Win Tickets ($100): February Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel | w/ Patrick Criteser, President & CEO, Tillamook County Creamery Association

We are giving away a pair of tickets to February Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel on February 28. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 25.


From our sponsors:
February Power Breakfast
February 28, 2019
7:30-9 a | $50 | All Ages
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Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

A 6th generation Oregonian himself and the leader of the iconic 108 year-old Oregon farming co-op, Patrick Criteser sits down with the Portland Business Journal for the February Power Breakfast. He’ll break down what it takes to lead the production of 200 million pounds of cheese, 7 million gallons of ice cream, manage 900 Oregon employees, 1,000 cows and $800 million in revenue. With a new 30,000-square-foot Portland office and a new 38,500-square-foot visitors center in Tillamook the Oregon staple has seen continued growth over the past few years.

Tillamook is a more than century-old farmer-owned cooperative with a leading premium dairy brand and a commitment to providing real food that tastes great. During Patrick’s tenure at TCCA, the cooperative has increased revenue by over 50% while growing return to farmers and expanding its presence as one of the leading consumer food brands in the Western U.S.

Criteser is an experienced executive with a track record of leading growth and positive transformation at companies large and small. Before joining Tillamook as president and CEO in 2012, he spent eight years as president and CEO at Coffee Bean International and one year as co-CEO of Farmer Brothers. Criteser grew Coffee Bean International into one of the largest independent coffee roasters in the country before it was sold for $22 million. Prior to his role at Coffee Bean International, Criteser held management and strategic development roles at some of the worlds most respected brands, including Nike, The Walt Disney Company and Procter & Gamble. He also spent time as a principal at SmartForest Ventures, a Portland-based venture capital fund, where he led the firms investments in several successful technology companies.

Criteser is a native Oregonian and serves on the boards of The Oregon Food Bank, The Oregon Community Foundation, and The Oregon Business Council. He has a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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22 Responses to Win Tickets ($100): February Power Breakfast @ Sentinel Hotel | w/ Patrick Criteser, President & CEO, Tillamook County Creamery Association

  1. Chris February 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    I graduated college in 2008 and spent my next two years working in my chosen profession, which I discovered was not what I wanted to do with my life. Not sure what to do next, I took a job as an Admissions Representative for a for-profit college, which launched my career in higher education. In the next ten years, I worked in the for-profit, non-profit, and 2-year public sectors of higher education, and along the way, earned my Masters of Science in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University (Portland, OR). I have served the college students of the Portland metro area now since 2012 and currently serve as the Assistant Manager of Financial Aid for Mt. Hood Community College. My work is challenging and rewarding, and I am eager to grow in my abilities and influence. I am passionate about organizational development, change management, and quality customer service in higher education. Attending this breakfast would be a great opportunity for me to learn from Mr. Criteser and other high-level leaders, as well as build my professional network. I hope you will consider me for this opportunity!

  2. Shannon DuBois February 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm #


    As a cheesemongress I am quite interested in this event. I am always looking to expand my knowledge of cheesemakers and the cheesemaking process.
    Thank you for the consideration,

  3. Isil Cebeli February 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    It would be nice to have a happy birthday breakfast :)

  4. Steven W Eberhard February 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring, I have a long history with the milk industry in the northwest; this sounds like an interesting morning!

  5. michelle February 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

    I am absolutely passionate about cheese and ice cream! I respect what this person has brought to the world! This would be a very inspiring breakfast!

  6. Brad February 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    I love Power and I love Breakfast

  7. sommers ebright February 6, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    Pick me! This would be so much fun~!!

  8. Aurianna February 12, 2019 at 11:46 am #

    Wonderful opportunity to meet professionals in the area.

  9. Tara Beanblossom February 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets as a surprise for my husband! He is currently finishing his MBA in Strategic Communications at U of O, and is developing his career in corporate culture and employee communication. He is passionate about helping companies and employees work together to develop an environment of mutual respect and teamwork, and I know that he would relish the opportunity to learn from and dialogue with a man who has as much experience and success as Mr. Criteser (not to mention the fact that he is a PNW native with a penchant for strong cheese!) Thank you!

  10. Sarah Cooley February 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    Hope to participate!

  11. Shelly Wilkerson February 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    This would be great!

  12. Christopher Griffin February 13, 2019 at 4:59 am #


  13. Erin B February 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

    Fascinating. Would love to learn more and network with this group.

  14. dana r February 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

    I would really enjoy this, great chance to network and try some yum cheese ! also i have never won anything from pipeline !

  15. Elona Casady February 19, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

    I teach sustainable food systems to low-income college students. This would be incredible!

  16. Tom Havey February 20, 2019 at 8:43 am #

    My wife is growing her small businesses and this event could be inspiring for. And we both love cheese too much.

  17. Madison Arnold-Scerbo February 20, 2019 at 9:11 am #

    I would love to hear what he has to say!

  18. Ryan February 20, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

    Oh man. I love power, breakfast, and Tillamook. Sign me up.

  19. Morgan February 21, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    I would love to attend this breakfast. I admire Tillamook and the brand they have created. They gelato icecream they released is amazing as well and I’m very excited to see about their new branding roll out. I would very much enjoy this event and know I would have a lot to learn from Patrick Criteser.

  20. Jamey February 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    Would love to go!

  21. Elana Chernobelsky February 22, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Pick me! Would love to learn from this incredible leader.

  22. Stacy Hogan February 23, 2019 at 11:09 pm #

    I would love to go because I love to eat cheese and ice cream! Have always been a fan of Tillamook as I am a born and raised Oregonian. I am also interested in business.

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