Established in 1926, Oregon Executives Association is one of Portland’s oldest and most successful business networking and support groups. Rich in tradition and proven over time, the association continues to thrive after more than 85 years. A lively luncheon meeting is held every Wednesday, and members become part of a close-knit organization which is focused on increasing member business opportunities, and hearing from community leaders.
OEA members are owners or decision makers of companies with solid reputations for providing quality services and goods. Their business integrity is a credit to the Association and the community. They represent the kinds of companies with whom you would like to do business.
OEA is a member of the International Executive Association, with more than 6,000 member firms in the United States and Canada.
To promote the economic health and profitability of member firms through the exchange of business information and mutual business between association members. Our values demand quality and integrity in the products and services marketed by our members.
Trust, Professionalism, Mutual Respect
Objectives of the Oregon Executives
- To maintain a method of collecting, recording and exchanging business information between Association members.
- To provide for the promotion of the products and services marketed by its members.
- To create and encourage contacts and cooperative business methods which increase the efficiency and profitability of the business of its members.
- To sponsor activities that promote the success of the Association and its members.
Members are invited to make presentations at the luncheon meetings, participate in member visits to their offices and promote their business within the organization. Attendance is the key to exposure and relationship building. All members are expected to attend the regularly scheduled meetings.
Only one business in any profession is allowed, so competition between members is avoided. Once a member secures a position in OEA, as long as it is properly maintained, that business category is no longer open to any of their competitors. Some categories have been secured for more than 25 years.
Membership is not automatic, even when a category may be available. To maintain a high level of integrity, an interview and screening process which includes an on-site visit, must be conducted prior to acceptance. Potential members are asked to join because we believe all of us would benefit.
Once a business is voted into membership, the owner can be proud that it is one of a select number of firms recognized for quality and high standards.
Business owners and managers who have an interest in learning more about Oregon Executives Association may attend a luncheon meeting as a guest of the organization. Please email Shelley Shirley, OEA Executive Director, if you would like to attend a luncheon.