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Business Advisory Council Members Pictured:

Russ Paine, David Brunkal, Tom Hellie, Scott Nelson, Dick Cahill, Sharon Wagner, David Ostrander, Malcolm Greenlees, Denise Farag, Kellanne Henry, Virlena Crosley, Gayatree Sarma, Madeleine Brady Romero, Maria Stuart, and Brian Gerritz 

Linfield College - Business Advisory Council

Mission Statement:                                                                    

The mission of the Linfield College Business Advisory Council is to provide to the Business Department: 

  • Professional, external program review
  • Strategic direction
  • Advocacy and development

Council Members from the Community

Brian GerritzBrian Gerritz, BAC Chair

Brian co-founded Pavilion Construction in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Pavilion Construction provides General Contracting services to both private and public clients through several western states, specializing in multi-family housing, student living, and senior living projects. Brian graduated in 1998 with a BS in Mathematics from Linfield College. He has been a member of the Linfield Business Advisory Council since 2009. He also serves on the Oregon College of Art and Craft Board. Brian and his wife Jennifer reside in Lake Oswego, OR with their two children.

 

 

Dick CahillRichard Cahill, BAC Vice-Chair

Linfield College – 1975 graduate with a B.A. degree in Business Administration, University of Chicago – 2006 completed the Graduate, School of Business’ Chicago Management Institute, Retired – 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Richard (Dick) Cahill was the Vice President, Deputy Head of the Credit Risk Department, Risk Management Function within the Bank Supervision Group of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Prior to joining the New York Fed in April 2008, he spent 16 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Supervision & Regulation Department serving in a number of leadership roles including the Vice President/Division Leader over the Risk Specialists Division, Large Bank Supervision and Regional/Community Banking Supervision groups.  Before joining the Chicago Federal Reserve, he was a Vice President with Barclays Bank, PLC for seven years in credit risk and business development roles. Dick is an active member of  Linfield’s Business Advisory Council and an adjunct professor in the Business Department at Linfield College.

Brad Garrigues

Brad Garrigues

Brad Garrigues is chief marketing officer for Providence Health Plan. Prior to assuming the Csuite role, Garrigues served as senior director of sales and account services and has been with Providence Health Plan for more than 17 years.

Garrigues graduated with distinction from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, earning a Master of Business Administration. Garrigues also holds an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and completed his undergraduate studies at Linfield College, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business-economics. Garrigues is also a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service during Operation Desert Storm.

  

photo of Lindsay Harksen

Lindsay Harksen

Lindsay has combined her love of sports and professional acumen together in her current position with Adidas. Lindsay’s winning determination contributes to Adidas’s senior management teams as she guides several teams in the path that leadership has directed. Prior to her role with Adidas, she was the Senior Accountant for Harry’s Fresh Foods, a Portland food wholesaler.

Lindsay’s accomplishments at Linfield include graduating as valedictorian of her class and was inducted into the Linfield College Hall of Fame in 2016, acknowledging her contributions to a 21- 5 Volleyball season and honors as an All-Northwest Conference award. She still holds the career record for total blocks and holds 2nd in kills.

 

picture of Gus Morrisson

Gus Morrisson

Gus Morrisson has put his leadership and sales skills to great work at Aerotek. Aerotek Inc. is a national leading provider of manufacturing recruiting and staffing services. Gus works from Aerotek’s, Beaverton Washington Square location and specifically services the high-tech silicon forest community. He manages skills sourcing for over 60 local high-tech companies while managing a team of recruiters.

 Gus is a 2009 Linfield graduate. He kept the football winning streak alive while at Linfield chalking up impressive defensive numbers. He also served in leadership roles with Theta Chi fraternity. Gus’s passion for football lives on as he now officiates prep and collegiate football games

 

Maria StuartMaria Stuart

Maria Stuart started her wine career in Chicago. It was there that she discovered the magic between food and wine, and especially the Pinot Noirs of the still new Oregon wine industry. During a glorious visit to the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, she met her now husband, winemaker Rob Stuart. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1991, Maria continued to nurture her love for the Oregon wine industry with various positions in marketing, PR and events, including a 4- stint as Executive Director of the IPNC. Maria and Rob, along with two other partners, founded R. Stuart & Co. Winery in January 2002. There, Maria is the director of PR, direct marketing, and hospitality. Maria is also the author of "The Life and Times of a Pinot Mom" a blog about food, life, and the wine business. In addition to the Linfield Business Advisory Council, Maria is active in several other community organizations. She is currently serving on the Boards of the following: McMinnville Downtown Association, IPNC, and Visit McMinnville. She and Rob have three children, the oldest of which starts his Linfield education in the Fall of 2015. 

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Scott is a third-generation Linfield student and often returns to volunteer at his alma mater. Scott has been a member of the Business Advisory Council since April 2009, and he regularly comes to McMinnville to speak with classes or attend college functions. He graduated in 1994 with a double major in political science and mass communications and went on to receive an MBA from University of Maryland. Currently, he is the business editor at The Oregonian and Oregonlive, and co-founder of a startup company (Relium Media) with several other Linfield alumni. Outside of his profession, Scott volunteers his time coaching youth wrestling in Sherwood and he enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing and hiking. He often fly fishes with a close-knit foursome of fellow Linfield grads, too. He tries to run at least one marathon, ultramarathon or Ironman-distance triathlon a year.


  • Larry Baker ’64, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kellanne Henry ’83, Investment Director, Schnitzer West LLC, Bellevue, Washington
  • Craig Ostbo, Partner and Principal, Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications
  • Dick Withnell ‘64,(Emeritus and Founding Chair) Owner, Withnell Motor Company, Salem, Oregon

From the Business Department Faculty 

From the Linfield College Administration 

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