction of career ready when exiting the district.  He sees that business can play a role in the opportunity for advanced learning and experience for students through business internships, career days/fairs and exposure to more technical training and career experiences.  We find Marvin extremely well qualified for this board seat.

“We greatly appreciate all of the candidates that took the time to go through our confidential in-depth questionnaire and took time out of their busy schedules for our in-person interviews” said Ethan Frelly,  Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Committee and Chamber agree that voters need to do their due diligence and cast their votes in May.


About the Tigard Chamber of Commerce

Mission – Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Vision – Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity