Alicia was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
She has an MA in Psychology from Loyola University and after working in Market research for five years she chose to stay home, raise a family, and homeschool two fabulous children! She returned to the workforce in the membership department of Girl Scouts. After that she found the Chamber world and spent three years as the Executive Director of the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and four years as the Executive Director of the Niles Chamber of Commerce. She has also served of the Board of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Family migration has drawn her west and the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO position was available at just the right time!
What she loves most about the Chamber world is the opportunity to help local businesspeople make connections and build relationships with one another. In today’s world of online, social media, tweeting, and blogging, the strongest connections are still formed face to face with a handshake. Wow that sounds wrong to say in the days of Covid, but it is still true. We just have to find new ways to facilitate that handshake.
What is possible after that handshake is limitless!
Rob comes to the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce with diverse experience in restaurants, retail, and education. His early career highlights included managing two family-owned hardware stores, helping to start and grow a specialty ice creamery and café, and serving as store manager and management trainer for a large auto parts retailer. He then transitioned to education, where he taught college courses in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, human resource management, and leadership development. Throughout his teaching career he remained active in the community, working through local Chambers of Commerce and other partners in leading educational workshops for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Outside of work he loves to travel, hike, play tennis, cook, and support the arts. He is excited to serve as Small Business Support & Development Director for the IMPACT Beaverton program. He also looks forward to working with the breadth of businesses and nonprofit organizations in Beaverton and Washington County through other BACC outreach programs.
I oversaw the compliance of engineering projects at PermaCold Engineering, Inc. before joining the BACC. I worked closely with Jurisdictions throughout Oregon and other states. Formed Great connections with county and city permit techs. Additionally, I made sure the engineering firm complied with all business and contractor license requirements.
In data analysis at Kaiser Permanente, I contributed to the creation of dashboards and queries for the Maui Health Systems at Kaiser.
I started Arroyo & Son Construction LLC named after my father, because as a kid, I would get up early in the summer to work alongside him. My construction company focuses on residential and commercial projects across the Portland Metro area. Starting a business has enabled me to comprehend what it takes to establish a company from the bottom up in the state of Oregon.
If you are an entrepreneur or have an idea for a business, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help you reach your business goals.
I studied business analytics and data mining at Oregon State University, where I received my MBA.
Born and raised in Beaverton, Jafar is a product of the Beaverton School District. At Oregon State University, he studied Political Science and Economics. In the midst of his education, he started volunteering with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce as a summer work experience project. Over the years his role has expanded. In his food service and event production industry experience at a local restaurant, he developed a respect for local business cooperation and connections. Outside the chamber office, he enjoys exploring local businesses and community events. “It’s not just what I do,” he says, “it’s who I am.”